Q/A Friday: Does the Bible Teach or Allow for Reincarnation?

Reincarnation is the belief that the soul – after death – is reborn in a new body. I have heard of alternative views that believe the soul would be reborn in an animal or even objects. But, by and large, reincarnation teaches that when you die, you get to come back in some form or fashion to this world as something or someone else. Reincarnation does not allow space for the view that we go to heaven or hell upon death.

Answering this question of whether or not reincarnation is a reality is quite simple if you are willing to accept that the Bible is authoritative. Consider what Hebrews 9:27 teaches – “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.”

In short, when we die, we die once. There is no dying again. Contrary to being born and then spiritually reborn, there is no spiritually dying again or physically dying again. After death, we are judged by God and then placed into the eternal destiny that we deserve (Matthew 7:21-23; 25:46).

The Bible does not support the belief in reincarnation.

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