The Greek philosopher, Plato, believed human souls existed in the celestial world prior to their physical birth. It was his belief that man was sentenced to physical life because of sin and must be purified through reincarnation before returning to a pure state of being outside of the physical realm. Plato was strongly influenced from the mystical philosophies and religions of the East. Plato served as a conduit for Eastern mysticism to infiltrate western minds and hearts. Mysticism continues to infect the American Christian church today. According to a 2009 study by Pew Research, about 25% of people who claim to be Christians also believe in mysticism such as astrology, animism, pantheism, reincarnation, and yoga for spiritual renewal.
These kinds of mystical beliefs and practices fly in the face of Biblical truth and are a direct offense to the sufficiency of Jesus Christ. Scripture clearly warns God’s people against worshipping His creation or even looking to creation for spiritual insight (Deuteronomy 4:19). We look at creation and find evidence of God’s existence and handiwork, but we are not to worship creation or ask it for direction in our lives (Romans 1:20-25). The same is true for necromancy, as we are not to converse with the dead (Isaiah 8:19). Reincarnation is also a farce, as the Bible says man is destined to die once and then face judgment (Hebrews 9:27). According to God’s Word we each only get one chance at this life. Christians are to avoid necromancy, sorcery, mediums, and spiritists.
Some forms of mysticism are blatant and obvious. Others are subtle. All are dangerous. Pop culture and even some board games encourage us to fantasize and play with the spirit world. People read horoscopes as though they were harmless. However, mysticism is not harmless. It draws people into dark spiritual places, and it robs God of our worship. No room should be made for Eastern mysticism among God’s people. Instead, we have a far better resource for spiritual truth. We have direct access to God’s Word and the Holy Spirit to help us understand and obey it.
Dear Christian, Jesus is sufficient for us. Let us honor Jesus by seeking Him first. Let us faithfully seek our direction through Christian prayer and the Word of God.
Acts 19:18-20 – Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices. And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. So, the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.