I recently read a comment about my book wondering about the juxtaposition of angels, creatures of Christian mythology, with the idea of reincarnation, which was notoriously Hindu. I thought I’d talk about it for today’s post. In a previous Winged Wednesday post, I mentioned that Angels weren’t just Christian. They could be found in Judaism and Islamic texts as well as in pagan beliefs predating all of those faiths.
Today, I’m going to talk a bit about reincarnation and say that it’s not only found in the Hindu faith. In fact, reincarnation comes from many religions: In addition to Jainism, Hinduism, and Buddhism, there are instances of reincarnation documented by the Ancient Greek, Norse, Celtic, and Taoist beliefs. (See Wikipedia for more).
There was even mention of reincarnation in the early Christian faith. Yep. Christianity believed in reincarnation too. For scriptural support, see http://reluctant-messenger.com/origen3.html
“Although the Bible also contains other reincarnational passages, these Elijah-John passages constitute clear proof of reincarnation:
1. The Old Testament prophesied that Elijah himself (not someone “like” him or someone “similar” to him, but Elijah himself) would return before the advent of the Messiah.
2. Jesus declared that John the Baptist was Elijah who had returned, stating bluntly “Elijah has come”.
Now, based on these passages alone, either (A) or (B) must be true:
(A) John the Baptist was Elijah himself, meaning that Elijah had reincarnated. If this is true, then reincarnation must belong in Christian theology, and the West’s entire doctrinal interpretation of “Life After Death” in general, and the “Last Day Resurrection” in particular, must be radically revised, or…
(B) John the Baptist was not Elijah himself, meaning that Elijah himself had not returned. If this is so, then either:
(1) The Old Testament prophecy about Elijah returning before the Messiah failed to come to pass (meaning that Biblical prophecy is fallible), OR
(2) Jesus was not the Messiah.
Basically, it comes down to this simple question: What do you want to believe? One of the following A, B, or C, must logically be true:
A. Reincarnation is true, or
B. Jesus was not the Messiah, or
C. The prophecies of the Bible are unreliable.”
It is believed by some that in 325 AD, the council of Nicea, the early Christian church, removed the idea of reincarnation from the Bible. Some say it’s a rumor, but since none of us were actually there at the time, I figured, “Why not?”
Since I’m writing fiction, I don’t have to cite sources the same way as non-fiction must. I created a world where this might be true and leave the rest up to the reader’s imagination.
Thank you for visiting my site today. Have you read other fantasy books written with different spiritual mythologies? What kind of spiritual mash-ups have you read that you enjoy? What kind would you like to see?