AGAINST REINCARNATION: Spirit Revelations (Part II)

Posted on August 2, 2014


By: Demetrius

Thus far the Ontario Catholic Paranormal Research Society has compared various paranormal events involving the proliferation of Reincarnation. In part one, many arguments were made in order to understand how and why Reincarnation occurs as a belief expressed through a variety of paranormal phenomena. What was of special interest was why Reincarnation is so easily accepted by people within the paranormal community. As a widespread belief, the quantity of revelations involving Reincarnation provides a sense of validity. The reality, however, is that the quality of those revelations fail to provide any meaningful purpose or truth in Reincarnation. Although the OCPRS’s attentions have been placed on paranormal phenomena, this fact regarding the quality of revelations has been largely ignored by the proponents of any model or type of Reincarnation.

Any degree of consistency found in the revelations concerning Reincarnation had much to do with the anti-Christian aspects accompanying them. Here, in the second part, special attention will be given to the anti-Christian motivations belonging to the revelations favouring Reincarnation. Why this is necessary is so that people can be better informed about the erroneous arguments used to promote Reincarnation. In turn, the falsehood of Reincarnation will become apparent.

In part one, the revelations between Reincarnation and the anti-Christian revelations have only been briefly touched upon. The much more blatant denials of the teachings of the Church will be dealt with here. The denial of the crucifixion, along with ascribing Reincarnation to Jesus Christ are just a few examples found throughout various spirit revelations. Whether it is owed to the influences of revelation, or inspired by revelation, Reincarnation is no longer viewed as an isolated or foreign belief standing apart from Christianity. The proponents of Reincarnation have recognized the importance of attacking the Holy Traditions of the Church in order to re-interpret Christian teachings according to their own beliefs and purposes. To be precise, Reincarnation is being proliferated through a synthesis of Christian teachings blended with New Age beliefs. The hope of such synthesis is to lure people into accepting Reincarnation by presenting it under different models. This will not of course affect the Church, or the doctrines and dogmas, but does have the potential to misinform and misguide Christians and non-Christians alike.

Here is a very common example frequently encountered among proponents of Reincarnation. Playing on words like Reincarnation and Incarnation, these words are sometimes used synonymously. Although these two terms have entirely different meanings, circumstances allow for these terms to be used in a very casual way. The Church does not teach Reincarnation, and instead teaches the Incarnation of God, and this can be best described from the Gospel of John 1:1-14,

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God […] and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…”

The Church believes and teaches that Jesus Christ is God. This event can be described as a Incarnation. The word Incarnate, is used to define a material manifestation of a deity whose original nature is incorporeal. However, the definitions of Incarnation are not limited to Christianity, and Incarnations have been associated to other religious personalities and deities. Within Hinduism, the god Vishnu is believed to have had numerous Incarnations, similarly compared to rebirths.

Among Spiritualists and Spiritists, Incarnation has been used to describe a series of Reincarnations concerning specific entities or spirits. The Spiritualist, Rev. Stainton Moses, described in part one, is a good example of this. Although improperly applied in some cases, there is often an attempt made to equate one form of Incarnation to another. This is done despite the fact that certain details of each respective belief clearly demonstrates very distinct circumstances and meaning. For instance, Jesus Christ, as the Incarnation of God, is an event which has only occurred once. Through the Holy Spirit, the Virgin Mary conceived, and gave birth to the Lord. In the Hindu religion, the god Vishnu has had numerous Incarnations. What is worth mentioning about Vishnu’s Incarnations is the one Hindus are presently awaiting for. According to a section of Hindu sacred text known as the Puranas, Vishnu is expected to Incarnate as Kalki. This will be the final Incarnation, whereby Kalki makes war, and is the harbinger of the end of time, appearing on a white horse. This is similar to Jesus Christ who is described in John’s Revelation 19:11,

“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.”

Why this is even mentioned here is to point out how the similarities between Jesus Christ and Vishnu can be exploited. Using these similarities, it becomes much easier to associate the idea of Reincarnation and Incarnation – belonging to Hinduism – to the Incarnation of Jesus Christ found in Christianity. Now then, not all paranormal phenomena conveying revelations accomplishes this in the exact same manner described here. Some revelations inspire such heretical thinking, while others are entirely responsible for such views by proclaiming Christ as one of many Incarnations/Reincarnations.

The Seth Material, explored in part one, is a good example of revelations making use of Reincarnation and Incarnation, exploiting biblical personalities like Jesus Christ. According to the revelations provided by the spirit Seth, an Incarnation into three distinct beings sprang forth from the Christ: Jesus of Nazareth, John the Baptist, and the Apostle Paul. In addition to this, the Apostle Paul is prophesied to Reincarnate sometime in the 21st century A.D. The examples found in the Seth Material are subtle, but they do attempt to associate words and events, which do not reflect the same circumstances or meaning found in Christianity. This has much to do with exploiting poor discernment when applied to spirit revelations, and the language used to convey those revelations.

Another example from Jane Roberts and the Seth Material involves the crucifixion. According to the spirit Seth, Jesus was not crucified, but only appeared to have been crucified. Here, the revelation challenges the teachings of the Church, but this is not the first time such a revelation has attempted to do this. This same revelation can be found in the Quran, sura 4:157,

“…but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them…”

In part one, it was mentioned that a spirit presenting itself as the angel Gabriel gave this revelation to the prophet Muhammad in the 7th century A.D. Yet, this was not the first time such a revelation had been given concerning the crucifixion. Not surprisingly this very same revelation can be found among two 3rd century A.D. Gnostic texts: Second Treatise of the Great Seth, and the Gnostic Apocalypse of Peter. Both were found in the Nag Hammadi library in 1945 A.D.

Interestingly, The Second Treatise of the Great Seth, and the Seth Material share the namesake, “Seth.” Coincidence? Whether it is coincidence or not, the Gnostics presented the earliest heresies against the Church. In The Second Treatise of the Great Seth, the book provides a revelation said to come directly from Jesus Christ. The name “Seth” does not appear throughout the book, but some scholars suggest that “Jesus” and “Seth” are the same person, arguing a possible Reincarnation or Transmigration between the two identities. However, there really is no evidence to support such a claim, and is pure speculation on behalf of the proponents of Reincarnation.

The book itself is of course Gnostic, and like all Gnostic literature, serves to undermine the teachings of the Christian faith. In order to appreciate what kind of spirit revelation The Second Treatise of the Great Seth provides, consider the following:

“I visited a bodily dwelling. I cast out the one who was in it first, and I went in […] And I was was the one who in the image, not resembling him who was in the body first. For he was an earthly man, but I, I am from above the heavens.”

This is a description of how the Gnostic “Jesus” enters the form of a man; a form of spirit possession, whereby the soul of a body is suppressed by the dominating spirit. Having possessed the body, this so-called “Jesus” carries out his work as a false prophet, giving his false revelations. Proponents of Reincarnation have described this event as an example of Incarnation, or as a Transmigration of the soul. In either case, from a Christian perspective, this event is clearly demonic possession.

The crucifixion is strongly denied in The Second Treatise of the Great Seth, which clearly identifies a substitute sacrifice put onto the cross, whereby this false prophet stands apart from the entire scene:

“For my death, which they think happened, happened to them in error and blindness, since they nailed their man unto their death. Their thought did not see me […] it was another, their father, who drank the gull and the vinegar; it was not I. They struck me with the reed; it was another, Simon, who bore the cross on his shoulder. It was another upon whom they placed the crown of thorns.”

This Gnostic account of the crucifixion was known to the Holy Church Father, St Iranaeus of Lyons, who speculated that the substitute on the cross was Simon of Cyrene. This can be found in his book Against Heresies. The Church has been aware of these and other heresies for a very long time. What is surprising is how these revelations occur over and over again, through the rise of Islam, and then later through Modern Spiritualism, and the New Age movement.

It has already been expressed that the denial of the crucifixion helps to, in turn, reject the belief if Resurrection. However, no all Gnostic sects believed and practiced the same things. Some Gnostic sects believed in Reincarnation, while others adhered to a resurrection based on the spirit alone. In either case, there is a deep rooted anti-Christian motivation expressed through Gnostic revelations, and Reincarnation is often recognized to that same spirit of antichrist. This anti-Christian motive does accompany the proliferation of Reincarnation, especially through revelations. In terms of what is frequent – regarding Reincarnation – is the necessity on the part of the spirit of antichrist to alter perceptions about Jesus Christ.

Gnosticism and all its heretical revelations through which the false prophets and evil spirits have produced, remain alive and well under other guises. In part one Modern Spiritualism and Spiritism were presented, along with their revelations. Between Gnosticism and these other groups, there is very little difference. How so? Having already addressed the strange similarities between Jane Roberts and the Seth Material to The Second Treatise of the Great Seth, it is clear that a direct line or source of these revelations are the same; the source is of course, demonic. Reincarnation is another example, but so too, is the belief in spiritual perfection being achieved through knowledge in life and in the afterlife. “Gnosis,” or knowledge, in terms of how the Gnostics understood it, involved participation in the spiritual experience. This is true of all groups and individuals who have presented their own revelations from the spirits.

The Church Father, Origen (3rd century A.D.) was not a Gnostic, but many of his beliefs can be recognized within Gnostic literature; beliefs such as the pre-existence of souls and Transmigration. Both these particular beliefs have been associated to Reincarnation. What is often ignored is that Origen did not believe in Reincarnation, but he did believe in the Resurrection. Unfortunately, proponents of Reincarnation have either ignored this, or hide this fact when perpetuating their own beliefs.

Using Origen as a platform to mount evidence in favour of Reincarnation, many people have begun to distort Biblical and Patristic texts. The very same like-minded individuals and groups who have received or who have accepted spirit revelations, have turned their attentions onto the teachings of the Church. Their only intention is to proliferate Reincarnation, and the necessity to redefine the teachings of the Church is clearly carried out in the spirit of antichrist. Their intention has nothing to do with following anything taught by Jesus Christ.

Having already briefly discussed the Incarnation of Christ, there are other examples including Jesus, as well as other Biblical personalities, such as John the Baptist. Here, an attempt is made to transform Biblical examples into evidence for Reincarnation. Biblical prophecy foretold the return of the Prophet Elijah (or Elias in the Greek).

“Behold, will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of that great and dreadful day of the Lord.” (Malachi 4:5)

This was proclaimed of the Prophet Elijah who was taken-up into heaven by a fiery chariot (2 Kings 2:11). The “great and dreadful day of the Lord” is the Judgement described in the book of Revelation. Despite this fact, proponents of Reincarnation focus their attentions onto the Gospels and Epistles of the New Testament. The New Testament has received much attention, and this is largely due to the fact that there are many verses involving the identity of John the Baptist and the Prophet Elijah. For instance, the Gospel of Luke 1:17 presents a very clear association between the prophecy of Elijah’s return and John the Baptist:

“He will also go before Him [Christ] in the spirit and power of Elijah.”

The angel of the Lord told this to Zaharias, the father of John the Baptist. Here, it is said, “spirit and power of Elijah,” and not specifically Elijah himself. Proponents of Reincarnation often use this verse to suggest a rebirth of the Prophet Elijah. Elsewhere there are even more difficult Biblical verses, which are exploited to greater degrees.

A strange even is described in the Gospel of Mark 9:4, whereby the disciples witnessed Jesus standing and speaking with Moses and Elijah. Confused about John the Baptist and Elijah, they asked Jesus,

“Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” (Gospel of Mark 9:11)

In response Jesus tells them, “But I say to you that Elijah has also come.” Here, the identity of John the Baptist is likened to the Prophet Elijah. Indeed, the disciples of Christ were confused. This same confusion is recognized in the Gospel of Matthew 11:14 where it is written,

“And if you are willing to receive it, he [John the Baptist] is Elijah who is to come.”

Here, Jesus is comparing the identities of John the Baptist and the Prophet Elijah. Jesus is not stating that they are the same person. However, this is not how the proponents of Reincarnation interpret this verse. Instead, they believe Jesus is making an explicit revelation about John the Baptist being the Prophet Elijah, reborn. The confusion among the disciples adds to this problem, and other verses are used to argue the case for Reincarnation. In the Gospel of Luke 9:18-19, Jesus addresses this confusion, and asks His disciples,

“’Who do the crowds say that I am?’ So they answered and said, ‘John the Baptist, but some say Elijah, and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again.”

The disciples answer Jesus and identify John the Baptist and Elijah as to different possibilities. However, it was the Apostle Peter who recognized Jesus as “The Christ of God” (Gospel of Luke 9:20). The confusion surrounding the identity of John the Baptist and the Prophet Elijah also called into question Jesus Christ’s identity. Most certainly there was great confusion concerning identities, but did it involve Reincarnation? One of the answers given by the disciples was “one of the old prophets has risen again.” The belief in Resurrection is included among the responses, so it is highly unlikely that the other possibility could be Reincarnation. Yet, this is ignored, and so too is the fact that the crowds believed that Jesus was John the Baptist or the Prophet Elijah. This confusion was not the result of belief in Reincarnation, but in the identifies reflected through Biblical prophecy. It is easy to understand why the proponents of Reincarnation have chosen such verses, and the reason is due to how easily such confusion can be exploited. Even the Jewish religious leaders were confused about the various identities, and asked John the Baptist,

“’Are you Elijah?’ He said, ‘I am not.’” (Gospel of John 1:21)

John the Baptist informs the Jewish religious leaders that he is not the Prophet Elijah. Biblical verses like these are often ignored or explained away, despite the fact that there is no confusion in the answers.

Recalling the fact that the Prophet Elijah did not die, but was taken-up by a fiery chariot to heaven, the Church teaches that he did not taste death. Having failed to grasp this teaching, the proponents of Reincarnation have overlooked the fact that Reincarnation requires death in order that a rebirth occur. Since the Prophet Elijah did not die, but was taken-up to heaven – both body and soul – he could not be reborn according to the conditions involved with Reincarnation (life, death, rebirth). The Prophet Elijah’s return is not a rebirth, but an appearance during the tribulations described in the book of Revelation 11:1-14. Both he and Enoch – some Church Fathers say Moses – serve as the two witnesses. Regardless of what the proponents of Reincarnation have to say, the Prophet Elijah did not die, and therefore can not be reborn according to their beliefs.

Previously, the Church Father Origen was identified as a Christian supporter of Reincarnation. Despite the fact that he believed in Resurrection, the proponents of Reincarnation claim there is no such evidence for this. Interestingly, the subject of Reincarnation and John the Baptist was addressed by Origen. From Origen’s Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew, he writes,

“In this place it does not appear to me that by Elijah the soul is spoken of, lest I should fall into the dogma of transmigration, which is foreign to the Church of God.”

Here, Origen was addressing the identity of John the Baptist, along with the confusion surrounding him and the Prophet Elijah. He also identifies “transmigration” which can be suggestive of Reincarnation. If Origen believed in Reincarnation, he would have agreed that the soul of Elijah was involved in the identity of John the Baptist. However, he does not do this. Nor do any other Church Fathers. In fact, other Church Fathers are in agreement with Origen, such as St. John Chrysostom who clarifies this matter further:

“…John was forerunner, whom Christ called also Elias, not because he was Elias, but because he was fulfilling the ministry of that prophet.”

Clearly, Reincarnation was never a teaching within the Church, and neither is it evident in any of the Biblical or Patristic texts belonging to the Church. The Gnostics were not Christians, and neither were they a Christian sect. Their revelations came from demonic impersonators who used Christian personalities to convey heretical teachings. The same is true of Spiritualists, Spiritists, and Psychics who followed thereafter. Proponents of heresy have attempted to disguise their arguments with Christian appearances, but have always been properly exposed. What does this say about Reincarnation?

Spread through demonic revelations, false prophets – mediums and psychics – and through the blatant ignorance and man-made deceit, why then is Reincarnation so acceptable in the hearts and minds of humanity? Reincarnation, as a paranormal event has not been consistently presented by the variety of revelations proclaiming it as the truth. The inconsistencies between the revelations presented here are even more inconsistent when compared to the world religions, such as Buddhism and Hinduism. Even among Buddhists and Hindus, there are a great many inconsistencies. Within Buddhism, there are even more, albeit subtle differences. Indeed, the quantity of those who believe in Reincarnation are great. However,when examined alongside one another, the differences do not validate Reincarnation, but they do demonstrate the poor quality of such beliefs.

It should be mentioned that this article is not intended to denounce other religions, but only of non-Christian beliefs being imposed against the teachings of the Church. Reincarnation is but one spirit revelation presented with consistency against the Church. As demonstrated through this article and the previous one, the proliferation of Reincarnation has been consistently inconsistent! When spirit revelations speak out against what has been revealed through Jesus Christ, this helps to identify the nature of those spirits, and the worth of their revelations. None of the revelations concerning Reincarnation reflect what Jesus Christ taught. Other spirits proclaimed Jesus and other Biblical personalities of having experienced Reincarnation, but even here there were many inconsistencies.

Through the Holy Spirit, the Church has maintained consistency. Certainly, there are people who may accuse the Church of the same folly shared by the Gnostics, Spiritualists, and so forth. However, the consistency of the Church through its Ecumenical Councils, Sacred Scripture, Holy Traditions, etc., have been maintained through the Holy Spirit. Discernment requires having the Holy Spirit, and this is something that the Gnostics, Spiritualists, and so forth did not have. What then did they have throughout the course of their revelations? The answer to this question helps to reveal the nature of the spirits, which have already been identified as demons. Presenting humanity with lies through spiritual experiences, Reincarnation serves to undermine any hope in Resurrection, or even the sincere practice of Repentance through the course of one life time! There is no rebirth from which repentance can be obtained, since even a hundred life times will be joined to a hundred life times of sin. This is the harsh and sober reality of Christian spirituality. What the demons desire is for humanity to follow them into eternal damnation. This is the nature of demons and of their revelations. Even if they were to tell a person a truth, it is to bring about a spiritual separation from God. This is their nature, and this is why Reincarnation serves their purpose.