Spiritualism and Christianity; Their Mutual Relationships, Parallels and Contrasts
Spiritual phenomena—or what are called “ the miracles”—have been regarded as the foundation, order, and development of the Christian Religion, and their recognition, as valid testimonies to its divine character, has been all but universal. Whether the pretensions and claims of any faith to absolute credence simply upon the ground of its promulgation having been attended by supermundane phenomena, can be sustained by logical argument or not, it is not now our intention to inquire. Our present purpose is simply to draw attention to the identity of the Christian miracles with the spiritual phenomena of modern days—in fact, to show that the credentials which accompany the new.revelation are exactly similar to those produced by the apostles of Christianity, in its early days, in support of its claims upon the attention of the world.
In the Old and New Testaments can be traced indications, without member, of amazing facts, similar to other experiences witnessed and authenticated m the literature of all ages and witnessed and authenticated in the literature of all ages and nations, our own included. We read of spiritual appearances, spirit-hands and spirit-lights, of spirit-writing, and the levitation of persons and objects, apparently under conditions contrary to the known laws of gravitation. In the New Testament these occurrences are specially pronounced, their rationale better understood, and their relationship to our common humanity more clearly defined.
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