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Q:

I don't fear death because I believe that after I die I'll come back to earth again and be born as another person. Why are Christians so opposed to this idea? Other religions don't have a problem with it.


A:

You’re right; unlike some religions and philosophies, Christians reject the idea of reincarnation (the belief that once we die, we’ll return to earth — not necessarily as humans — for many lifetimes).

One reason Christians don’t believe in reincarnation is because Jesus clearly taught that once we die, we’ll enter eternity — either to be with God in heaven, or to go to that place of utter hopelessness the Bible calls hell. In fact, some of Jesus’ most solemn warnings concerned the reality of hell — and some of His most comforting words concerned the reality of heaven. To His disciples He promised, “My Father’s house has many rooms…. I am going there to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2).

Behind this promise is a very profound truth: By His death and resurrection, Jesus destroyed death’s power over us. You see, only one thing can keep us out of heaven, and that is our sin. But you can’t cleanse yourself of your sins no matter how hard you try or how many lifetimes you live. This is why we need Christ, for He took upon Himself the penalty for our sins — and now He offers us eternal life as a free gift. The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

This is the only life you’ll ever live — and you should take that truth very seriously. By a simple act of faith put your life into Christ’s hands — now, and forever.

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  1. stephen john says:

    I don’t fear death because I believe that after I die I’ll come back to earth again and be born as another person. Why are Christians so opposed to this idea? Other religions don’t have a problem with it.
    Billy Graham’s answer to the above is so finely put. Jesus didn’t teach reincarnation, so this type of faith doesn’t come into our Christian beliefs. Really though, the rewards of entering into Jesus’ heaven are far greater than coming back to earth as another person or an animal. I respect all religions, however coming back to earth in another form is like falling back into the pit of this world in comparison with heaven. I feel that people are robbing themselves by coming back to earth when they can live in eternal heaven with the lord Jesus. It’s my opinion that Christianity isn’t sugar coated, but sweet all the way through, and I feel truly privileged to be a Christian. Jesus is the true name to follow friends, and once you become aware of this, the love that we feel for Jesus is awesome. Thank you Billy Graham for your wonderful preaching of the Gospel. Amen.

  2. peter says:

    Every day I find that God loves me more. He proved it by the ultimate gift of his only begotten son Jesus. Now I can live eternally forever in his kingdom and free while I’m in this world.

  3. debra says:

    thank you and GOD BLESS

  4. jeff payne says:

    I would love for Jesus and myself to havea 1on1 relationship. I still find myself being a sinner. I hate it

  5. Nicholas says:

    I believe that Jesus is the son of God, and have asked him to come into my life. But sometimes I doubt whether or not I’m really saved.

  6. Godfred says:

    As many that belief in his name to them he give them power to become the sun of god,father empower us to be a true child of god every spirit of sin in our life father uproot it away in name of jesus.

  7. Terry B. says:

    What does the phrase “we are dead to sin” mean? I know that Jesus died for me, and his blood washed away my sins, but I still sin. How can I be “dead to sin” if I still keep on sinning?