I was talking to someone recently who clearly indicated she was a Christian and definitely agreed that you need a personal relationship with Jesus and not just “religion.” So far so good. Then the conversation took a turn to the beliefs of someone else we both know.
Suddenly she said that like this other person, she certainly believes in reincarnation. My jaw dropped open and I stared at her completely nonplussed. I thought; is she kidding? Then she proceeded to say how she had always believed that we have many lives.
I replied: “Well, if reincarnation is valid, why do we need the blood of Jesus? Wouldn’t it be completely unnecessary to live multiple lives if the death of Christ on the cross was sufficient to cover every inadequacy in our one and only life?”
Now it was her turn to be baffled. Her brow wrinkled in concentration but finally she said; “I have no idea. I’m going to have to think about it.” It was clear that she never bothered to check and see if any of her beliefs actually contradicted each other.
It might be worth doing an inventory of your own beliefs. There are so many exotic philosophies out there that it is easy to become seduced. The Bible reminds us: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
I’d rather my ears be receptors of truth than objects of tickling. How about you?