Does the Bible say anything about reincarnation?

This seems to be another of the “hot” topics in our world today.  The influence of subjective religion, and the eastern religions have influenced the thinking of many people.

Madonna believes she is the reincarnation of Elvis because she was born on the anniversary date of his death.  Past-life regressionists insist that they can take people back to past lives through hypnosis to help solve problems in this life.

People seem fascinated with life after death.  The concept of “Reincarnation,” is defined as, “the belief that the souls of the dead successively return to earth in new forms or bodies.”

The first thing we need to note from the Scriptures is that the Bible never speaks of reincarnation; therefore it is not something you can put your faith into.  (Romans 10:17).

HEB 9:27

“And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment. . .”  note that this verse says that men die “once,” not several times.

ECC 8:15

“So I commended pleasure, for there is nothing good for a man under the sun except to eat and to drink and to be merry, and this will stand by him in his toils throughout the days of his life which God has given him under the sun.”

Notice that in this verse Solomon talks about “life” under the sun, indicating “one” life, not lives.

ECC 12:7

“then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.”

The spirit returns to God, not to another body.

2 Cor. 5:1

“For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

This verse is clear, we enter into another realm above, not another body.

2 Cor. 5:10

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”

Notice that Paul here refers to deeds done “in the body,” not in the bodies.

In Luke 16:19-31 we have the story of the death and destination of two men, and neither was reincarnated.

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