Most of us know all about the ‘Holy Bible,’ even those of us who are not considered Christians have dabbled in reading a bit of it here and there. It is not something many of us can avoid in this day and age, especially in the US.
One of the things Christianity does not believe in is reincarnation. Church official’s actually condemned it back in the year 552 AD. Before then, it was taught by many and the message of Christ was very reincarnation oriented. If reincarnation was not basically banished from the bible, I feel the world would be a very different place.
Facts-Are-Facts.com wrote as follows in regards:
At the beginning of the Christian era, reincarnation was one of the pillars of belief. Without it (as later happened), Christianity would lose all logic. How could a benevolent, loving God give one person a silver spoon and leave the next to starve in their ostensibly only earthly life? Early Church elders and theologians, like Origenes, Basilides, and St Gregory, taught reincarnation of the soul as a matter of course—it was written in the Bible, after all. Nowadays, most Christians suspect blasphemy if someone references reincarnation.
But let’s return to the 6th century after Christ, where a diabolical conspiracy was hatched in the court of the Byzantine emperor, Justinian, which would hold mankind prisoner in a false understanding of the reality of life and death for 1,400 years. In the generations before that, reincarnation was still an uncontested fact in the Christian church. Instead, whether Jesus had been more man or more God was heavily discussed. Nestorius, Abbot of Antioch, believed that Mary should not be called “the Mother of God”, since she had only given birth to the ‘human’ Jesus. But a Council declared Nestorius a heretic, sent him into the desert and determined that Jesus was simultaneously human and divine. One of Nestorius’ bitterest opponents was Eutyches, who, on the other hand, believed that Jesus was only divine, as his human nature was completely subsumed in the divine. Today we call this teaching monophysitism (that is, the teaching that Christ’s two natures are joined into a new single human-divine nature). In 451, the Fourth Ecumenical Council (also known as the Council of Chalcedon) condemned monophysitism as heresy and persecuted its advocates. One of the most zealous persecutors was the later Emperor Justinian.
Most of today’s Christians know nothing of the deep roots reincarnation has in regards to their faith. No one seems interested in reintroducing it to the bible despite the many hints at it even now in the current version. I guess this is something open to interpretation and no matter what is said people will believe whatever they want to believe.
This is just one of the many things that seem out of sync with the current Bible as for one some researchers also believe that perhaps Jesus did not die on the cross but was merely resuscitated and thought to have been resurrected. You can learn more about all of this in the videos below. What are your thoughts? I am in no way trying to bash the religion in itself, just merely pointing out it may be more similar to others than we think and that perhaps following the current version of the book might not be the most accurate path.
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