A friend once told me his flirtations with belief in reincarnation ended by reading two good points by G.K. Chesterton. If all people were (re)born into the blessings or curses of their present lives on account of their good or bad actions in the past, then:
- We could expect nearly all well-born persons to be honest, given their long track records of virtue.
- Those who are born into bad circumstances would merit their own suffering and unhappiness.
Buddhist reincarnation beliefs may vary, but Hindus in India have traditionally believed that their top castes merit their nobility (and the untouchables their servitude) due to reincarnation’s Karmic justice.
However, as Hebrews 9:27 says, “it is appointed that men die once, and after this the judgment…”