Series 1 - Lesson 6 - Annotation 12
What is reincarnation? What purpose does it have in the experience of man?
12. Reincarnation is the re-embodiment of man in a physical form; the rebirth of an individual in a new human body. Reincarnation is the mercy of God, made possible by the love of God, as man seeks to fulfill his divine destiny of demonstrating perfection. God's Plan is all-inclusive of good and part of this Plan is giving man unlimited opportunities to become conscious of who and what he is -- a spiritual being -- and to make "the great demonstration" of Truth here and now.
Reincarnation is essentially the formation and responsibility of the soul of man. It is a merciful provision for man that gives him other opportunities to express life in the physical body in order that he may learn the lessons of right thinking, right feeling, right speaking, right acting on this plane. In order to manifest in the physical realm, the soul must have a physical body, as a vehicle of expression, through which to prove its birthright. "He is not the God of the dead, but of the living" (Luke 20:33), states the Scriptures. Therefore, reincarnation is a merciful provision for the soul, giving it unlimited opportunities to demonstrate eternal life.
In the divine ongoing of the soul nothing is ever lost. The essence of wisdom garnered through all experiences and incorporated in the ego (self-consciousness) through both intuition and conscience is carried forward to guard and guide the soul through further experiences. While conscience prevents man from indulging in wrong ways of thinking and feeling, it is intuition which, when heeded and followed, leads man into a conscious realization of the love of God for man. This realization comes from knowing "I am now the beloved son of God." Such knowledge helps man to fulfill the purpose of life on this physical plane.
Preceding Entry: What deceptive thoughts concerning life does the Adversary give to the race?
Following Entry: What is resurrection?