khanster wrote:Early Christianity and reincarnation:Notice that the Pharisees questioning John were expecting the reincarnation of an Old Testament prophet. And John did not refute the concept of reincarnation when he stated his ignorance about having a past life as Elijah. But Jesus was not ignorant about John. Jesus knew better and said so in the plainest words possible:
This is the one ... there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist ... And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. He who has ears, let him hear. (Matt. 11:11-15)
Jesus revealed John to be Elijah; but John denied it. Which of the two people are right - Jesus or John? The answer should be very clear. John's denial of his own past identity as Elijah does not mean he did not have a past life as Elijah. This is especially true when Jesus claimed that John was indeed Elijah.
The Pharisees were not expecting a reincarnation of an Old Testament prophet, they were expecting THE Old Testament prophet. John wasn't lying when he said he wasn't Elijah and Jesus was correct when He called him Elijah because John the Baptist came in the office of Elijah, doing the work of Elijah. That is why Jesus followed that up with "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
Jesus was basically saying, "You wanted to see Elijah, well, here he is, listen to him and believe what he says" But, they did not.