Introduction to the Past Lives
of Jesus Christ
concept of an 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.
was also a widely held belief throughout Israel in those
days. 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
Nazarites, also believed this. In the
Clementine Homilies, an early Judeo-Christian document,
also taught of Jesus having many previous incarnations.
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,
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
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
Paul's teachings to the Gentiles over the teachings
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.