Thursday, March 17, 2005


Reincarnation, it seems that just about everyone should believe in it. Christians believe in the incarnation and that they will be reincarnated again once, to be born again. The Naturalist seems to make a habit of believing that all things are possible given enough time while they are always giving themselves quite a lot of time. So who is to refute the notion of Nietzchean recurrence? Given the eternal, the matter in motion of all that is and supposedly all "you" are can recur, as patterns can repeat. The Naturalist has gotten around the impossibility of their existence by (ab)using notions about time once, so why not make it forever?


Liz said...

You misunderstand Christianity in your post. Christians do not believe they will be reincarnated. (Hebrew 9:27, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.").
Christians believe that they are born again in the sense that their souls are given new life in Christ, "dying" to their old life of sin. AFter death, Christians go on to heaven. They never truly "die" in between, because their spirits go straight to God who is our life.

mynym said...

It seems to me that the whole symbolism of baptism is one of death yet life, life through the redemption of Death. And it seems to me that it is not a pattern that comes from nowhere, as natural revelation seems to indicate.

At the Red Sea the waters part and then they close. You might say the water broke and then the Israelites had a new sort of life, being born again. Only symbolically as they weren't in the promised land.

The Flood,
As U2 puts it, "After the Flood all the colors came out...."

Once the waters break, there is new life, not to mention the solvational/purifying properties of water.

But first, it is death, really death, as far as I know. It's Death being redeemed by the Christos.

"AFter death....they never truly 'die'...."

This does not make sense, depending on what you mean by quoting "die." All the way back in the Garden it is written that Death came into the world and into humans too. It's really Death.

Huh, well, maybe you can explain the verses further,
"But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him."

I think the Bible does say something about another sort of incarnation, new bodies, new earth, etc. But I guess we could focus on Death first, if you care to.

(What I find interesting there in Hebrews is the notion of a parallel universe, or multi-verse. I think some people have ideas about multiverses based on quantuum mechanics.)