QUESTION: WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT REINCARNATION?
Study References: Hebrews 9:27, Philippians 3:20-21, Matthew 17:10-12
The word "reincarnation" derives from Latin, literally meaning, "entering the flesh again", is the religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, can begin a new life in a new body.
Bible says in Hebrews 9:27; "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." Meaning that at death, man’s body decays and returns to dust, his soul and spirit continue on either in a place of torments for those who reject Christ or in heaven for those who have believed in the Christ Jesus. 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).
Reincarnation has been a popular belief for thousands of years, but it has never been accepted by Christians because it is contradictory to Scripture.
Belief in reincarnation is an ancient phenomenon and is a central tenet within the majority of Indian religious traditions, such as Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism. Many modern pagans also believe in reincarnation as do some New Age movements, along with followers of spiritism. For the Christian, however, there can be no doubt: reincarnation is unbiblical and must be rejected as false.