What about Reincarnation?
Closely related to spirit survival is a belief in reincarnation, also called transmigration of souls, another one of the “doctrines of devils” that the “seducing spirits” persuasively teach. Devotees reject the biblical teaching that “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews:9:27). Instead, there are allegedly many deaths and rebirths, because after death one’s spirit enters the body of a newborn baby to live another life and die again – and another after that, and yet another, and so on, until one has progressed enough to escape the need to return again to earth’s physical plane.
The Dalai Lama, for example, claims to be the fourteenth reincarnation of the original Dalai Lama of Tibet. Is there any proof? Only that he was born in Tibet very close to the time of death of the alleged thirteenth Dalai Lama. Nevertheless, this outrageous claim is accepted worldwide, and he is hailed as a leading ambassador for world peace and religious unity. And how does he propose to bring peace to the world? Wherever he travels, the Dalai Lama initiates multitudes into Tibetan Tantric Deity Yoga, promising thereby (as the serpent promised Eve) to make initiates into gods who can create their own universe. For that grandiose promise (which he has never been able to realize, nor have those to whom he makes it) he was given the Nobel Peace Prize! The world takes him so seriously that wherever he goes he is celebrated and received by dignitaries and heads of state. Yet the Dalai Lama (like Hindu gurus and all the other self-proclaimed gods) needs an umbrella to keep off the rain, gets hungry and eats, tires and sleeps, is subject to disease and weakness due to advancing age, and will eventually die. He has never been able to come even close to duplicating the miracles of Christ or offer any evidence that his claims to deity are valid – or to enable those he initiates into deity to manifest any god-like qualities.
In contrast to spirit survival, reincarnation includes the concept of punishment in the next life, imposed by something called “the law of Karma.” The judgment it imposes, however, is without mercy and offers neither solution nor hope. In fact, Karma produces more evil in the process of supposedly punishing it. Indeed, it punishes evil with the same evil, and thereby perpetuates it. Reincarnation is thus amoral and can be dismissed on that basis alone, as well as its being senseless and hopeless.