It is amazing how many people prefer to believe that God would send a person to burn in an eternal hell than to let the soul come back and try again. Those that believe that God created an eternal hell really do not know what it is that God is after. If a person knew what God wanted for mankind, he or she could see that an eternal hell would not serve God's purpose. They would be able to see that it is only serving their churches or religions purpose for having an eternal hell. If a person believes that God would burn a soul for eternity, I would question if that person really knew God.
Most people do not believe that we can know what God is after or want concerning mankind. The scripture 1 Timothy 2:34 in the Bible, "For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." gives us an indication of what it is. If God desires that all of mankind be saved, then sending them to an eternal hell burning with fire will cause God to lose. Would it not be better for God to allow a soul to keep coming back and be able to come to the knowledge of the truth?
Reincarnation will allow all of mankind to be saved and have the time to come to the knowledge of the truth. It would also allow the desires of God to be fulfilled without violating anyone's will. Let's face it; no one wants to spend anytime burning with an eternal file.
One may ask why there is a doctrine of eternal damnation. Think about what would benefit from having such a doctrine. The only thing that I can think of would be churches and religions that would use a doctrine of eternal damnation to try to keep mankind in check. It is a way of using fear to try to get mankind to do and think the way they want them to. This does not sound like God to me. Another point that I would like to make here is that most Christians do not know that the doctrine of reincarnation was once a part of the church's teachings from Saint Origen. The doctrine of original sin came later from Saint Augustine and did away with the doctrine of reincarnation.
I think the problem is that most people do not know what God is like. In the Bible, 1 John 4:8,16 says that God is love. It does not say that God can love, but that God is love. We can love but God is love itself. That would mean that God's love is greater than our love. Now, picture in your mind those that you love the most and God's love for them is greater than your love. If you were God, could you send to hell to burn for eternity those that you loved? I realize that some of you could but most would not be able to send their loved ones to an eternal fire because of your love for them. Remember, God's love is greater than our love.
Let's face it, if there is really a heaven and a hell, not everyone will be in heaven. Even if you are one of the ones spending your eternity in heaven, would it bother you that you have loved ones spending their existence forever burning? Maybe they will be wiped from your mind and you will not remember them anymore. I do not think that they can be wiped from the mind of God. I do not think that the love of God would allow God to place a person in an eternal hell to burn for eternity and then forget about them being there. There would come a time when the punishment would supersede the crime. Realize that eternity is forever.
There is a fear that if there is no hell to send man to, there would not be anything to hold mankind in check and that man would be free to do all types of error. Even with the belief of an eternal place of burning, man is still doing all types of error. Just look at the history of mankind. Maybe it would help to know that along with the concept of reincarnation comes the concept of karma. The World Book Dictionary defines karma as "all the acts, words, and thoughts of one life, supposed to determine a person's fate in his next stage of existence." So, no one will get by or escape how they lived their lives or how they treated others. They would continue to go through this until they came to the knowledge of the truth. It is the knowledge of the truth that will allow a person to be saved, which is what God desires.
Last, I would like to address the arguments of Christians that the word reincarnation is not in the Bible. Words such as "original sin" and trinity are also not in the Bible, but it does not stop a Christian from believing in them. In fact, the word Bible is not in the Bible. Even though the word reincarnation is not in the Bible, there are places in the Bible where reincarnation is implied. Revelation 3:12 says that "He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more..." Could this mean that a person would no longer have to enter into an earthy body? Then there is John 9:1-3, "Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him."" The disciples asked Jesus if the man or the man's parents sin for the man being born blind. The question is how could the man cause his own blindness being born blind himself. This implies to me that the disciples thought that maybe the man lived before and his life before was what caused him to be blind in his current life. Also, have you ever notice the question Jesus asked his disciples in Mark 8:27, "Whom do men say that I am?" and the disciples answered, "...John the Baptist: but some say, Elias; and others, one of the prophets," were referring to all of those that were dead? Even John the Baptist was dead at this time because he had been beheaded.
I have tried to address some of the issues, questions, and concerns regarding reincarnation that a person may have. I have tried to show that it would not serve God's purpose or mankind for God to send a person to burn in an eternal fire. I have tried to show that what God wants for mankind is for mankind to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. For most of us (if not all) it will take more than one lifetime to accomplish this.
Published by Willie Starks