Reincarnation vs Resurrection
May 6, 2007 9:35pm CST
Does the idea of Reincarnation really comes from Buddhism? Does the idea of Resurrection really comes from Christianity? Is it like an update of a response for the first one? What are their differences? what are their similarities? Are they necesarily a mean of after death? Can someone believe in both at the same time? Are them logically compatible?
7 May 07
Reincarnation, I believe has it's roots in the Hindu religion. I may be wrong on that and if I am I hope someone corrects me. Reincarnation was not a part of the original Buddhist teachings but has crept into Buddhism to provide an answer as to an afterlife. No religion can be competitive if it does not answer the question, "What happens to us next?" The concept of resurrection did not originate with Christianity. It is found in many of the old mystery religions that pre-date Christianity.
11 May 07
I don't know about resurrection, but Hinduism has a lot of references to reincarnation. We have the concept of the Dashavatara, meaning Ten incarnations. We have the concept of Yugas, or the ages. According to our philosophy, all time is consisted of four cyclic phases. The first, Satya Yuga, is the period of truth and absolute virtue, the second, Tretha Yuga, is a period of great virtue, albeit not as good as the Satya Yuga. The third, Dvapara yuga is the descent into the evils of corruption. The fourth, Kali Yuga, is the age of complete corruption and evil. Once evil gets to the highest levels, everything is neutralized and the world is restored to the first phase. We are currently in the Kali Yuga, according to our scriptures. The Lord too gets reincarnated in various forms during these different Yugas. So far, nine of the incarnations have occured in this cycle, with the last incarnation, known as the Kalki avatar, is yet to come forth. That incarnation, when it materializes, will mean the annihilation of the world, as we know it.
11 May 07
I agree with you, it is an interesting subject. I should like to thank you for a great insight into the Hindu chronology, and for reminding me of the names of the ages, which I had forgotten. All the best, and a superb response, for which I'm glad to give you a +ive rating.
7 May 07
Yes, Reincarnation does come from Buddhism, and Resurrection comes from Christianity. Reincarnation is where people believe that people are reincarnated into someone else in a later time and come back to earth, where the resurrection is where Jesus was resurrected on the cross. Yes I think that there are some people that believe in both. But they say that they are not logially compatible.
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16 May 07
Reincarnation and Resurrection has its roots in so many cultures it would be difficult to name them all here. Those ideas and beliefs are part of religious belief back to the first ancestors as they began to create the original religious dogma. Its a fascinating study in human perception and I recommend you look further into the 'pre-history' of religious belief.