Reincarnation (transmigration) has formed an integral part of eastern mystical beliefs both in Hinduism and in Buddhism for thousands of years. However, the idea of a man doing good works to build a karma that will grant him reincarnation into a good person (or better person in the next life), lacked the element of hope that is so noticeably absent in the teachings of reincarnation. It is a belief that life simply gets reincarnated into other life forms.
The actual import of reincarnation into Western thought didn't begin with the New Age Movement. The British East India Company brought these beliefs back to England from India in the 17th century. John Locke (1632-1704), noted political theorist and philosopher, received and believed this teaching. Locke began the development of evolutionary thought along with his initiation into these beliefs in reincarnation. If evolution could show that man was evolving and advancing forward, this belief would add a false hope to the doctrine of reincarnation that lacked any promise of hope at all. John Locke was a 33rd Degree Mason. His thoughts and writings handed down to Freemason Dr. Thomas H. Huxley, who advanced the study of evolution. Dr. Huxley was the man most influential in Charles Darwin's life. Huxley convinced Charles Darwin to write and publish his thoughts on evolution which became the Origin of the Species in 1859.
In 1922 the magazine of Freemasonry, The New Age, promoted the theory of evolution with references to how the Kingdom of God would come about through future men who had evolved into god-like creatures ("...and ye shall be as gods" - Gen 3:5). These two doctrines, reincarnation and evolution, are recurring themes throughout all of the different versions of occult belief systems as well as the New Age Movement.
1TIM 4:1 "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of demons;...
Reincarnation and evolution are two such doctrines. These doctrines deny:
March 1, 2000