Some Scattered Thoughts
The eternal soul is a complicated and mysterious concept. If you are a believer, you may wonder about the details. If you are not a believer, you may be asking why it is that people believe in eternal souls.
Everything has a beginning and an end, but who are we to say just when the end comes and what it will mean when we get there?
I believe in God as Creator. Each one of us is made up of flesh, bone, and spirit. Since I believe that our souls exist eternally, I do not see why it wouldn’t be possible that the same soul can be reborn in a new body for as long as it takes for that soul to learn and grow spiritually. Perhaps the true end as symbolically written in Revelations is the final and end result — a scenario where all chances have been given and God decides what to do with each soul. I am not claiming to know this, but I have heard the theory and I find it intriguing.
The belief in reincarnation has been going on for centuries. There are stories that seem far too outrageous to be convincing and there are others that make even the most stubborn atheist stop and consider the possibility.
Have you ever experienced a dream in which you are you, but you are in a completely different time and place and your “known” life is considerably different? In your dream, you might have not even thought of the person you are now. You were you, but you were someone else. And for some reason, the experiences you have in that dream imply different skills, personality, and even age. It could be a working of the brain during REM sleep. It could be a memory of a past life. Maybe it is both.
If you do some searching for evidence of reincarnation, you will find some crazy things. But you will also find testimonials and evidence from respectable sources.
I don’t know the details of how an eternal soul evolves, but I believe it does, and reincarnation might be the process through which it is done.