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What is egg theory?

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Egg theory, derived from Andy Weir’s short story “The Egg,” is a thought-provoking perspective on human existence, reincarnation, and the interconnectedness of all living things. According to egg theory, everyone who has lived or will live is the same soul, experiencing life through different perspectives across multiples lifetimes. The universe is described as an “egg” in which souls mature until they become god-like. This maturation process emphasizes empathy and compassion, suggesting that every action toward another person is essentially an action toward oneself.

While the egg theory offers an interesting perspective on the unity of human experience and the importance of compassion, it sharply contrasts with biblical Christianity. Below, we will examine the core concepts of egg theory and provide a biblical response:

Core Concepts of Egg Theory

1. Reincarnation and Unity: Egg theory posits that everyone is the same person, reincarnated across time to experience every aspect of life.

2. Purpose of the Universe: The universe is an “egg” for the soul’s development, allowing immature souls to grow into a god-like state.

3. Empathy and Compassion: Since all lives are connected, empathy and compassion for others is essential. To harm anyone is tantamount to harming oneself.

4. Spiritual Growth: The goal of existence is spiritual growth and self-realization through experiencing diverse lives.

Biblical Response

1. Reincarnation vs. Resurrection: The Bible teaches that we live once, die once, and then face judgment. Hebrews 9:27 states, “It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (ESV). This passage refutes the concept of reincarnation and supports a linear view of life, death, and the afterlife, culminating in resurrection and judgment by the Creator.

2. The Image of God: The Bible teaches that every person is a unique individual created in the image of God. Genesis 1:27 declares, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God, he created him; male and female he created them” (ESV). Each person is uniquely created by God with a distinct identity and purpose, contrary to the egg theory’s notion of a singular soul inhabiting multiple lives.

3. Salvation and the Work of Christ: A fundamental teaching of Christianity is salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Ephesians 2:8–9 teaches, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (ESV). The egg theory’s idea of spiritual evolution through multiple lifetimes denies the necessity of Christ’s atonement and the need for faith in Him for salvation.

4. Sin and Redemption: The Bible presents a clear view of sin and redemption. Romans 3:23 states, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (ESV). Romans 6:23 adds, “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (ESV). The egg theory’s process of spiritual maturation does not address the problem of sin or the need for redemption through Christ.

Egg theory offers a fascinating perspective on human existence, reincarnation, and the interconnectedness of all living things, but it is fundamentally at odds with sound biblical doctrine. For this reason, believers must reject egg theory. We uphold the authority of Scripture, celebrate the uniqueness of everyone, and teach the sufficiency and necessity of Christ’s redemptive work. We also endorse a linear progression of life, death, and judgment. God calls us to find our purpose and identity in Christ, who does not offer reincarnation but resurrection and eternal life through faith in Him.

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