>>….where the bible hinted at reincarnation….?

___The Bible does not talk about reincarnation, even hint at it. Men are appointed –>oncejudgment<. That's judgment, not another reincarnation.
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

>>…the transfiguration in the garden where he is asked if he is Moses or Elijah returned, and other citations….our aim is the transfiguration regardless of his stand on resurrection or mine on reincarnation.

___The transfiguration was when the historical Elijah and the historical Moses came to a high mountain rendevous with with the “transfigured” Jesus Christ before the eyes of the apostles: Matthew 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.

Note that at that time Jesus told the apostles to hold quiet the telling of that encounter until after his resurrection:
Matthew 17:9 And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.

All of us are going to live again past the death of the flesh, some get rest and recreation and more work from Jesus directly, like Paul said, 2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Others like the rich man who could have helped the beggar Lazarus, go to hell. (Luke 16:23). Others get everlasting shame and contempt (Daniel 12:2).

God promises eventual reconciliation of “all things” to himself, but some people are striving to be their own saviors, and thereat lies deceit, since it won’t work.

>>(Someone said..)…can pray, visualize, and send loving energy to those black hole vortices that seem to perpetrate violence or I can do nothing. I have learned that all those years of being a peace activist did nothing….

___I got fed up with trying to change the world through political revolution when I realized the “leaders” were hypocrites, and nothing in the larger picture was changing. And I had realized by then the cultural glue, the rock music, was not only not helping, it was destructive…

At the same time, other things were interfering with my atheism. Things like science. History. Truth. And the disillusion with some of the subtly evil lyrics in the rock music I had been so much into. And reviewing the fulfillment of prophecies from the Bible.

Then I met a couple of people from the missionary movement I later joined, prayed with them, went back home for a couple months, then left to join them. Urban missions in the USA then overseas, and brightening the life of thousands, encouraging more thousands, distributing food to poor, presentations in orphanages, and most importantly, introducing people to eternal life in Jesus Christ through the cross and with his resurrection from the dead bearing witness to the power to do it.

That was a revolution to beat all of them, changing lives from the inside out and one heart at a time. Changing John Newton from a heartless cruel slave-ship captain to ferocious enemy of the vile trade, inspiring William Wilberforce to make the abolition of the slave trade his personal missionary work. Christ, inspiring David Livingston to drive into the heart of Africa with the good news, another plague upon the slave trade.

Where Christ went, I did NOT say the church, not Christianity, but Jesus Christ our Lord, where people carried him to others, cultures changed. The Romans gave up gladiator slaughter, the Irish got a written language along with Christ’s love at the hand and mouth of Patrick and saving the classics during the sacking of vandals across Europe. Pagan tribes gave up human sacrifice, to the gratitude of no less a witness than Charles Darwin to the gratitude of world travelers at the sight of a steeple on the faraway isles of the sea.

>>(Someone said:)…the fundamental assumptions of Christian theology require that your child be described as being “possessed by demons”?

__Some “Christian theologian” might say that but so what? Did Jesus Christ say that? Sure he cast out demons from many children and from lots of adults too, and it’s real. I KNOW that demon-possessed kids exist. This kid may or may not be, but I think not. NOT. My reference is not the inventions of the traditions of men, but in the word of God!

I am NOT “required” by “Christian theology” to think anything other than what’s in the Bible, and Jesus had some very damning things to say about the pretenders of his day and of our day too.

Kids and adults with “memories” from past lives is usually not demon possession, it’s more often mistaken identity. There are ministering spirits, some departed saints. And, there are plenty of demons who have a little more self-control among their peers, who go about to deceive.

The founder of the missionary work I served with had a spiritual helper, a gypsy leader who had been victim in a massacre by Turks invading into Europe. He met with some gypsies and spoke an ancient dialect of their language that they recognized as such. This gypsy was a helper, not a prior incarnation.

“It is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment.

But without the Prince of Peace, the Beast will deceive the nations with a false peace, a “holy covenant” centered on the Middle East, and “when they cry peace, peace then sudden destruction shall come upon them”. Because they will persecute the saints.

Folks, the time will come soon enough when you will have to decide whether to remain silent while Christians are taken to the ovens.

Because after the dark night will come the dawn, because Christ will descend from heaven with a shout, and in triumph will end the reign of the terror of the Antichrist, Hallelujah!

>>….what both the Sadducees and Pharisees ‘thought’ about the Doctrine of “resurrection” : that anyone who claimed such memories was very simply possessed. Which is what they accused Jesus of being in the Gospels.

__You should study the Bible more if you’re going to try to talk about what it says. The Pharisees did believe in the Resurrection, while the Saducees denied it.

But neither of them is quoted as saying “past memories” only meant demon possession.

They did accuse Jesus of having a devil: John 7:20 The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee?

>>And, if not, I would ask them to explain what is going on. And whether the reply of Jesus to the Sadducees and Jesus claim of John the Baptist being Elijah could be evidence that Jesus also believed in previous lives. Michael Cecil

___Elijah never saw corporal death anyway, but Elishah saw him taken up in a fiery chariot. Enoch “did not see death” but “walked with God” instead it also says. Elijah appeared on the hill with Jesus, with Moses, who came back in a glorified body. It does not specify whether this was the physical resurrected body of Moses.

Luke 1:16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

In my opinion the prophecy at Malachi 4:5 as to Elijah the prophet is to be yet fulfilled, or is fulfilled in an endtime prophet, as we speak, somewhere, because it’s to happen “before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord”, which invokes not so much Jesus’ appearance in the 1st century, but the idea of the Second Coming just before Armageddon.

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