Shirley MacLaine and other new agers have been known to proclaim that "reincarnation was originally written in the Bible, but it was taken out" -- they cite texts that mention Elijah coming back, etc., but we've already covered the fact that the Pharisees and Sadducees held many UNBIBLICAL beliefs, and the inspired writers of the Bible were merely recording what was said, not necessarily agreeing with it. Reincanation and Christianity are worlds apart. There is NO WAY they agree together. [ 2 COR 6:14 ] "Reincarnation" approves of committing ADULTERY, becuase it says that those people were either LOVERS or MARRIED "in a previous life." It also excuses homosexuality because these people just have retained "too much of their previous life as a member of the other sex" -- and KILLING isn't really all that bad, because those people will have other lives, you haven't REALLY killed them. ( That includes abortions. ) Incidently, it has been recently discovered that for a majority of homosexuals, there has been some strong kind of mental or physical abuse in the past (usually relating to a sexual nature or abuse). When these problems are surfaced and dealt with, the homosexual usually turns into a well adjusted hetrosexual. Radical homosexuals are infuriated by this and have done quite a bit to keep it under wraps. Homosexuals have long battled against Christians who claimed that Christians hate them; according to scriptural teachings the word "homosexual" is referenced only once in the Bible, and that is to state that it is unrighteous. "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, no slanderers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God." [ 1 COR 6:9-10 ] There are other references without the word explictly used: "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own hands." [ LEV 20:14 ] Thank goodness Christ offers a plan for forgiveness. With a proper Christian attitude the correct response is that a Christian disapproves of sin but is entirely capable of loving the sinner (as a person). Speaking out against sin has nothing to do with the person, just their actions -- although the sinner may think to take it personally, which is not what is intended. And the ultimate boast of reincarnation is that man already possesses a version of "eternal life," so he doesn't need Jesus. Reincarnation lets man commit grievous sins, "eternally." See, God is merely some kind of giant energy gestalt, and Jesus was merely a good man, a "laerned teacher" just like Buddah, or Confucius, or Mohammed .. but He's not God... The only version of good and evil that comes into play in this reincarnation scenario is the "Law of Karma," which ultimately motivates one to do "good" -- and then the energy-gestalt-that-is-God is appeased, and you can move on to "higher levels of reality." Many people are looking forward to a dawning new age, a beautiful thousand-year "age of aquarius" that promises magnificent accomplishments for mankind -- and the source of this material is psychics like Edgar Cayce, channelers, astrologers, and disembodied spirit beings. Through many people and many hands have come these writings, these messages, these "gems of infinite wisdom" ...but don't be fooled. These are the lies of the fallen angels. This is the way it is with the workings of Satan. He doesn't need to have you swallow a glass of straight poison to kill you spiritually, he only needs you to drink a glass of oh-so-healthy fruit juice with his few drops of poison in it. And THEN you're dead. Satan's a master at mingling "truth" and "error" -- psychics and channelers and the new age teachers sweeten their doctrines up with attractive philosophies, healthful and helpful consultations, then the add in the errors. "You are God." "You never die." "Reincarnation is true." Error. Error. Error. One drop of poison after antoher goes into the glass they offer you. Spitirtualism involves the REJECTION OF GOD, the Bible, and Jesus, the Son of God -- to actively embrace New Age Spiritualism is to commit what the Bible called "Spiritual Adultery." And in these last days it is going to be one of Satan's strongest deceptions, and he hopes to fool even the elect. [ MARK 13:22 ] Don't be fooled.