• Reincarnation in the Bible: Can Christians believe in reincarnation?

    In the book, Eternal Traces, the main character, Meryt Brownstone, is the reincarnation of the Egyptian queen Nitocris. Meryt suffers strange dreams about ancient times, but does not realize that they are actually memories of her past life fighting to escape to warn her of impending danger.

    Imagine if you discovered you were a crucial part of history, and that you weren’t just ordinary you, but a spirit that had endured many lifetimes? This is the exciting mystery Meryt is about to experience.

    Reincarnation, like in the case of Meryt Brownstone, makes for good fiction, but it can put some authors in a conundrum when it comes to matters of their faith.

    So how do Christian authors reconcile conflicts like the one presented by reincarnation? There are some instances in the Bible that not only raise the question whether early Christians believed in reincarnation, but also seem to make the case that reincarnation was most assuredly an accepted idea.

    First of all, for those who believe that Jesus was God incarnate, then could that not be considered a form of reincarnation?

    Also, according to the some mysterious scriptures, Jesus believed John the Baptist to be Elijah returned. You can see by this excerpt from near-death.com how Jesus spoke about John the Baptist.


    “The episode in the Bible where Jesus identified John the Baptist as the reincarnation of Elijah the prophet is one of the clearest statements which Jesus made concerning reincarnation.

    "For all the prophets and the law have prophesied until John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who was to come." (Matt. 11:13-14)

    In the above passage, Jesus clearly identifies John the Baptist as the reincarnation of Elijah the prophet. Later in Matthew's gospel Jesus reiterates it.

    And the disciples asked him, saying,

    "Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"

    But he answered them and said,

    "Elijah indeed is to come and will restore all things. But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him, but did to him whatever they wished. So also shall the Son of Man suffer at their hand."

    "Then the disciples understood that he had spoken of John the Baptist." (Matt. 17:10-13)

    In very explicit language, Jesus identified John the Baptist as the reincarnation of Elijah. Even the disciples of Jesus understood what Jesus was saying…”


    This is one of many instances in the Bible where a form of reincarnation is specifically noted.

    Resurrection is another closely related foggy area. Classic Christian theology taught that our dead bodies would be resurrected from their decrepit graves like Night of the Living Dead. Is this gory picture what the Bible teaches? Or did the Bible really mean that all souls were to be reincarnated in new bodies? Perhaps it means to say that we will be free from our bodies and the cycle of reincarnation to live in the Kingdom of Heaven forevermore.

    As within all matters of religion and in life, it is the reader who chooses how he or she wants to interpret the story. Just because an author writes about the possibility of reincarnation does not necessarily mean he or she does not believe in the Bible. Its only additional information, that will hopefully make the reader think what if?

    In any good story, consider the source and take an account of what you hold to be true and then prepare for the ride of your life as you allow the story to unfold. In fact, if one chooses to believe the interpretation of the above scriptures, you could say that to believe in the Bible is to believe in reincarnation.

    Do you believe in reincarnation?

    Do you feel the idea of reincarnation conflicts with Christian beliefs?

    Please leave your comments below!

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    • 1. Dec 26 2012 11:28PM by Sidney Peck

      This is the first reference I've ever heard that Jesus Christ believes in reincarnation. I'd like to say that I agree with your argument, but I would have to do significant research to comment intelligently. On a personal level, I have often wondered if reincarnation is more than a theory, but I've chosen to accept that we get one visit here, and we better make the most of it. Were this to be true, it would have a tremendous affect on how I perceive the world and life in general.

    • 2. Aug 15 2013 1:37PM by Jessie

      I'm a Christian, and if anyone would have ever aked me before if I believed in reencarnation, I would have told them no. But now that you pointed out those verses, I have some questions and some digging to do....Interesting. Also, I think an author who is a Christian can absolutely write about things that are not "Christiany". Why not?

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