There remains one argument that is said to be decisive in favor of reincarnation, that of the facts. Contra factum non fit argumentum. The most learned reasoning does not stand up to the facts. If reincarnation is impossible, how to interpret the abundant testimonies of those who say they remember past lives? Are they all charlatans?
As this solution appears difficult to support, the best way to proceed is by elimination. The first articles absolutely excluded divine intervention. God cannot, because he cannot contradict himself, want reincarnation, nor give the illusion of it to men. Sound philosophy has shown that, for its part, this thesis is in radical opposition to the laws of nature. Therefore, healthy and righteous thought cannot adhere to it.
There remain two phenomena which could explain the advanced experiences: a supernatural influence and a psychic illness.
* A diabolical intervention
It is not to be dismissed too quickly. The devil has indeed a power over our imagination and our senses. He knows very well how to simulate in his victims the memory of a previous life, with the most astonishing details, and to make them speak a language hitherto unknown.
How can we be surprised that the devil now exerts such a large influence when so many people give themselves up to him, appeal to occult forces, to “spirits”, to the fables of astrology? They thus open their souls to the devil.
We must also remember the religious nature of metempsychosis. It is not above all a philosophical system. He claims a global explanation of the world, of man, of his destiny. It is a religion all the more formidable in that it presents itself in the guise of austere discipline. We must therefore ask ourselves: who benefits from the crime?
Isn’t there a hidden hand, a supernatural force, behind the many variations of reincarnation, their stupendous propaganda and even some of the facts on which they are based?
Two authoritative voices provide us with the answer: Saint Paul tells us: “I say that what the pagans offer in sacrifice, they offer it to demons, and not to God. (I Col. 10:19). And Saint Irenaeus: “The gods of the nations (the pagans) were not only not gods at all, but even the idols of demons. (Against heresies, IV, 24).
* Mental disorders
But do we have to go back so far to interpret all the cases of memories? It seems not, and we must consider another explanation, not exclusive of the first, that of mental disorders.
Mental illnesses, of which many of our contemporaries are victims, alcohol abuse, the use of hallucinogens, can they not account for the phenomenon that we are studying?
To say nothing gratuitously, we turned to a tradesman, a psychiatrist. His science of mental illness and his experience confirm the results we have achieved through philosophy. Here is the text of his response.
“Refuting metempsychosis and all the theories that revolve around reincarnation is very commendable. These ideas spread very quickly, and out of vanity, a person can buy into them without thinking. In psychiatric pathology one meets delusional speeches on the subject of a previous life, in two circumstances. The first case is that of chronic delusional psychoses:
“- in chronic hallucinatory psychosis; “
“- in fantastic delusions (or paraphrenic delusions); “
“- in schizophrenic delusions.”
“You should know that this delirium, or these hallucinations, as a symptom, are a means of defense. The patient unwittingly “chooses”, unconsciously, to become delusional for the economy of anguish that it gives him in the face of his dissatisfaction with a painful reality and with which he can no longer establish links.
“Out of all this emerges an unwavering conviction of the delusional in his delirium, a desperate attachment to his symptoms. “You would have to be crazy not to believe it,” says Gaëtan de Clérambault. It has been observed that certain delusional subjects, brutally stripped of their delirium by a course of neuroleptics, presented a severe depressive state and could commit suicide.
“The second case is the addictive use of hallucinogens (LSD, mushrooms, peyote, etc.). Many of the classic symptoms of schizophrenia and its possible delusional episodes are found in hallucinatory drunkenness.
“You ask me how to explain the fact that many people of good faith remember past lives? “
“If these are ‘normal’ people, I don’t believe it at all. They are pathological liars.
“If they are delusional ‘healed’ people, they can have memories of their fruitful times.”
“Personally, I have never met a supposedly normal person who remembers a past life. “
This study on reincarnation therefore gives us the joy of reviewing the perfect harmony between revelation, sound philosophy and the human sciences. It also offers us the only remedy for this epidemic: a return to a deep faith, to the realistic philosophy of Aristotle and Saint Thomas Aquinas, and to a balanced life.
Bro. Jean-Dominique OP