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What Does “Born Again” Mean? One Hint…It Is Not Reincarnation.

The correct Biblical definition of “Born Again” is found in the Book of John 3: 3-10 (HCSB) from the mouth of Jesus:

3 Jesus replied, “I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 “But how can anyone be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked Him. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born?”
5 Jesus answered, “I assure you: Unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.6 Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born again. 8 The wind blows where it pleases, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
9 “How can these things be?” asked Nicodemus.
10 “Are you a teacher of Israel and don’t know these things?”Jesus replied.

The New Testament was translated from the Greek Septuagint and it was written “born from above” and is defined as being regeneration when one becomes a Christian, no longer dead in his sins, no longer spiritually blind and made into a new creature.

Now what “Born Again” does not mean;

The Roman Catholic belief: It means that a transformation occurs when they are water baptized and all their sins are removed and the Grace of God is infused into them.

The Jehovah’s Witness belief: There are only 144000 followers that are born again be with Christ in heaven.

The Mormon belief: Baptism is necessary or they can’t be born again. Being born again, arrives through the “Spirit of God” as a result of ordinances.

Seventh Day Adventists belief: You must be water baptized, a works for salvation position.

The Baha’I belief: Being born again is a “spiritual state” by power coming from the manifestation of God (www.planetbahai.org).

The Eastern Reincarnation belief: (Wikipedia) 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.

There are some real issues that throw huge road blocks into this belief for instance, if we are all being recycled (reincarnated)then where are all the babies coming from? As of writing this article there is 7,104,015,836 humans on planet earth (www.geohive.com) Reincarnation states there is no creator God, so where are all these new souls coming from? And where did the first humans originate?

Also something to ponder is; how could any progress in bettering yourself be made without a clear understanding of the past cause of your suffering?

There are many more problems posed by the fictional tale of reincarnation, but I will address them in a separate article.

The Christian belief in NO reincarnation is found in Hebrews 9: 27(HCSB),

27 And just as it is appointed for people to die once—and after this, judgment

Also Matthew 25: 46(HCSB),

46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

We die ONCE and there is judgment, pretty clear huh?

God Bless
Brian Mason

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One response to “What Does “Born Again” Mean? One Hint…It Is Not Reincarnation.

  1. Ben

    I think Christ made it clear that he was referring to a literal spiritual birth. Nicodemus even understood what it meant to be born. He just couldn’t look past the physical. It’s interesting to compare the human gestation period with God giving His Holy Spirit to a human not yet born of the spirit. Eventually the baby is born in a literal birth.

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