‘Resurrection Is More Likely to Be True Than Reincarnation.’ Discuss

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In discussing this statement, we must first define the words resurrection and reincarnation to decipher what they mean. Resurrection is the act of rising from the dead or returning to life and reincarnation is the rebirth of a soul in a new body. There are many problems surrounding the two due to mainly religious beliefs. The religions that have focussed on the two are Hinduism as they believe in reincarnation, and Christianity which believes in resurrection. Reincarnation is a common belief in the eastern part of the world, with Buddhism as well as Hinduism, supporting the idea of rebirth. The main difference between resurrection and reincarnation is to do with the definitions themselves. Resurrection is when a being returns to life after they have died and reincarnation is when our ‘spirit’, upon death, leaves one body to enter into another. For most people, Christianity is the religion most associated with resurrection, due to the Bible’s writings on it, the Christian teachings on it and the resurrection of repentant souls after judgement day. In Hinduism their version of life after death fits in with their idea of Atman. The next question is whether the idea of a soul or spirit is necessary in order for resurrection and reincarnation to work. When looking at the classic definition of Hindu reincarnation, a soul, is necessary in order to ‘pass between bodies’. This soul, known as atman, is often described very little in Hindu scriptures but is has similar properties to the Christian view of the soul. Understanding this, it would seem to be a dualistic relationship between the body and the atman and there are two separate substances. In most religions which feature reincarnation, however, there is often a monistic (there is just one sacred substance) approach and this is the same for Hinduism. This is where the idea of Brahman is brought in; that all is one and
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