Just a simple question: is the biblical idea of being born again compatible with eastern religious ideas of reincarnation?
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Being "Born again" and being reincarnated are completely different concepts.
The concept of being born again comes from this Bible passage below. I know it's long but the theological and doctrinal implications found in this passage are profound and critical to understanding what it means to be "born again" and what salvation requires.
That's the essence of being "born again".
Being born again in Christianity is being born of the Spirit. Triune man, consisting of body, soul, and spirit at creation, died spiritually at the fall. Being born again revives the spirit, but body and soul stay the same. This is shown too when Paul says that we have been saved, are saved, and will be saved. This can be interpreted like:
In eastern religions, the spirit never died, but is reborn into new bodies until it has changed enough to earn Nirvana for example.
The idea of reincarnation is not compatible with the Bible. Others have discussed how the phrase "born again" does not mean reincarnation.
The Bible specifically denies reincarnation. Hebrews 9:27, "it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment". We die once and then are judged. We do not die and then be reborn to "try again".
In my opinion, there is no contradiction between Christian concept of paradise and hell vs some other religions' reincarnation.
Maybe person has "two spirits" (for lack for a better term than "spirit" here). One person's spirit goes to paradise or hell and the other is reincarnated.
I am not sure that the above is an accurate picture of reality, but I consider this quite possible and not conflicting with biblical teaching.