IT is asserted that the phenomena of
the Bible and of modern Spiritualism are identical in kind and differ only in
degree; if this be so, why should the former, that is the Bible phenomena, be regarded as the direct teaching of the Great
Spirit, and accepted as
authoritative, and the latter not so?
WE recommend your querist to address
himself to those who claim the special authority of the older revelation.
No such claim is made in this chamber, and therefore we should be
compelled to beg the question ere we answered it. As we present from this
rostrum the affirmative only of your question, should you not suggest it
to those who deny our truth? Ask your soul’s teachers to respond to you.
Ask those whom you pay, educate, sustain, and maintain in your midst, for
the express purpose of resolving such points of doctrine as this.
We say there is neither
difference in degree, kind, quality, nor origin between any spiritual
manifestation of any age, except in the mode of its representation, in the
technical phraseology wherein it is recorded, or in some merely local mode
of making the record. Examine the facts of the phenomena of Spiritualism
in every age, and you will find that they resolve themselves into all the
simple classifications rendered familiar to you at the modern
spirit-circle. We find that the element of magnetism, of which we have
discoursed so largely, is the force by which the phenomena are made. The soul
or spirit within man, and the soul which has already become enfranchised from
matter, are the agents; while the scientific assimilation of the spiritual body of
the disembodied and of the embodied souls, in the form of magnetic
rapport, are the means by
which the entire phenomena are
produced. Magnetism and psychology are the two great pillars that support
the temple of modern
Spiritualism. Enter within its gates, and you will find there are
“differences of administration, but the same spirit.” We should be happy
to pass over this query to any
of the churches of your city, and not alone to place it in the hands of
your elected teachers, but to compel
them to render an answer,
and to demonstrate proofs of that answer, coherent with fact, law,
science, reason, and religion - and to render it too as publicly as we are ready to render ours.