Reincarnation says that a person's soul will live a succession of lives which will not end until that person has gotten rid of all sin. Many call this the state of nirvana, or eternal bliss.
What will happen to you according to this view?
That answer depends on your karma. If a person builds up enough good karma, he will eventually get off the reincarnation wheel, escape death, and become one with the universe.
A Few Problems with Reincarnation:
- It is numerically impossible
If there is one soul per person, and if the population of the world is increasing (which it is), where are all these new souls coming from? In other words, the population has more than doubled from around 2 billion at the turn of the century to over 5 billion today. If each of these 5 billion souls have lived at least ONE past life, where did the over 3 billion souls come from which did not exist before? Moreover, where is God in all of this? Who's in charge of doling out these new lives?
- How can we improve this life, when we can't remember our past lives?
The reason we live multiple lives is to supposedly improve upon and do restitution for what wrong we did in our prior lives. But who remembers their prior lives? I have no conscious memory of any prior lives. So how in the world am I supposed to improve upon what I did if I can't remember what I did?
- Where did evil come from according to the laws of karma and reincarnation?
Reincarnation does not solve the problem of evil, it only infinitely postpones it. If I beat my wife in this life, karma says I will come back as a wife of an abuser in my next life. That's why the Hindus refer to this as "the wheel of reincarnation" since there is no getting off. It is a hopeless cycle.
- Why try to improve my life or help others when I might be working against my or another's karma?
Don't help anyone who is downtrodden. They're working off their karma, and you would be interfering with the program.
- Reincarnation is yet another works system
Escaping reincarnation is extremely difficult and usually takes hundreds or thousands of lifetimes to build up enough good karma to be set free. How do you build up good Karma? It depends on the efforts and works of man. Meditation and other spiritual exercises are common today.
- Reincarnation contradicts the Bible
Reincarnation contradicts the historical Christian teaching and Bible concept of the resurrection of the dead. "Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment." Hebrews 9:27 Resurrection and reincarnation are not compatible at all. Both can't be true.
- The vast majority of scholars acknowledge that Jesus was crucified by the Roman government.
- Jesus appeared to the disciples individually and in groups, therefore it verified the authenticity of His resurrection to the point of them to be willing to die for what they experienced and saw with their own eyes.
- The apostle Paul (then Saul of Tarsus) encountered the risen Christ on the road to Damascus on his way to persecute more believers in Christ. After that, he started his mission to reach the Gentile world and he wrote almost two-thirds of the New Testament. He would later be martyred for his faith as well.
- Finally, the empty tomb. Jesus is not there, for He is risen.
The good news of the Resurrection is that God Himself has taken the initiative to restore us to a right relationship with Him, for only He could do it. None of us can ever hope to do it by our good works for we are too sinful. Only the Creator could restore His creation to what it had been. But to do that, sin and death had to be done away with. Jesus took away sin and death by dying on the cross. He went to the cross to bear our punishment. And He was resurrected to prove that He had truly defeated sin and death once and for all.
The forgiveness Jesus offers brings relief to those weighed down by reincarnation's oppressiveness.