I know there are people who believe in reincarnation. There are whole religions based on the hope they’ll do better at life next time so eventually they’ll reach that blissful nothingness, or euphoria they are working toward. I have a friend who firmly believes she lived during the time of Henry VIII. She didn’t. Do you know how I now she didn’t? Let’s look at what God has said in His Word about death.
Starting with Job. Job says, in chapter 14:10-12,
But man dies and is laid low; he breathes his last and is no more. As water disappears from the sea, or a riverbed becomes parched and dry, so man lies low and does not rise; till the heavens are no more, men will not awake or be roused from their sleep. (emphasis mine)
Job knew that when a person dies, he is dead. We know there will be a day when life on planet Earth is no more, when the heavens will be no more and Christ returns to take His children home. I don’t see anything to indicate a second or third life on earth in what Job says here. But he’s not the only one with a word on the subject.
The Apostle Paul said this:
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8, emphasis mine).
Paul has no doubt. Death ushers the soul into the presence of God.
The writer of Hebrews tells us:
Just as a man is appointed to die once, and after that to face judgment… (9:27, emphasis mine).
We get one go ’round in this life. Just one.
And maybe the most important fact concerning this topic is what Jesus Himself said to the thief while both men faced death on the cross:
Today you will be with me in paradise. (Luke 23:43, emphasis mine).
Now, some might argue that the thief had lived his best life after several tries, and therefore had earned his Nirvana. Umm… he was a thief. Is that the best he could do? I wonder what he was like in a previous life.
Why is this topic important? It’s eternally important. The fact is, you can’t earn heaven, no matter how many times you think you have to try. You can never be good enough, give enough, or bring yourself to a place of perfection.
You are a sinner. And the God of Creation tells us your sin has earned you one thing only:
But the God of Creation also tells you there is a way to escape that death, the eternal separation from Him. You have got to go through the blood of Jesus. That’s it. That is the only way.
And you have these few measly years on this planet to choose Jesus. Don’t wait. Don’t assume you’ll do better next time.
There is no next time. Only now. You may have just today before life on this earth is over for you. Are you ready to face the God of Creation? I pray so.