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Reincarnation? UFOs? Ghosts? Do you believe?

1) Do you believe in reincarnation?

I know a man, and when he was born, his grandmother held the new baby and said, “This one has been here before.”

I don’t think there has ever been evidence to support that belief. He has never mentioned memories of a previous life, for instance, but the family remembers that story.

His grandmother believed.

Many people believe in reincarnation, or at least they are interested enough to investigate:

2) Do you believe in UFOs?

When I was a boy, my big brother was very serious about UFOs.

We called them flying saucers, and my brother found some interesting books. I was a good reader, and I learned a lot about UFOs and the people who believe in them.

One Sunday, the pastor of our church told us all that those ideas were not true and that we shouldn’t believe in them. I think my mother put him up to that.

We kept our ideas quiet, after that, but I did see ET when it came out. I also visited Roswell, New Mexico. It’s a nice town with a tourist industry based on a famous UFO report. We really enjoyed our visit.

And no, I have never seen a UFO. Someday I would like to take a trip to the “Extraterrestrial Highway” in Nevada, north of Las Vegas, near Area 51. That could be fun.

3) Have you seen a ghost? I have.

When I was a student in a Bible College, I was sleeping in my dormitory bed and something woke me up. I remember looking up at a person who was pressing down on my chest. I couldn’t move and I felt suffocated.

I was a student in a Bible College, so I said words like “Jesus help me.” Immediately the person went away, and I felt sweaty and shaky, and almost bruised. I sat up to ask my roommate what he was doing, but he was sound asleep in his bed.

He was not the problem. Possibly I experienced a health issue, but it was very real.

I can’t explain what happened to me, but it is called the Old Hag, or the Night Hag and many people have the experience:

So, what should we believe? Is there something out there? Was I here before? Are angels watching over us? Or other spirits?

If we believe, in anything, we choose to believe, and we move into that position. There are stages to belief:

  • No;
  • No, but I like it;
  • I’m interested; and
  • I’m convinced.

Whatever you say yes or no to, you are on the belief scale, and you are probably moving. You are becoming more or less of a believer, in whatever.

Do you believe in reincarnation? Where are you on the scale?

As a Christian, I believe I have one life, but it continues after I die. We are told “Each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). If we don’t return as someone else, we do continue to the next stage. This life is not all there is.

There is much more than what we see, in this life.

I am sure that we all believe in things that we can’t see. Most of us are in the stages of ‘No, but I like it’ and ‘I’m interested.’ We might become ‘Yes’ convinced, but most of us don’t become ‘No’ unbelievers.

For the most rational doubters, there is always “Star Trek” and “Star Wars.” Hollywood made billions by giving us our beliefs in a scientific package. Atheists are some of the strongest believers in extraterrestrial life.

We all know there is more, and we believe, at some level, because we know.

I have come to believe that God is a spirit, and there is a large part of the universe that I don’t understand. I have someone that I can trust, when I don’t know.

We are promised some fantastic things:

God himself will be among them. He will wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor pain. All of that has gone forever. (Revelation 21: 3 and 4)

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