For all those who use the Bible to say reincarnation doesn't happen....?

Have you read Matthew 17? Basically it says that Jesus was talking to Peter, James and John and said "Elijah does come, and he is to restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not know him, but did to him whatever they pleased." Verse 13 reads "Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist" We know that in one of his incarnations, Elijah was known as if there came a time that he wasn't recognized as Elijah and was actually John the Baptist, doesn't this prove that reincarnation does happen?

Asked By: Dellajoy - 5/26/2007
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In the last 2 verses of the Old Testament, in Malachi, Chapter 4:5&6, God tells Malachi : (verse 5:) " Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet... More
Answered By: The Count - 5/26/2007
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He is speaking figuratively. The disciples were familiar with such language, especially with regards to Elijah.
Answered By: m_ryan_a - 5/26/2007
if you want to use the bible to support reincarnation, then you should try job 1:21: "Naked I came out of my mother's womb, and naked I shall return there."
Answered By: JewishGirl - 5/26/2007
Good point. Most people have interpreted this to mean a rebirth in this life...a changing of our perceptions, ridding ourselves of the bad and start doing good. Jesus spoke in ways that not many understood during his time all the way to the present time. Could he not have meant truly reincarnation? He could have...... More
Answered By: Greenwood - 5/26/2007
John was the last of the Old Testament Prophets and like Elijah he lived in the wilderness and dressed strangely... More
Answered By: seenoevil - 5/26/2007
Luke 1:17 And he shall go before his face in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to walk in the wisdom of the just; to make ready for the Lord a people prepared for him... More
Answered By: kay - 5/26/2007
There is a flaw in your theory. Elijah did not die, but was taken by God up into the clouds, just as Jesus was. You tell her, Kay.
Answered By: Christ4me - 5/26/2007
God's thoughts never need to reincarnate to be expressed. It is the Spirit that moved Elijah, that also moved John. Jesus used the past, present, and future tenses to teach us that God, Spirit, is all there truly is and that our human sense of time never touches God's thoughts, or His creation... More
Answered By: David - 5/26/2007
John did for Jesus what Elijah was to have done for the coming of the Lord, but he was not Elijah reincarnated. Jesus identified John the Baptist in his role as Elijah, while John the Baptist rejected the identification when it came to the religious leaders. How do we reconcile these two teachings? There is a key... More
Answered By: kait - 5/26/2007
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