I’ve been sharing many things with my roommate lately about how reincarnation is part of the Gospel and of the blessed plan for the reconciliation of God’s Creation Man. I’ve also been sharing about Man’s ability to get off the karma wheel in Christ by attaining to “the resurrection out from the dead” (“the exanastasis” – Philippians 3:11). This article touches on this subject. Perhaps it will bless you. — D
“And the tongue is a fire: the world of iniquity among our members is the tongue, which defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the wheel of nature, and is set on fire by hell.” (James 3:6, ASV)
The phrase “wheel of nature” is mistranslated in other versions of the Bible as “the whole course of life.” But James actually uses the phrase “trochos tes geneseos” which had a special meaning to Jews in those days. It literally means the “wheel of nature,” and I propose to you that this has to do with “the karma wheel” which symbolizes the cycle of successive lives which is needed for expiation, in this case; expiation with regard to ISSUES OF THE TONGUE.
For thousands of years, orthodox Jews (the historian Josephus among them) have been believers in reincarnation, and their scriptures, the Zohar, is a book of great authority among them. Related to “the wheel of nature” the Zohar states…
“All souls come in reincarnation (literally “wheeling”) and humans don’t know the ways of the Lord and how the Scales stand and how people are judged every day and time. How the souls are judged before entering this world and how they are judged after leaving it.” (Zohar, Mishpatim 32)
Related to this; the above mentioned verse from James is basically stating how harsh the consequences can be when words are used inappropriately, that while on the cycle of life (the cycling between the 3rd and 4th dimensions) peoples’ own words can condemn them to the extent that they can cause them to continually cycle through unpleasant circumstances, not just in one life, but in successive lives.
The Hebrew word for reincarnation is “gilgul,” by the way, and that comes from a verb meaning “turning in a circle” or “a turning wheel.” Many of James’ readers would have understood this, and therefore they probably would have gotten what he was getting at in verse 3:6.