Many people who once rejected the idea of reincarnation and past life memories found themselves doubting their doubts as they experienced a phenomenon known as “deja vu”–French for “already seen.” Some began to lean towards becoming a believer upon hearing the stories of others who experienced deja vu or presented “evidence” of reincarnation through what appeared to be authentic past life memories. How does the Christian believer respond to such statements and “evidence?”
You Only Live Once
There’s a popular saying, at least in the United States, that goes, “You only live once.” Generally, when someone says this, they’re referring to the advice to make the most of life and to “live it up,” rather than to be complacent or allow fear to rule the life you could have enjoyed. However, this saying can be taken literally when speaking of the teachings and warnings of the Christian Bible on the topic of reincarnation and past life memories.
God’s word declares, “And as it is appointed unto men ONCE to die, but after this the judgment” (KJV, Hebrews 9:27). There’s nothing difficult to understand about such a declaration. However, we return to the question of how does one then explain the very mysterious bouts of deja vu and past life memories that a good number of people have experienced? First, the Christian believer must always remind himself that our enemy is a master of deception. We read, “For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Matthew 24:24).
The “very elect” refers to the elect of God. That is a powerful statement, which is fitting when you consider that the scripture warns why the deception of the enemy is so great–he has power to work signs and wonders, sometimes referred to as “satanic miracles.” Signs and wonders have great power to convince. We are again reminded in the books of II Thessalonians and Revelation of the multitudes that will be deceived by the working of amazing signs and wonders that are the cream of satanic power. We read:
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved” (II Thessalonians 2:9-10).
We learn that Satan has great power to work signs and wonders; why would he not have power to work past life memories? He has been around for ages and knows the events of the lives of people who have passed away. Of course he has all the information needed to speak what are great mysteries to a man who hasn’t lived as long as he nor has his “wisdom.” This information, along with his power is all that is needed to “authenticate” any and all past life memories that he desires. This is why the Christian believer is forcefully taught by the Scriptures to cleave to the truth regardless of what he or she sees or hears. All that is in opposition to God is deception. Let’s also remember that the scripture in II Thessalonians warns of how dangerous it is to reject truth; it opens the door even wider to be deceived by satanic power.
Revelation 13:13 says, “And he doeth great wonders so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth, by the means of those miracles which he had power to do….” Past life memories are the working of satanic deception because no one who is alive now has lived on this present Earth before in another life nor will anyone who has passed away live again in a future life on the present Earth. Belief in past life memories is in opposition to belief in God’s word.
“For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid, yea, let God be true, but every man a liar…” (Romans 3:3-4).