Originally posted by trev33
that your religion or non-religion is the correct one? everyone has faith, everyone thinks that what he or she believes in is the divine truth - well you can't all be right.
lets face it, the thought of a 'god' or 'gods' is pretty radical and unlikely if you look around yourself and think about it but lets say that there is a higher being of some sort, do ...[text shortened]... scared though, anything which produces that much methane can hardly be considered holy.
personally i like the idea in hinduism about your soul being reincarnated over and over again until it becomes perfect, not so sure about the cow being scared though, anything which produces that much methane can hardly be considered holy.
That is a rather honest admission.
But if trev is to die and be reincarnated as another soul that is not trev. And then trev never will experience a perfected soul because the reincarnation is someone or something else.
The Bible warns against setting our hope in reincarnation because it teaches that men are appointed to die ONCE. And after this death JUDGMENT:
"And inasmuch as it is reserved for men to die once, and after this comes judgment." (Hebrews 9:27)
Therefore we should not put our trust in multiple lives. The one life we live is the one for which we will be judged. And this judgment follows upon our death.
Our hope of transformation is by being identified with the Perfect One - Christ the Son of God. By being one with Him and enjoy living in the sphere and realm of this resurrected and available Person we can be transformed into His image.
"And the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.
But we all with unvieled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory even as from the Lord Spirit." (2 Cor. 3:17,18)
Sanctification and transformation come about from the power of the Lord's Spirit. That is the "pneumatic" Christ - the Holy Spirit Who is the Jesus Christ Who you can receive INTO your being.
Now this One has eternity to work on you without you reincarnating to be a another person or frog or cow or what have you.
He has eternity. But He will not take eternity to transform you. He will do it at the most in your lifetime + one thousand years at the most. But with your cooperation He can do it less time then that. And He desires to.
One other very important thing. When you believe into Christ immediately you are garuanteed that God cannot FAIL to transform you into a son of God. And furthermore when you believe into Christ you possess PERFECTION already in the eyes of God because Jesus Christ Himself has become your righteous standing and approved merit.
In the eyes of God to whom is the ultimate accountability, once you enter into Christ, Christ Himself has become your eternal perfection and righteousness. It is only a matter of subjectively being brought into the enjoyment of that objective righteous standing that you now have eternally before God.