Reincarnation... salvation... or a new idea?
Counterproposition to reincarnation, salvation and predestination
Many religions, especially Hinduism and Buddhism, proclaim reincarnation, though often in various forms. It is the process of many incarnations in human development leading to full enlightenment. Then the state of personal perfection and total release from the physical world's burdens. This can be understood as a permanent and happy entry into the spiritual world, that is, reaching a type of salvation.
The same goal has the process of salvation preached by Judaism, Christianity, Islam and other minor religions.
Almost all these denominations proclaim that the soul (in my case: a spiritual person) is immortal and after the earthly stay returns to the spiritual world or to God, often understood differently.
The difference between Christian salvation and reincarnation is, in short, that reincarnation is the process of self-salvation of man, while Christian salvation is made according to a plan in which man has only a partial participation and to whom he should adapt.
Therefore, according to the understanding of Christians, salvation is a "top-down" process that is only a part of the history of mankind and leads to the restoration of the expected Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. For Buddhists, the process of reincarnation is a "bottom-up" process in which there is no clearly marked beginning, and the end is nirvana. This difference is deepened by the fact that salvation and the resurrection connected with it are a process at the level of all mankind, while reincarnation is a series of incarnations leading to salvation at the individual level.
For now, I have narrowed the discussion on this matter to a confrontation between these two concepts. Islamic views and beliefs of various other religions based on predestination will be discussed in the final parts of this chapter.
Both theories described above are to lead us to a perfect state originally belonging to man and defined by the founders of these great religions. Therefore, salvation and reincarnation are different and parallel ways of reaching the same goal, that is, to human perfection.
The Christian concept of salvation has been described in detail in this study in the chapters titled "Salvation of the world" and "Responsibility for salvation". Here, I will only remind you of the characteristic points of this concept. According to it, virtually no one can currently reach the level of perfection. In the Garden of Eden, the prepared process of human growth to perfection has been stopped. In Christian religions this was called the fall of man. From that moment a new phase of human history begins, which is a kind of repair of the existing situation. Were it not for this event, no processes of renewal, salvation, redemption or resurrection would be needed. Probably also would not need the so-called wandering of souls, and consequently, also reincarnation. So all of the processes mentioned above are not a primary phenomenon, only a secondary one. This means that first of all we should try to understand the initial state, and then after the repair process. In this light, it is also easier to come to terms with the existence of different routes leading to the same goal.
Belief in reincarnation could only arise in a situation where its creators at the very beginning rejected a central figure of the universe, the Creator endowed Personality.
Reincarnation from the point of view of the Perfect Creator makes no sense. It is not possible for Him to plan the failure of his intentions, that is, the failure to attain perfection by a man who is His own creation. He would also have to admit that He was wrong, because human life could be too short to be enough for perfection. However, it was not. So faith in reincarnation definitely contradicts the sense of the Perfect Cause of the Universe, God.
If there is no Original Heavenly Father, from which there are still new and unique human beings destined to attain perfection in one lifetime, then any theory of many incarnations of one person striving for perfection is possible. What is worse, it is possible for the human person to be embodied in animal existence, which is the total degradation of man. This should not take place. An animal is such a primitive and so remote from human being that equating it with man is a degrading devastation of human dignity. Probably in the 21st century, there should no longer be the survivals of antiquity and the remnants of the civilizations of primitive peoples, and especially the cult of animals. Unfortunately, reincarnation sustains this anachronistic state and distances people from the right center of the universe, which is God - the Father of Humanity.
However, I am not going to criticize or support any of these concepts here, but I will simply present my view of this problem. First, I will set some rules of conduct in this important discussion, starting with the most important matters.
I assume the existence of the Original Being described in the previous themes of this study. I also assume the ultimate need for the creation of an ideal world as a result of the activity of this Being. In the end, I assume that this goal has not yet been achieved, but the history of mankind is heading towards a perfect world in an undefined future.
Longing for a perfect world is a universal feeling in the case of man. You could say that it has been saved in our genes. In the case of the Creator, this feeling is in His Will. The creation of an ideal world is then a necessity for the perfect God to achieve His goal and not be defeated. The ideal world is therefore the ultimate goal of the entire history of mankind.
For most people, the current reality is far from perfect. Everyone feels that without special external interference (for example, God's mercy in the case of Christians) or from within (prayers, meditations, passing through subsequent incarnations in the case of Buddhists), this cannot be changed.
The conception proposed in this study, which is a counterproposition to reincarnation and the Christian process of salvation, is based on the phenomenon of the reappearance of spiritual persons in the physical world that I presented. It has been described in the chapters on the spiritual world. For the record, let me add that instead of the notion, the human soul uses the name spiritual person to define the inner, immortal personality of man.
I also remind briefly what I wrote in previous chapters:
Persons in the spiritual world know that their destiny is full perfection. However, during their lifetime in the fallen world, they achieved a much lower than expected level of growth to perfection. Therefore, after physical death, they must continue to try to achieve a higher degree of growth. If they lost a physical person in a certain state, this is their new "starting level". At this level, they are again ready to receive vital forces from any physical person currently living on Earth and having at the same time the same as them, the degree of growth to perfection. This desire for growth is so huge that they are able to join or otherwise "cling" to the corresponding level of spirituality of the physical person currently living on Earth. Then they can use the stream of vital forces on an equal footing with the original spiritual person of a given human being, and this is invisible to her.
Unfortunately, as I have already pointed out, our world does not enable us to achieve the proper spiritual development. Thus, after the death of the "earthly breadwinner", all these "lonely" spiritual persons are looking for another opportunity to stick to the individual people living on Earth. Such a situation is repeated many times after every human's death on Earth. It sometimes looks like a typical reincarnation phenomenon, or partially reminiscent of it, but it is definitely not reincarnation. In this case, however, one can speak about the reappearance of spiritual persons in the physical world, or the specific migration of souls.
Currently, at the moment of death, we abandon our "earthly hell" and enter the spiritual world as unfinished spiritual persons. Then, however, our spiritual education does not end because we are destined by the Creator to eternity "in His image and likeness", and He is not failing.
Since our Earth is still a place where one cannot attain the level of perfection, our education and spiritual development can be completed somewhere else, in favorable conditions for us, in other places in the universe. Millions, or perhaps billions of planets, may have Earth-like biological conditions necessary to complete our "earthly" education, provided that evil has not been created on them, as is the case on Earth.
I assume that these "good Lands" have established reality in accordance with the concept of the Creator, that is, the so-called Kingdom of Heaven. People living there can help us to complete our development, that is, to give us the opportunity to achieve the appropriate state of perfection needed to continue eternal life. Thus, after the end of physical life on Earth, if we have such a desire, we can "connect" to people who are in the process of spiritual development on such a good planet. Thanks to this, we will be able to use their physical persons to, like them, achieve the level of spiritual perfection foreseen by the Creator in one biological life. After completing our development, we should finally be free for all eternity. If there are so many such "kingdoms of heaven" in the universe, then after death, we can be sure that finally we will achieve the coveted perfection somewhere. Everything I wrote here is not an unlikely scenario, but a real reality. This is a logical conclusion for the fact that God is our Father, that He is perfect and created us "in His image and likeness."
I believe that the source of faith in reincarnation is the desire for eternity inherent in the primordial nature of man. It is indeed eternal, if one takes into account the fact that the proper form of its existence is a spiritual person. Unfortunately, our physical body does not have this feature. The Creator, however, decided that there should be the possibility of experiencing earthly experiences not only for the spiritual people who currently live on Earth in their bodies, but also the possibility of receiving terrestrial experiences by spiritual persons who have already ended their lives. This was to create from one human race one whole family in the connected physical and spiritual world.
There are numerous testimonies that some people discover in themselves the memories of experiences before they appear on Earth. In the light of the previous chapters, however, I showed that this is not a transmission of our own experiences "recorded" in the spiritual person of a currently living person. In each case, it is a report from the life of a "stuck" or otherwise joined-up spiritual person of another deceased man who had already passed his earthly life. In some cases, it can also be a memory of the previous life of someone else moved by the angel who looks after him. He could thus help in the spiritual growth of a person on Earth or any other person associated with her.
An important argument that contradicts reincarnation is the words and deeds of Jesus Christ. He talks about the situation in which He asks His apostles: "Who do people say the Son of Man?" (Mt 16, 13). In order that his apostles may fully understand that He is not an incarnation of someone else, He appeared to some of them in the presence of Elijah and Moses on Mount Tabor (Mt 17: 1-3). In this way, he denied the possibility of being a reincarnation of someone from the past. The incident on this mountain shows that the so-called wandering of souls can simply be the presence of spiritual persons in our earthly life. He also suggests that we do not have to call them souls, because they are spiritual people of specific people, though deprived of a physical body.
It is very important to act to bring knowledge about ourselves to such a state that people understand the uniqueness of the identity of the human person. Then it will be easier to understand the Creator's prediction of personal perfection in one life. Each religion should therefore aim to create such knowledge that will enable the end of human suffering. Unfortunately, this cannot be done through reincarnation, but only through the process of renewal of the fallen world around us.
I would now like to add a few sentences about the idea of predestination, that is, in advance of dedicating someone to salvation or depriving him of this right. Such a relation to salvation is manifested by some fragments of the Christian religion. However, the main advocate of predestination remains Islam, for which this is an important issue regarding the daily life of every Muslim.
I would like to point out at once that I will not speak about this part of destiny regarding the fundamental work of the Creator, which leads to the creation of the Kingdom of Heaven in the physical and spiritual world. It results from a logical understanding of God's omnipotence and His Will to establish a perfect world. I have previously described this form of predestination as the necessity of achieving the goal of creation by the perfect Creator. With this understanding, there can be no doubt that realizing this goal is only a matter of time. And with this fact should all major religions of the world agree. In the meantime, looking at the issue of destiny for the salvation of a particular person, that is, the predestination of each of us, can fundamentally differ from these religions. Therefore, it is worth devoting a few sentences to this topic.
The axis of all reasoning is the problem of human freedom and the right to choose freely the course of our lives. It means to follow our free will in life. In the chapter entitled "Man - eternal being" I explained that only the spiritual person of a human can be truly free.
A physical person is practically not free and its destiny is to be a support for a spiritual person on it path to perfection. Our body must die after aging and there is no other choice. Therefore, destiny has sense above all for all physical entities. It concerns all of the universe, except for spiritual beings who have an implanted part of the Personality of God within themselves.
Predestination should not exist for a person with a spiritual personality. This is due to the preservation of his freedom, which is an attribute that makes him similar to God. God's love for man is absolute. It cannot be limited by the compulsion to assign it to a predetermined situation. On the path to perfection, when man is still in the stage of growth to its attainment, the teaching of Heavenly Father is protective for his growing child. God did not destine a man to the fall or to experience the evil. Some theologians' claims that God allows evil or tested His children are unacceptable in light of the proper understanding of the meaning of man's creation in the "image and likeness" of the Creator. They do much harm, destroying the true image of God.
God only gives good to man, because that's how His Will works. There is no room for imperfection and evil in it. If God planned evil for us, then all the basic attributes of the Original Being would not make sense. Evil is absolutely contrary to His attributes. People have made up various gods throughout history. However, Heavenly Father, the Original Being, or our Creator, is not, unlike any other, an idol invented by us, but an Absolute independent of our clumsy imaginations.
I repeat, therefore, that God did not destine a man to the fall in the Garden of Eden, He did not predicate him to do evil, or to expose him to pain, suffering and spiritual death. From the fact that there is evil and suffering, we cannot make false theories about the causes of its creation and throw unfounded accusations.
Therefore, I argue that in the present situation everyone, without exception, has a free path and the right to salvation. Nobody and nothing can take it from him.
I am guessing that the Creator, the Heavenly Father, has prepared an interesting and eternal life for all of his children in the entire cosmos. It is on this intention of the Creator that faith in destiny should be built among people in the present world. I also suppose that the reincarnation theory does not fit the current reality presented by science. It follows that faith in predestination, reincarnation, and even the Christian conception of salvation is not free from a limited vision of the world conceived by an immature human personality.