“How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds!
Whose glory is equal to yours?…
You are destined, it is written, in time to come
to put an end to wrath before the day of the LORD.”
(Sirach 48:4, 10a)
“The disciples asked Jesus, ‘Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?’ He said in reply, ‘Elijah will indeed come and restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased’…. Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.”
Now if this isn’t a perfect example of the teaching of reincarnation in the Bible, then I don’t know what is. Of course, no orthodox, ultra-conservative Christian will admit to this. But how else can this passage be explained?
Frankly, I don’t see a problem for Christians believing in reincarnation. What are your thoughts?