13/01/2013 | Andrew Heard
Andrew Heard unpacks reincarnation Religious viewpoint 1. Pessimistic view that life is oneness 2. Human is a dislocated part of that oneness 3. Separation from oneness, due to Karma. 4. Escape the wheel of life to be merged back to the oneness of life. Western optimistic view 1. Externality of life. Materialism has bred an arid landscape, if we are just machines. 2. Giving vent to justness and fairness. Past lives explain circumstances, and provides motivation for doing good. 3. Desire to be free from constraint. Allows accountability just for self, without an overarching deity that demands obedience. God came to seek and save the lost, breaking a cycle that we could never do, providing freedom from Karma and the ability to live as we were designed for.