Gautama is not considered a reincarnation of a god. He is the historical figure who became known as the Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Buddhists do not believe in a supreme god or the concept of reincarnation as the transfer of a fixed individual soul or identity. Instead, they believe in the cycle of rebirth based on the concept of karma.
Acupuncture and antibiotics were invented by Muslim doctors
Hold that thought.....I'll come back and let you know in sixty years.
God Krishna used reincarnation in Gita.
Both Hinduism and Buddhism are firmly based on the concept of karma, reincarnation and rebirth. Both also believe in transmigration, or that one can be born at different levels of existence (insect, fish, animal, etc.). Specifically Buddhism posits that, unless you become freed from Samasara, the Wheel of Life, that you will be reborn in one of six realms: hell, hungry ghost, animal, human, demi-god or gods realm, each with their own type of suffering.
I believe that there is only reincarnation for te riteous and the evil ones will burn in hell forever. We are reincarnated and our memories wiped right when we die like that one movie with tom hanks
In Hinduism, the Hindu people devote their lives in their religion in order to achieve perfect understand or Moksha. Though, most do not reach Moksha in one lifetime, so through reincarnation it allows the soul to be born again multiple times until it finally reaches Moksha.Importance of Reincarnation:Belief in Reincarnation is necessary to,
1. Lead a life based on Dharma
2. Attain Moksha
Dharma and Belief in Reincarnation:
When we are leading a life based on Dharma we often realize that people who are leading a wanton life have a better standard of living. This is paradoxical because god should reward us and punish sinners. The belief in Reincarnation enables us to explain this paradox. We can suppose that we have committed sins in our past life and the sinners having a better standard of living would have sacrificed their lives for the welfare of the society.
Moksha and Belief in Reincarnation:
Whenever our life is ruined beyond repair the best option is to start a new life. However, to attain Moksha we must not make even small changes in our life style.
The belief in Karma and Reincarnation enables us to filter off fluctuations in our life. We can block fluctuations in our present life with imaginary successes and failures in our past life and just let unemotional thoughts to enter our conscious mind. Absence of changes in life would enable us to discard Voluntary force needed to deal with a change.
This would enable us to lead a life with pure Involuntary force which is nothing but Moksha.
The idea of reincarnation is not taught in the Bible. In fact, the Bible teaches the resurrection, which is much different than reincarnation. How? According to the teaching of reincarnation, when a person dies, the soul, the "real self," passes on to a better existence if the individual has lived a good and proper life, but possibly to an existence as an animal if his record has been more bad than good. Each rebirth, it is believed, brings the individual back into this same system of things, where he will face further suffering and eventual death. The cycles of rebirth are viewed as virtually endless. Is such a future really what awaits you? Some believe that the only way of escape is by extinguishing all desire for things pleasing to the senses. To what do they escape? To what some describe as unconscious life.
According to the Bible, the soul is the complete person. Even though a person may have done bad things in the past, if he repents and changes his ways, Jehovah God will forgive him. (Ps. 103:12, 13) When a person dies, his conscience and thinking stops.(Ecclesiates 9:5,10) Death is like a deep, dreamless sleep. There will be a resurrection of the dead. (John 5:28,29) This is not a reincarnation but a bringing back to life of the same personality, the same person. (Acts 24:15) For most people, the resurrection will be to life on earth. It will take place after God brings the present wicked system to its end. (Psalms 37:10,11; Matthew 5:5) Sickness, suffering, even the necessity to die, will become things of the past. (Dan. 2:44; Rev. 21:3, 4).
Reincarnation is the most ancient of doctrines and is believed in now by more human minds than the number of those who do not hold it. The millions in the East almost all accept it; it was taught by the Greeks; a large number of the Chinese now believe it as their forefathers did before them. It was believed by the Jews, and not only believed by Jesus but he also taught it.
Most early Christians actually believed in reincarnation. An early Christian leader in the third century named Origen espoused it. In the sixth century, the head of the Christian Church was Emperor Justinian, who could and did overrule the papacy. Pope Vigilius and Emperor Justinian had a disagreement as to whether the teachings of Origen should be part of official Christian theology. Justinian condemned Origen, had Pope Vigilius arrested and put in jail for refusing to sign a papal decree condemning Origen's teaching on reincarnation, and ordered all references of reincarnation omitted from the Bible - including an entire chapter devoted to it. Here is the official decree of Emperor Justinian:
"If anyone asserts the fabulous preexistence of souls, and shall assert the monstrous restoration which follows from it: let him be anathema. (The Anathemas against Origen), attached to the decrees of the Fifth Ecumenical Council, A.D. 545, in Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, 2d ser., 14: 318)."
From that point on, anyone caught teaching the doctrine of rebirth faced governmental prosecution if not execution. However, minor references to reincarnation still remain in the Bible and there was an entire reincarnationist sect for a time that espoused it: the Cathars or Cathari (from the Greek word, katharos, which means "the pure ones"), that were based in what is now called the south of France (then Languedoc). After it was realized that the Church in Rome could no longer control the "heretics" and collect church taxes, triggered by the murder of a papal legate in France by Cathar knights, Pope Innocent the Third ordered their execution in what came to be called The Albigensian Crusade. Essentially constituting a large land grab for northern French noblemen and Catholic mercenaries, entire towns were reduced to ruins and many atrocities (torture, rape, etc.) were committed. One consequence was that the fledgling, decimated nation of Languedoc melted into becoming part of France.
With the Church desiring greater control over the masses, they wanted people to think that they only have one shot at salvation - only through the Church - and that there is no chance to have another incarnation later on. Free-thinking individuals who espoused reincarnation were thought of as a threat to Church control and were suppressed. That is the real reason why reincarnation is not part of official Christian theology and is not taught in Christian Sunday school and in seminary today. Not because it was ordained that reincarnation doesn't happen but because a long-dead emperor - Justinian - wanted to gain more control over the masses.
Evidence for the validity of the doctrine of rebirth is found in past-life regression studies as well as within near-death experience research. It is suggested to do an online search on these topics.
The belief that one is reborn in one or more successive existences, which may be human or animal. Usually it is an intangible "soul" that is believed to be reborn in another body. Not a Bible teaching
Reincarnation: According to this belief, when a person dies, the soul, the "real self," passes on to a better existence if the individual has lived a good and proper life, but possibly to existence as an animal if his record has been more bad than good. Each rebirth, it is believed, brings the individual back into this same system of things, where he will face further suffering and eventual death. The cycles of rebirth are viewed as virtually endless. Is such a future really what awaits you? Some believe that the only way of escape is by extinguishing all desire for things pleasing to the senses. To what do they escape? To what some describe as unconscious life.
Bible: According to the Bible, the soul is the complete person. Even though a person may have done bad things in the past, if he repents and changes his ways, Jehovah God will forgive him. (Ps. 103:12, 13) When a person dies, nothing survives. Death is like a deep, dreamless sleep. There will be a resurrection of the dead. This is not a reincarnation but a bringing back to life of the same personality. (Acts 24:15) For most people, the resurrection will be to life on earth. It will take place after God brings the present wicked system to its end. Sickness, suffering, even the necessity to die, will become things of the past. (Dan. 2:44; Rev. 21:3, 4) Does such a hope sound like something about which you would like to learn more, to examine the reasons for confidence in it?
No we do not believe. But we believe in the second coming of GOD and on that day everyone dead will rise with their own bodies and the along with the living will be judged (called as the final judgement.)
Moksha is achieving perfection, completeness of knowledge, which is nothing but God, the ultimate truth. If you keep Dharma and keep doing your Karma, you learn from your experiences and attain knowledge in every birth and finally reach the truth, completeness of knowledge, that is perfection, which is attaining Moksha, No more birth required.
"Reincarnation" is a fallacy, so no - Christians can't believe in it.
Hebrews 9:27 - And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, [NKJV]
The old testament prophesy might be the first reference in the bible.
Mal 4:5 "Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord."
Jesus appears to be a proponent for reincarnation as well.
Matt 11:13-14 "For all the prophets and the law have prophesied until John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who was to come." -Jesus is speaking about John the baptist being the reincarnation of Elijah, but his disciples do not understand so he has to restate himself a few chapters later.
Matt 17:10-13 "And the disciples asked him, saying, 'Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?' But he answered them and said, 'Elijah indeed is to come and will restore all things. But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him, but did to him whatever they wished. So also shall the Son of Man suffer at their hand.' Then the disciples understood that he had spoken of John the baptist."
Jesus liked to use the phrase, "born again" as in, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." -John 3:3
I think it is a fancy name from the idea of 'karma' (actions) in hinduism. The idea is quite simple. The office of the God of Death, Yama, keeps an account of the good and bad deeds of all people, hindus as well as non-hindus. Good deeds are rewarded with a stay in heaven, and people have to suffer hell for their bad deed. This is in proportion to the magnitude of their deeds.
When they have completed these, they are sent back to the world to improve their record. This cycle (or spiral) stops when there are no bad deeds in the persons account. At that stage the person is thought to have achieved 'nirvana' or 'moksha' (deliverance). He/She would then live in proximity of his God or merge with God (different people have different beliefs).
Hindus are not entitled to any special treatment. The process is absolutely impartial and according to set rules. Even the Gods do not interfere in the process.
To add spice to the formula, Brahma, the writer of destiny keeps back some good or bad deeds which will fructify according to his wish. That is why unexpected good or bad things happen in one's life. They are the result of late-maturing good or bad deeds.
People of some religions do believe in reincarnation, such as those of the Hindu, Jain, Jewish Kabbalah, Sihk faiths, and a variant form of reincarnation in Budhism. But most Christians believe that once a person dies, his fate has irrevocably been decided by the decisions and choices he made during his life. He will either go to heaven or hell. There are no other chances, period. Catholics believe in purgatory, a limbo state where sins can be atoned, partly by the prayers of the living, and eventual salvation will be awarded the deceased.
The concept of Hell, however, is generally not part of the doctrine of faiths that subscribe to reincarnation.
As many times until you can fully grasp the lessons meant for you. It is like a school.
Karma relates to reincarnation because without karma you can't be reincarnated as something as a higher or lower being.
Exactly. My teacher explained karma to me like this: You kill some one, then they kill you in your next life. When you are reincarnated.
Montezuma II was the ruler of the city of Tenochtitlan when the Spanish conquerors made the first contact with the indigenous civilization of Mesoamerica. Some scholars as Bernardino de SahagÃºn assert that he received gladly and fearfully the Spanish explorers led by Hernan Cortes because he believed in prophecies that announced the arrival of God Quetzalcoatl, who was described as a white and bearded being.
The caste system was strengthened by the belief that there was such thing as reincarnation because people in the lower castes tried to have good karma and by doing this, they weren't rude or unkind to those in a higher caste.
Spiritualism does not teach reincarnation, though some members may hold this belief. According to a Wikipedia article:
Spiritualism is a monotheistic belief system, postulating a belief in God, but the distinguishing feature is belief that spirits of the dead can be contacted, either by individuals or by gifted or trained "mediums", who can provide information about the afterlife.
There are variants of the Spiritualist religion, as there are of Christianity. Some do teach reincarnation.
Reincarnation is the belief that you come back as another person or animal. As far as I know there are no specifics as to whether you would remember your previous life or not.
Life after death refers to a number of beliefs. The most obvious being Heaven and Hell (or equivalent) as people's bodies' get left behind and their souls go to another place after dying. Other theories are things like ghosts/spirits/demons and things like that.
There are many more beliefs too which I don't know enough about to qualify writing about but I'm sure you could find quite easily on google or yahoo etc.
Hindu people have firm belief India Reincarnation (punarjanma) and The Law of Cause and Effect (karma). Reincarnation (punarjanma) is Artha (material prosperity) result of The Law of Cause and Effect (karma).