I can’t find any support for this doctrine in the Bible. It ought to be there, in both Testaments. But fighting over this with other Christians is hardly a good use of our time on earth. God has richly endowed us with real enemies who want to wipe out the Church everywhere.
“Occupy until I come” (Luke 19:13), as taught by Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, remains the best procedure.
Oh, well, it’s only the heart of Christianity. Christ paid the penalty for our sins centuries before we were born. So where are those sins that are not accounted for?
And then you’ve got the churches that are la-dee-dah about it, even worldly churches: divest in Israel and do everything else that’s cool and with-it, and win the fallen world’s approval–and Heaven’s yours.
Our Chalcedon president, Mark Rushdoony, wrote this for our magazine in 2004, reminding us that, as Christians, we walk by faith and not by sight. Because what we see, in this fallen world, can be disheartening.
As Bible readers we should know that history has a purpose, organized by a Person, God, who is infinitely wiser, more righteous, and mightier than we could ever be. From Genesis to Revelation, God makes His purpose known. There’s really no excuse for believing history doesn’t have a purpose.
We don’t worship the works of our own hands, we don’t worship things, the state, or science. We worship God, who hears our prayers and moves, often invisibly to us, throughout history, shepherding it to its objective.
Don’t you sometimes wonder just what the churches in America are teaching–or if they’re teaching anything at all, and just leaving it up to the members of the congregation to bumble forward on their own?
The Christian Research Institute–if you’re a fan of Christian radio, you know the CRI is the home of Hank Hannegraaff, “The Bible Answer Man”–reports that 24% of Americans believe in reincarnation… and 22% of professed Christians in America say they believe in it.
Folks, that’s not even trying to get it right! What does the Bible say? [I]t is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. (Hebrews 9:27) None of this getting born and reborn over and over again until you get it right, you get “enlightened,” and are rewarded by being absorbed into the cosmic amoeba. If that was really going on, then why did Jesus Christ have to be born, and why did He have to die on a cross?
No, no, no–the only way to mix Christianity and reincarnation is by the firm application of pure brainlessness.
Why aren’t the churches teaching God’s word?
CRI encourages Christians, when they encounter some dork who believes in reincarnation, to ask “Why?” We are advised to ask nicely, so that probably lets me out. An honest answer would probably be, “I dunno–a lotta cool celebrities say they believe in it, so if I say I believe in it, I’ll be cool, too.”
I have yet to figure out how to continue the conversation from that point.