Is Spiritualism compatible with Christianity? Within Spiritualism there are many shades of belief and opinion. One of the main areas of difference between spiritualists is the relationship if any, between Spiritualism and Christianity. Many Spiritualists deny any connection between Spiritualism and Christianity and much has been written on this but it must be admitted that there is a very large percentage of Spiritualist churches that either belong to a Christian Spiritualist grouping or call them selves Christian Spiritualists and this applies right through the western world including Australia, USA and UK. These Spiritualists would see a close compatibility and perhaps claim to be both a Spiritualist and a Christian. Christians have referred to many references in the Bible that say the mediumship used within Spiritualism is evil and should be banned. However in some respects the bible is actually very little to do with Christianity as it is the central required doctrine around the 39 articles of faith and not the Bible that Catholicism is all about. Much of what theses articles say and demand of Christians to believe as truth is illogical and quite nonsensical and most Christians would not have read them and some would not have even heard of them either. The Christian Spiritualist has mostly broken away from Christianity for a number of reasons. Firstly today the Christian church can no longer force adherence. When my Grandmother was a girl she worked in service in a mansion in UK. On a Sunday the staff were required to accompany the Lady and Gentleman to church - there was no choice but even if this was not the case the church had such a control that no one in a village could get out of going. Also because of the fear generated in people by the church they all went along like good children anyway. At the same time in many people and Spiritualists there is still a hang over need to look for a spiritual leader so a commonly asked question is 'do you believe in Jesus?' The concept is that Jesus was a very holy leader and in some way he still looks after us? In many cases this is not a thought out but an emotional reaction coming from family association when young. The approach which is used is that Jesus is our elder brother in spiritual matters and praying to him particularly for help must be good and is sure to be effective. In these circumstances one of the features of the Christian Spiritualist church service is the saying of the 'our father' or 'lord's prayer' often with slightly modified wording. Within Christian Spiritualist groups some mediums claim to have Jesus or some other 'holy' person communicate through them and who is to say, this may be true. The arch angel Michael figures prominently and such mediumship is often held in great reverence. Whatever the philosophy involved and whether you agree with it or not much good work in helping people especially at times of grief, is done by Christian Spiritualism. On the other hand many Spiritualist churches for historical and other reasons will have nothing to do with any form of orthodox religion. With Christianity it is to be remembered that the Catholic church in particular has tortured and murdered countless millions of people over the last 2000 years and has even precipitated many wars and in the time of the crusades even sent 50,000 children on a children's crusade to be all raped and slaughtered by 'the Turks'. The church and in some respects this applies to most Christian churches has extorted huge wealth out of the people and the Catholic church, once again, levied for some centuries a 10% tithe not only on the people in its control but also on the countries within Europe under its sway. This is the main reason why that church is so fabulously wealthy today. The typical set up in a town in Europe in the middle-ages was a huge cathedral dripping with wealth and splendour surrounded by acres of slums where the ordinary people existed. In more recent times not a hundred years ago Spiritualists were persecuted with prison and loss of livelihood by all western countries. There are still countries in Europe where Spiritual Healing is prohibited by law. The writer has had a 'born again Christian' say to him very seriously that if the law allowed he would burn him at the stake as a heretic (nice eh). So the enemy of Spiritualism in the past was legal and church opposition, propaganda and persecution. Today this has largely changed and people in their religious observance as with many other things, are allowed to make their own choices. This has lead to a widespread condition where many people are completely disillusioned with the orthodox church which has let them down and perhaps in childhood caused them shame and unhappiness. They will no longer have anything to do with anything which smacks of church or God and particularly perhaps with Spiritualism which they may say is nonsense anyway? Today as in the past at times of tragedy in a family like the passing of a child, the church through the priest of any denomination can only say 'have faith it must be God's will' and very little else to bring comfort. The Spiritualist can prove beyond reasonable doubt that the child or person who has passed still lives on in the world of spirit and is not only healthy and well but recovering from the perhaps emotional shock of the passing. This very process nearly always brings to the grieving person or parent a comfort and a relief from the impact of the tremendous grief and sorrow. The enemy today has changed and now in our materialist societies is apathy and complacency. Many people it seems now work very hard during the week sometimes doing long hours. Spend Saturday shopping etc and running around after the children's sport and by the time it comes to Sunday are exhausted. So mostly then they just stay at home and watch 'the tele' etc. and try to relax and sleep. However when all this is said the main difference between Spiritualism and Christianity is philosophical. The Spiritualist believes him/herself to be responsible for his own thoughts, behaviour and life and the fifth principle of spiritualism is 'Personal Responsibility'. This applies to every aspect of life and relationships with others. Many Spiritualists agree with the part of the belief in reincarnation which is called karma and says atonement for errors will be adjusted at future time or in future lives and so often try to limit excesses in the present and live better lives. Further he/she believes that he/she can pray to or contact the Godhead directly without necessarily the need for any priest or intermediary. Christians are taught by the priesthood to believe that Jesus died to save their sins which is called 'vicarious atonement' and that if a person does not become a Christian and call on Jesus, through the priesthood, to forgive their sins through his supposed death on the cross, then after passing they will go straight to hell (not passing Go). In this process the priesthood is absolutely essential to speak to God for the people. These two belief systems are in fact transparently incompatible and not reconcilable. However this is an area where the individual in the ultimately 'required course' of a personal spiritual progress, must decide for him/herself. Whatever course you take ultimately one lifetime or another you will find the ultimate spiritual progress as it actually cannot in the long run be avoided.
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