What's your opinion on reincarnation? I wouldn't mind coming back and doing it all again. I'd do it right the next time!
Awesome Question ... here we go!!!
Heb 9:24-28 For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another 26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
Gen 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." - notice He said die once ... not die, then die, then die ...
Rom 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. - the wages of your sin is not always your death ... but we experience death in the body (once) because of sin on the earth in all of us ...
God created us according to His perfect will for us. Death was never to be a part of our existence because we were created to be and are immortal. This body will fail, because of sin, but our soul will remain. It will not get a new fleshly body per say ... but we will receive a spiritual body.
1Co 15:38 But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds. 40 There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption.
43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, "THE FIRST MAN ADAM BECAME A LIVING BEING." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.
Mat 10:30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
You were specifically planned ... God knows you intimately.
Those who support the belief in reincarnation do so with the belief in two basic flawed and completely Biblically incompatible processes.
1st thought process: That we have to build up so many "midichlorians" (or other named levels) to earn us the ability to jump to eternity. The 1st and only needed flaw here is that it goes directly against the initial Scripture (Heb 9:27) listed above! We live once ... then we die. That's it. Additionally, Jesus said, right before Jesus surrendered His life for all mankind that "it is finished."
John 19:30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
Demanding that more needs to be done diminishes the value and closure of His work on the cross. If God needs help, then He's not God. If God isn't sufficient, then He is not God.
2nd thought process: That we all spend eternity bouncing around as souls with no bodily home. Worldwide, most current and ancient believers of reincarnation lean to this belief. Variations circle around the idea that the next life form a person inhabits is based upon the successes or failures to develop their character in this life form and the the current life form is a result of previously lived lives. Biblically, this cannot exist ... we will be able to recognize each other in bodily form ... and we are promised a new spiritual body. We are promised that our eternity is based on the decisions we make in this one life we live ... that's it. One life, then the judgment.
Proponents of reincarnation generally circle around the psychological phenomenon known most commonly as Deja Vu. The multiple accounts of people experiencing memories from the past ... which do truthfully happen. But the Bible offers a more practical explanation (in my humble opinion).
Lev 19:31 'Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.
Familiar Spirits: אוב 'ôb obe (from the same as אב 'âb awb - apparently through the idea of prattling a father’s name); properly a mumble, that is, a water skin (from its hollow sound); hence a necromancer (ventriloquist, as from a jar): - bottle, familiar spirit.
Literally a spirit who speaks through another's mouth ... a former person...often a blood relative (prattling a father's name). The haunting memory is not because we once lived before, it's because the demon was there when that person lived, and is tormenting us now with the incident ... and needs to be rebuked and silenced!
If a person believes in God, then there should be the acceptance of all things and beings spiritual and the fact that they have powers, and limitations ... this should be an easy connection, once it is made known.
The only reincarnation we will experience is when we wake up in eternity ... and that will be it. It will not be a reincarnation though ... it will be the forever and truthful us. In math, we call the object before any transformations the "pre-image" ... that is the state we are in now. We are the pre-image before Christ. Through Christ we are transformed continuously if we let Him.
Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Our final transformation in Christ is through our passing from this life to the eternal ...
1Co 15:46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.
1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1Co 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY." 55 "O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING? O HADES, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY?"
Let HIM do the work He desires to do in you and through in this, the only life you will live. I have no desire to go back and do things again ... I would be back in the same body that wanted what is saw, heard, tasted, touched, and felt ... no thank you. Lessons of the past help shape decisions now and in the future ... but it's gone, in the records.
That's my take anyways! Great question!!!