I’m feeling an inclination to write about another previously unentertained thought I had on the second day of the New Message from God Encampment. But I have to set up a little history.
The Christian Church (and by “Christian Church” I mean the Church Universal, the Body of Christ, the Christian community) contemplated and rejected, for both scriptural and practical reasons, the idea of reincarnation or rebirth. I recall someone asking me about it, and responding, without missing a beat, “Well, the Bible says it is appointed for men to die once, and after this comes judgement.” (Hebrews 9:27, NASB) On the other hand, I was unaware of the amount of debate the Church engaged in on the subject. I was also unaware of the number of other faith traditions which contemplate this idea.
A Course In Miracles pointed out that some people use the belief in reincarnation as a weapon in the service of their own self-loathing. They say “Oh, I must be suffering now because of something I did in a previous life.” Such a statement is highly disempowering, an exercise in learned helplessness. So the Course decided, for better or for worse, to not take a position on the subject. I understand that many people might have been helped by this, but I was dissatisfied. I considered it a “Muhammad Ali shuffle”, a skillful dodging of the issue.
“Your mission, Jim, should you choose to accept it” – “Mission: Impossible”
While the New Message doesn’t divulge exact details on the subject, it teaches that instead of being a mere biological accident, instead of being thrown into this world against our will, we came to this world to serve its development, to meet certain people, to give certain gifts.
“YOUR LIFE IS NECESSARY. It is not a biological accident. It is not a mere chance circumstance that you arrived in this world. Your life is necessary. If you could but recall what you went through to come into this world and the preparation that was required—both within this world and beyond—for you to emerge here, then you would realize the importance of your being here and the importance of the Knowledge that you carry within you.” (Steps to Knowledge, Step 174, “My life is necessary”)
I make no claims of any experience of past lives. All I know is that this teaching puts me, and other people, in a position of strength to address the ups and downs of life.
I am now ready to share with you the previously unentertained thought I had. The thought was “If it’s true that we’ve come to this world, possibly many times, why should it be a shock to contemplate the possibility that we’ve come here at a time when our world is receiving a new message from God?”
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