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You Only Go Around Once

• Greg Boyd

Reincarnation is gaining popularity in our society. Many people believe that the only fair way to explain the universe is that each person has an unlimited number of lifetimes to attain perfection.

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Reincarnation is an idea gaining popularity in our society. Many people believe that the only fair way to explain the universe is that each person has an unlimited number of lifetimes to attain perfection. It takes the pressure off of life. There is no urgency in making decisions about right and wrong. This is what makes it so attractive to some people.

This theory rests on a certain optimism about human nature, that given enough time, every person will become perfectly good on their own. To look at human nature, this optimism doesn’t make sense. The further a person goes down a road in life, the less likely they are to change their ways. So, what would thousands of years of living do to help the situation?

Another idea popular now is the idea that humanity is moving into a time ‘ world peace (the so-called Age of Aquarius). But history does not back this up. In fact, this optimism is nothing new; many times in history (after the Civil War, at the turn of the century, after World War 1, after World War 2) people have felt that certainly a time of world peace was at hand. But it has not happened. This century has been the most violent of all.

The Bible tells us that each person will die only once, and after that face the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). While people talk of peace, destruction will come upon them (1 Thessalonians 5:3)…Only one chance to get it right? Is that fair?

We know that God judges fairly. No one is ever lost by accident. God is also gracious; He wants to forgive each and every one of us.

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