Making sense of Reincarnation

I will show you that nothing makes sense without reincarnation: nothing in life, nothing in religion. Ask a priest or pastor who decides that one person should be rich, handsome, intelligent, strong and successful in everything he undertakes, and another one sickly, ugly, poor and miserable and stupid: he will answer that it is the Will of God. He may add all kinds of explanations about grace and predestination but that doesn’t make it any clearer. It all boils down to one thing: the Will of God. But if you analyse it – and since God has given us our minds why should we let them go rusty from disuse? – this simply means that God is capricious, that He has arbitrary whims and wishes and that He gives great wealth to some and nothing at all to others. Very well! I can accept that: after all He is God and His Will is always magnificent. I can only bow before it. But what I find incomprehensible is that He should be offended and fly into a rage when people to whom He has never given anything good, do something silly or stop believing in Him and turn to crime. If He has given them that mentality, if it is His Will that they should have so little intelligence and feeling, why does He then have to punish them for it?

God is almighty and omniscient: couldn’t He create all men good, honest, intelligent, wise and devout? Couldn’t He make all men splendid? Not only is it His fault if people commit crimes but He then has to punish them for doing so! No, no! I cannot go along with this. I agree that God is all powerful, I agree that He should do as He sees fit, He is irreproachable, but then why is He not also consistent, logical, and just? The least He could do is leave humans alone; but no, He sends them to Hell for all eternity. That astounds me. For how many years did they sin, thirty, or forty? Well, let them remain in Hell for forty years: no more. But for all eternity? No, I can’t go along with that. Just think about it. Use your reason. Ah, but people don’t reason; they don’t dare to think; their minds are paralysed by what they have been taught. They behave as though it were a crime to think for oneself, but then what are our minds for? If God gave us intelligence surely He wants us to use it!

From the moment we accept the notion of reincarnation all that is changed. God really is Master of the Universe, all powerful, all noble and all just, and it is our own fault if we didn’t know enough to use all that God gave us from the very beginning and had to make our own costly experiments. As God is also most generous and most tolerant, He lets us do as we wish, He says to Himself, ‘Well, they will suffer and run into trouble, but it doesn’t matter, I will always have plenty of love and plenty of everything to give them when they are ready for it. They have enough reincarnations ahead in which to learn!’ He leaves us free and whatever happens to us is our fault. Why does the Church put all the blame on God? You answer, ‘The Church doesn’t blame God, it simply abolished the idea of reincarnation.’ It comes to the same thing, if you think about it.

The Christians believed in reincarnation until the fourth century, as did the Jews, Egyptians, Indians, Tibetans, etc. But no doubt the Church Fathers said to themselves that this belief gave people too much time, they were improving too slowly, and if the idea of reincarnation was eliminated they would make more rapid progress for they would think that they had only one life in which to become perfect! Gradually the Church invented more and more horrors in order to frighten people into obedience, so that by the Middle Ages all they believed in was devils, Hell and everlasting damnation! Belief in reincarnation was abolished so that fear and dread would force people to live better lives, but the result was that not only did they not improve, they became worse and worse – and ignorant to boot! We must get back to this belief. Without it nothing is true, nothing in life makes sense, God is a monster of cruelty.

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
Man, Master of his Destiny, Izvor Collection

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