The Arguments For and Against Reincarnation

by Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon

In Eastern cultures generally, reincarnation is accepted as a fact of life. But even in America and Europe, polls indicate a belief in reincarnation among the general public at a significant 20% to 35%. This means that well over 100 million Westerners now accept this occult doctrine.

Below we present a brief critique of the major arguments in support of reincarnation in an argument/response/counter response/final response format.1

ARGUMENT 1  Reincarnation is taught in the Bible.

Response 1 It can be demonstrated that no Scripture teaches reincarnation. One reason is because the God who inspired Scripture never contradicts Himself and the philosophical premises of reincarnation are antithetical to major biblical teachings: e.g., self-perfection vs. salvation by grace apart from good works and individual merit; self-atonement (paying off one’s own karma) vs. Christ’s atonement for other’s sin. Indeed, if Christ paid the divine penalty for all
sin (Karma) no karma remains to be worked off individually. Regardless, “man is destined to die once, after that to face judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

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