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Resurrection, not Reincarnation

Lastly, since we believe in eternal life, in the salvation that the Lord grants us; we, in the light of the Scripture, rule out the existence of reincarnation.

Just as Hebrews 9 clearly points out, there is only one life on this earth, one opportunity, and therefore only one physical death. Once the latter takes place, we will be judged. Some will be sent to eternal life, others for eternal death, condemnation and confusion.

27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

Likewise, and to conclude on this subject, it is necessary to highlight that it is a very different matter that the Spirit of God manifests Himself through spiritual gifts than arguing that the spirit of a human being, once the person passes away, will ever come back or will have any interaction with those who are still alive in a physical body.

The second hypothesis is not viable in the light of the Scripture, inasmuch as it clearly states that after death, the departed has no chance to come back to the earth for any matter whatsoever. This is why, once we closely read the experience between the rich man and Lazarus—in Luke 16— we are left with no doubts about it.

19 “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day.20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. 26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’ 27 “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’

In fact, should there be any shred of doubt, the Bible could not be ignored when Isaiah 8 states with the same transparency, that the dead must not be inquired hoping that they will respond to the living.

19 And when they say to you, “Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,” should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? 20 To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

And we, on the contrary, not only want the light to come upon us, but that our light to shine as it does at noon, just as Proverbs 4 states:

18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.

Index

Introduction
The Existence of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
The Bible as the Written Word of God
Existence and Value of the Ministry Called and Chosen by God
The Role of Women in the Church
A Universal Church for All
Baptism in Water
Baptism with the Holy Spirit
Spiritual Gifts and Laying on of Hands
The Gift of Prophecy
Change of Life
Resurrection, not Reincarnation
The Blessing of Eternal Life

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