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    25 percent of US Christians believe in reincarnation. What’s wrong with this picture? | America Magazine - it's rather grossly heretical.
    Reincarnation | Catholic Answers
    Members of what is commonly called the “New Age” movement often claim that early Christians believed in reincarnation. Shirley MacLaine, an avid New Age disciple, recalls being taught: “The theory of reincarnation is recorded in the Bible. But the proper interpretations were struck from it during an ecumenical council meeting of the Catholic Church in Constantinople sometime around A.D. 553, called the Council of Nicaea” (Out on a Limb, 234–35).

    Historical facts provide no basis for this claim.
    I think that that is correct, even if some eccentric early Xian sect believed in reincarnation. Some pagans believed in it, so that belief might have influenced some early Xians.
    May a Christian Believe in Reincarnation?
    Reincarnation-also known as the transmigration of souls-is not some exotic idea of non-Christian mysticism. In ancient orthodox Jewish and Christian writings, as well as the Holy Scriptures, we can find reincarnation as a fully developed belief, although today it is commonly ignored.
    Seems to mix up resurrection with reincarnation, resurrection including getting a new body. But some medieval and recent-century Jewish religious leaders have advocated reincarnation.
    What does the Bible say about reincarnation? | Bible.org That it does not happen, as one might expect.
    Why don't Christians believe in reincarnation? "ne reason Christians don’t believe in reincarnation—the belief that we come back to life over and over again—is because they believe in heaven."
    Why Christians believe in resurrection, not reincarnation
    Reincarnation: The Church’s Biggest Lie - also claiming that early Xians believed in reincarnation before a Xian Church Council declared it heretical.
    REINCARNATION IS IT COMPATIBLE WITH CHRISTIANITY? | Believersweb.org - "Having looked at what the Bible DOES NOT say in support of reincarnation, let us turn to what the Bible DOES say against reincarnation."
    What about reincarnation? It does not happen: "It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment. (Hebrews 9:27)"
    Is Reincarnation True? | Living Waters
    Hebrews 9:27 clearly tells us that we die once and then face judgment. The Bible never mentions people having a second chance at life or coming back as different people or animals. Jesus told the dying criminal on the cross, “Today you will be with me in paradise,” not, “You will have another chance to live a life on this earth.” The Bible teaches that believers go on to eternal life while unbelievers go on to eternal punishment.
    What is Reincarnation? Is it Biblical? l Christians Believe in News Age l Falsehoods on Reincarnation - Beliefnet
    People are being deceived.
    Reincarnation feeds an innate hunger.
    Reincarnation takes people away from God.
    Reincarnation is a lie of the devil.
    Belief in reincarnation is not Christian | The Compass - "Jesus did not suffer and die on the cross for animals or other created things."
    "Reincarnation as Taught by Early Christians" by I. M. Oderberg
    About Reincarnation, Karma, and Christianity — The Past Life Perspective - "Many Early Christians Embraced Reincarnation"
    Comparative Religion - Reincarnation and Christianity
    Christian Reincarnation: The Long Forgotten Doctrine - "More scriptural support for reincarnation"
    Hidden Beliefs Covered by the Church? Resurrection and Reincarnation in Early Christianity | Ancient Origins
    Reincarnation In Early Christianity

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    In connection with Xianity and New-Agey beliefs like reincarnation, I have thought of a thought experiment.

    Imagine that there was some Xian church that I'll call the Church of the All-Spirit. Its leaders claim that its teachings are derived from the Bible and the theology and practice of historical Xian churches. But its teachings and practices are very typical New-Age teachings and practices. Like pantheism, God being the creative power of the Universe or the Universe itself and the Universe being infinite and eternal. Reincarnation, with exploration of past lives and with souls progressing as they reincarnate. Jesus Christ as a New-Age guru and Ascended Master, complete with him having gotten very spiritually developed in his previous reincarnations. Meditation and visualizations.

    Would anyone consider this Church of the All-Spirit a very orthodox representative of Xianity?

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