Reincarnation and the early Christians

By Kevin Williams

In December, 1945, early Christian writings containing many secrets of the early Christian religion were found in upper Egypt, a location where many Christians fled during the Roman invasion of Jerusalem. Undisturbed since their concealment almost two thousand years ago, these manuscripts of Christian mysticism rank in importance with the Dead Sea Scrolls. These writings affirmed the existence of the doctrine of reincarnation being taught among the early Jews and Christians. These Christian mystics, referred to as Christian Gnostics, were ultimately destroyed by the orthodox Church for being heretics. Their sacred writings were destroyed and hidden with the belief that they would be revealed at an appropriate time in the future. The discovery in 1945 yielded writings that included some long lost gospels, some of which were written earlier than the known gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Brian A. Bain, M.A., has this to say about the 1945 discovery:

“Long considered to be heretical, ancient Gnostic Christian texts unearthed this century display compelling similarities between Gnostic conceptions of life and death and modern near-death experiences. The Gnostic texts devoted extensive tracts to what readers could expect to encounter when they died. Other passages make numerous allusions to near-death-like experiences that can be realized in this life, most notably the human encounter with a divine light. The Gnostic Christian literature gives us one more example of NDEs and similar experiences in the ancient world.”

Another interesting fact comes from Edgar Cayce (a near-death experiencer) who affirmed that Gnosticism is the highest form of Christianity.

The Christian Gnostics were regarded by some as a new Jewish sect who believed they had finally found the long-awaited Messiah and not a new religion. Some of the apostles became Gnostic and because of this, Christianity could well have grown up as a Gnostic religion had it not been for their eventual persecution by the organized Church centuries later. 

Table of Contents
1. The Secret Teachings of Jesus
2. Origen: The Champion for the Secret Teachings of Jesus
3. The Theology of Christian Gnosticism
4. Christian Gnostic Writings
5. The Gospel of Thomas
6. The Apocalyptic Texts
7. The Apocalypse of Paul
8. The Suppression of Christian Gnosticism

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5 thoughts on “Reincarnation and the early Christians

  1. It’s interesting, there’s an ongoing study involving children who remember a past life and researchers finding out they remember things that actually happened. Maybe the most famous was a kid who remembered dying as a fighter pilot in WWII. The name of the person, the plane, the ship, his friends were all verified to be real. http://www.iisis.net/index.php?page=semkiw-reincarnation-james-leininger-carol-bowman

    The only thing I feel comfortable saying I believe is that existence is eternal. I think death is an illusion that only the living experience. The details seem to be a mystery and I’m OK with mysteries. :)

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      • I agree. I don’t think it’s possible to not exist. Perhaps our personality, or ego (created during this experience as a human) ceases, but really ego is a false self and already dead. I guess I think we are more a WE than a ME and we are made from the Light of eternal Love. I think we are an infinite One Self, or as the Beatles sang, “I am he, as you are he, as you are me, and we are altogether…”

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