Tolkien, as a Catholic, rejected reincarnation of human souls, but he also felt that reincarnation of non-human souls (e.g., Elvish) was a theological possibility.
Reincarnation is accepted by a 1/4 of Christians as well as almost every religion or philosophy.. I mean.. I'm not sure how everyone can prove this.
Reincarnation is odd because it's accepted as valid in Orthodox Judaism when there is nothing about this in the Bible. That doesnt mean it's not valid as there are lots of secret knowledge that was held by Rabbis in Biblical times. The bible isnt that type of book that explains 'why'. Those are books only for the Rabbi's at the time. Some books are mentioned by name in the Bible actually.
However, what's odd with reincarnation wasnt written in Judaism until the 13th century times. Its the only thing Orthodox Judaism accepts that is a late coming writing that has nothing in the Bible. Strange.
I LIKE reincarnation and tend to believe in it because the beleif of this is so old and widely accepted. It also answers all the 'why' questions in life. It closes a circle of mystery to an extent. Here's the way it works:
If you are righteous non-believer or generally a typical selfish person who doesnt know God, Then when you pass, your soul will go for 'dry cleaning' in a lesser hell, until it gets cleansed of it's sins. I cant remember.. Then your soul gets sent back up and placed in a baby when its born. The soul only gets issued when the baby is fully out of the mother.
If you were a person that was fairly good, but did something very bad to your wife, then God might cut you a break and send your soul to the lesser hell for dry cleaning. Here's the thing, when your soul comes back up to be re-used, it has a no desire for women in order to keep you away from them as a punishment for your previous life. This is why 3% of men arent into women.
Now here's the kicker. You have 3 places possible to go: Dry cleaning, Eternal Hell, or Eternal Heaven.
Now here's the thing. Listen close. In order for the person above to go to Heaven, he must overcome the curse he was born with to prove his righteousness before God. If he does this, he's able to get in the gates of heaven. When this happens, he then has access to memories of all his previous lives. Every single second of all our previous lives are stored in HD and can be pulled up later. This is if our current soul has a previous life.
Jesus spoke of someone being born blind it said it was the working of God, not themactions of parents. This can KINDA be construed to believe the Jesus knew of reincarnation as a secret teaching.
The blind person is blind because in his previous life did something with his eyes. The autistic did something with his mind. That is the idea of reincarnation. So God sees good in these people, and gives them a chance to try again. Imagine if everyone took up this theology and how drastically it would change peoples world view. It takes away the sense of absolute fleshly entitlment. It allows us to accept our shortcomings as a work from God with a purpose.
And this is why I believe in reincarnation althought it's not a fundemental pillar of faith or anything.. Even in Judaism.
Whatever your cicumstances in this life, your goal is to go to heaven. You dont want to hang around as a ghost or be faught over by demons, you want to go EXPRESS to heaven. Few will get this unfortunately accordeing to the Catholics and the doctrine of the 'fewness of the saved' which is a known and true doctrine in Catholic seminary school. It's something Catholics no longer preach. They say that the majority of Catholics will be damned unfortunately.
It's time to stop believing you come from monkeys. Stop believing in mans logic of science to explain you life and why your hear. It's tome for women to find a husband AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND MAKE IT A FIRST PRIORITY IN HER LIFE. It's time to stop breaking commandments. It's time to get serious and work towards going EXPRESS TO HEAVEN and re-uniting with your relatives and enjoying a paradise like we dont understand. There is no fear and panic in heaven. It's on the light in heaven. The Holy Spirit and no darkness.
Again i cant stress enough - women need to find husbands. Make it a CENTRAL FOCUS IN THEIR LIVES. Find a boy as soin as possible. Multiply. Be a mother. Give life. Become one flesh. Women need to do what it takes to fulfill this at ANY COST. If there are young unmarried people on this forum, it is almost your duty and obligation to send each other pm's and begin chatting and getting married to other orthodox. It's almost a responsibility actually of this forum to promote this. Orthodox people are here unmarried? Then GET CHATTING and be serious because we want everyone here going EXPRESS to heaven. Now is the time to change and do things in your life starting now to please God. He's watching all the time. Show some effort before him. Take actions to prove to him you want to go express to heaven. Please I urge women to make finding a boy the ABSOLUTE most IMPORTANT thing in their lives. Even if their divorced or whatever their situation it's not too late to turn around.
Why? Because here's the thing. God LOVES IT when you find Him again through your own free will. This is the biggest reward. For every bad thing you have done in the past, gets turned into a blessing if you legitimately submit to God and follow a proper theology. Born again and doing what you want isnt a good idea. This is all about actions and deeds in life. Not your thoughts. Let Hindus and buddists worry about their inner zen and thoughts.
Banking all your eternal life on your opinions and thoughts its extremely egotisistical and breaks the first commandment. You arent the center of Gods universe. He doesnt care what you belief is or your opinion or purity of thoughts. He cares about actions and deeds. So its a new day. A day to take actions to prove to agod you are righteous and worthy. How? Find a boy!!! Clean your house/room. Present yourself better. Learn the 10 commandments and all they entail. If you see something lying around the house, pick it up and put it back. Put your cart back at the grocery store. Pick up dropped clothes from the clothes hanger. Small things that God likes which affect others. God doesnt care about things like Jwalking or other frivolous rules created by man. Its small to him. Again ladies should make an absolute priority for finding a boy as a first priority and not thinking life is about her wearing the pants. She can do this with her kids, not her fiance and husband. Let him be a man. Be the wife. WHATEVER YOU DO PLEASE JUST FIND A HUSBAND!!!!