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Edward,

You have a quite a background, I need some help with some scriptures you may know.
I recently ran into a bad situation with a girl who was into some dark witchcraft practises that I wasn't aware of.
I need some scriptures to refute the ideas of these three occult believes:

1.  reincarnation
2.  past lives
3.  soul mates

Any scriptures that you know of to come against these ideas, would be so helpful

Thank you so very much.

Leah

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Thinking of your concern, I am not sure how to respond.
First, the bible does not speak specifically about the occult beliefs that you mention.  Most likely because these issues were not a great concern when the bible was written.
Second, I wonder whether an approach with scripture would affect or influence the girl involved in witchcraft. However, prayer for her is certainly in order.  You might address you prayer to the guardian angel of the girl -- check Mt 18:10, Lk 16:22, Psalm 91-10-13. Does she realize that she has a good angel to combat evil spirits?
Third, some bible passages mention the evil world of witchcraft.  For example:
a - The Old Testament recognized that many thought that evil spirits caused sickness.  Check Leviticus 16:10.
b - The Mosaic Law prohibited witchcraft - Deut 18:10-12; also in the New Testament -- Gal 5:20.
c - Jesus reacted against devilish magic -- Mt 4:1-11.

Hopefully, Leah, these condensed thought might be of some help.  If you would wish for more or a further explanation of what I have written, please feel free to write again.  

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A scholar of Jewish and Christian scripture (biblical studies), I hold graduate degrees from three universities in Rome [Italy]: Pontifical Gregorian University, Pontifical Biblical Institute, and the University of St. Thomas. I also have a master's degree in English. My special interests are the gospels of the New Testament and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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I have taught at three universities and two colleges. My published works include one book, several articles in scholarly journals, and numerous book reviews.

I hold a doctorate in sacred theology from the University of St. Thomas in Rome, Italy; a license in sacred scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome; a license in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.Additionally, I earned a master's degree in English from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., and a bachelor of journalism from the same university.

I have been a member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America for 40 years. I am a former member of Society of Biblical Literature.I have spoken on academic topics to local, national, and international groups.

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I hold graduate degrees from three universities in Rome [Italy]: Pontifical Gregorian University, Pontifical Biblical Institute, and the University of St. Thomas. I also have a master's degree in English.

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