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Author Topic:   Did Jesus teach reincarnation?
PaulK
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Message 3 of 230 (776534)
01-15-2016 8:57 AM
Reply to: Message 1 by LamarkNewAge
01-15-2016 12:11 AM


Elijah was supposedly taken bodily into heaven, so no reincarnation would be necessary for his return.

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Message 5 of 230 (776570)
01-16-2016 2:28 AM
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01-16-2016 12:49 AM


Re: Understand what Avatar and reincarnation mean.
Well all this only confirms what I pointed out. It is entirely possible that the return of Elijah was thought to mean a simple bodily return from Heaven without any need for a new incarnation.

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01-17-2016 4:26 PM
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01-16-2016 7:01 AM


Re: Jesus said he was "born" in the same breath.
If Elijah did not die, then he had no need of reincarnation - his original incarnation would still exist. So the other part of the question is whether it was meant literally or not.
Although it must also be said that relying on John to accurately portray Jesus' teachings is a bit odd if you genuinely consider it untrustworthy.
And as a side note, the original reference to Elijah's return does not sound an awful lot like John the Baptist, and somewhat ironic given Matthew 10:35-36
Malachi 4 NRSV writes:
5 Lo, I will send you the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of parents to their children and the hearts of children to their parents, so that I will not come and strike the land with a curse

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