Yoga was developed as an escape from endless reincarnations. The theory of reincarnation is continually promoted by the deceiving spirits “channeling” to mankind. In Eastern mysticism, as in Christian Science, death is an illusion. Existence follows an endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth through reincarnation. There is no such thing as resurrection, but a “transmigration of souls” into one body after another.
Reincarnation has become a widely accepted belief in the West to replace the biblical declaration that it is “appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews:9:27). In the East, however, reincarnation is viewed as a means of punishment. Gandhi called it “a burden too great to bear”—returning to this life of suffering and disappointment, spinning forever upon a never-ending “wheel of reincarnation”!
One cannot believe in both reincarnation and resurrection. Each new reincarnation leaves one more body in the grave, overcome by death. In contrast, the Bible promises complete victory over death through Christ’s sacrificial death and resurrection for our sins. Jesus Christ was resurrected, not reincarnated. The Antichrist, lacking the marks of Calvary, will likely claim to be the latest reincarnation of the “Christ spirit.”
Professing Christians go to astonishing lengths in attempting to reconcile the anti-Christian doctrine of reincarnation with the Bible and even to find it taught there. Elijah is a favorite because “Malachi promises the return of Elijah, and Jesus says John the Baptist is Elijah returned.” Yet Elijah was taken to heaven without dying and appeared with Moses in conversation with Jesus (Matthew:17:3), so he could not have been reincarnated into John the Baptist’s body, as it is claimed. Clearly, John the Baptist came “in the spirit and power” of Elijah (Luke:1:17), not as Elijah himself.
Some who teach reincarnation pose as born-again Christians. Reincarnationist Herbert Bruce Puryear says, “I love Jesus, and I know Him as my personal Savior.” Yet he admits that “most of Christian theology must be reexamined and rewritten in the light of this new truth.” It is not surprising that Puryear claims to have experienced in prayer “the radiant white light” so common in the occult.