The Reincarnations of Jesus Christ

By Kevin Williams

Portrait of Jesus Christ. "Who do people say I am?" This was the question Jesus asked his disciples. Their reply was that people were saying he was one of the Old Testament prophets "raised from the dead." Considering the fact that the Resurrection of the Dead at the End of Days has not yet occurred, this begs the question: what kind of question was Jesus asking? His disciples understood the question and answered accordingly. And what did these people mean by Jesus being a prophet "raised from the dead?" The answer can be found by examining the belief systems of the people of Israel in those days. The concept of a End of Days resurrection of corpses originated with the ancient Persian religion of Zoroastrianism (of Magi fame) and was adopted by the Hebrews during the Babylonian exile. Both Jesus and the Pharisees believed in this doctrine of an End of Days resurrection as well. Reincarnation was also a widely held belief throughout Israel in those days and there is strong evidence in the New Testament that Jesus believed and taught reincarnation as well. So the answer to Jesus' question of, "Who do people say I am?," can only refer to people believing Jesus to be the reincarnation of an Old Testament prophet..

 

More evidence of reincarnation being a teaching by Jesus can be found in the belief systems of the early Judeo-Christians. One group, known as the Ebionites, believed the Holy Spirit had incarnated first as Adam and then later Jesus. Other  groups, such as the Elkasaites and Nazarites, also believed this. In the Clementine Homilies, an early Judeo-Christian document, also taught of Jesus having many previous incarnations. The Jewish sect of Samaritans in Jesus' day, believed the spirit of Adam had reincarnated as Seth, Noah, Abraham, and Moses. Even today, Orthodox Judaism teaches reincarnation. Also, many Church Fathers and leaders were believers in reincarnation. Most bishops of the early Church were pagan by birth and were well educated in reincarnational ideas. But ideas concerning reincarnation were later suppressed by the Church in the West because the Church of Rome viewed pre-existence (a teaching held by the great Church Father Origen and others) as heresy. But despite the historical changes of New Testament canon, a large amount of references to reincarnation can still be found there. Some early Judeo-Christians were Christian Gnostics who claimed to possess the secret or "hidden" teachings and mysteries of resurrection handed down directly from the apostles of Christ. According to these Christian Gnostics, the "resurrection" was not a physical event at all; but rather a spiritual event of spiritual rebirth and regeneration by the Holy Spirit which liberates people from the cycle of bodily birth, death and bodily rebirth (reincarnation). The Christian Gnostics were eventually persecuted by the established Church in Rome whose bishops preferred Paul's teachings to the Gentiles over the teachings of the Church in Jerusalem led by James, the brother of Jesus. The Judeo-Christian proto-Gnostics in Jerusalem believed that the Church of Rome's doctrine of "bodily resurrection" - which excluded reincarnation and included only an End of Days bodily resurrection - was a misinterpretation of the "hidden" teachings of Christ which he taught only to the Twelve Apostles and not the public at large. These "hidden" mysteries, which even Paul mentions in his epistles, concerns a believer's liberation from death through a spiritual "resurrection" - a resurrection from spiritual death to spiritual life - by the Holy Spirit. With the successful persecution of "unorthodox heretics," the Church of Rome's concept of bodily resurrection, which excluded bodily reincarnation, became the established orthodoxy. As a result, the concepts of pre-existence and reincarnation were effectively removed from Church doctrines.

 

The articles listed below presents a large amount of evidence that the Christ soul, not only incarnated as Jesus, but incarnated previously within other Old Testament personalities. From this evidence provided, you can decide for yourself. It should be pointed out, at this time, that holding to a belief in reincarnation should not very matter much to orthodox Christians when it comes to salvation. Christians gain no advantage in believing in reincarnation in the same way Christians gain no advantage in knowing how many angels can dance on a pin. Reincarnation for the Christian makes sense only when it comes to questions regarding divine justice, the apparent injustices occurring in life and the principle of karma which Christ clearly taught as revealed in the New Testament.

Modern research into both near-death experiences and reincarnation, such as that of Dr. Ian Stevenson, suggests there is strong evidence of reincarnation inbeing a scientific fact. Reports of people having past life memories [1][2][3][4][5][6] where specific information is remembered have been documented and verified.

Jesus Reincarnation Index
1. Jesus as a Reincarnation of Adam
2. Jesus as a Reincarnation of Melchizedek
3. Jesus as a Reincarnation of Joseph
4. Jesus as a Reincarnation of Joshua
5. Jesus as a Reincarnation of Buddha
6. Jesus as a Reincarnation of Horus
7. Jesus as a Reincarnation of Krishna
8. Jesus as a Reincarnation of Mithra
9. Edgar Cayce on the Reincarnations of Jesus
   

"When you see a likeness of yourself, you are happy. But when you see your images that came into being before you, and that neither die nor become visible, how much you will be able to tolerate!" - Jesus Christ, Gospel of Thomas

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