Religious References to Reincarnation

Religious References to Reincarnation


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Many Christians are unaware that the Bible contains many references to the reality of Reincarnation, including Jesus' own words.
The following Bible references to Reincarnation may be found in Malachi 4:5, Ecclesiastes 1:9, Ecclesiastes 1:11, Ecclesiastes 3:15, St. Mark 9:13, Matthew 22:31-32, and Luke 20:38 in the King James Version, 1611 A.D. Edition.


  • "Behold, I will send you Elijah, the prohet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord." -Malachi 4:5 
  • "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done; and there is no new thing under the sun." -Ecclesiastes 1:9 
  • "There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after." -Ecclesiastes 1:11
  • "That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which has passed." -Ecclesiastes 3:15
  • "But I say unto you, that Elijas is indeed come and they have done unto him, whatsoever they listed, as it is written of Him." -Jesus in Mark 9:13
  • "But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, "I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Issac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living" -Matthew 22:31-32
  • "For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him." -Luke 20:38 

Hindu beliefs incorporate the idea of reincarnation completely.

Srimad Bhagavad-Gita, chapter two is entitled: Sankhya Yoga: The Eternal Reality of the Souls Immortality. In this chapter of the Bhagavad-Gita are many verse references regarding the reality and science of reincarnation. Here are some relevant examples.

Chapter 2, verse 13

dehino'smin yatha deha kaumaram yauvanam jara
tatha dehantara praptir dhiras tatra na muhyati


Just as in the physical body of the embodied being is the process of childhood, youth, old age; similarly in the transmigration from one body to another the wise are never deluded.

Chapter 2, verse 17

avinasi tu tad viddhi yena sarvam idam tatam
vinasam avyayasasya na kascit kartum arhati


But know that by whom the entire physical body is pervaded is indestructible. No one is able to cause the destruction of the imperishable soul.

Chapter 2, verse 20

na jayate mriyate va kadacin nayam bhutva bhavita va na bhuyah
ajo nityah sasvato yam purano na hanyate hanyamane


The soul never takes birth and never dies at any time nor does it come into being again when the body is created. The soul is birthless, eternal, imperishable and timeless and is never terminated when the body is terminated.

Chapter 2, verse 22

vasamsi jirnani yatha vihaya navani grhnati naro'parani
tatha sarirani vihaya jirnany anyani samyati navani dehi


As a person gives up old and worn out garments and accepts new apparel, similarly the embodied soul giving up old and worn out bodies verily accepts new bodies.

Chapter 2, verse 24

acchedyo'yam adahyo'yam akledya'sosya eva ca
nityah sarva-gatah sthanur acalo'yam sanatanah


The soul is indestructible, the soul is incombustible, insoluble and unwitherable. The soul is eternal, all pervasive, unmodifiable, immovable and primordial.

Chapter 2, verse 27

jatasya hi dhruvo mrtyur dhruvam janma mrtasya ca
tasmad apariharye'rthe na tvam socitum arhasi


For one who has taken birth, death is certain and for one who has died, birth is certain. Therefore in an inevitable situation understanding should prevail.

In this last verse the cycle of life is clearly revealed. From birth comes death and from death comes birth. Just like in the spring new buds grow which blossom into flowers and leaves in summer and in autumn change to red, yellow and orange in fall and blow away and become dormant in winter to begin the process all over again in the following year. In a similar way the soul enters new bodies for its seasons of infancy, youth, maturity and old age and at the end of its cycle of life is born again accepting a new body for another season. This is an inevitable process in the material existence and is the automatic process that governs the birth and death. All beings existing in the material manifestation completely follow this reality.


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