Christ and his followers believed in reincarnation, until 533 A.D. until the Roman Church that Paul established ended it.
Summary: Christ and his followers believed in reincarnation, until 533 A.D. until the Roman Church that Paul established ended it.
Now many people within the Christian world do not believe in reincarnation, yet it has not always been this way. Up until 553 A.D. it was believed that this is what happened as Yeshua had preached that reincarnation was fact. Yet in 553 A.D. the Roman Church abolished this and killed any who believed in it. Now if Yeshua preached this, isn't it supposed to be his church? Yet they were told differently by Paul, who established the church in Rome. So what is the difference in what each preached?
Heb 9:27 and as it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment,
This in some ways correct as when you die, you will be judged for the actions within that life time. Yet around the world many people have experiences of reincarnation, some people remember memories of past life's including Christians, I have met. There are children born who can identify there past families, and past items that were theirs in a past life, knowing all details from names, and certain things that only they would have known, if they were, the reincarnation of the spirit. For example Buddha's are rigorously tested to check, that they are the reincarnation of the spirit previously. They will have to point out, from hundreds of items and identify what was theirs, before they will be accept as the same spirit.
Now as a follower of Yeshua is this correct, you may ask? Well what did he say?
Mat 11:13-14 for all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. (14) And if you will receive it, this is Elijah who is to come.
Mat 17:10-13 and His disciples asked Him, saying, why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first? (11) And answering Yeshua said to them, Elijah truly shall come first and restore all things. (12) But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him, but have done to him whatever they desired. Likewise also the Son of Man shall suffer from them. (13) Then His disciples understood that He spoke to them about John the Baptist.
Mar 9:12-13 and he answered and told them, Elijah truly does come first and restores all things. And how has it been written of the Son of Man that He should suffer many things and be despised? (13) But I say to you that Elijah has indeed come, and they have done to him whatever they desired, as it is written of him.
This is very clear that Yeshua said that reincarnation can happen, as Elijah had been in heaven for many years. So to say that John was Elijah must mean that reincarnation can happen. As we are told from the beginning of John's life, so if Yeshua said he was Elijah then the spirit of Elijah was in John. Not that they are the same person in mind exactly as they lead different lives. Now many people within the western world get it a bit muddled up, as you see we are taught enterily different to this from a young age. What occurs is the spirit is not the body; the spirit is infinite and is the part that makes someone who they will be. Even if you try and teach someone something it is what their sprit will accept, is what they will take in. all that is learnt in the spirit is infinite and isn't lost. Things that are learned in the mind can be lost, as this is just part of flesh. Now what you are judged on when you die is who your spirit is, Ego within the spirit is what causes separation from God and heaven.
Mar 8:27-30 And Yeshua and His disciples went out into the towns of Caesarea Philippi. And in the way He asked His disciples, saying to them, who do men say that I am? (28) And they answered, John the Baptist. But others say Elijah, and others say one of the prophets. (29) And He said to them, but who do you say that I am? And Peter answered and said to Him, You are the Christ. (30) And He charged them that they should tell no one of Him.
This shows that as well as what Yeshua said, at that time people must have believed that the sprit can be reborn in another body. Else why would the people believe that Yeshua was Elijah? They still partially believe in reincarnation, as in Jerusalem they are waiting for Elijah to come to restore all things, so that they may begin to build the temple.
Mal 4:5-6 Behold, I am sending you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of Jehovah. (6) And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the sons, and the heart of the sons to their fathers, that I not come and strike the earth with utter destruction.
Now within all I am saying, Elijah may still come again and may be already here. As the spirit is infinite and the prophecy concerning Elijah has still to be fully finished.
Now an angel from God appeared to Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, and told him that.
Luk 1:17 And he shall go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
So later when the priests came and asked John is he Elijah, either John wasn't told what his father had been told by God's angel, which would be seriously doubtful. As you can imagine how proud a father would be, to tell his son something like this.
Joh 1:21 and they asked him, what then? Are you Elijah? And he says, I am not. Are you that prophet? And he answered, no.
Else again as in other parts in the book of John this is made up, to cover up the facts and discredit both John the Baptist and Yeshua. Also even if he was Elijah in spirit, in flesh he wasn't, as in flesh he led his own life. Elijah lived in a different time period and experienced different things, yet the spirit was the same. Even if he did say these things, it wouldn't matter as we are told by both Yeshua and an angel, that he did have the spirit of Elijah. He also dressed the same as it is recorded.
Mat 3:4 and the same John had his clothing of camel's hair and a leather girdle about his loins. And his food was locusts and wild honey.
2Ki 1:8 and they answered him; He was a hairy man and was bound with a girdle of leather around his loins. And he said, He is Elijah the Tishbite.
So with in all of this you can see, what has been taught by Paul and his church has changed what Yeshua originally taught. As it is quite clear from the evidence that reincarnation does happen. Since the church is the mother of all harlots, as in revelations. The daughter's of the mother have continued with the lies even though most Christians don't realise this to be the case. The bigger picture to this is that whilst we believe we only live once, many of us do not focus on improving the soul and making the world a better place for when we return. Not so much the true children of God, who are dedicated, yet those who don't study, as they know Christian beliefs and take part of them, with out following all the principles. So this is a large reason the world is slowly becoming a worse place. If everyone knew they would have to come back until they had perfected their soul, people would try harder to get it right the first time. So lets us as people try and follow the truth as a lot of the world currently does, those who are Christian, follow who you are supposed to and not the Pharisees as currently is the case.