It never entered my mind that anyone could think Christianity and reincarnation are related and compatible until someone shared with me that very belief. This friend found the doctrine of reincarnation “very comforting.” To me it sounded like Dante’s Hell. If it is true, just based on some things I’ve done (or not done), I’m destined for repeated dreadful existences. In my (current, and the only one I remember) existence, when I think, just maybe, I’ve conquered one sin, another one comes to the forefront. My only hope is that in Christ I am forgiven and I’m NOT doomed to repeat this life.
The first Bible reference that came to mind to refute reincarnation was from Hebrews: “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.”
(Hebrews 9:27-28 ESV)
I thought how wonderful that Christians DON’T have to work out our own salvation by improving over thousands of lifetimes. Comforting to me are the following verses:
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9
“He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” I John 2:2
‘”And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Cor. 3:18
In the end, it doesn’t really matter what we want or find comforting, does it? It only matters what is true.
To someone who believes what Christ said about himself, Christ’s sacrifice is sufficient and reincarnation is far removed from Christianity.
I did find a good resource addressing all the arguments I heard.