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At Easter, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. At the same time, many Christians believe in reincarnation. The theologians, on the other hand, emphasize that belief in the resurrection and belief in several earthly lives are mutually exclusive. A plea for the compatibility of both worlds of belief.

Author: Norbert Bischofberger

Children cannot imagine Easter without Easter bunnies. That being said, Easter reminds believing Christians of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The New Testament tells of the death of Jesus of Nazareth on the cross. The texts do not stop at Good Friday, however. They tell of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and of numerous encounters between his disciples and the risen One.

Every fifth Christian believes in reincarnation

One fifth of the believers who regularly attend Christian worship services believe in the resurrection - and at the same time in reincarnation. This is shown by a representative survey. Believers are not deterred by the fact that pastors and theologians, with very few exceptions, say: Resurrection and reincarnation are mutually exclusive. Either there is resurrection after one earth life or there is reincarnation, several lives on earth.

The thought of reincarnation gives comfort

What motivates people to believe in reincarnation, in repeated earth lives? They say the thought of reincarnation provides answers to fundamental questions in their lives. For example, on the question of whether there is a compensatory justice for all the suffering and calamities in the world and in our lives. The thought of reincarnation says for them: Yes, there is a balancing justice, namely in further earth lives.

Others feel that the thought of reincarnation is simply a consolation for them. He gives them great hope in the continuation of their personal life because they do not really want to believe in an eternal life in an indefinite hereafter. The time on earth, and if it is 70 or 80 years, seems to them far too short for their personal development. Reincarnation is a hope for the continuation of one's own development.

Possibility of a "moderate doctrine of reincarnation"

How could Christian theology deal with the challenge of reincarnation instead of simply preaching: Christian faith and reincarnation are incompatible? Is there an alternative to either / or?

The Christian thought of purification - originally called "purgatory" - forms the closest bridge to the thought of reincarnation. The Catholic theologian Karl Rahner (1904-1984) already saw this possibility of starting a conversation with the idea of ​​reincarnation from a Christian perspective - although he ultimately rejected it as incompatible with the Christian faith.

The answer to the challenge of reincarnation would be the hypothesis of a Christian doctrine of reincarnation. This "moderate doctrine of reincarnation" could be adopted for people who need purification after their first earthly life. Purification would then be complemented by reincarnation.

Consummation would be thought of in material form within the framework of a “Christian doctrine of reincarnation”. It would take place under the same conditions under which the first existence took place, namely on earth. Christian theology could thus take account of the fact that many Christians believe in reincarnation.

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  • Comment from t.h., zurich
    Question: Is the Christian. Teaching can be changed at will, or are there key statements that are constitutive for teaching? Example: What do I need a savior who justifies me before God if I am through a 2nd, 3rd or 20. Life on earth trying to achieve my own righteousness? As a theologian, I take the view that Christianity cannot be reconciled with the doctrine of reincarnation. Of course everyone can believe what they want, i.e. but not the Christian. Teaching has to change.
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  • Comment by Emanuel Kühne, Rüti
    Anyone who knows the Bible exactly and believes in God's Word knows that belief in Christ and reincarnation are diametrically opposed to each other - absolutely incompatible and also nonsensical, because: a) In the doctrine of reincarnation, man's guilt would be atoned for by man himself through rebirth. b) JESUS ​​CHRIST has redeemed us from this dilemma: He took the guilt of man through his sacrificial death on the cross out of great love for us, which we will remember on Easter !!!
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  • Commentary by Charles Halbeisen, Bronschhofen
    Today everyone is allowed to give their opinion on the best. The sentence: "How could Christian theology deal with the challenge of reincarnation ..?" is just as nonsensical as if one were to demand that a tomato souce can also be prepared with oranges instead of tomatoes. An orange souce may taste good, but it is no longer a tomato souce. Likewise, Christianity that does not rely exclusively on the Bible and other early evidence is no longer Christianity.
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