So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter. Christianity shows, however, that salvation cannot be earned by sinful man, but rather, it is merited by Jesus Christâs substitutionary death and resurrection for all who believe. 1. In summary, what does the Bible say about suicide? ‣ If the answer is given that our bodies are not penalties for sin but illusions of individuality, the pantheistic One becoming many in human consciousness, no reason can possibly be given for this. ‣ And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Finally, some people attempt to equate reincarnation with the Christian doctrine of resurrection, but in doing so, violate the meanings of both reincarnation and resurrection. If Oneness is perfection, why would perfection play the game of imperfection? And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. Paganism: A vague, shadowy semiself or ghost survives and goes to the place of the dead, the dark, gloomy Underworld. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. Reincarnation: The individual soul survives and is reincarnated into another body. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. 8. ‣ Reincarnation advances a future life on earth, bound by similar constraints and physical laws, while the resurrection speaks of that time when earthly bodies with all their accoutrements will be transformed and fitted for their eternal estate (John 5:29). Indeed, Hinduism calls it simply lila, divine play. The supposed evidence for reincarnation, rememberings from past lives that come out under hypnosis or “past life regression” can be explained—if they truly occur at all—as mental telepathy from other living beings, from the souls of dead humans in purgatory or hell, or from demons. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. It gives much reason for hope about the future of one who dies by his or her own hand. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. N By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. ‣ Q Q. On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” That is true. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. O Test yourselves. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. The dead are confined, according to Scripture, and cannot reveal themselves. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. Do not love the world or the things in the world. What is its root, what is its seed? Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. Topical Bible ‣ Labs Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. Q. By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 3. It is the natural accompaniment of atheism. In fact, ultimate reality is usually conceived as a cognitive process within man himself, rather than as a personal God. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. The question is not solved but dissolved. But why were those past reincarnations necessary? ‣ But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. Can that faith save him? It would reduce the Incarnation (referring to Christ’s incarnation) to a mere appearance, the crucifixion to an accident, and Christ to one among many philosophers or avatars. We are from God. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; Therefore my people shall know my name. ‣ He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Read these passages, and reflect on the insights they provide regarding the purpose for the life of a follower of Jesus: Ephesians 2:8â10: âFor by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of Godânot the result of works, so that no one may boast. I and the Father are one.”. Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. The idea that we are reincarnated in order to learn lessons we failed to learn in a past earthly life is contrary to both common sense and basic educational psychology. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. Physically, this has led to a passive, pessimistic acceptance of untold misery that was actually unnecessary. ‣ But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us. ‣ ‣ Should an Unbeliever Partake of Communion? ‣ Geocoding He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”. ‣ 5. She claimed to be a medium or one who contacts the dead, but when Saul requested that she contact Samuel and when God brought him forth, it startled her and brought great fear. W All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death. The whole thrust of the Bible opposes reincarnation. So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. The following information is from The Bible Has the Answer by Henry M. Morris and Martin E. Clark (Master’s Books, El Cajon). Even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Is it medically safe to engage in ten days of total fasting monthly taking only water. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. Suffering Matures and Equips Us. This appeared to be her first experience with the real thing, i.e., with seeing the dead because this is normally not possible. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Reincarnation holds that matter is essentially evil, while resurrection demonstrates that there is no moral dualism between matter and spirit. 3. Or if our fear of it is groundless, then our very fear is itself an evil thing. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 6. Visit the Bible online to search for words if you don’t know the specific passage your’re looking for. The emphatic statement of the Bible, as will be pointed out below, is that “it is appointed unto men once to die and after that the judgment” (Heb. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Both categories of people will be resurrected, one to eternal judgment and the other to eternal life with a glorified body (John 5:25-29). For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”. No one comes to the Father except through me. Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. It entails a very low view of the body, as a prison, a punishment. Question: "What does the Bible say about Purgatory?" The first, most glaring dissimilarity between reincarnation and Biblical doctrine occurs in the idea of a recurring cycle of existence. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. You believe that God is one; you do well. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him. So then, one’s life is not followed by an indefinite number of succeeding lifetimes. Yet that is the state that reincarnation is supposed to lead us back to after all our embodied yearnings are over. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”. Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 1. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. I The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. This view, the supernatural resurrection of the body rather than the natural immortality of the soul alone, is the only version of life after death in Scripture. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. That is the issue we shall argue here. H It is dimly prophesied and hoped for in the Old Testament, but clearly revealed in the New. V Thus either there is evil which we fear, or the fact that we fear is evil. As the calendar turns from one year to the next, we turn toward resolving to do better in the new year than we did in the previous year. For by grace you have been saved through faith. Who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ. This is passing the buck from soul to body, as well as from will to mind, and a confusion of sin with ignorance. K This is suggested in the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16 and by the extreme surprise of the witch of Endor when she saw Samuel who was dead (see 1 Sam. It is contradicted by psychology and common sense, for its view of souls as imprisoned in alien bodies denies the natural psychosomatic unity. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Reincarnation is usually connected with the next belief, pantheism, by the notion of karma: that after the soul has fulfilled its destiny, and learned its lessons and become sufficiently enlightened, it reverts to a divine status or is absorbed into (or realizes its timeless identity with) the divine All. In love. Reincarnation cannot account for itself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. (2) Even if Paul were telling them to examine themselves for assurance, he does not tell them to examine their works for assurance. Do you believe this?”. Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. R Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. Therefore in that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here am I.”. Materialism: Nothing survives. It is contradicted by Scripture (Heb 9:27). For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”, And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”, And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’. Death ends all of me. And since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Augustine makes this telling point. The Bible teaches that at death, while man’s body is mortal, decays and returns to dust, his soul and spirit continue on either in a place of torments for those who reject Christ or in paradise (heaven) in God’s presence for those who have trusted in the Savior. The Scripture pictures death as a separation of the soul from the world, Christ Himself describing death as God requiring man’s soul (Luke 12:20). Answer: According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, Purgatory is âa place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in Godâs grace, are not entirely free from venial faults, or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions.â To summarize, in Catholic theology Purgatory â¦ All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. Also, many theories of reincarnation hold that man’s spiritual, physical, and moral conditions are determined by a former life and therefore not under his control. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. For both (5) and (6), the individual soul survives bodily death. Immortality: The individual soul survives death, but not the body. 4. What does the Bible say about spiritual health? Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. Otherwise you too will be cut off. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Pantheism: Death changes nothing, for what survives death is the same as what was real before death: only the one, changeless, eternal, perfect, spiritual, divine, all-inclusive Reality, sometimes called by a name (“Brahman”) and sometimes not (as in Buddhism). That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. Answer: In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word translated âintegrityâ means âthe condition of being without blemish, completeness, perfection, sincerity, soundness, uprightness, wholeness.â Integrity in the New Testament means âhonesty and adherence to a pattern of good works.â But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me. (Confessions, VII, 5), (See also Justin Martyr, Dialog with Trypho [ca. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us. It is something like a “ghost image” on a TV set: a pale copy of the lost original. Y It implies that God made a mistake in designing our souls to live in bodies, that we are really pure spirits in prison or angels in costume. 7. Therefore, in this view, the very question of what happens after death is mistaken. 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