First, a brief background. I am a convert and I know the Church does not teach reincarnation at all, but my brother has recently become interested in Buddhist teachings. For him, the Church teaching something is not at all a reason to believe or not believe in anything.
Now, my question has to do with this theme in the Bible, specifically how it relates to John the Baptist and Elijah.
My brother asserts that John is Elijah reincarnated and often refers to what Jesus says in Matthew 17:11-13
11Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. 12But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” 13Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.
I have tried to explain to him that this does not refer to reincarnation using other verses, but I am not making any progress.
Here are some of the other verses I appealed to:
If anybody could help me out with this, or try to explain why reincarnation is not compatible in general, I’d really appreciate it.