My Grandma said that the bible doesn’t say that reincarnation isn’t a possibility. At the time I did not know of any verses to give her, so I said that the bible doesn’t tell us everything we need to know, which she agreed. She is Catholic, or at least calls herself Catholic, and she goes to mass every Sunday and on holy days. She seems to have a problem with the authority of the Church. She has never explicitly said this, but it seems to me that she has an attitude of “if it isn’t the bible, I don’t have to believe it.” On CAF I found an apologetic answer about whether Catholics can believe in reincarnation, and it referenced Hebrews 9:27 which says
“…it is appointed that men die once, and after this comes judgment”. I emailed her this verse and the link to the answer.
“…this can’t be literally true because we know that people have died - and been declared dead - but came back to life, commonly known as a near-death experience.”
How do I respond to this?
Thinking about this, I realized that I’m fed up with her, because I’ve discussed other doctrinal issues with her before, including about why birth control is wrong, and she never admits that she is wrong to refuse to accept Church teaching. I don’t want this to be about winning an argument, because that won’t help anyone. If I’m being honest, I guess I just really want her to admit that she’s wrong, but I know it shouldn’t be about that. Should I just hold off responding at all? But I don’t want her to think she’s right to believe in the possibility of reincarnation, and I don’t want to be rude by not responding. I’m not sure whether to respond, and what to say if I should respond.