Rabbi Yehudah ben Shomeyr
Num. 11:16-17 And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee. And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which [is] upon thee, and will put [it] upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear [it] not thyself alone.
Luke 1:17 And he (John the Baptist) shall go before him (The LORD and or Messiah) in the spirit and power of Elijah to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
I have made it clear that on Scriptural basis alone I cannot believe in reincarnation: http://www.adint-ministries.com/faqs/reincarnation.html
So how do I explain spiritual phenomena usually associated with evidence in favor of reincarnation, such as children recalling past memories of a past life or of a past relative long dead? A child having intimate knowledge of a language, geographical location or historical event they could have never known or experienced up to this point? A child having a habit or personality traits of a past relative they have never seen or met or have no knowledge of?
Using the Scripture verses above, one of which (Luke 1:17) is often used as Scriptural support for reincarnation I would like to propose a theory of Spiritual Impartation or Spiritual DNA or Spiritual memory if you will.
Oft times the physical mirrors the spiritual and vise-versa. Take for instance a person receiving a lifesaving organ donation. Now as a rule, the organ recipient has no knowledge of whom the organ they received belonged to. Only when a recipient wishes to know who they received the organ from do family lawyers of both parties negotiate the release and exchange of such information. It has been documented that in such cases the organ recipient will take on new interests and tastes. For example the organ recipient may start to crave jalapenos when they never even tasted them or even hated them before. They may exhibit a newfound interest in motorcycles. When one investigates these peculiar events, come to find out the organ the recipient received was from a young man who loved jalapenos, spicy foods and was a motorcycle enthusiast and it was due to a motor cycle accident that the young man died. Scientist calls this cellular or organ memory. Scientists are beginning to feel that our cells, though non-sentient, retain information and a type of memory of ourselves and our lifestyle. This is also seen with our bodies in regards to muscle memory of those who exercise, stop, and begin to exercise again. It does not take long for the person to get back to where they were prior to stopping their exercise routine, this is said to be due to the muscles recalling where they were at their peak and thus it is easier to return to their peak state as opposed to someone who was never in shape. Take also for example a youth who stretches their earlobes to the size of a six gauge hole, then they allow the holes to close, then decides to stretch them again. The earlobes recall being stretched and accommodate the gauges more rapidly that one newly trying to stretch their earlobes.
Spiritually speaking, taking into consideration the above passages of Scripture, coupled with what we know of the human body and its cellular memory, what if when we are formed in the womb, GOD imparts unto us bits and pieces of past relatives and or people, (sometimes memories of these people are part and parcel) to help support our own natural GOD given personality traits, talents, gifts and abilities in order to help us fulfil our life’s call upon our lives for the Glory of GOD?
Physically, just as we inherit a big nose from our grandfather or our lips from our mother, why not inherit spiritual traits from our ancestors? Though we have free will, at the same time we can see GOD’s guiding hand of providence in our life, a type of divine fate, divine instinct if you will, that draws our parents to each other to specifically make us; a composite of the all the best of our ancestors. Just as salmon know to go to a specific river to breed when they never been there before!
Jer 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, [and] I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Just imagine, a composite of the all the best of our ancestors for this particular place and point and time in history!
Est. 4:14b …and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for [such] a time as this?
Perhaps what many of us perceive as evidence for reincarnations is actually a case of Spiritual Impartation!