I have responded inline.In an earlier post it was suggested that these verses from the Christian Bible support reincarnation:
I humbly suggest that there are other ways to understand them.
Venu: I am glad to note that you have your own understanding of these Biblical verses. See my comments below.
...for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap - Galatians 6:7
— what he does in this life has consequences, both in the physical world and the spiritual world.
Venu: I agree and this is called the law of karma by the religions of India. Not sure why the Bahai do not seem to acknowledge the law formally.
....for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword - Matthew 26:52
— refers specifically to the practice of violence which has consequences in this life, which leads both literally and spiritually to death by violence.
Venu: What you say is not true in all cases without reincarnation. For example the Greek emperor Alexander who waged unnecessary wars and massacred countless people did not die a physically violent death. Another example is the Mughal emperor Aurangazeb who killed his brothers and imprisoned his own father to grab the throne and later killed thousands of civilians and had his men rape numerous women when they were captured as war booty. He died a non-violent death. So for this verse from the Bible to be true in the case of people like Alexander and Aurangazeb, they would have to be born again in human form.
“Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? - John 9:2:
—This is a very profound question that leads to considering God’s justice and mercy. In the Old Testament, it says the sins of the fathers are visited on the children to the fourth generation (Exodus20:5), so Jesus might be referring to that belief, but later in th Bible, such as Ezekiel 18, God says that children are not bound by their parent’s sins. And Jesus is helping people understand that. There is nothing to imply sins committed in a past life.
Venu: How do you apply your understanding to the case of a child that dies in a few hours after birth due to a congenital medical condition. What does the child accomplish by such a birth and how is God fair to that child? Does the child go to heaven or hell after death. The child has not done anything good to go to heaven nor has it done anything bad to go to hell. So where does it go and why is God treating this soul differently from the ones that go to heaven or hell? The law of karma and reincarnation can explain the situation as follows. Some people who are emotionally and mentally unstable commit suicide. In the process they reject human life that is a precious gift of God. So when they try to reincarnate, they are denied a proper human birth for a certain number of attempts until the karma related to suicide is worked out. This happens through miscarriage, abortions and untimely death soon after birth.
Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out - Revelation 3:12
— shall not go out of the temple, in other words, remain faithful. It has nothing to do with past lives.
Venu: You haven't explained the "overcometh" part. What needs to be overcome and why?
What it means is that if you overcome your karma, you will permanently become part of God (reunited) and will not go out in to the world again (reincarnate)
—There is no tradition in Jewish or Christian belief to support this interpretation.
Venu: Here is a verse from Jewish scripture supporting reincarnation
The souls must reenter the absolute substance whence they have emerged. But to accomplish this, they must develop all the perfections, the germ of which is planted in them; and if they have not fulfilled this condition during one life, they must commence another, a third, and so forth, until they have acquired the condition which fits them for reunion with God. (Zohar, Vol. II:99)