Have you ever considered why the doctrine of reincarnation was not in the bible? Based on the Catholic church, doctrines are infallible teachings of the Church on matters of faith and morals and are connected to Dogmas. Dogmas are opinions believed to be true. Doctrines can develop over time as the Church comes to better understand them. It is said that even the Pope does not have the authority to change Doctrine. This short video may provide answers to that question that many ask today.
According to a 2018 Pew Research survey, 33% of Americans say they believe in reincarnation. There is even credible research on reincarnation conducted by Ian Stevenson, chairman of the psychiatry department at the University of Virginia Medical School. He began investigating the phenomenon of young children who say they recall a past life. Hundreds of such cases were looked into with the aim of validating if the person they remembered being actually existed. Stevenson traveled the world examining children’s memories and matching them to specific individuals. Not only were many validated, but some children even bore physical signs of injuries sustained when their previous incarnation. After Stevenson’s death in 2010, the research was continued by another U. of V. psychiatrist, Jim Tucker, who presents some fascinating statistics in two books. This online article summarizes some of the more startling numbers.
It is important to keep in mind man has created dogmas, doctrines and disciplines. We are continually being indoctrinated and, not only governing our physical world, but our metaphysical world. The two worlds are inseparable. Perhaps one should be aware that Dogmas or Doctrines may entrench a person in a belief system and possibly stifling their spiritual growth and evolution. We each have God given gifts of free-will and discernment, to keep what helps us and let which does not drop away.