My hiccup with reincarnation has to do with how an individual's
personality can continue for eternity. Don't individual
personalities cease to exist, since the Bible says we
must decrease so that Christ can increase?
A: I say this NOT in any judgmental sense, but I get
the impression that you are still thinking within traditional
religious parameters. I have come to believe that Christianity
is a myth and not literal history. I also feel certain
that its main message - that we need a savior - is not
true. We are part of God, and so we have always existed.
Reincarnation is not a recent invention of God. It is
a function of the fact that God is Creator. We are part
of him, and in a sense we are his fingers and feet and
eyes, the mechanism through which he remotely interacts
with his own creation. We are completely loved and completely
free. We can choose to do nothing, or we can opt to
Since we don't need a savior, the person and presence
of Jesus has a totally different meaning for us, outside
the church. He may well be a personification of the
Holy Spirit. He is the face of God, for people who demand
that God have a face. Our life is NOT focused on being
one with Christ, for several reasons - 1. Jesus said
we would do more than he did. Therefore, while he can
be a model for us, even he thinks we have the potential
to outdo him. 2. Our focus should be on becoming one
with the God pf creation, not with the Jesus of religion.
3. Rather than seeing ourselves as miserable sinners
worthy of hell, as religion teaches us, our goal should
be to become like God, in our own evolutionary journey.
Only as we grow in wisdom and spiritual power does God
benefit from the trust he has placed in us.
various incarnations are like rooms in the nautilus
shell. We outgrow one lifetime, one level of consciousness,
one set of challenges, and go home to ruminate on what
we have learned. Then we design the next task for ourselves
in a never-ending series of growth experiences. This
is much more entertaining than sitting around strumming
a harp on a cloud for eternity. Although we can do that
if we so choose.
far as ceasing to exist as individual entities, reincarnation
pretty well requires that we retain the same central
spiritual core, or future lives and their accompanying
karma would be meaningless. However, I suppose that
at some point God can recycle us back into himself so
that we come out with a whole new identity. Someone
has said that God is creating for himself a consort,
a spiritual consciousness, a partner capable of full
communion with himself. That would be the human race,
or its spiritual equivalent. Each of us is an atom in
that spiritual organism. Thus, we have a separate identity
even though we are part of the unity that is God. An
atom in your leg could not exist without the whole of
you, but you could not exist without that atom (and
all of its siblings.) In a similar way, you are one
with God and yet distinctly you at the same time.
John W. Sloat 2007