InLove, You said, "It's still dark out there, but the moon is big and the stars are showing." --> As a matter of fact, when I first read this, I was sitting in the San Diego Airport terminal, watching the sunrise. (I am an airline pilot.) We shared the sunrise! "... But I'm working on it." --> I appreciate your effort. It really looks like you are giving this your best shot. "I would think that the comment attached to Twain's would find its source in the Bhagavad Gita, not the Bible." --> I was merely making a connection between the Twain remark and the "reverse spin" to the Scripture from John 9 as you stated in your post, not saying that the Twain remark is Biblical in origin. "I'm not being argumentative, Nick, just inquisitive...." --> You are not coming across as argumentative. Rather, I wish more people had your inquisitiveness. Most importantly, your open-mindedness is easy to see. "...if you would like to share how your belief in reincarnation as helped you, I would love to read about it." --> I would be happy to. When a person considers reincarnation, they eventually have to consider how the cycle of reincarnation ends. This leads them to eventually consider the idea of karma. As you may know, the burning off of bad karma is one of the requirements to stop the cycle of reincarnation. Unfortunately (for Christians), this flies right in the face of the forgeiveness of sins. Both forgiveness and karma just cannot happen. Any Christian who even thinks about reincarnation must be aware of where it can lead them. (I guess I am saying this only as a warning to you.) Now to the main point of my post. I am reminded of a guy at work who steals pens from the company. Will he have to pay back for each and every pen he steals? According to karma, yes, he will. Does it matter if he steals seven or nine pens in a week? Yes, it does. Each pen will carry its own karmic penalty. On a slightly different topic, I am reading a book about a great religious man who lived in India. I am impressed by the holiness he had, but I am also stunned by how he was forced to live with horrible health problems. The questions always arises -- why? I believe he was paying back karmic debts from other lifetimes. He had some kind of asthmatic condition, and each painful breath he breathed was another debt repaid. As much as I hate to hear about his physical suffering, I am glad that each breath meant another debt was gone forever. I am reminded of the warts that I get on the bottom of my feet from time to time. The last wart was yuccky -- I had to freeze it off with dry ice. However, no matter how hard I tried, it just would not go away. Then, one day, it was just gone. I firmly believe I got that wart to burn off a particular piece of bad karma. Once the bad karma had been burned off, the need for the wart had run its course, and the wart disappeared. Now, back to my co-worker, the small-time thief. I believe that each pen he steals may cost him one more painful, asthmatic breath in a future life. Bad karma is quantifiable, as I am afraid he may find out one day. Which brings me back to the original point I was making. Yes, reincarnation has changed the way I look at life -- I believe I will held accountable for everything I do. And, yes, it does make a difference if we steal seven or nine pens.