CARM Theological Dictionary
The belief in the birth and rebirth of a person's soul over and over again in different human bodies throughout history. Some forms of reincarnation include incarnations into animals, plants, or inanimate objects. The purpose of reincarnation is to allow the individual to learn spiritual lessons through life so that he/she may return to God from whence the soul came. Reincarnation is closely tied to Karma.
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Entry for 'Reincarnation'. CARM Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ctd/r/reincarnation.html. 2013.