[quote="Spencerian, post:17, topic:239806"]
Would you give Scriptural, historic or scientific evidence or information that backs up your opinion that reincarnation can or cannot exist?
The posters on this thread are attempting to use the valid resources at hand, not opinion, to help the original poster in the question. These sources include Scripture, Buddhist teachings, and so-called "New Age" writings of these ideas.
You and I live in a world where 2+2 *must *equal 4. Therefore, if math requires a precision and cannot be relative, then the existence, origin and destination of our souls (religion) must also have a specific outcome (not all can be true, nor can all be wrong).
Your statement that "There is no real way to debunk reincarnation just as there is no real way to debunk heaven or hell" doesn't stand on its own without evidence to support it. It's a non-answer.
Can you disprove that I am sitting next to a fire breathing dragon right now? It is highly unlikely, but you cannot disprove it. Just as you can't technically disprove reincarnation. I agree that there are definite answers when it comes to the afterlife or the existence of God, but no ways to definitively prove one way or the other what happens after you die. What I am saying is that it seems unlikely that reincarnation or any afterlife exists because there is very little actual evidence to support these claims. In the absence of evidence I think the logical thing to do is conclude that it does not exist. Unless God revealed himself to the world in a public display to everyone, there is really no definitive way to know one way or the other. That is what I am trying to say.
I read a quote by the Dalai Lama recently that seems to pertain to this. Apparently someone asked him what he would do if a main tenant of Buddhism was disproven by science, reincarnation for instance. Without hesitating he said "well Buddhism would change to reflect this." This surprised the person that asked the question. With a large smile on his face though, he said "you are going to have a tough time trying to disprove reincarnation though." The reason he was smiling is because it is impossible to disprove reincarnation, heaven and hell, sheol, hades, or ANY afterlife. Since no one has come back from the dead and talked about the afterlife (I don't want to hear about near death experiences because those can be attributed to brain activity) we can never know for sure. If someone that was dead for a few years came back and said they were in heaven, I would change my mind, but I have a feeling that isn't going to happen.