Resurrection Or Reincarnation?
Resurrection Or Reincarnation?
The dictionary defines reincarnation as:
Reincarnation: is the religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, begins a new life in a new body that may be human, animal or spiritual depending on the moral quality of the previous life’s actions.
The following Watchtower article claims that Jesus’ body was destroyed then His spirit and soul entered a new body?
JESUS’ FLESHLY BODY DISSOLVED
Jesus was the antitype foreshadowed by Moses, the great mediator and leader of the congregation of Israel. God himself disposed of Moses’ body by burial, and “no man knoweth of his sepulchre”. (Deut. 34:5, 6) Later, one of the Christian writers says that Michael had a dispute with the Devil over the body of Moses. (Jude 9) The Devil desired to get the body of Moses the great leader and to use it as an object of worship to draw the Israelites away from their true invisible Commander and Leader, Jehovah God. With stronger desire the Devil wanted to obtain the fleshly body of Jesus after his death to induce some to worship it and use it for indecent false religious purposes, thus reproaching Jehovah God. But Jehovah thwarted the Devil’s purpose in both cases by disposing of the bodies of these two faithful men.
Moses’ body returned to the dust by process of decay, as all human bodies do, but not so in Jesus’ case, for it is written: “For thou wilt not leave my soul to Sheol; neither wilt thou suffer thy holy one to see corruption.” (Ps. 16:10, AS; Acts 2:31) So God caused Jesus’ body to disappear, but not corrupt, meaning that it was dissolved, disintegrated back into the elements from which all human bodies are made. Watchtower 53 9/1 p. 518 The Fleshly Body of Jesus
The Bible defines resurrection as:
Resurrection: in 1 Cor 15:51-52 is defined as “change” [reconstruction] not recreation.
Matt 27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies [their own bodies] of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after his [Christ’s] resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
John 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple [Jesus’ body], and in three days I will raise it up [who will raise it up?]. 20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? 21 But he spake of the temple of his body [His physical body].
Luke 24:39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: [Was Jesus lying? No, it was Him in His resurrected body] handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
Please note that since the WT teaches that Jesus’ body was destroyed and His Spirit was put into a different body, what they really teach is defined as reincarnation not resurrection. Believing in the bodily resurrection is essential for salvation: Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. You may choose to spend the rest of your life defending the WT’s changing doctrines or simply believe the Bible—the choice is yours. When one is willing to take God at His Word, in its context, the truth of that context will be in harmony with all other related Scriptures. The truth of statements in their context will always reveal the conflicts of false teachings.
Question: Was Jesus Raised As A Spirit Being Or Was He Raised By The Power Of The Spirit?
Answer: Jesus was quickened (made alive) by the power of the Spirit.
1 Pet 3:18 (NWT) Why, even Christ died once for all time concerning sins, a righteous [person] for unrighteous ones, that he might lead YOU to God, he being put to death in the flesh, but being made alive in the spirit.
Rev 4:2 (NWT) After these things I immediately came to be in [the power of the] spirit: and, look! a throne was in its position in heaven, and there is one seated upon the throne.
Note: In the Spirit or by the Spirit, neither of which mean that He was resurrected as a spirit being.
1Pet 3:18 (KJV) For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
1Pet 3:18 (ASV) Because Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God; being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;
Rev 4:2 (KJV) And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.