© 2007 Newsweek, Inc.
Aug. 20-27, 2007 issue – In one of history’s more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. According to a statement issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, the law, which goes into effect next month and strictly stipulates the procedures by which one is to reincarnate, is “an important move to institutionalize management of reincarnation.”(full article)

Yes, you read that correctly. The laughable part of this is obvious.Of course, it’s also very sad. The article mentions that a Barna survey found that 25% of Christians, including 10% of all born-again Christians, “embrace it as their favored end-of-life view.” How sad. How clueless.

On the subject of reincarnation, John MacArthur has this to say:

Romans 1:18 says, “The wrath of God is revealed,” right? and that is the heart and soul of the Gospel, that God is going to pour out wrath on sinful man. Now, how can man deny that? So that’s his dilemma, he doesn’t want to accept God, he doesn’t want to accept the truth, he doesn’t want to accept the gospel. So somehow he’s got to replace this concept of judgment. The Bible says in Hebrews 9:27, “It’s appointed unto man once to die and after that the judgment.” So the Bible denies reincarnation in that one verse.

Now, at that point the system of man says, we deny judgment. In 2nd Peter it says, “Where is the promise of His coming, all things continue as they were from the beginning…” so forth and so forth…they don’t want to admit judgment. Now the way they get out of judgment is by this constant cycle of reincarnation, you’re never judged, you just keep cycling through human existence again and again, there’s no consequences to what you do, except a lowering or a raising of your karma in life. It is a calculated design to evade the reality of judgment.