Reincarnation in Your Religion

What world faiths have to say about whether you'll make a comeback.

 

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Hinduism



In a nutshell:

The concept of reincarnation is thought to have originated within Hinduism, the world's oldest major religion. Hindus believe they will experience multiple rebirths based on their actions in this and previous lives. This doctrine of cause and effect over many lives is called karma.



In detail:

The remarkable story of

Shanti Devi

, a four-year-old girl whose distinct past life memories were researched by several investigators, illustrates what Hindus believe about reincarnation.



Discuss:

When the cycle finishes, is there a Hindu heaven?

Hindus skeptical about reincarnation



Related links:

Will we reincarnate as members of other religions?

Deepak Chopra responds


Karma as DNA

Are inherited (genetic) illnesses the result of bad past life karma?

Islam

In a nutshell:

Muslims reject the concept of reincarnation, believing that the soul will be judged after death.



In detail:

Kenneth Briggs explains

what Muslims believe

about the Day of Judgement.



Discuss:


Can any Qur'an passages be interpreted to support reincarnation?

Does God give each person enough time for tasks to be completed?

Related link:

The Qur'an and Reincarnation

Argues that the Qur'an unequivocally rejects the idea of reincarnation.

Judaism

In a nutshell:

Because Judaism is primarily focused on life here and now, it puts less emphasis on afterlife teachings. Some Jewish mystical traditions accept the concept of gilgul, an ongoing cycle in which the soul is reborn. However, most mainstream Jews reject the concept of reincarnation.

In detail:

Rabbi David Wolpe

explains Jewish views of the afterlife.



Discuss:

Gilgul: Recycling the soul

Resurrection vs. reincarnation

Related links:

Olam Ha-Ba: The Jewish Afterlife


Did Biblical Characters Reincarnate?

One rabbi's list of those reincarnated in Jewish history.

Wicca

In a nutshell:

Wiccan beliefs about what happens after death vary widely. In general, however, most Wiccans either accept or remain open to the possibility of reincarnation.



Discuss:

Reincarnation and power animals

Pagan teens: Is it OK not to believe in reincarnation?

Related link:

"The Most Plausible Possibility Out There"

A Wiccan teen explains why she accepts reincarnation.

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