There is a sense of justice and logic about reincarnation, the soul’s re-entry into material creation. God is not unfair. Our present life is like a frame in a filmstrip of many lifetimes. This is not our first material body. It is the most recent and it is connected to our activities in previous lifetimes. This principle of present actions affecting future lives is called karma. Plato describes this in Republic: ‘God is blameless: man has chosen his own fate and this by his actions. Reincarnation is a manifestation of God’s compassion. It is an opportunity for us to improve ourselves and to learn the science of love of God.
What is life? A newborn child displays the symptoms of life. You can hear the sound of it and feel its warmth. Sometimes a newborn baby is awake and sometimes alseep. The child will grow, then die. Where did its life force go? What did its short stay in this world mean? Do we have no choice in this world?
‘I am confident that there truly is such a thing as living again, that the living spring from the dead, and that the souls of the dead are in existence’ – Socrates.
‘The soul comes from without into the human body, as into a temporary abode, and it goes out o it anew…it passes into other habitations, for the soul is immortal’ – Emerson
[From Steven Rosen, The Reincarnation Controversy]