How Should A Christian View Reincarnation?

To begin with, what does the believer of reincarnation believe in? Reincarnation is the teaching that after death a person’s soul will go to a holding place and after a length of time enters a new human body. It is a cycle that repeats over and over again for thousands of years until the person has learned what needs to be taught, and then the reincarnation cycle ends.

This belief is contrary to biblical scripture, though. The Bible is clear that man was to die but once and then judgment. Read Hebrews 9: 24-27 (NIV)

24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

Reincarnation is a shallow idea that does not allow for the forgiveness of sins. A Christian should not believe in reincarnation but should believe in Jesus as our Savior! Jesus is the only way to sin forgiveness! Trust in Jesus as your true Savior. John 14: 6 (NIV)

6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

God Bless
Brian Mason

The Dangers Of Shamanism

This article is about the dangers of the modern New Age practices. This has captured the hearts and souls of its practitioners. Listed in this section are the leading practices and some of its consequences. The New Age is a huge market in the western world mostly in the form of best-selling books and being promoted on highly rated talk shows as something that is for your well-being, well maybe not;

“There are four ways to use shamanic power—for healing, for manipulation, for acquisition and malevolent action…. Manipulatory shamanism is [sic] to do with manipulating the environment for personal gain and without regard for the consequences. Malicious shamanism is tied up with intentionally causing injury, illness or death and can be applied to people, places, and the environment.”
Frazier, “Shamanic Survival Skills,” p. 37.

Does this sound like something that is beneficial? This is purely Satanic in nature and highly egocentric!

“In other words, the shaman is one who acquires knowledge of both good and evil spirits, often attempting either to use both or to bring both into “harmony” Albert Villoldo, “A Journey of Initiation of Don Edwardo Calderon,” Shaman’s Drum, Fall 1985, p. 20.

Sexual perversion is associated with certain shamanistic practices as well. Many shamans become homosexual, androgynous under the direction of their “spirit guides,” sometimes leading to suicide!

“The dissolution of contraries—life and death, light and dark, male and female—and reconstitution of the fractured forms is one of the most consistent impulses in the initiation and transformation process as experienced by the shaman…. During mysteries of initiation such as those of shamanic election, androgyny can appear at two very significant moments in this sacred continuum: at its inception and its termination. Among Siberian peoples, androgynous shamans seem to be unusually prevalent. … The spirit ally, or ke’let, demands that the young man becomes a “soft man being.” Many instances of suicide among young shamans occurred as a result of their refusal to meet this requirement. Nonetheless, most neophytes complied in spite of their profound social and psychological ambivalence. The transformation process is heralded by the spirits guiding the young man to braid his hair like a woman’s. Next, the spirits, through dreams, prescribe women’s clothing for the young man.The third stage of this initiation entails a total feminization of the male shaman. The youth who is undergoing the process relinquishes his past male behaviors and activities and adopts the female role. His spirits are guiding and teaching him the woman’s way. His mode of speech changes as well as his behavior, and on certain occasions, so does his body. Even his physical character changes. Generally speaking, he becomes a woman with the appearance of a man. The “soft man” comes to experience himself sexually as a female. With the help of his spirit allies, he can attract the attention of eligible men, one of whom he chooses to be his husband. The two marry and live as a man and wife, often until death, performing their appropriate social and sexual roles.” Halifax, Shamanic Voices, pp. 23-24.

Demonic possession of shamans can lead to horrible experiences;

“The initial experience of possession, particularly, is often a disturbing, even traumatic experience. Where the successor shows reluctance in assuming his heavy duties, the spirits remind him forcefully of his obligations by badgering him with trials and tribulations until he acknowledges defeat and accepts their insistent prodding.” Lewis, Ecstatic Religion, p. 66.

As you can see, the practice of shamanism is a highly dangerous and immoral practice. Perversion, self-gain and manipulation using the spirit world all wrapped up in a box that looks very enlightening to the unsuspecting person looking for “ higher meaning”!
I will turn to the Holy Bible now and see what it reads on such divination and sorcery;

Leviticus 19: 26, 26 “‘Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it.
“‘Do not practice divination or seek omens.

Deuteronomy 18: 10-13 10 Let no one is found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the Lord your God.

It is evident not only by common sense that such divination is evil, God is giving a stern warning not to become enamored with such practices, let alone become ensnared in shamanism. We as Christians must pray for those souls that enter into such a demonic system.

God Bless

Brian Mason

More Quotes From Shaman Miguel Ruiz, More “Me… Me… Me…”

“Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive – the risk to be alive and express what we really are.
― Miguel Ruiz

“What you will see is love coming out of the trees, love coming out of the sky, love coming out of the light. You will perceive love from everything around you. This is the state of bliss.”
― Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

“the real mission you have in life is to make yourself happy, and in order to be happy, you have to look at what you believe, the way you judge yourself, the way you victimize yourself”
― Miguel Ruiz, The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship –Toltec Wisdom Book

“Whatever life takes away from you, let it go.”
― Miguel Ruiz

“But it is not what I am saying that is hurting you; it is that you have wounds that I touch by what I have said. You are hurting yourself. There is no way I can take this personally.”
― Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

Give me the Lord Jesus Christ and His Gospel any day.

John 15: 12-13 (NASB)
12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this that one lay down his life for his friends.

Do you notice the contrast? And YES death SHOULD be your biggest fear if you are into this “New Age Gobbledegook! Repent and trust Jesus, as he is “The Way The Truth and The Life.

God Bless

Brian Mason

“The Four Agreements”: A Christian Response

Don Miguel Ruiz a “spiritualist” and “New Ager” penned the best seller book “The Four Agreements”. It has developed quite a following and people seem to be lapping it up like sweet milk, but what should a Christian’s reaction be to this book? Oprah Winfrey had Don Miguel Ruiz on her show and she also believes in the fundamental points of this book. So what are “The Four Agreements”?
They are based upon the ancient people of Southern Mexico that followed “Toltec Wisdom” *”The Toltec viewed science and spirit as part of the same entity, believing that all energy – material or ethereal – is derived from and governed by the universe.”

1. Be impeccable with your word – that is, speak with great integrity, avoid gossip and say only what you mean.

2. Don’t take anything personally – that is, whatever anyone says to you is only a projection of their own reality it is their own dream. Huh? Seriously that is what he is trying to get you to buy.

3. Don’t make assumptions – he claims that this agreement will in itself change your life. He says to communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, basically express exactly what you want.

4. Always do your best – subjected to any circumstance, simply do your best, so you will avoid self-judgment, regret and self-abuse.

As a Christian, my first and main response would be that it is a very self-centered philosophy. It fits the Oprah mantra of “ME, ME, ME” very well, and that would likely be why she had him on her television show. It was definitely a beneficial move for both of them. Basically it is narcissistic self worship, a form of idolatry. It is self- help that does not involve God and even the shunning of God.
It reeks of Shamanism. Shamanism believes that all energy – material or ethereal originates from and governed by the universe. It entails that everything has a spirit and everything is alive, clouds, rivers, dirt, as well as animals and people. It is defined that all things that have spirits are equal with us.
It is plainly sorcery! Let’s see what God has to say about this type of divination and selfishness;

Deuteronomy 18:10 “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer.”

Leviticus 19:26 “‘You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor practice divination or soothsaying.”

Galatians’ 5: 19-21, The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Philippians 2:3, Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,

Oprah Winfrey and Don Miguel Ruiz both do not agree with (at the time of this writing) Jesus’ words in John 14:6,
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

We must pray that the followers of this Shamanism have a conversion experience and become followers of Christ and cease this distortion of the truth.
God Bless
Brian Mason

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