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Reincarnation: A Critical Look

Reincarnation: A Critical Look

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Published by Anthony J. Fejfar
In this short Tract Book, Essay, Anthony J.
Fejfar discusses several different arguments for reincarnation.
In this short Tract Book, Essay, Anthony J.
Fejfar discusses several different arguments for reincarnation.

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Published by: Anthony J. Fejfar on Dec 09, 2006
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Reincarnation: A Critical Look A Tract Book ByAnthony J. Fejfar © Copyright 2006 by Anthony J. Fejfar I reincarnation a valid doctrine? Apparently, an early church council, TheCouncil of Nicea, held around the year 400 A.D., did not think so. Although thePope from Rome did not attend the council, and apparently only five bishops participated, a three to two vote defeated the idea of reincarnation in the ChristianChurch, at least for a time. (Most protestants do not consider themselves bound by Nicea, but rather focus on the Bible.)From a scientific point of view, Psychiatrist Brian Weiss, M.D., has written a book confirming the idea of reincarnation from a scientific point of view. (See,Brian Weiss, Many Lives, Many Masters). Additionally, Psychologist, Michael Newton, in his book, Journey of Souls, extensively discusses the reincarnationlives of his clients which were discussed while the clients were placed in hypnotictrance states. Other “new age” authors such as Michael Roads, Edgar Cayce, and
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Janes Roberts have used information gathered in trance states to confirm theconcept of reincarnation as valid.Although Edgar Cayce asserted that the Bible contains numerous references toreincarnation, I choose to focus only on one passage. In the Book of Job, Job’s tenchildren are all killed when the house that they were having a party in collapsed.At the end of the Book of Job, after Job has been found righteous by God, Job’s tenchildren are restored to him. This either means that Job had ten new children whoreincarnated, or alternatively, all ten were resurrected by God from the dead. Ithink that reincarnation is the less intrusive, more likely explanation.Assuming for the sake of argument that the concept of reincarnation is valid.One interesting question is the underlying purpose of reincarnation. There areseveral options:1. random2. Karma3. Learning4. Grace5. experienceWhile I will discuss all fiver options, I find the “Learning” option and the“Grace” option to be the most sensible and plausible.
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The “random” interpretation of reincarnation simply states that each person“bounces” from life to life, without meaning. There does not seem to be muchthat is very attractive about this interpretation. Many might prefer to simply dieand go out of existence rather than randomly reincarnate.The second interpretation is the “Karma” interpretation. The Karmainterpretation states that the lives which a person takes is based upon past Karma.For every cause there is an effect. As a person does, so it will be done unto that person. Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory are not “places” but rather represent “statesof being” which play out in reincarnational lives which may be a life of Heaven onEarth, or, Hell on Earth, or something in between. This Karma interpretation is inmy view, valid, and is the ground or baseline interpretation of reincarnation.Next is the “learning” interpretation of reincarnation. Once a person hasreached a certain level of maturity after reincarnating, the person takes on“learning lives.” While “bad” Karma could certainly result in a person taking onmental or physical handicaps in a particular life, it is quite possible that a personcould be using “good” educational Karma to take on learning experiences whichdevelop the soul or spirit of the person. We should not look down on people withmental or physical handicaps. Often such a person could be an “advanced” or “wise” soul who is trying to develop attributes or experiences which can only be
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