The Dead — Where Are They? 3 The Spiritualist’s Answer

The Spiritualist’s Answer

By 1853, when the popular song “Spirit Rappings” was published, spiritualism was an object of intense curiosity.

In the last half century [ed.n.: of the 19th century], the cult of Spiritualism has acquired much prominence. It claims to furnish the answer to the question now before us; in fact, its promi nence and notoriety are based on its dealing with this question, which it regards as its own special pro vince.

The special interest attached to the Spiritualist’s answer to our important question is that he claims to prove what the Philosopher regards as reasonable, and what the Scientist cannot demonstrate; that is, lie claims to prove the persistence of conscious being after the event of death. In support of this, the Spiritualist produces many phenomena, including extraordinary demonstrations of power and alleged messages from deceased persons to their surviving friends, these exhibitions being invariably made through a “medium” or “sensitive.”

There is much testimony of eyewitnesses to the Spiritualistic phenomena. The testimony is not borne only by the uneducated and those who have had no scientific training; much of it. Particularly within the last five years, is given by men of high standing in the scientific world. The phenomena and messages may therefore be accepted as facts, not as fraud nor illusion. But the crucial question is not thereby answered; and these scientific men, though almost persuaded, generally admit that the identity of the spirits producing the phenomena and sending the messages has never been established. It has never been proved that the spirit sending a message is the deceased person it claims to be. As long as this point remains open, the Spiritualist’s answer to the question, “The Dead—”Where are They?” must be considered incomplete, therefore not acceptable.

There are people who believe that the Spiritualistic demonstrations are produced by evil angels, who have never been human beings, but who know the history of our race, and who are able to impersonate the deceased, even to the mimicry of small peculiarities, unknown to all except intimates.

‘These are the angels who associated with the human race before the Flood, to their mutual disadvantage, and who have since been bound in chains of darkness, unto the great judgment day, when they shall also be judged, to determine whether they will submit themselves to be brought under the one Head, even under Christ. They do not now enjoy all their former liberties; hence their work is mostly done under cover of darkness or reduced light, and through mediums.’ — Gen. 6: 1-4; 2 Peter 2 : 4 ; Jude 6.

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The Dead — Where Are They? 1 Universal Inquiry

The Dead — Where Are They? 2 Scientific Answer

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The Dead — Where Are They? 4 The Bible’s Answer

 

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