Reincarnation was a common belief two thousand years ago, which would explain why they asked if the man had sinned. How else could he be blind from birth unless he had sinned in a previous life?
Cliffy, religion has never been able to satisfactorily answer the question, why is there so much suffering, pain in the world, why do bad things happen to good people? Hinduism tries to answer it with reference to reincarnation. Hinduism says that people suffer in this life because they sinned in their previous life. By the same token, if the do good deeds in this life, they will enjoy the fruits of it in the next life (the ultimate fruit, reward, of course being Salvation).
Two thousand years ago, Hinduism was the dominant world religion, so it is natural that other religions take their cue from Hinduism and also talk of reincarnation.
S.J.- BAd things happen to good and bad people- look at Saddam Hussein and sons and Adolf Eichman. What we consider as "tragedies" may not be actual tragedies in the great scheme of things. The Supreme Power in my opinion is more concerned with trends than individuals.
If, as my wife claims that reincarnation is real and Karma is involved then Hitler will come back as a fly in a Jewish outhouse for about ten million lifetimes. And all antiabortionists will become pregnant at 13 by their fathers in the next life. So it is not a bad theory.
I'm still trying to wrap my mind around it..........Maybe it's bad in the short term and good in the long term.
It's nice to dream about all nasty people getting their comeuppances. But it doesn't always happen.
Maybe more than you think, there may be a lot of people who appear to be unscathed, but who suffer with tortured minds.....it's tough to escape your conscience, unless you are a total psychopath.
Neither are we. What is real when you live in the Matrix. We are all just god/godess/the all that is/universe experimenting with possibilities. We are no more than a dream of the dreamer.