Faith-based arguments are accepted as true by the faithful. But, a scientist must remain skeptical of such arguments. Belief is not proof, and science must provide proof before accepting a hypothesis as truth. Scientific truth cannot be based on subjective experience or belief. Without proof, an idea, however appealing, is just a hypothesis, a theory to be tested. So, we will leave faith-based “proofs” and move on to non-sectarian arguments.
Sly Stallone is sure he had at least four past lives, and he experienced a gruesome end in one of them. In an interview early in his career, he said, “I’m quite sure I lost my head in the French Revolution.” His success with his screen persona Rocky Balboa may have something to do with Stallone’s claim that he was actually once a boxer who was killed by a knockout punch in the 1930s. – People Magazine interview, June 21, 1982
"Friends are all souls that we've known in other lives. We're drawn to each other. Even if I have only known them a day, it doesn't matter. I'm not going to wait till I have known them for two years, because anyway, we must have met somewhere before, you know."
"I lived in Judea eighteen hundred years ago, but I never knew that there was such a one as Christ among my contemporaries."
"I did not begin when I was born, nor when I was conceived. I have been growing, developing, through incalculable myriads of millenniums. All my previous selves have their voices, echoes, promptings in me. Oh, incalculable times again shall I be born."
"And as to you, Life, I reckon you are the leaving of many deaths, (No doubt I have died myself ten thousand times before.)"
"I am certain that I have been here as I am now a thousand times before, and I hope to return a thousand times."
"It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection."
"Were an Asiatic to ask me for a definition of Europe, I should be forced to answer him: It is that part of the world which is haunted by the incredible delusion that man was created out of nothing, and that his present birth is his first entrance into life."
"All pure and holy spirits live on in heavenly places, and in course of time they are again sent down to inhabit righteous bodies."
Rejecting the original Christian teachings that held that the soul is spiritual and immortal, an idea documented by Church Fathers Clement of Alexandria and Origen, later Church theologians developed the concept of creatio ex nihilo, or creation out of nothing. This belief in something from nothing is also reflected in science in the belief in the big-bang origin of all things as originally posited by physicalists.