|Posted on May 8, 2010 at 12:35 PM|
The Bible is full of examples of spirit communication and mediumship. From Jacob wrestling with an angel at the ford of Jabbok, to the materialized hand that wrote on the wall in the palace at Babylon, to the phenomenon of “speaking in tongues” practiced by the apostles and other Christians, the Bible holds examples of many of the phenomena that began to strongly reoccur with the birth of Modern Spiritualism in 1848.
In fact, many eminent scientists and thinkers of the 19th century, who had lost their faith in the Bible because they considered the reports of “miracles” in the Bible to be impossible in light of the then-popular philosophy of Materialism, became believers again after observing biblical-style “miracles” take place right before their eyes in Spiritualist séances.
There are strong proscriptions against spirit communication in the “Books of Moses” in the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament, but I know of no such warnings in the New Testament.
The fact is, the founder of Christianity himself performed some of the most powerful acts of spirit communication in history; if he were alive today, we would consider him an extraordinarily gifted medium. By doing so,Jesus violated the Old Testament laws against mediumship, but that was nothing out of the ordinary for Jesus. Jesus often violated Old Testament laws, for example, by breaking Sabbath laws and disregarding kosher dietary laws. The examples of Jesus’ mediumship are too numerous to cover here; I will discuss just a few of them.
In Modern Spiritualism, mediumship is classified as either mental or physical. Jesus demonstrated the ability to do both.
One of the most remarkable physical mediums in modern history is the Scotsman Daniel Dunglas Home (1833-1886). Physical mediums produce independent movement of objects; one of the most common is table tipping, when one leg of a table rises and falls making a rapping noise to answer questions. Sometimes the entire table will levitate. In a few cases, the medium will actually rise off the floor. Home did this on a regular basis. In one startling incident in England, in the sight of several witnesses, Home levitated, floated out a second story window, and then floated back in through a different window.
The ability to levitate is a rare form of mediumship; Jesus had this ability. From Chapter 6 in the Gospel of Mark comes this account:
45Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.
47When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. 48He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, 49but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50because they all saw him and were terrified.
Immediately he spoke to them and said, "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." 51Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed… – Mark 6:45-51
Another of the most powerful examples of mediumship is materialization. Most often only a hand is materialized; this is what appeared to King Belshazzar of Babylon in the Book of Daniel:
5 Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. 6His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his knees knocked together and his legs gave way. – Daniel 5:5-6
In more rare cases, the entire body of a spirit is materialized. Sir William Crookes took photographs of a spirit named Katie King who completely materialized through the mediumship of the famous physical medium FlorenceCook. If you’d like to see the pictures, here’s the link:
Jesus also had the ability to produce materializations. His most famous one is called The Transfiguration, which can be found in the 17th Chapter of the Gospel of Matthew:
1After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2There he was transfigured before them.His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.
4Peter said to Jesus,"Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah."
5While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said,"This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!"
6When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground, terrified. 7But Jesus came and touched them. "Get up," he said. "Don't be afraid." 8When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus. -- Matthew 17: 1-8
Jesus was such an exceptional medium that he demonstrated mental mediumship in addition to physical mediumship. Simply put, Jesus would give out information that was impossible for him to know under normal conditions. Here’s an example from the 19th Chapter in the Gospel of Luke:
28After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30"Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' tell him, 'The Lord needs it.' "
32Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, "Why are you untying the colt?"
34They replied, "The Lord needs it." 35They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. Luke 19: 28-35
The way mental mediumship works is the medium has developed clairvoyance and/or clairaudience so that he can see or hear information given to him by spirits. Jesus performed this on many occasions.
Finally, Jesus not only demonstrated his extraordinary abilities as a medium while he was alive, but he continued to do so after his crucifixion. Here is an example from the 20th Chapter of the Gospel of John. Jesus fully materialized in front of his disciples. Note that the door was locked on both occasions:
19On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and side…
24Now Thomas (calledDidymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!"
But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it."
26A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" 27Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."
28Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
29Then Jesus told him,"Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." -- John 20: 18-20, 24-29
These are just a few examples of Jesus engaging in spirit communication and mediumship in the Bible. His disciples continued these practices after Jesus ascended into the Spirit World forty days after his crucifixion. Mediumship and spirit communication have been an integral part of Christianity beginning withJesus, continuing with his apostles and the early Christians, and can still be experienced in some “Spirit-filled” churches today.
So if it is somehow against biblical teachings to do this, then Jesus himself would have to be the first one to reply, “I’m guilty as charged.” Then again, it wouldn’t be the first time Jesus would upset the religious authorities by breaking one of their rules.