ydeve wrote: ↑
31 Mar 2017, 23:40
The only things that come to mind are:
1) The idea that our gender is an eternal
characteristic of who we are doesn't mesh well with reincarnation, with the understanding (and stories) of people's gender possibly changing from life to life.
2) The church (and Joseph Smith) officially teaches/taught that reincarnation is false doctrine, for whatever that's worth. https://www.lds.org/ensign/1989/08/i-ha ... n?lang=eng
Maybe we can believe in reincarnation if we believe we're always reincarnated as the same gender each time.
Regarding the five points in the link from your point #2:
1. Paul said a lotta things. Mormons have always played pick-n-choose with Paul. One verse in Hebrews? Ehh, whatevs.
2. Maybe we get to pick our favorite human body during the resurrection. Whichever one we like best can be the one we keep for eternity.
3. We can get around this one if we only subscribe to human
4. Reincarnation isn't the only concept that implies that we can work out our salvation in future lives. We do baptisms for the dead, even for people who may have been introduced to the Gospel during their mortal lives, in order to give them a chance in their next life to still accept the Gospel. So why couldn't some people be given another earthly life to work some stuff out?
5. Reincarnation doesn't downgrade Christ's earthly mission and Atonement. For all we know, Jesus only had one earthly life, or perhaps his earthly life of which we have record was his last one.
(For the record, I don't actually personally care whether reincarnation exists or not. I just think it's fun/interesting to think about.)