Bible Question:

I know that in Judaism there IS such a thing. My question is, “Does Christianity have such a thing as soul's incarnation?”

Bible Answer:

The term incarnation refers to a soul taking on the body of a human or animal. Reincarnation means the soul takes on a different body or incarnates again. Some believe the soul starts with a “higher power” or god and takes on a physical body. Others believe the soul cycles from body to body seeking to eventually be with god. The Hindus believe there is a being called an Avatar which is believed to be a god-like incarnation. So there are some who believe in different types of incarnation and cycles of reincarnation.

Soul’s Creation

Christians do not believe the human spirit exists before physical birth. It does not preexist with God. Listen to Zechariah 12:1.

The burden of the word of the LORD concerning Israel. Thus declares the LORD who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him . . . (NASB) Zechariah 12:1

The literal Hebrew says, “forming the spirit of man in his inward.” The point is clear. God forms the spirit. It does not exist before a man or woman’s creation. Neither the Tanakh (Old Testament) nor the New Testament teach the existence of man’s soul prior to physical birth. Therefore, Christians do not believe in a soul’s incarnation.


Christians do not believe in one incarnation after another incarnation either because of the following passages:

And the dust returneth to the earth as it was, And the spirit returneth to God who gave it. (NASB) Ecclesiastes 12:7

And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt . . . But as for you, go your way to the end; then you will enter into rest and rise again for your allotted portion at the end of the age. (NASB) Daniel 12:2, 13

. . . . as it is laid up to men once to die, and after this – judgment. (NASB) Hebrews 9:27