As a Christian, it is very disturbing for me to hear Biblical terms related to salvation that are are grossly twisted from their intended meaning. One such example is done by those who try to connect eternal life to reincarnation, such as here:
Humans are essentially spiritual beings that possess eternal life and reincarnate many times between the Real World and this world. (www.happy-science.org/)
The Biblical truth is categorically clear: all humans do NOT possess eternal life. In fact, since only the minority of people are real Christians, then only the minority possess eternal life. It is impossible to have eternal life without having the Lord Jesus as our own personal Lord and Savior (1 John 5:11-13). Narrow is the way to God’s Paradise kingdom. Also, a follower of Jesus has eternal life this side of the grave and at the point of a trusting and submitting faith in Jesus. Here are more wild details about reincarnation:
The cycle of reincarnation does vary according to the individual soul, however it is said to be on average once every 300 to 400 hundred years. Souls of a high spiritual grade are reincarnated in longer cycles but the cycle of reincarnation is short for souls of a low spiritual grade, because those souls have strong attachments to this world. However, when a great soul is born onto earth, reincarnation is planned at a different pace from the usual cycle. Souls are only reincarnated from heaven as they cannot be born from hell. This is because the earth would turn into hell if hell spirits were able to be born here. Hell spirits are only able to reincarnate after they have reflected on the errors of their own minds and have returned to heaven. Thus, everyone who is born on earth has been reincarnated from heaven. (ibid.)
What strangeness, yet taught with conviction, as the terms heaven and hell are used! Though the article doesn’t mention it there, that is Buddhism and its so-called “enlightenment.” Buddha predated Christianity and his name is supposed to mean “Enlightened One.” That is important because when the Lord Jesus later taught he himself is the “Light of the World” (John 8:12), he just denied Buddha’s claim and his contradictory teachings! For us today it comes down to who has the greater credentials and authority to represent truth? Is it Jesus of Nazareth or Gautama Siddhartha, Shakyamuni Buddha of 2500 years ago from India? Since Jesus of Nazareth is the proven son of God and God the Son, who raised from the dead in a body never to die again and was even endorsed by the heavenly Father as the one we should listen to (Mt. 17:5), we are wise to put into practice what he taught. Gautama Siddhartha has no such credentials, endorsements from the Father and never rose from the dead! Jesus of Nazareth even taught about eternal life himself, but certainly never connected it to reincarnation:
Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:14-16)
We should, therefore, reject reincarnation and their bogus usage of eternal life. Do you know Jesus?