“Here’s where this sermon skates out on the ice, but I’ve got some pretty good biblical evidence behind what I am about to say. Here are a few of the biblical passages behind my argument: Psalm 90:3-4; Proverbs 8:22-31; Jeremiah 1:5; Ecclesiastes 1:9-11; Wisdom 8:19-20; Matthew 11:11-15, 16:13-14, and 17:9-13; and John 9:1-2). One of the most compelling passages is in John’s Gospel (John 9:2), where the disciples find a man who was born blind, and they come to Jesus and ask, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (emphasis mine). It was years before I realized what that text was actually saying. The disciples’ question is based on the assumption that this man may have sinned before he was born into this life. Listen again to the passage: “Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” And it’s significant that Jesus didn’t say, “Now, boys, what a foolish question that is!” Jesus didn’t say that, because it was an accepted belief in Judaism that we all preexisted before this life. There is ample evidence throughout the Bible for the belief in human preexistence, reincarnation if you will, as human beings. Hinduism, of course, has always taught this, with the major difference being that humans can return to this life as almost anything. I’m not suggesting that. Ancient Judaism and early Christianity believed that we live many human lives as we make our way back to God. Albert Schweitzer (no mean theologian himself) called this “a most comforting explanation of reality.” Poets and philosophers have long held this view, as have scientists from Darwin down to Einstein. Fascinating research in psychiatry and psychology has produced strong evidence that We may in fact live many lives. One well-known psychiatrist has written about a patient he had who was able to recall over a hundred past lives (written up in a fascinating book entitled Many Lives. Many Masters, by B. L. Weiss). So what’s going on here? Why might God do such a thing as this?”
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Peace and blessings,