AGAINST REINCARNATION: Spirit Revelations (PART I)

Posted on August 1, 2014

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By: Demetrius

Life after death is a central theme found throughout a variety of paranormal events. As a type of spiritual experience, paranormal phenomena has helped shape and proliferate many false beliefs concerning the afterlife. Depending on how ambiguous the paranormal event is, or in what capacity a person is subjected to the event, there is always some impression made. A paranormal experience accomplishes this by serving as a sign, conveying a spiritual quality, albeit a false spiritual experience infused with hyper-emotionalism. Sometimes what is conveyed is a divinatory quality or a revelation.

Conveyed through a variety of mediumistic instruments, psychic discourses, and even through the ordinary senses, false teachings have been eagerly sought after. From whom or what do these false beliefs stem? In regards to paranormal events, false beliefs are conveyed by evil spirits – the demons – who have presented themselves as the spirits of the dead, as holy angels, extraterrestrials, and so forth. Reincarnation has been one of the most well received teachings. What is Reincarnation? It is the belief in the cycle of rebirth, whereby following death, the soul is reborn into another person, or form of life. Depending on the religion or philosophy, Reincarnation involves certain conditions dictating how and why rebirth occurs. There are many competing beliefs and despite the common acceptance of rebirth, there is no absolute answer for how and why Reincarnation occurs. It is not a fundamental belief among all paranormal enthusiasts, but it has been receiving greater attention in recent years.

What should be emphasized here is that paranormal phenomena is not solely responsible for the proliferation of Reincarnation. The New Age and occult influences have greatly contributed to beliefs expressed through paranormal events, and have blended to create unique perspectives concerning Reincarnation. Indeed, Reincarnation has taken on some unique characteristics when expressed through paranormal phenomena. One characteristic in particular is the anti-Christian sentiment accompanying revelations about Reincarnation, conveyed through paranormal phenomena. Among the paranormal events, which will be explored here, are those associated to Modern Spiritualism, Spiritism, Psychics, Near Death Experiences, and Past Life Regression.

It will be important to pay particular attention to how the variety of paranormal revelations contradict and betray one another. Despite the contradictions, which will be explored throughout this article, there is something strangely connecting all the paranormal revelations together. The Ontario Catholic Paranormal Research Society believes there is the spirit of Antichrist deeply rooted in these paranormal events and revelations. For now, this will be set aside, but will become more obvious as each paranormal event is examined. Why this is important is so that people can recognize the source for any such proliferation of false teachings. If Reincarnation is proliferated through demonic events of the paranormal, this should also expose the dangers of such teachings and beliefs.

Ironically, Modern Spiritualism was largely a product of the 19th century Christian revivalism in America. The earliest forms of Modern Spiritualism emerged largely from the Protestant mentality in upstate New York in an area known as the “burnt over district.” Like other Christian groups seeking spiritual experiences to enliven their practice of faith, Modern Spiritualism enabled people to speak with deceased loved ones, and this provided validation in the notion of an afterlife. However, Modern Spiritualism soon parted ways with some of the more essential Christian beliefs, such as heaven and hell. Instead, the spirits of the dead, along with other entities, provided Spiritualists with new revelations through people known as Mediums. These new revelations emerged through the paranormal events known as seances, which is a practice prohibited by mainstream Christian groups. Having violated this prohibition, Spiritualists continued down their heretical path and rejected many other teachings found in mainstream Christianity.

Having rejected the Christian belief in heaven or hell, Modern Spiritualism promoted an ongoing process of a so-called spiritual progression or growth in the afterlife. Yet, as a part of the revelations given through the spirits, they also promoted different and conflicting afterlife views, like Reincarnation. The following examples comes from the Spiritualist, Rev. Stainton Moses (b.1839 – d.1892) from his book Spirit Teachings, published in 1883 A.D., and is reputed to be a revelation from a spirit known as Imperator Servus Dei:

“Reincarnation, we have already said, in the sense which it is popularly understood, is not true […] We have said, too, that certain great spirits, for certain high purposes and interests, have returned to earth and live again amongst men…”

The spirit claims that Reincarnation has been misunderstood. Based on the description given, “certain great spirits” can return, but this view conflicts with other religions who teach that all of humanity experiences Reincarnation at one point or another. This interpretation of Reincarnation is one of the earliest examples of “Christian” Spiritualism, and was obviously not intended to conform to other religions and philosophies. However, if Reincarnation exists as a part of humanities spiritual experiences, there should be some consistency between various religions and philosophies adhering to such beliefs. The revelation was received by Rev. Moses with some scepticism, as were most of the revelations, but strangely they were later put forward as revelations of truth concerning the afterlife.

The spirit who provided this revelation offers some insight into its spiritual nature. Calling itself “Imperator,” the spirit identifies itself with a Latin word, describing the rank of a commander, under the Roman Empire. Serving beneath this spirit are forty-nine other spirits, divided into seven groups. There is something strikingly troublesome about this particular spirit and its identity, which can be compared to various biblical chapters and verses identifying demonic activity. From the Gospel of Mark 5:9, Jesus Christ exorcises a demon, and asks, “’What is your name?’ and he answered, saying, ‘My name is Legion; for we are many.’” The Roman army known as “Legion” serves as the identity of the demonic host possessing the man, because there are many demons possessing him. This Roman identity is similar to Imperator and his host of demons. Although the spirits beneath Imperator do not represent a Legion, they are divided into seven divisions. From the Gospel of Matthew 12:44, there is a reference to the number seven, and it concerns unclean spirits – demons – who are described as follows:

“Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”

These similarities between the spirit calling itself Imperator and the biblical examples of demonic activity are not coincidence. The reference to Roman titles and the division of seven spirits are uncomfortably similar. Why is this important? Both the revelation and the identity of the spirit do not reflect Christian teachings in a positive way, and it becomes necessary to understand why this is the case. Reincarnation is presented as a revelation from what seems to be a spirit with a demonic nature, and not an angel of the Lord. There is a certain danger in conversing with spirits who present revelations foreign to the teachings of the Church. Both the revelation and the identity of the spirit can serve to demonstrate this point. Despite these peculiarities, it should be noted that Modern Spiritualism was still in the process of accumulating spiritual revelations in an attempt to define the afterlife, and itself as a movement. Rev. Moses was an example of one group of Modern Spiritualists, which attempted to present themselves as Christians. Essentially, two camps of Spiritualists were emerging: those who regarded themselves as Christians, and those who were blatantly non-Christian Spiritualists.

Driven with the desire to find their own truth, Mediums continued to learn more about Reincarnation from the spirits. Pearl Lenore Curran (b.1883 – d. 1937), another famous “Christian” Spiritualist medium, shared her revelations with Walter Franklin Prince (b.1863 – d.1934 ), who published a book in 1927 A.D. entitled, The Case of Patience Worth. Patience Worth was reputed to be Mrs. Curran’s spirit guide, first encountered through the use of a Ouija board, and later through the mediumistic practice of automatic writing. Many of the revelations Mrs. Curran recorded during her automatic writing sessions were poetic. These poems were very ambiguous responses to very simple questions. This was especially true of the answers given by her spirit guide when asked about Reincarnation:

“Who would become a child

If heaven were a rebirth to infancy?

What then the game? With no heritage

Of memory? Then life is vain.”

(The Case of Patience Worth)

Interestingly, Reincarnation is questioned. As a substitute for heaven, and in terms of what happens to memory from one life to the next, this is a rather ambiguous revelation. The answer is not an explicit dismissal of Reincarnation, but it is called “vain.” Ambiguous revelations from the spirits often stir doubt and confusion, and even here the question concerning Reincarnation goes unanswered. Elsewhere in the same book, another ambiguous reply is given, but it does seem as though Mrs. Curran’s spirit guide does give a favourable opinion. What makes Reincarnation an even more even more bizarre issue is how Mrs. Curran later came to believe she was Patience Worth in her previous life. The psychical bond was not necessarily between two distinct souls – between Medium and spirit – but rather, of two personas. This is a strange contradiction between revelation and belief. When compared to the revelations presented by Rev. Stainton Moses, there is obviously a problem. If revelation from spirits serves as the truth, there should be some degree of consistency. Clearly, in these two cases – between Mrs. Curran and Rev. Moses – there is a much disagreement.

Modern Spiritualism was much more oriented towards the belief in spiritual advancement in the afterlife; from a lower spiritual stage moving towards a higher state of being. Therefore, Reincarnation is a belief in conflict with the primary teachings of Modern Spiritualism, which itself was given as “truth” from the spirits. Although not a primary belief among Spiritualists, Reincarnation was strongly promoted by Theosophists, and Spiritists; two other religious movements competing with Modern Spiritualism during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Established during the 19th century by Allan Kardec (b.1804 – d.1869) Spiritism and Modern Spiritualism were very similar in terms of speaking to the dead and other related practices. Reincarnation, however, was a doctrine within Spiritism. Spiritists believe that spiritual development could be achieved through Reincarnation. The Reincarnation of Spiritist doctrine involved only human rebirth, and excluded other life forms like plants, insects, and other animals. Spiritism did not simply adopt Reincarnation from other religions. Instead, Spiritists claim to have defined their own understanding of Reincarnation through revelations given to them by the spirits. The very same practices utilized by Spiritualists – seances – were adopted by Spiritists to obtain very different revelations.

Allan Kardec’s book, The Spirits Book, published in 1857 A.D., offers many details of those revelations concerning Reincarnation. Among some of the defining characteristics of Reincarnation, according to Spiritism, is the belief in rebirth on other worlds. When the spirits were asked whether all rebirths occur on earth, they responded:

“Not all of them, for those existences take place in many different worlds. The world in which you now are is neither the first nor the last […] and the furthest removed from perfection.” (The Spirits Book)

Spiritism and Modern Spiritualism are very different in this regard to what happens following death, and especially in terms of Reincarnation. Modern Spiritualism resisted Reincarnation. However, the examples of Rev. Stainton Moses and Pearl Lenore Curran – both Spiritualists – presented Reincarnation in their own experiences with spirits. They were not the only Spiritualists to do so, and eventually other Spiritualists began receiving revelations about Reincarnation.

In 1900 A.D. a Swiss psychologist named Theodore Flournoy (b.1854 – d.1920) published a book entitled, From India to the Planet Mars, which explored the mediumistic abilities of Helene Smith (b.1861 – d.1921). Mlle. Smith became a Spiritualist in 1891 and soon afterwards became famous following Flournoy’s publication. In his book Flournoy presented Mlle. Smith’s intercourses with various spirits. Many of her revelations involved the subject of Reincarnation, with particular attention to her own past life experiences: an Arab woman named Simandini who was married to a Hindu prince, and also the ill-fated Marie Antoinette. In addition to her own Reincarnations, Mlle. Smith also held intercourse with extraterrestrials from the planet Mars. She also spoke Martian and during the course of her automatic writings, wrote using the Martian alphabet. She even learned from the spirits that a deceased person from earth, named Alexis Mirbel, had reincarnated on Mars.

Sounding more like a Spiritist than a Spiritualist, Mlle. Smith accepted the spirits as messengers of truth, and did not adhere to the teachings promoted by the majority of Spiritualists. It could also be possible she was influenced by Spiritism, which was much more popular in French speaking European countries like Switzerland. Regardless of the reason, Reincarnation was never resolved between Spiritualists and Spiritists. Due to the casual organizational structure of Modern Spiritualism, its teachings remained open to a new thoughts and ideas. More importantly they remained open to the spiritual experiences. Keeping this aspect in mind, Reincarnation is not a widespread teaching of Modern Spiritualism, but does belong to the history of its development.

Regardless of how the spirits answered the inquiries of the Spiritualists or Spiritists, there really was no evidence to any of the revelations given. For example, Pearl Lenore Curran’s spirit guide, Patience Worth, could never be substantiated in historical records, and neither could other details of her life, such as where she lived. Reincarnation was simply accepted or rejected based on the spiritual experience; the communing with spirits. Here, there is really a false sense of discernment accompanying these experiences due to the emotional ambivalence, which confuses the faculty of reason. Any sense of consistency in the beliefs or knowledge gained through revelation were extremely fragile or short lived. The paranormal event is their only “truth.” Any beliefs obtained through the spirits proved to be divisive and inconsistent between Modern Spiritualism and Spiritism. Also, these same inconsistencies occurred within each respective group. The only consistency shared among Spiritualists and Spiritists was the paranormal phenomena – the spiritual experience.

The paranormal phenomena involved the proliferation of Reincarnation, and was obviously not unique to any one particular Spiritualist or Spiritist movement. Moving beyond these groups, the paranormal phenomena – of speaking with the dead – continued as a independent spiritual practice. Edgar Cayce (b.1872 – d.1945) and Jane Roberts (b.1929 – d.1984) were perhaps two of the most important self-styled medium/psychics who practiced apart from any spiritual movement or religion. Reincarnation was one of the many revelations given to them by the spirits. Yet, even here the spirits failed to be consistent.

Edgar Cayce was known as the “sleeping prophet” who used paranormal events to gain insights into the future, for psychic healing, and to obtain revelations from the spirits. Cayce practiced a technique borrowed from Modern Spiritualism, whereby he could enter a hypnotic-like trance. Essentially, it was a form of spirit possession through which a person allows the spirit to use the body and mind to convey messages or instructions.

In 1931 A.D. Cayce founded the Association of Research and Enlightenment, also known as A.R.E. One of A.R.E.’s objectives was to promote spirituality, rather than religion, and Reincarnation seemed to resolve some of the questions surrounding life after death. Cayce was convinced of the reality of Reincarnation, and trusted the spirits. According to those revelations, Reincarnation occurred as a transition from one human life, to another. Much like the Spiritists, Cayce’s Reincarnation did not favour human beings becoming other animals in the next life. His views on Reincarnation did not exclude animals entirely, but viewed them as poor choices a soul could make, thereby spiritually regressing.

Life after death was viewed as a series of Reincarnations, which permitted the soul to develop spiritually. However, other revelations described how a soul could grow through astrological experiences throughout the universe. This could occur between life cycles, or when the soul has moved beyond the need for physical existence. Among those people who follow the teachings of A.R.E., this process is referred to as Involution and Evolution.

Involution is described as a spiritual separation from what Cayce identified as “God.” It is the desire to be drawn to the physical world, and Reincarnation occurs as a part of humanities separation from the highest spiritual source of all existence. Evolution is the soul’s movement toward the spiritual source of all existence. It is the soul’s movement involving Reincarnation toward the “god” source. These particular teachings are similar to the beliefs held by Theosophists, who in turn acquired such perspectives through spirit revelations, and from the teachings found in the Hindu religion.

The characteristics of Reincarnation, defined through Cayce’s numerous revelations, is not entirely consistent with all other revelations acquired by other mediums and psychics. Certainly there are similarities, but if the spirits are genuine, as endorsed by mediums and psychics, there should be no inconsistencies. Of course, the problem is not necessarily the need to identify the spirits as a genuine phenomena, but the revelations they impart do require greater scrutiny. The lack of consistency did not matter to Cayce who simply trusted the spirits who spoke through him. This folly of placing trust in the spiritual experience blinded Cayce in many of his revelations.

A religious scholar named John Gordon Melton (b.1942) examined many of Edgar Cayce’s revelations in his analysis, Edgar Cayce and Reincarnation. Not only did he discover many inconsistencies throughout Cayce’s revelations, but identified something much more damaging to the belief in Reincarnation. Cayce provided countless numbers of people with revelations to help them understand their present and future by revealing to them their past lives. On many such occasions, Cayce would identify biblical personalities and inform people that they were someone from an event mentioned in the Holy Bible. On two different occasions, involving two different people, Cayce identified the adulterous woman from the Gospel of John 7:53-8:11. Here, two different people, at two different revelations, given by Cayce and his spirit guide, were told that they were the adulterous woman, whom Jesus told, “sin no more.” This is a major inconsistency. What does this say about the spirits conveying the revelation? What does this say about Reincarnation? How could two people living in the present have been the same person in a past life? The spirits who provided these revelations are clearly saying anything they can, and the people accepting the revelations are doing so blindly.

Edgar Cayce was no prophet, but his spirituality was most certainly asleep. The same could be said of all the individuals and groups previously explored. In terms of revelations, Reincarnation has not been consistent, and this also raises many concerns about the spirits themselves. Regardless of the contradictions, the ambiguity of the revelations were eagerly accepted as a part of the overall spiritual experience. The revelation seems to have less impact. In other words, the experience of the intercourse between the spirits and the mediums/psychics overshadowed the relevance of what was conveyed. The spiritual experience served as the “evidence” and not necessarily the message conveyed through such experiences. This is why the ability to discern the spirits through mediumistic practices is so impaired, and practically non-existent. Of course, this is not always the case, but there are some exceptions. Yet, even with the few exceptions, discernment between the spiritual experience and the revelation remains ambiguous and inconsistent. Discernment was of little importance to the overall experience.

Unlike the previous examples, revelations gradually received greater attention and importance. It should be noted that despite the greater attention given to revelation, discernment was never further developed beyond what had already been established by previous generations of Spiritualists and Spiritists. Also, the attention given to revelation did little to obtain consistency, except when it served an anti-Christian purpose. On this matter, discernment reveals much about the spiritual experience and the revelation obtained.

In 1963 A.D. Jane Roberts began using a Ouija board to develop her psychic abilities. It was not long before she made contact with the spirit world, and a spirit began to answer her. During her earliest intercourse with a spirit, Roberts learned that the spirits name was Frank Withers. Later, this same spirit preferred to be addressed by the name, “Seth.” Over time, Roberts abandoned the Ouija board in favour of entering a trance-like state, in order to permit Seth to speak through her body and mind. Whenever Roberts entered into these trances, Seth would manifest itself through her and provide revelations. Although this practice was nothing more than a form of spirit possession, it was given a different label, known as Channeling. Here, the spiritual experience still includes contact with the spirit world, but Channeling placed more attention onto the information obtained. Most often, the revelation was not questioned, and merely accepted as the truth.

Roberts’ husband, Roger Butts, recorded these revelations, which would later be known as the Seth Material. Contained throughout the Seth Material were a variety of subjects involving human spirituality, and this included Reincarnation. What is troubling about the subject of Reincarnation, as expressed through the Seth Material, is how the spirit known as Seth defined itself. First, the spirit revealed itself to Roberts as Frank Withers, an English teacher who lived and worked in Elmira, New York. Soon after expressing itself as the spirit of a deceased man, the spirit then identified itself as another deceased man named, Frank Watts. When Roberts was forming her relationship with this spirit, she recognized its aversion to identifying itself. When asked what it would prefer to be called, the spirit replied,

“To God all names are his name […] I call myself Seth.” (The Coming of Seth)

In most cases involving spirits communicating with mediums, identity has been problematic, but here the spirit seems to be aversive and even expresses the ownership of names – the identity – to God alone. Yet, the spirit is not claiming to be God since it calls itself “Seth.” Perhaps the spirit is trying to associate itself to God since “all names are his name,” and in this way is trying to present himself as a good spirit. Despite this, the spirit does imply of itself some ownership of names/identity as described to God. The spirit’s aversion to names suggests a god-like persona in the identity of Seth. Similarly, God revealed to Moses, the name, “I Am” in Exodus 3:14, as the name to give to the people. This aversion seems to be imitating God or a god-like identity, and this is indicative of a demonic manifestation. The inconsistencies found in the identity of the spirit were tolerated by Roberts for the sake of revelation.

Seth also revealed that it was a spirit who had experienced Reincarnation, but who has since moved beyond the necessity of Reincarnation. Among other details concerning the afterlife, Seth taught that there is no heaven or hell as taught by the Church. Instead, there is only a continuous existence, whereby Reincarnation serves to develop the soul into a higher state of being, and further spiritual development. Also, the human soul does not reincarnate into different life forms or animals. There is only human rebirth. According to Seth, when the undetermined number of Reincarnations are completed, the soul traverses other planes of existence, to learn and to grow.

These revelations contain many similarities with other revelations obtained by Spiritualists, Spiritists, and even with those obtained by Edgar Cayce. It would seem as though the revelations given by Seth hold to some degree of consistency when compared to some of the other revelations previously explored. However, the revelations given by the spirit Seth provide additional and unique traits defining Reincarnation much differently from those other revelations. According to the spirit Seth, the concepts of time and space do not exist in terms of human spirituality. Every Reincarnation of the “self” occurs across a multiverse or multiple universes. This concept can be experienced through dreams. In regards to no time or space, every Reincarnation occurs simultaneously, and the “self” is recognized to all states of Reincarnation occurring concurrently. This, too, could be experienced through dreams. These unique traits, revealed by Seth, do not necessarily conflict with the revelations of other groups and individuals, but they do raise other questions. Why would such details have been omitted by previous revelations given by other spirits? Overall, these traits do distinguish the revelations given by Seth apart from other sources and their revelations.

What is perhaps one of the most distinguishing features of the revelations given by Seth, in regards to Reincarnation, concerns Jesus Christ. For just over two-thousand years the Church has held fast to the correct Christology and teachings of Jesus Christ. The revelations of Seth teach something entirely heretical. Prior to exploring Jane Roberts, it was mentioned that the paranormal phenomena – or the spiritual experience – received greater attention as compared to the revelations. The Seth Material overshadowed the spiritual experience, and there are many reasons why this occurred. The spiritual experience between Seth and Jane Roberts was unique, and was not a paranormal event which could be experienced by others. There were other people who claimed to receive revelations from Seth, but the Seth with whom Jane Roberts held intercourse, denounced those spirits as imposters. More importantly, the Seth Material provided people with both the spiritual experience and the revelations. Jane Roberts did not build a spirituality around herself, but gave herself and the Seth Material to whoever desired both. It is perhaps for this reason Jane Roberts is credited with enabling the growth of the New Age movement. However, this is beyond the scope or interest of this article. Instead, there is another consideration, which is often ignored. The spirituality derived from any such revelations serves to undermine the teachings of the Church. This can be attested to the fact that even the revelations of Seth include strong anti-Christian motives.

The Church teaches that Jesus is the Son of God, the Christ. The Seth Material claims that Jesus, like all other souls, is simply a part of God. This revelation also rejects the hypostatic union of Christ, which recognizes Christ as two natures – divine and human – united in one substance. In regards to Reincarnation, the humanity of Christ is not important. According to the Seth Material, the “self” is not recognized to any one corporeal form, but too many Reincarnations, and therefore many corporeal forms. The revelations of Seth go even further to redefine Jesus Christ by ascribing a peculiar and unique circumstance involving Reincarnation.

Unlike other people who experience their Reincarnation simultaneously – past, present, future – the soul which Reincarnated into Jesus, also became John the Baptist and the Apostle Paul. Here, a triple Reincarnation stemming from one soul, concurrently existing in relation to one another’s present. Three persons existing alongside each other, belonging to one soul. This is how Jesus is defined according to the revelations of Seth. The importance of Christ’s humanity is diminished even further when considering this. How so? Jesus Christ was resurrected into the very same flesh he died with. Resurrection consists of the same body. To deny the resurrection typically involves the denial of Christ’s death.

The Seth Material also denied the crucifixion of Christ. According to the spirit Seth, a substitute was crucified in Jesus’ place. This was not the first time such a revelation had been made about the crucifixion. In the 7th century A.D. a spirit claiming to be a holy angel told a man,

“…but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them…” (Quran, sura 4:157)

The religion of Islam believes this revelation to be true, given by the angel Gabriel to their beloved prophet Muhammad. For this reason, Muslims do not believe in the divinity of Jesus, seeing Him only as a prophet. Obviously, Reincarnation is not a teaching of Islam, but it should be recognized that the spirits seem to be in agreement in all their denials of Christ. Likewise, the revelations of Seth developed a similar belief, and regard Jesus as a highly developed spirit, and nothing more. Without a crucifixion, there is no bodily resurrection, and therefore Reincarnation is presented as a revelation of “truth.” In turn, the salvation taught by the Church is swept aside by those seeking salvation of their own making.

Indeed, there is consistency between this particular revelation concerning the crucifixion. It would seem that the consistency occurs when it seeks to explicitly undermine the teachings of the Church. Strange how the spirits fail to find consistency with their proliferation of Reincarnation, but seem to have little problem denying the Christ in the same process.

Many Spiritualists and Spiritists received similar revelations concerning the crucifixion. From Rev. Stainton Moses’ More Spirit Teachings, the crucifixion is described as follows:

“But, is so far as it was deemed to be an atonement by way of sacrifice for sin, this was foul falsehood, degrading to God…”

Consistent with the spirit of antichrist, the implicit rejection of the sacrifice on the cross is called “foul falsehood, degrading to God.” Now then, the point here is to demonstrate how common the anti-Christian revelations from these spirits truly are. Spiritualists, Spiritists, and so forth, were receiving very similar revelations in terms of rejecting the teachings of the Church. In order to construct a new spirituality, the previous one must be torn down within the hearts and minds of humanity. As a revelation, it has been well demonstrated that Reincarnation has not been consistent. The identity of these spirits is also well demonstrated and supports the high probability of their demonic nature, recognized through their demonic intent. Those mediums, psychics, and the general public who have received these revelations have been presented with an assortment of consistent anti-Christian teachings, followed by inconsistent beliefs in Reincarnation. The faculty of reason is collectively broken in this way, and the recipients of New Age philosophies are all too eager to experience and acquire more.

Modern Spiritualism and Spiritism represent one of the many varieties of paranormal phenomena. Interestingly, Reincarnation emerges through other means of paranormal events, and it becomes necessary to try and understand more about these other spiritual experiences. The Near Death Experience – or NDE – is a paranormal experience made popular by Dr. Raymond A. Moody Jr. (b. 1944), with the publication of his 1975 A.D. book, Life After Life. Although Dr. Moody provides comprehensive explanation for everything involved in NDE, the following definition will provide a general idea of what this paranormal phenomena entails:

Is a life after death, or near-death experience, which is consciously perceived apart from the physical body. It is a spiritual experience occurring as a result of physical death, or trauma to the physical body and/or mind, whereby the ceasation of physical life does not halt the mental or cognitive processes of the mind, which is now apart from the body. Is the separation of the soul from the body.

What is meant by “death” or “near death” involves circumstances whereby a person is identified as clinically dead, or in the immediate process of dying. The soul is separated from the body but is consciously aware of this experience involving death. Some paranormal researchers have compared NDE to Out-of-Body Experiences – OBE – but this is a great error of comparison. The OBE is certainly one of the traits recognized to NDEs in terms of experiencing perception apart from the physical body, but there are major differences. For instance, an OBE does not require death or near death circumstances in order to initiate an OBE. An OBE is not necessarily a separation between the soul and the body, and the evidence for this type of phenomena suggests that it is owed to a hyper imagination, influenced by demons. It is partly for this reason that NDEs are difficult to study, especially since both NDE and OBE involve observations without the benefit of physical sensory organs.

One of the more interesting characteristics of the NDE involves an encounter with a “Being of Light.” The nature or identity of this “Being of Light” is both mysterious and troubling. Dr. Moody believes,

“…the identification of the being varies from individual to individual and seems to be largely a function of the religious background, training, or beliefs of the person involved.” (Life After Life)

Indeed, the ambiguous nature of this “Being of Light” has been identified as an angel, Jesus Christ, as well as various other non-Christian entities and deities. To truly appreciate the nature and identity of the “Being of Light” encountered through NDEs, it is necessary to examine what transpires through such encounters. The “Being of Light” has been described as impressing a sense of love and trust, and other positive emotional descriptions. In most cases, this emotional component of positive feelings was preceded by anxiety, fear, etc., during other more unsettling characteristics of the NDE. Together, these negative and positive emotional experiences create an almost ambivalent quality to the overall experience. During the encounter with the “Being of Light” there is also an unspoken message or teaching imparted. In other words, this ambiguous presence communicates feelings along with a revelation. This is similar to the spiritual experience reported by Spiritualists and Spiritists. In fact, an NDE is simply a different means of communicating with spirits, although not an deliberate act.

Many people who report their NDE have described similar emotional experiences of love, and most messages or teachings are relatively similar. However, some revelations communicated by the “Being of Light” concern Reincarnation. One NDE researcher who placed a great deal of attention on Reincarnation is Dr. Kenneth Ring (b.1936). A Psychologist and professor at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Ring is also the co-founder of the International Association for Near-death Studies (IANDS). There are many examples available from the IANDS, which can attest to the fact that Reincarnation is a frequent type of revelation communicated by the “Being of Light.” However, there are also other spirits recognized as the spirits of the dead who have also communicated the same teachings. Either way, the revelations collected from NDEs can be just as inconsistent as those revelations collected by Spiritualists and Spiritists.

The “Being of Light” is much more interesting than are the actual revelations themselves. This is especially true from a Christian perspective. Many Christians from various denominations have addressed NDEs and the mysterious “Being of Light.” Rightfully cautious, many Christians have rejected NDEs by associating the “Being of Light” with Satan and have referenced 2 Corinthians 11:14 to do this:

“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”

Satan is described as “masquerading” as this so-called “Being of Light,” who has been confused for an angel throughout many NDEs. In regards to Reincarnation, the revelation also exposes the identity of the “Being of Light,” since it contradicts the teachings of the Church. Despite such simple discernment, there are people who perceive the “Being of Light” as Christ, and therefore accept the revelation of Reincarnation regardless of what the Church teaches. Even worse, there are people who twist what is written in the Holy Bible and claim that Jesus Christ taught Reincarnation. Spiritualists and Spiritists have done this, but now many NDE researchers have also presented these false teachings. Once again, such discussion will be set aside in order to address the identity of the “Being of Light.”

Like the Spiritualists and Spiritists, the proponents of NDE rarely question the identity of the “Being of Light” in any serious way. Dr. Moody has addressed this issue, but in doing so has fallen short of offering any real demonstration of discernment. Instead, Dr. Moody provides nothing more than a quick dismissal for any real concern. From his book, Life After Life, he writes,

“As a response to such explanations, I can only say this. It seems to me that the best was of distinguishing between God-directed and Satan-directed experiences would be to see what the person involved does and says after his experience […] Manifestly, my subjects have come back with a renewed commitment to follow the former course and disavow the latter.”

Here, Dr. Moody seemingly identifies the outcome of any such spiritual experience in order to discern truth from lies; God from Satan. His conclusion is not necessarily wrong, but it is definitely pre-mature. The NDE and the revelation presented through it do not manifest themselves as something explicitly evil. Instead, the spiritual experience and emotionalism serve to make the overall experience seemingly good. What Dr. Moody’s research failed to consider is that the outcome of any NDE does not have to be physically or psychologically harmful for it to be owed to Satan. In fact, what is seemingly good is often presented by Satan. Dr. Moody fails to acknowledge the demonic trait of deception. From St. Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises, greater discernment is discussed and serves to address such situations found throughout NDEs.

“It is proper to the evil Angel, who forms himself under the appearance of an angel of light […] to bring good and holy thoughts, conformable to such just soul, and then little by little he aims at coming out drawing the soul to his covert deceits and perverse intentions.”

In regards to Reincarnation, it is the revelation imparted by the “Being of Light” who presents everything with peace, love, and trust. The overall spiritual experience is designed to make people receptive to whatever it is that Satan wishes. The ultimate goal of the Devil is to separate humanity from God. Such an NDE involving a revelation of Reincarnation, does not bring immediate suffering into a person’s life, but over time the false teaching of Reincarnation diminishes any real opportunity for salvation through Christ. Jesus Christ has never taught spiritual growth and perfection through Reincarnation, and therefore the person who accepts Reincarnation has little or no regard for death since salvation can be achieved over a period of lifetimes. There is no fear of the Lord’s judgement! Regardless of the truth, validation is a desperate thing, and there are always ways to validate false teachings.

A popular practice utilized by Spiritualists, Spiritists, proponents of NDE, and others who proliferate Reincarnation, is a form of hypnotism known as Past Life Regression. It is a type of spiritual experience, which tries to draw forth repressed memories from previous lives. The medium ship of Pearl Lenore Curran – Patience Worth – has many similarities to Past Life Regression. In fact, this was one of the aspects explored by Theodore Flournoy, the man who made a study of Mrs. Curran’s abilities.

Among those NDE researchers who use Past Life Regression, the purpose is simply to reaffirm the NDEs involving Reincarnation. It is simply an attempt to broaden the “evidence” of their beliefs. There is, however, a problem with Past Life Regression, which is seldom addressed. Hypnotism is a mental state of focused, but relaxed, attention. It can be thought of as an altered state of consciousness whereby the faculties of the mind are prone to suggestion, and the imagination. When applied to Past Life Regression, it is believed that repressed memories, or innate memories, from previous lives can be recalled. The questions used by the hypnotist are often problematic in themselves: leading questions, suggestive questions, loaded questions, etc. These types of questions serve to construct answers by limiting the answers. In other words, through hypnosis, a person is much more willing to participate in the Past Life Regression process, and provide answers constructed from the suggestions embedded within the questions. The imagination helps in this process by building upon the suggestions made. The end product of a Past Life Regression is a batch of false memories, which seem vivid and real. It should be stressed that Past Life Regression questioning techniques are the same as those found in hypnosis used to help Abductees – people who claim to have been abducted by aliens – and for people claiming to reveal repressed memories of their Satanic Ritual Abuse. Why UFO Abductions and Satanic Ritual Abuse are mentioned here is because they have been studied by psychologists who have concluded that such recovered memories are indeed false memories. The memories themselves are constructed primarily through the power of suggestion, provided by the hypnotist’s techniques of questioning. The repressed memories found within Past Life Regression are no different. Does this disqualify Reincarnation? Alone, Past Life Regression fails to provide even remote possibilities. NDE researchers who have made use of Past Life Regression are simply seeking to support their own views, and to convince very naive people.

The paranormal phenomena through which Reincarnation is proliferated has presented many questionable things to consider. The inconsistencies between revelations are many. If the spirits are genuine in their desire to help humanity, then why are there so many contradictions? If Reincarnation is the truth, there should be no contradictions between the spirit revelations provided through all the various paranormal phenomena described here. It seems as though the spirit world is the source of such revelations, but this is not entirely accurate. The spiritual experience bridging the gap between that world, and the world of the living seems to be constructing a spiritual syncretism, which allows for contradictory views to exist alongside one another. The mediums and psychics are partly responsible for this, whereby they invite the spirits to entertain their carnal minds. It seems to matter little to the people who are experiencing the paranormal phenomena, that the entities they are conversing with are demons. After all, it is the spiritual experience people crave, and not discernment. Reincarnation has been one of many false teachings spread through paranormal phenomena, and regardless of how inconsistent its proliferation, humanity only desires the spiritual experience. Accepting the spiritual experience naturally allows for whatever follows it, such as the revelation, to also be accepted. In part two there will be more attention paid to the anti-Christian aspects of Reincarnation. Also, the overall meaning of Reincarnation will be better understood in relation to why it is proliferated through paranormal phenomena, thereby exposing it as a false teaching.

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