willieH: Hi sister N...
Thanks for your reply!
Please know that I did not mean to sound "accusing" -- as if you conclusively "believe" REINCARNATION to be a true proposal...
Willie, i'm not saying that i believe in re-incarnation 100%. I actually don't like the concept of having to come back time after time!!!! It's another viewpoint that i was interested in looking at. But i do wonder why a great portion of humanity do believe. Their holy books obviously mention it.
It is these books which I call into question as "holy"... The word "holy" is a word describing PURITY... and as well (I believe), the state of COMPLETENESS -- for something PURE is COMPLETE, and without need of alteration... When something is WITHOUT need of any ALTERATION -- then ANY addition or subtraction, only DISTORTS, and introduces CONFUSION...
Examples -- (1)
If one ADDS to the TRUTH, one is embellishing something that is not IN NEED of EMBELLISHMENT, and which is ALREADY WHOLE (the cup is filled to capacity already, and is not in need of more for it is already FULL) -- rather --
That which is HOLY is DEFILED by ones "addition" for it required no help to be COMPLETE, as it ALREADY abided in a "HOLY" state... One COMMON example of this today is man's foolish remarks, which at times claim to give a "110%" effort in a given endeavor. It is NOT POSSIBLE to give more than ALL
that you have to GIVE, which is "100%" of what you have to give...(2)
If one SUBTRACTS from the TRUTH (holiness), the very same thing occurs -- One is presenting a version that is (by ones deletion of a portion) LESS than WHOLE, and thereby DEFILED from the status of PURITY...
Because a "book" which presents ideas of a "religious nature", makes a claim of something... does not equate that book to HOLINESS...
Horror novels speak of "Satan" in their content... but, just because this word "satan" is employed, does not mean that the word "satan" is therein employed TRUTHFULLY...
That religious CONFUSION exists, is simply the depiction emerging from Man which of himself, forms his own picture of GOD, rather than take GOD's WORD
as that depiction...
It could be argued by those of RELIGION based upon writings OUTSIDE the BIBLE, that our belief which is based upon the BIBLE is not THAT WORD
... however... No other set of writings (that I know of), proposing a PERFECT SAVIOR that rescues us from our IMPERFECTION, is found in any other book which claims "HOLINESS" as its foundational attribute.
It is obvious that LESS than PERFECTION or PURITY is the state of men and their actions upon this earth. Which means that if there in reality, IS
a PERFECT existent GOD --in order for us to be RECONCILED from our IMPERFECTIONS... that WE being IMPERFECT cannot accomplish such a task... How can something IMPERFECT (incomplete), make ITSELF PERFECT? (complete)
Logic and REASON, dictates that a redeeming SAVIOR which could CHANGE imperfection to PERFECTION, needs to be emergent from
PERFECTION, and is the only way IMPERFECT beings or things, can be CHANGED from the state they are obviously HELPLESS to CHANGE -- themselves...
This is how and why I question the label of "holiness" to books outside the BIBLE.
DEATH is a mystery... Evolution cannot explain the existence of it... as they try to explain that LIFE "evolved" by itself... when asked why DEATH accompanied it, they are without an answer (save for bumbling reply that it is just part of the process). For the LIFE they claim to understand came from NON-LIFE, has no reasonable explanation why DE-EVOLUTION (which is a DECENDING) should occur in a process that is ASCENDING.
DEATH is the ultimate DE-EVOLUTION of LIFE... and is a blatant descending, which is illogical within a process of assension... something like a FIRE which has unlimited fuel, PUTTING ITSELF OUT.
As my dear sister CARD has already noted... REINCARNATION is just a glorified and mystical WORKS OREINTED proposal. That one must participate in "DO-OVERS" until he/she "gets it"... Thereby expelling the need of a SAVIOR to rescue us from our IMPERFECTIONS... as WE in our IMPERFECT approach, "brace" CHRIST
, instead of HIM "bracing" us... and WE thereby SAVE ourselves from our INHERENT IMPERFECTIONS, becoming PERFECT via IMPERFECT means.
As I said previously, ...even though the JEWS had such imaginations (reincarnation), does not mean that those imaginations
emerged from God.
On the contrary... the religion of JUDAISM is noted as (in part - and for the most part) BLINDED by God -- Rom 11:25
also noting the TEACHERS
of JUDAISM as BLIND -- Matt 23:17-19
-- as well as the fact that JEWS are amongst ALL men (imperfect and in need of Salvation) which also begin with HEARTS that are DESPARATELY WICKED -- Jer 17:9
Therefore if we try utilizing the thought that the JEWS "believed" (or seemed to believe) in reincarnation as the potential that it is an actual part of the living and "SAVING" process... Said "process" is basically shown by the WORD
to be just another human distortion, believed by BLIND "observers"...
As for me, I don't buy it... because all other options (other religions or evolution), end up with UNREASONABLE conclusions (perfection/completion) based upon an INCOMPLETE foundational proposals.
Like EVOLUTION, ...it has FAR too many HOLES in it, which negate it to be considered TRUTH...