When I Die

Reincarnation is nothing like resurrection. Reincarnation is not a Christian concept, and it is wrong to think that it is.

I actually agree with some of that word, though. It is the first two letters of what happens to us when we die – ‘r’ and ‘e’. However, I believe what the Bible says, as usual, not some internet foolishness. If you think I am just inventing some mythical opinions of reincarnation, then check out some internet religion forums, like Craigslist, Hubpages, etc. People really do believe these things, and it is just demon possession and blasphemy. I have even seen Christians who claim that reincarnation is Biblical.

Here are the two main misconceptions.
People say that Jesus is the reincarnation of Elijah, because they are unwilling to study hard enough to find that untrue. Anyway, Jesus is God. He is certainly no reincarnation of Elijah. Elijah did go to heaven, he had many miracles done through him and he was carried off to heaven (paraphrasing, not trying to be exact here), but he is not God.

Using the Greek translation is important for this fine distinction. Some versions does not have it as “the Elijah”. The NIV does. Also, other versions use the word “which” not “who”. If you want to believe in reincarnation, go ahead. I think religious scholars all agree that this is not intended by Jesus to say that He or John the Baptist (if that was your point) was reincarnation. In other words, Jesus was saying a metaphor that He is the Elijah.

Clearly John the Baptist was not the “reincarnation” (yecch) of Elijah. John says that in John 1:21;

“So they asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not!” Also, if you read Malachi 4, you will see the terms of Elijah’s coming. They were not done by John the Baptist.
As I said, this is Jesus using an allegory to the coming of the Messiah. He was not talking about reincarnation.

The actual Greek of the KJV is “And if ye will receive it, this is Elijah WHICH was for to come. That word “ho” is pivotal to this sentence as it can be neutral or feminine. Thus, every religious scholar I know does not think of this in any way as reincarnation.

Rather, I have learned that this passage actually is about Jesus as the Messiah prophesied in the OT.

The correct word is resurrection, not reincarnation. Nothing in the Bible conveys reincarnation. Rather, it is clear that God made us in His image. Then, we die and face judgment. We go to the Kingdom of God or to @#!*% .

So, in fact, it is blasphemy in Christianity to believe and write in support of reincarnation. It is a tenet of some eastern religions and minor religions, hardly Christianity.

You are free to believe as you wish. I am just telling you that your view of the Bible is incorrect if you think it connotes resurrection. There is no scripture that says God just lets people reincarnate. Creation is God’s alone. Our eternity is Jesus’ alone.

Here are a couple of scriptures to clear it up for anyone who might be confused.

Hebrews 9:27-28 says, “And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await him he will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.

John 5:28-29 says, “Do not be amazed at this, because a time is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and will come out – the ones who have done what is good to the resurrection resulting in life, and the ones who have done what is evil to the resurrection resulting in condemnation.

As usual, I warn you to avoid twisting the words of the Bible. We cannot die once and face judgment – and have reincarnation. The Bible does not lie…
God is a jealous and angry God. Jesus came to fulfill the law, not to abolish it. Do not dig yourself such a hole that you are unable to climb out. Judgment is not man’s, but Jesus’. The Bible gives very clearly the terms of salvation. To be saved, belief in Jesus Christ as the savior is essential. Of course, we do not read one passage and think we understand it all. Those who claim knowledge of the specifics of who is saved, have just proven that they are totally 100% wrong what the Bible says. To miss this is to have missed everything.

Salvation is work, too. It is not a Christmas present all wrapped up nice and pretty. Those who follow Jesus work hard at it. He told the disciples that they would be persecuted for His name. Yes, He told them to leave everything behind to follow Him. Do not underestimate the Word of God. It is inerrant. Do not waste time in some stupid twisting of the Word. People can lie to themselves long enough that they think it is the truth.

Philippians 2:12 says to work out our salvation with awe and reverence. Glory be to Him.

Romans 14:11-12; For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to me, and every tongue will give praise to God.” Therefore, each of us will give an account of himself to God.



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