Reincarnation is the belief that when a person’s physical body dies, the spirit begins life in another physical form on earth. Surveys indicate that approximately 25 % of Americans believe in some form of reincarnation. Christians believe in reincarnation in about the same proportions as the general society, as surveys also indicate that approximately 25% of American Christians believe in reincarnation.
Even though millions of American Christians believe in some form of reincarnation, reincarnation is not an accepted belief within any major American Christian denomination. American Christianity officially believes that no part of you existed before you were born into this life, and that at the end of this life, your spirit, or soul, goes to its eternal destination.
However, some claim reincarnation was an accepted belief in early Christianity.
In this episode, we examine whether the Bible contains passages that refer to reincarnation. Then we look to see whether we can find evidence from early Christianity itself that early Christians believed in reincarnation. What we find is surprising.
Then, we take a general look at how Christian beliefs developed. We look at various influences upon the process of the development of those beliefs. Then we look at a very important question: Can a person reject certain beliefs that developed in Western Christianity without rejecting Christianity itself?