Reincarnation in the Bible
Because reincarnation was such a universally
accepted idea, no direct reference was made to it in
the New Testament. But there are several
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."
17:10-13, see also Mark 9:9-13)
Jesus clearly says that John the Baptist is a
reincarnation of the prophet Elijah. And again:
was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind
"Teacher," his disciples asked him, "why was this
man born blind? Was it a result of his own sins or
those of his parents?"
was not because of his sins or his parents' sins,"
Jesus answered. "But it is the works of God that are
manifested in him"
Here it is very clear that the disciples believed in
reincarnation - that the blind man may have sinned
before he was born in this life. Jesus does
not renounce reincarnation here, but merely says
that the blindness is the working of God. (Natural
law.) Then in the Old Testament we have a very
word of the LORD came to me thus: Before I
formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you
were born I dedicated you, and appointed you to be a
prophet to the nations." (Jeremiah
Finally, in the fifth century, the emperor
proclaimed that reincarnation was not a Christian
doctrine. Why would he have done this if no
Christians were believing in it, or if only a small
minority of Christians were believing in it?