The Visions of Sadhu Sundar Singh of India
The life of Sadhu Sundar Singh was
most remarkable in it's Christ-likeness. He was born amidst the depths
of Indian culture and religion, and into a Sikh family. During the early
part of his life Sundar's mother would take him week by week to sit at
the feet of a sadhu, an ascetic holy man, who lived some distance away
in the rainforest.
But with the death of his beloved mother when he was only
fourteen years old, the young Sundar grew increasingly despairing and aggressive.
His hatred of the local missionaries and Christians culminated in the public
burning of a bible which he tore apart page by page and threw into the
Yet before long Sundar was intent on taking his own life.
Sundar had arrived at a point of desperation: he had decided to throw himself
under the Ludhiana express if God did not reveal to him the true way of
At three in the morning he rose from his bed and went
out into the moonlit courtyard for the ceremonial bath observed by devout
Hindus and Sikhs before worship. He then returned to his room and knelt
down, bowed his head to the ground and pleaded that God would reveal himself.
Yet nothing happened.
He had not known what to expect: a voice, a vision, a
trance ? Still nothing happened. And it was fast approaching the time for
the Ludhiana express.
He lifted his head and opened his eyes, and was rather
surprised to see a faint cloud of light in the room. It was too early for
the dawn. He opened the door and peered out to the courtyard. Darkness.
Turning back into the room he saw that the light in the room was getting
brighter. To his sheer amazement he saw not the face of any of his traditional
gods, but of Jesus the Christ.
Jesus Christ was there in the room, shining, radiating
an inexpressible joy and peace and love, looking at him with compassion
and asking, "Why do you persecute me? I died for you ..."
From here on the life of Sundar Singh became most Christ-like.
Being unwilling to denounce his Master, it was not long before he had been
rejected by his family. Sundar took the saffron robes of the sadhu and
began a life of spreading the simple message of love and peace and rebirth
through Jesus. He carried no money or other possessions, only a New Testament.
He travelled India and Tibet, as well as the rest of the
world, with the message that the modern interpretation of Jesus was sadly
watered down. He visited the West twice, travelling to Britain, the United
States, and Australia in 1920, and Europe again in 1922.
With the large number of "spiritual paths" and "techniques"
facing the world of today it is of special value to consider the life and
insights of one who truly embraced the simplicity, love and freedom offered
through devotion to Christ.
"I am not worthy to follow in the steps of my Lord," he
said, "but like Him, I want no home, no possessions. Like Him I will belong
to the road, sharing the suffering of my people, eating with those who
will give me shelter, and telling all people of the love of God."
PREFACE by SUNDAR SINGH
The following is the preface of the original publication
In this book I have attempted to write about some of the
visions which God has given me. Had I considered my own inclinations I
would not have published the account of these visions during my life time;
but friends, whose judgment I value, have been insistent that, as a spiritual
help to others, the publication of the teaching of these visions should
not be delayed. In deference to the wish of these friends this book is
now presented to the public.
At Kotgarh, fourteen years ago, while I was praying, my
eyes were opened to the Heavenly Vision. So vividly did I see it all that
I thought I must have died, and that my soul had passed into the glory
of heaven; but throughout the intervening years these visions have continued
to enrich my life. I cannot call them up at will, but, usually when I am
praying or meditating, sometimes as often as eight or ten times in a month,
my spiritual eyes are opened to see within the heavens, and, for an hour
or two, I walk in the glory of the heavenly sphere with Christ Jesus, and
hold converse with angels and spirits. Their answers to my questions have
provided much of the material that has already been published in my books,
and the unutterable ecstasy of that spiritual communion makes me long for
the time when I shall enter in permanently to the bliss and fellowship
of the redeemed.
Some may consider that these visions are merely a form
of spiritualism, but I would emphasise that there is one very essential
difference. Spiritualism does presume to produce messages and signs from
spirits out of the dark, but they are usually so fragmentary and unintelligible,
if not actually deceptive, that they lead their followers away from, rather
than to, the truth. In these visions, on the other hand, I see vividly
and clearly every detail of the glory of the spiritual world, and I have
the uplifting experience of very real fellowship with the saints, amid
the inconceivably bright and beautiful world made visible. It is from these
angels and saints that I have received, not vague, broken and elusive messages
from the unseen, but clear and rational elucidations of many of the problems
that have troubled me.
This "Communion of the Saints" was a fact so real in the
experience of the early Church, that it is given a place among the necessary
articles of their faith, as stated in the "Apostles' Creed." Once, in a
vision, I asked the saints for a proof from the Bible of this communion
of saints, and was told that it was to be found clearly given in Zechariah
3:7-8, where "those that were standing by" were not angels, but saints
in glory; and God's promise, on condition of Joshua fulfilling His command,
is that he will be given "a place of access to walk among them (saints)
that stand by," and these are his "fellows" the spirits of men made perfect
with whom he could commune. There is repeated mention of Spirits, Saints
and Angels in this book. The distinction I would make between them is that
spirits are good or bad, who after death exist in a state intermediate
between heaven and hell. Saints are those who have passed on through this
stage into the higher sphere of the spiritual world, and have had special
service allotted to them. Angels are those glorious beings to whom all
kinds of superior service have been allotted, and among them are included
many saints from other worlds, as well as from this world of ours, who
live together as one family. They serve one another in love, and, in the
effulgence of God's glory, are eternally happy. The World of Spirits means
that intermediary state into which spirits enter after leaving the body.
By the Spiritual World is meant all spiritual beings that progress through
the stages between the darkness of the bottomless pit and the throne of
the Lord in light.
I wish to express my sincere thanks to Rev. T. E. Riddle
of the New Zealand Presbyterian Mission, Kharar, Punjab, who has journeyed
up to Subathu to translate the original book from Urdu into English. My
thanks are again due to Miss E. Sanders, of Coventry, for having corrected
Subathu, July, 1926.
There is only one source of Life--an Infinite and Almighty
Life, whose creative power gave life to all living things. All creatures
live in Him and in Him will they remain forever. Again this Life created
innumerable other lives, different in kind, and in the stages of their
progress man is one of these, created in God's own image that he might
ever remain happy in His holy presence.
This life may change but it can never be destroyed, and though
the change from one form of existence into another is called Death, this
never means that death finally ends life, or even that it adds to life,
or takes away from it. It merely transfers the life from one form of existence
to another. A thing that disappears from our sight has not thereby ceased
to exist. It reappears, but in another form and state.
MAN CAN NEVER BE DESTROYED
Nothing in this whole universe was ever destroyed, nor can
it ever be, because the Creator has never created anything for destruction.
If He had wished to destroy it, He would never have created it. And if
nothing in creation can be destroyed, then how can man be destroyed, who
is the crown of creation, and the image of his Creator? Can God Himself
destroy His own image, or can any other creature do it? Never! If a man
is not destroyed at death then at once the question arises, where will
man exist after death, and in what state?
I shall attempt to give a brief explanation from my own
visional experiences though it is not possible for me to describe all the
things which I have seen in visions of the spiritual world, because the
language and illustrations of this world are inadequate to express these
spiritual realities; and the very attempt to reduce to ordinary language
the glory of the things seen is likely to result in misunderstanding. I
have, therefore, had to eliminate the account of all those subtle spiritual
occurrences, for which only a spiritual language is adequate, and to take
up only a few simple and instructive incidents that will prove profitable
to all. And since at some time or other every one will have to enter into
this unseen spiritual world it will not be without profit, if we, to some
extent, become familiar with it.
WHAT HAPPENS AT DEATH?
One day when I was praying alone, I suddenly found myself
surrounded by a great concourse of spirit beings, or I might say that as
soon as my spiritual eyes were opened I found myself bowed in the presence
of a considerable company of saints and angels. At first I was somewhat
abashed, when I saw their bright and glorious state and compared with them
my own inferior quality. But I was at once put at ease by their real sympathy
and love-inspired friendliness. I had already had the experience of the
peace of the presence of God in my life, but the fellowship of these saints
added a new and wonderful joy to me. As we conversed together I received
from them answers to my questions relating to my difficulties about many
problems that puzzled me. My first inquiry was about what happens at the
time of dying and about the state of the soul after death. I said, ' We
know what happens to us between childhood and old age, but we know nothing
of what happens at the time of death or beyond the gates of death. Correct
information about it can be known only by those on the other side of death,
after they have entered the spiritual world. "Can you", I asked, "give
us any information about this?"
To this one of the saints answered! "Death is like sleep.
There is no pain in the passing over, except in the case of a few bodily
diseases and mental conditions. As an exhausted man is overcome by deep
sleep, so comes the sleep of death to man. Death comes so suddenly to many,
that it is only with great difficulty that they realise that they have
left the material world, and entered this world of spirits. Bewildered
by the many new things that they see around them, they imagine that they
visiting some country or city of the physical world, which they have not
seen before. It is only when they have been more fully instructed, and
realise that their spiritual body is different from their former material
body, that they allow that they have, in fact, been transferred from the
material world to the realm of spirits."
Another of the saints who was present gave this further
answer to my question, "Usually," he said, "at the time of death the body
loses its power of feeling. It has no pain, but is simply overcome by a
sense of drowsiness. Sometimes in cases of great weakness, or after accident,
the spirit departs while the body is still unconscious. Then the spirits
of those who have lived without thought of, or preparation for, entering
the spiritual world, being thus suddenly transferred into the world of
spirits, are extremely bewildered, and in a state of great distress at
their fate, so, for a considerable period, they have to remain in the lower
and darker planes of the intermediate state. The spirits of these lower
spheres often greatly harass people in the world. But the only ones that
they can injure are those who are like in mind to themselves, who of their
own free will open their hearts to entertain them. These evil spirits,
allying themselves with other evil spirits, would do immense harm in the
world were it not that God has appointed innumerable angels everywhere
for the protection of His people, and of His creation, so that His people
are always safe in His keeping."
"Evil spirits can injure only those in the world who are
like in nature to themselves, and then they can do it only to a limited
extent. They can, indeed, trouble the righteous, but not without God's
permission. God sometimes does give to Satan and his angels permission
to tempt and persecute His people, that they may emerge from the trial
stronger and better, as when He allowed Satan to persecute His servant
Job. But from such a trial there is gain rather than loss to the believer."
Another of the saints standing by added in reply to my
question, "Many whose lives have not been yielded to God, when about to
die, seem to become unconscious; but what actually happens is that when
they see the hideous and devilish faces of the evil spirits that have come
about them, they become speechless and paralysed by fear. On the other
hand the dying of a believer is frequently the very opposite of this. He
is extremely happy for he sees angels and saintly spirits coming to welcome
him. Then too, his loved ones, who have died before, are permitted to attend
his deathbed, and to conduct his soul to the spiritual world. On entering
the world of spirits he at once feels at home for not only are his friends
about him, but, while in the world he had long been preparing himself for
that Home by his trust in God and fellowship with Him."
After that a fourth saint said, "To conduct the souls
of men from the world is the work of angels. Usually Christ reveals Himself
in the spiritual world to each one in degrees of glory differing in intensity
according to the state of each soul's spiritual development. But in some
cases He Himself comes to a deathbed to welcome His servant and in love
dries his tears, and leads him into Paradise. As a child born into the
world finds everything provided for its wants, so does the soul, on entering
the spiritual world find all its wants supplied."
THE WORLD OF SPIRITS
Once in the course of conversation the saints gave me this
information. "After death the soul of every human being will enter the
world of spirits, and every one, according to the stage of his spiritual
growth, will dwell with spirits like in mind and in nature to himself,
either in the darkness or in the light of glory. We are assured that no
one in the physical body has entered into the spiritual world, except Christ
and a few saints, whose bodies were transformed into glorious bodies, yet
to some it has been granted, that, while still dwelling in the world, they
can see the world of spirits, and heaven itself, as in 2 Cor. 12:2, though
they themselves cannot tell whether they enter Paradise in the body or
in the spirit."
After this conversation these saints conducted me around
and showed me many wonderful things and places. I saw that from all sides
thousands upon thousands of souls were constantly arriving in the world
of spirits, and that all were attended by angels. The souls of the good
had with them only angels and good spirits, who had conducted them from
their death-beds. Evil spirits were not allowed to come near to them, but
stood far off and watched. I saw also that there were no good spirits with
the souls of the really wicked, but about them were evil spirits, who had
come with them from their death-beds, while angels, too, stood by and prevented
the evil spirits from giving free play to the spite of their malicious
natures in harassing them. The evil spirits almost immediately led these
souls away towards the darkness, for when in the flesh, they had consistently
allowed evil spirits to influence them for evil, and had willingly permitted
themselves to be enticed to all kinds of wickedness.
For the angels in no way interfere with the free will
of any soul. I saw there, also, many souls who had lately come into the
world of spirits, who were attended by both good and evil spirits, as well
as by angels. But before long the radical difference of their lives began
to assert itself, and they separated themselves--the good in character
towards the good, and the evil towards the evil.
SONS OF LIGHT
When the souls of men arrive in the world of spirits the
good at once separate from the evil. In the world all are mixed together,
but it is not so in the spiritual world. I have many times seen that when
the spirits of the good--the Sons of Light enter into the world of spirits
they first of all bathe in the impalpable air-like waters of a crystal
clear ocean, and in this they find an intense and exhilarating refreshment.
Within these miraculous waters they move about as if in open air, neither
are they drowned beneath them, nor do the waters wet them, but, wonderfully
cleansed and refreshed and fully purified, they enter into the world of
glory and light, where they will ever remain in the presence of their dear
Lord, and in the fellowship of innumerable saints and angels.
SONS OF DARKNESS
How different from these are the souls of those whose lives
have been evil. Ill at ease in the company of the Sons of Light, and tormented
by the all-revealing light of Glory, they struggle to hide themselves in
places where their impure and sin-stained natures will not be seen. From
the lowest and darkest part of the world of spirits a black and evil-smelling
smoke arises, and in their effort to hide themselves from the light, these
Sons of Darkness push down, and cast themselves headlong into it, and from
it their bitter wails of remorse and anguish are heard constantly to arise.
But heaven is so arranged that the smoke is not seen, nor are the wails
of anguish heard, by the spirits in heaven, unless any of them for some
special reason should wish to see the evil plight of those souls in darkness.
DEATH OF A CHILD
A little child died of pneumonia, and a party of angels came
to conduct his soul to the world of spirits. I wish that his mother could
have seen that wonderful sight, then, instead of weeping, she would have
sung with joy, for the angels take care of the little ones with a care
and a love that no mother ever could show. I heard one of the angels say
to another, "See how this child's mother weeps over this short and temporary
separation! In a very few years she will be happy again with her child."
Then the angels took the child's soul to that beautiful and light-filled
part of heaven, which is set apart for children, where they care for them,
and teach them in all heavenly wisdom, until gradually the little ones
become like the angels.
After some time this child's mother also died, and her
child, who had now become like the angels, came with other angels to welcome
the soul of his mother. When he said to her, "Mother, do you not know me?
I am your son Theodore," the mother's heart was flooded with joy, and when
they embraced one another their tears of joy fell like flowers. It was
a touching sight! Then as they walked along together he kept on pointing
out, and explaining to her the things around them, and during the time
appointed for her stay in the intermediate state, he remained with her,
and, when the period necessary for instruction in that world was completed
he took her with him to the higher sphere where he himself dwelt.
There, on all sides, were wonderful and joyous surroundings,
and unnumbered souls of men were there, who in the world had borne all
kinds of suffering for the sake of Christ, and in the end had been raised
to this Glorious place of honour. All around were matchless and exceedingly
beautiful mountains, springs & landscapes, & in the gardens was
abundance of all kinds of sweet fruits & beautiful flowers. Everything
the heart could desire was there. Then he said to his mother, "In the World,
which is the dim reflection of this real world, our dear ones are grieving
over us, but, tell me, is this death, or the real life for which every
heart yearns?" The mother said, "Son. this is the true life. If I had known
in the world the whole truth about heaven, I would never have grieved over
your death. What a pity it is those in the world are so blind! In spite
of the fact that Christ has explained quite clearly about this state of
glory, and that the Gospels again and again tell of this eternal kingdom
of the Father, yet, not only ignorant people, but many enlightened believers
as well, still remain altogether unaware of its glory. May God grant that
all may enter into the abiding joy of this place!"
DEATH OF A PHILOSOPHER
The soul of a German philosopher entered into the world of
spirits and saw from afar the incomparable glory of the spiritual world,
and the boundless happiness of its people. He was delighted with what he
saw, but his stubborn intellectualism stood in the way of his entering
into it, and enjoying its happiness. Instead of admitting that it was real,
he argued thus with himself, "There is no doubt at all that I see all this,
but what proof is there that it has objective existence, and is not some
illusion conjured up by my mind? From end to end of all this scene I will
apply the tests of logic, philosophy and science, and then only will I
be convinced that it has a reality of its own, and is no illusion." Then
the angels answered him, "It is evident from your speech that your intellectualism
has warped your whole nature, for as spiritual, and not bodily, eyes are
needed to see the spiritual world, so spiritual understanding is necessary
to comprehend its reality, and not mental exercises in the fundamentals
of logic and philosophy. Your science, that deals with material facts,
has been left behind with your physical skull and brain in the World. Here,
only that spiritual wisdom is of use which arises out of the fear and love
of God." Then said one of the angels to another, "What a pity it is that
people forget that precious word of our Lord, 'Except ye be converted,
and become as little children, ye shall in no wise enter into the Kingdom
of Heaven' (Matt. 18:3). I asked one of the angels what the end of this
man would be, and he replied "If this man's life had been altogether bad,
then he would at once have joined the spirits of darkness, but he is not
without a moral sense, so for a very long time he will wander blindly round
in the dim light of the lower parts of the intermediate state, and keep
on bumping his philosophical head, until tired of his foolishness, he repents.
Then he will be ready to receive the necessary instruction from the angels
appointed for that purpose, and, when instructed, will he be fit to enter
into the fuller light of God in the higher sphere."
In one sense the whole of infinite space, filled as it
is with the presence of God, who is Spirit, is a spiritual world. In another
sense the World also is a spiritual world, for its inhabitants are spirits
clothed with human bodies. But there is yet another world of spirits after
they leave the body at death. This is an intermediate state -- a state
between the glory and light of the highest heavens, and the dimness and
darkness of the lowest hells. In it are innumerable planes of existence,
and the soul is conducted to that plane for which its progress in the World
has fitted it. There, angels especially appointed to this work, instruct
it for a time, that may be long or short, before it goes on to join the
society of those spirits -- good spirits in the greater light, or evil
spirits in the greater darkness -- that are like in nature and in mind
Our relatives and dear ones, and at times the saints as well
often come from the unseen world to help and protect us, but the angels
always do. Yet they have never been allowed to make themselves visible
to us, except at a few times of very special need. By ways unrecognised
by us they influence us towards holy thoughts, and incline us towards God
and towards good conduct, and God's Spirit, dwelling in our hearts, completes
that work for the perfecting of our spiritual life, which they have been
unable to accomplish.
The greatness of any one does not depend upon his knowledge
and position, nor by these alone can any one be great. A man is as great
as he can be useful to others, and the usefulness of his life to others
depends on his service to them. Hence, in so far as a man can serve others
in love, just so far is he great. As the Lord said, "But whosoever will
be great among you let him be your servant" (Matt. 20:26). The joy of all
those that dwell in heaven is found in this that they serve one another
in love, and thus, fulfilling the object of their lives, they remain forever
in the presence of God.
THE CORRECTION OF ERROR
When people earnestly desire to live lives pleasing to God,
the readjustment of their views, and the renewal of their lives, begin
in this world. Not only does the Spirit of God teach them directly but
in the secret chamber of their hearts they are helped by communion with
the saints, who, unseen by them are ever at hand to assist them towards
But, as many Christian believers, as well as non-Christian
seekers after truth, die while still holding false and partial views of
truth, their views are corrected in the world of spirits, provided that
they are not obstinately welded to their opinions, and are willing to learn,
because neither in this world, nor in the next, does God, or any servant
of His, force a man to believe anything against his will.
THE MANIFESTATION OF CHRIST
I saw in a vision the spirit of an idolater on reaching the
world of spirits begin at once to search for his god. Then the saints said
to him, "There is no god here save the One True God, and Christ, who is
His manifestation." At this the man was a good deal astonished, but being
a sincere seeker after truth, he frankly admitted that he had been in error.
He eagerly sought to know the correct view of truth, and asked if he might
see the Christ. Shortly after this Christ manifested Himself in a dim light
to him, and to others who had newly arrived in the world of spirits, because
at this stage they could not have endured a full exhibition of His glory,
for His glory is so surpassing that even the angels look on Him with difficulty,
and cover their faces with their wings (Isaiah 6:9). When He does reveal
Himself to any one He takes into account the particular stage of progress
to which that soul has attained, so He appears dimly, or in the fuller
light of His glory, that the sight of Him may be endured. So, when these
spirits saw Christ in this dim but attractive light, they were filled with
a joy and peace which is beyond our power to describe. Bathed in the rays
of His life-giving light, and with the waves of His love, which constantly
flow out from Him, flowing over them, all their error was washed away.
Then with all their hearts they acknowledged Him as the Truth, and found
healing, and, bowing in lowly adoration before Him, thanked and praised
Him. And the saints, who had been appointed for their instruction; also
rejoiced over them.
A LABOURER AND A DOUBTER
Once I saw in a vision a labouring man arrive in the spirit
world. He was in great distress, for in all his life he had given no thought
to anything but earning his daily bread. He had been too busy to think
of God, or of spiritual things. At the same time he had died another had
also died, who was a doubter, obstinate in his opinions. Both were ordered
to remain for a long period far down in the world of spirits in a place
of darkness. In this, being in distress, they began to cry for help. Saints
and angels, in love and sympathy, went to instruct them that they might
understand how to become members of the Kingdom of Glory and Light. But
in spite of their distress, like many other spirits, they preferred to
remain on in their dark abode, for sin had so warped their whole character
and nature that they doubted everything. They even looked with suspicion
on the angels who had come to help them. As I watched I wondered what their
end would be, but, when I asked, the only answer I got was from one of
the saints, who said, "God may have mercy on them."
We can form an estimate from the depravity of man's perverted
nature from this, that, if an evil report about another goes round, even
if it is false, a man whose outlook is distorted by sin will at once accept
it as true. If, on the other hand, a good and perfectly true report is
received, for example that such and such a man is a devout man, who has
done this or that work for the glory of God and for the good of his fellows,
then, without hesitation, such a hearer will say, "It is all false. So-and-so
must have some motive of his own at the back of it all." Should we ask
such a man how he knows that the former case is true and the latter false,
and what proof he can give, he will have not the slightest proof to put
All that we can learn from such an attitude of mind is,
that, as his mind is tainted with evil he believes evil reports because
they fit in with his evil nature, and he thinks good reports are lies because
they do not fit in with the evil of his heart. By nature a good man's attitude
is the opposite of this. He is naturally inclined to doubt an evil report,
and to believe a good report, because this attitude best fits in with the
goodness of his nature. Those who in this world pass their lives in opposition
to the will of God will have rest of heart neither in this world nor in
the world to come; and, on entering the world of spirits they will feel
bewildered and distressed. But those who in this world are conformed to
the will or the Lord will be at peace on reaching the next, and will be
filled with unspeakable joy, because here is their eternal home, and the
kingdom of their Father.
THE JUDGMENT OF SINNERS
Many have the idea that if they sin in secret then none will
ever know about it, but it is altogether impossible that any sin should
remain hidden forever. At some time or other it will certainly be known,
and the sinner will also receive the punishment he deserves. Also goodness
and truth can never be hidden. In the end they must triumph, though, for
a time, they may not be recognised. The following incidents will throw
light on the state of the sinner.
A GOOD MAN AND A THIEF
Once in a vision, one of the saints recounted this story
to me, "Late one night a godly man had to go a distance to do some necessary
work. As he went along he came upon a thief breaking into a shop. He said
to him, 'You have no right to take other people's property, and to cause
them loss. It is a great sin to do so.' The thief answered, 'If you want
to get out of this safely, then get out quietly. If you don't there will
be trouble for you.' The good man persisted in his efforts, and, when the
thief would not listen, he began to shout and raised the neighbours. They
rushed out to seize the thief, but as soon as the good man began to accuse
him, the thief retaliated and accused the good man. 'Oh-yes;' he said,
'you think this fellow is very religious, but I caught him in the very
act of stealing.' As there were no witnesses both were arrested, and locked
up together in a room, while a police officer and some of his men hid themselves
to listen to their conversation. Then the thief began to laugh at his fellow
'Look,' he said, 'haven't I caught you nicely? I told
you at first to get out or it would be the worse for you. Now we'll see
how your religion is going to save you.' As soon as the officer heard this
he opened the door and released the good man with honour and a reward,
while he gave the thief a severe beating, and locked him in a prison cell.
So, even in this world, there is a degree of judgment between good and
bad men, but the full punishment and reward will be given only in the world
The following was also related to me in a vision. A man in
the secret of his own room was committing a sinful act, and he thought
that his sin was hidden. One of the saints said, "How I wish that the spiritual
eyes of this man had been open at the time, then he would never have dared
to commit this sin." For in that room were a number of angels and saints,
as well as some spirits of his dear ones, who had come to help him. All
of them were grieved to see his shameful conducts and one of them said,
"We came to help him, but now we will have to be witnesses against him
at the time of his judgment. He cannot see us, but we can all see him indulging
in this sin. Would that this man would repent, and be saved from the punishment
Once I saw in the world of spirits a spirit who, with cries
of remorse was rushing about like a madman. An angel said, "In the world
this man had many chances of repenting and turning towards God, but whenever
his conscience began to trouble him he used to drown its prickings in drink.
He wasted all his property, and ruined his family, and in the end committed
suicide, and now in the world of spirits he rushes frantically about like
a mad dog and writhes in remorse at the thought of his lost opportunities.
We are all willing to help him, but his own perverted nature prevents him
from repenting, for sin has hardened his heart, though the memory of his
sin is always fresh to him. In the world he drank to make himself forget
the voice of his conscience, but here there is no possible chance of covering
up anything. Now his soul is so naked that he himself, and all the inhabitants
of the spiritual world, can see his sinful life. For him, in his sin-hardened
state, no other course is possible but that he must hide himself in the
darkness with other evil spirits, and so to some extent escape the torture
of the light."
A WICKED MAN PERMITTED TO ENTER HEAVEN
Once in my presence a man of evil life entered at death into
the world of spirits. When the angel and saints wished to help him he at
once began to curse and revile them, and say, "God is altogether unjust.
He has prepared heaven for such flattering slaves as you are, and casts
the rest of mankind into hell. Yet you call Him Love!" The angels replied,
"God certainly is Love. He created men that they might live forever in
happy fellowship with Him, but men, by their own obstinacy, and by abuse
of their free will have turned their faces away from Him, and have made
hell for themselves. God neither casts any one into hell, nor will He ever
do so, but man himself, by being entangled in sin, creates hell for himself.
God never created any hell."
Just then the exceedingly sweet voice of one of the high
angels was heard from above saying, "God gives permission that this man
may be brought into heaven." Eagerly the man stepped forward accompanied
by two angels, but when they reached the door of heaven, and saw the holy
and light-enveloped place and the glorious and blessed inhabitants that
dwell there, he began to feel uneasy. The angels said to him, "see how
beautiful a world is this! Go a little farther, and look at the dear Lord
sitting on His throne." From the door he looked, and then as the light
of the Sun of Righteousness revealed to him the impurity of his sin-defiled
life, he started back in an agony of self-loathing, and fled, with such
precipitancy, that he did not even stop in the intermediate state of the
world of spirits, but like a stone he passed through it, and cast himself
headlong into the bottomless pit.
Then the sweet and ravishing voice of the Lord was heard
saying, "Look, My dear children, none is forbidden to come here, and no
one forbade this man, nor has any one asked him to leave. It was his own
impure life that forced him to flee from this holy place, for, 'Except
a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God' (John 3:3).
THE SPIRIT OF A MURDERER
A man, who some years before had killed a Christian preacher,
was bitten by a snake in the jungle, and died. When he entered the world
of spirits, he saw good and bad spirits all around him, and because the
whole aspect of his soul showed that he was a son of darkness, the evil
spirits soon had possession of him, and pushed him along with them towards
the darkness. One of the saints remarked, "He killed a man of God by the
poison of his anger, and now he is killed by the poison of a snake. The
old Serpent, the devil, by means of this man, killed an innocent man. Now,
by means of another snake, which is like him, he has killed this man, for
'he was a murderer from the beginning' " (John 8:44).
AND THE SPIRIT OF THE MAN MURDERED
As he was being taken away, one from among the good spirits,
who had come to help him, said to him, "I have forgiven you with all my
heart. Now can I do anything to help you?" The murderer at once recognised
him as the same man whom he had killed some years before. Ashamed and smitten
with fear he fell down before him, and at once the evil spirits began to
clamour loudly, but the angels who were standing at a distance rebuked
and silenced them. Then the murderer said to the man whom he had killed,
"How I wish that, in the world, I could have seen your unselfish and loving
life as I see it now! I regret that through my blindness, and because your
real spiritual life was screened by your body, I could not then see the
inner beauty of your life. Also by killing you I deprived many of the blessing
and benefit that you would have given them. Now I am forever a sinner in
God's sight, and fully deserve my punishment. I don't know what I can do
except hide myself in some dark cave, because I cannot bear this light.
In it, not only does my own heart make me miserable, but all can see every
detail of my sinful life." To this the man who had been murdered replied,
"You should truly repent, and turn to God, for if you do there is hope
that the Lamb of God will wash you in His own blood, and give you new life
that you may live with us in heaven, and be saved frown the torment of
The murderer said in reply, "There is no need for me to
confess my sins for they are open to all. In the world I could hide them,
but not here. I want to live with saints like you in heaven, but when I
cannot bear the dimness of the self-revealing light in the world of spirits,
then what will be my state in the searching brightness and glory of that
light-filled place? My greatest hindrance is that, through my sins, my
conscience is so dull and hardened that my nature will not incline towards
God and repentance. I seem to have no power to repent left in me. Now there
is nothing for it, but that I shall be driven out from here forever. Alas
for my unhappy state!" As he said this, fear-stricken, he fell down, and
his fellow evil spirits dragged him away into the darkness. Then one of
the angels said, "See! there is no need for anyone to pronounce a sentence
of doom. Of itself the life of any sinner proves him guilty. There is no
need to tell him, or to put forward witnesses against him. To a certain
extent punishment begins in the heart of every sinner while in the world,
but here they feel the full effect of it. And God's arrangement here is
such that goats and sheep, that is, sinners and righteous, separate of
their own accord.
God created man to live in light, in which his Spiritual
health and joy are made permanent forever. Therefore no man can be happy
in the darkness of hell, nor, because of his sin-perverted life, can he
be happy in the light. So wherever a sinner may go he will find himself
in hell. How opposite to this is the state of the righteous, who freed
from sin, is in heaven everywhere !"
THE SPIRIT OF A LIAR
In the world there was a man so addicted to lying that it
had become second nature to him. When he died and entered the world of
spirits, he tried to lie as usual, but was greatly ashamed because even
before he could speak, his thoughts were known to all. No one can be a
hypocrite there, because the thought of no heart can remain hidden. The
soul as it leaves the body bears in it the imprint of all its sin, and
its very members become witnesses against it. Nothing can blot out that
stain of sin except the blood of Christ. When this man was in the world
he regularly tried to distort right into wrong, and wrong into right, but,
after his bodily death he learned that there never is, and never can be,
a possibility of twisting truth into untruth. He who lies injures and deceives
no one but himself, so this man by lying had killed the inner perception
to truth which he had once possessed. I watched him as, inextricably tangled
in his own deceit, he turned his face away from the light from above, and
hurried away far down into the darkness, where none could see his filthy
love of lying, except those spirits who were like in nature to himself.
For Truth is always Truth, and it alone gave this man
the sentence of his falseness, and condemned him as a liar.
THE SPIRIT OF AN ADULTERER
I saw an adulterer, who had shortly before arrived in the
world of spirits. His tongue was hanging out like a man consumed by thirst,
his nostrils were distended, and he beat his arms about as if a kind of
fire burned within him. His appearance was so evil and loathsome that I
revolted at looking at him. All the accompaniments of luxury and sensuality
had been left behind in the world and now, like a mad dog, he ran frantically
around, and cried, "Curse on this life! There is no death here to put an
end to all this pain. And here the spirit cannot die, otherwise, I should
again kill myself, as I did with a pistol in the world in order to escape
from my troubles there. But this pain is far greater than the pain of the
world. What shall I do?" Saying this he ran towards the darkness, where
were many other like minded spirits, and there disappeared.
One of the saints said "Not only is an evil act sin, but
an evil thought, and an evil look is also sin. This sin is not confined
only to trafficking with strange women, but excess and animalism in relation
to one's wife is also sin. A man and his wife are truly joined together
not for sensualism but for mutual help and support, that they with their
children may spend their lives in the service of mankind and for the glory
But he who departs from this aim in life is guilty of
the adulterer's sin."
THE SOUL OF A ROBBER
A robber died and entered the world of spirits. At first
he took no interest in his state, or in the spirits about him, but, as
his habit was, he at once set about helping himself to the valuables of
the place. But he was amazed that in the spirit world the very things seemed
to be speaking and accusing him of his unworthy action. His nature was
so perverted that he neither knew the true use of these things nor was
he fit to use them rightly. In the World his passions had been so unbridled,
that, for the most trifling cause, he, in his anger, had killed or wounded
any who had offended him. Now in the world of spirits, he began to act
in the same way. He turned on the spirits, who came to instruct him, as
if he would have torn them to pieces, like a savage dog will do even in
the presence of its master. On this one of the angels said, "If spirits
of this kind were not kept down in the darkness or the bottomless pit,
then they would cause immense harm wherever they might go. This man's conscience
is so dead, that even after he has reached the world of spirits, he fails
to recognise that, by murdering and robbing in the world, he has wasted
his own spiritual discernment and life. He killed and destroyed others,
but in reality he has destroyed himself. God alone knows if this man, and
those who are like him, will remain in torment for ages or forever."
After this the angels appointed to the duty took him,
and shut him down in the darkness from which he is not permitted to come
out. The state of evildoers in that place is so terrible, and so inexpressibly
fierce is this torment, that those who see them tremble at the sight. Because
of the limitations of our worldly speech we can only say this, that wherever
the soul of a sinner is, always and in every way, there is nothing but
pain that ceases not for a moment. A kind of lightless fire burns forever
and torments these souls, but neither are they altogether consumed, nor
does the fire die out. A spirit who was watching what had just happened
said, "Who knows but that in the end this may not be a cleansing flame?"
In the dark part of the world of spirits, which is called Hell, there are
many grades and planes, and the particular one in which any spirit lives
in suffering is dependent on the quantity and character of his sins. In
fact God made them all in His own image (Gen. 1:26, 27; Col. 1:15), yet
by their connection with sin they have disfigured this image, and have
made it unbeautiful and evil. They have, indeed, a kind of spiritual body,
but it is exceedingly loathsome and frightful, and if they are not restored
by true repentance, and the grace of God, (while on earth), then in this
fearful form they must remain in torment forever.
THE STATE OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND THEIR GLORIOUS END
Heaven, or the Kingdom of God, begins in the lives of all
true believers in this world. Their hearts are always filled with peace
and joy, no matter what persecutions and troubles they may have to endure;
for God, who is the source of all peace and life, dwells in them. Death
is no death for them, but a door by which they enter forever into their
eternal home. Or we may say that though they have already been born again
into their eternal kingdom, yet when they leave the body, it is for them,
not the day of their death, but their day of birth into the spiritual world,
and it is for them a time of superlative joy as the following incidents
will make clear.
THE DEATH OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN
An angel related to me how a true Christian, who had wholeheartedly
served his Master for thirty years, lay dying. A few minutes before he
died God opened his spiritual eyes that, even before leaving the body,
he might see the spiritual world and might tell what he saw to those about
him. He saw that heaven had been opened for him, and a party of angels
and saints was coming out to meet him, and at the door the Saviour with
outstretched hand was waiting to receive him. As all this broke upon him
he gave such a shout of joy that those at his bedside were startled. "What
a joy it is for me," he exclaimed, "I have long been waiting that I might
see my Lord, and go to Him. Oh friends ! look at His face all lighted by
love, and see that company of angels that has come for me. What a glorious
place it is! Friends, I am setting out for my real home, do not grieve
over my departure, but rejoice !" One of those present at his bedside said
quietly, "His mind is wandering." He heard the low voice and said, "No,
it is not. I am quite conscious. I wish you could see this wonderful sight.
I am sorry it is hidden from your eyes. Good-bye, we will meet again in
the next world." Saving this he closed his eyes, and said, "Lord I commend
my soul into thy hands" and so fell asleep.
COMFORTING HIS DEAR ONES
As soon as his soul had left his body the angels took him
in their arms, and were about to go off to heaven, but he asked them to
delay a few minutes. He looked at his lifeless body, and at his friends,
and said to the angels, "I did not know that the spirit after leaving the
body could see his own body and his friends. I wish my friends could see
me, as well as I can see them, then these would never count me as dead,
nor mourn for me as they do." Then he examined his spiritual body and found
it beautifully light and delicate, and totally different from his gross
material body. On that he began to restrain his wife and children who were
weeping and kissing his cold body. He stretched out his delicate spiritual
hands, and began to explain to them, and with great love to press them
away from it, but they could neither see him, nor hear his voice, and,
as he tried to remove his children from off his body, it seemed as if his
hands passed right through their bodies, as if they were air, but they
felt nothing at all. Then one of the angels said, "Come, let us take you
to your everlasting home. Do not be sorry for them. The Lord Himself, and
we also, will comfort them. This separation is but for a few days."
Then in company with the angels he set out for heaven.
They had gone forward only a little way when another band of angels met
them with cries of "Welcome." Many friends and dear ones, who had died
before him, also met him, and on seeing them his joy was further increased.
On reaching the gate of heaven the angels and saints stood in silence on
either side. He entered, and in the doorway was met by Christ. At once
he fell at His feet to worship Him, but the Lord lifted him up, and embraced
him, and said, "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the
joy of thy Lord." At that the man's joy was indescribable. From his eyes
tears of joy began to flow, and the Lord in great love wiped them away,
and to the angels He said, "Take him to that most glorious mansion that,
from the beginning, has been prepared for him." Now the spirit of this
man of God still held the earthly idea, that to turn his back on the Lord
as he went off with the angels would be a dishonour to Him. He hesitated
to do this, but, when at last he turned his face towards the mansion, he
was astonished to see that wherever he looked he could see the Lord. For
Christ is present in every place, and is seen everywhere by saints and
In addition to the Lord, he was delighted to see that
on every side there were surroundings that filled him with joy, and that
those who are lowest in rank meet without envy those who are higher, and
that those whose position is more exalted count themselves fortunate to
be able to serve their brethren in lower positions because this is the
kingdom of God, and of love.
In every part of heaven there are superb gardens which
all the time produce every variety of sweet and luscious fruit, and all
kinds of sweet scented flowers that never fade. In them creatures of every
kind give praise to God unceasingly. Birds, beautiful in hue, raise their
sweet songs of praise, and such is the sweet singing of angels and saints
that on hearing their songs a wonderful sense of rapture is experienced.
Wherever one may look there is nothing but scenes of unbounded
This, in truth, is the Paradise that God has prepared
for those that love Him, where there is no shade of death, nor error, nor
sin, nor suffering, but abiding peace and joy.
THE MANSIONS OF HEAVEN
Then I saw a man of God examining his appointed mansion from
a great distance. When this man, in company with the angels, arrived at
the door of his appointed mansion, he saw written on it in shining letters
the word "Welcome," and from the letters themselves "Welcome, Welcome,"
in audible sound was repeated and repeated again. When he had entered his
home, to his surprise he found the Lord there before him. At this his joy
was more than we can describe, and he exclaimed, "I left the Lord's presence
and came here at His command, but I find that the Lord Himself is here
to dwell with me." In the mansion was everything that his imagination could
have conceived, and everyone was ready to serve him. In the near-by houses,
saints, like-minded to himself, lived in happy fellowship. For this heavenly
house is the kingdom which has been prepared for the saints from the foundation
of the world (Matt. 25:34), and this is the glorious future that awaits
every true follower of Christ.
A PROUD MINISTER AND A HUMBLE WORKMAN
A minister who looked on himself as an exceedingly learned
and religious man died at a ripe old age. And without doubt he was a good
man. When the angels came to take him to the place appointed for him by
the Lord in the world of spirits, they brought him into the intermediate
state, and left him there with many other good spirits, who had lately
arrived, in charge of those angels who are appointed to instruct good souls,
while they themselves went back to usher in another good spirit. In that
intermediate heaven there are grades upon grades right up to the higher
heavens, and the grade into which any soul is admitted for instruction,
is determined by the real goodness of his life on earth.
When the angels, who had put this minister in his grade,
came back conducting in the other soul, for whom they had gone, they brought
him up beyond the grade in which the minister was, on their way up to a
higher plane. Seeing this the minister in a blustering voice called out,
"What right have you to leave me half-way up to that glorious country,
while You take this other man away up near to it? Neither in holiness,
nor in anything else, am I in any way less than this man, or than you yourselves."
The angels replied, "There is no question here of great or small, or of
more or less, but a man is put into whatever grade he has merited by his
life and faith. You are not quite ready yet for that upper grade, so you
will have to remain here for a while, and learn some of the things that
our fellow-workers are appointed to teach. Then, when the Lord commands
us, we will, with great pleasure, take you with us to that higher sphere."
He said, "I have been teaching people all my life about the way to reach
heaven. What more have I to learn? I know all about it."
Then the instructing angels said, "They must go up now,
we can't detain them, but we will answer your question. My friend, do not
be offended if we speak plainly, for it is for your good. You think you
are alone here, but the Lord is also here though you cannot see Him. The
pride that you displayed when you said, 'I know all about it' prevents
you from seeing Him, and from going up higher. Humility is the cure for
this pride. Practice it and your desire will be granted." After this one
of the angels told him, "The man who has just been promoted above you,
was no learned or famous man. You did not look at him very carefully. He
was a member of your own congregation. People hardly knew him at all, for
he was an ordinary working man, and had little leisure from his work. But
in his workshop many knew him as an industrious and honest worker. His
Christian character was recognised by all who came in contact with him.
In the war he was called up for service in France. There, one day, as he
was helping a wounded comrade, he was struck by a bullet and killed.
Though his death was sudden he was ready for it, so he
did not have to remain in the intermediate state as long as you will have
to do. His promotion depends, not on favouritism, but on his spiritual
worthiness. His life of prayer and humility, while he was in the world,
prepared him to a great extent for the spiritual world. Now he is rejoicing
at having reached his appointed place, and is thanking and praising the
Lord, who, in His mercy, has saved him, and given him eternal life."
In heaven no one can ever be a hypocrite, for all can see
the lives of others as they are. The all-revealing light which flows out
from the Christ in Glory makes the wicked in their remorse try to hide
themselves, but it fills the righteous with the utmost joy to be in the
Father's kingdom of Light. There, their goodness is evident to all, and
it ever increases more and more, for nothing is present that can hinder
their growth, and everything that can sustain them is there to help them.
The degrees of goodness reached by the soul of a righteous man is known
by the brightness that radiates from his whole appearance; for character
and nature show themselves in the form of various glowing rainbow-like
colours of great glory. In heaven there is no jealousy. All are glad to
see the spiritual elevation and glory of others, and, without any motive
of self seeking, try, at all times, truly to serve one another. All the
innumerable gifts and blessings of heaven are for the common use of all.
No one out of selfishness ever thinks of keeping anything for himself,
and there is enough of everything for all. God, who is Love, is seen in
the person of Jesus sitting on the throne in the highest heaven. From Him,
who is the "Sun of Righteousness," and the "Light of the World," healing
and life-giving rays and waves of light and love are seen flowing out through
every saint and angel, and bringing to whatever they touch vitalising and
vivifying power. There is in heaven neither east or west, nor north nor
south, but for each individual soul or angel, Christ's throne appears as
the centre of all things.
There also are found every kind of sweet and delicious
flower and fruit, and many kinds of spiritual food. While eating them an
exquisite flavour and pleasure are experienced but, after the are assimilated,
a delicate scent, which perfumes the air around, exudes from the pores
of the body.
In short the will and desires of all the inhabitants of
heaven are fulfilled in God, because in every life God's will is made perfect,
so under all conditions, and at every stage of heaven, there is for every
one an unchanging experience of wonderful joy and blessedness.
THE AIM AND PURPOSE OF CREATION
A few months ago I was lying alone in my room suffering acutely
from an ulcer in my eye. The pain was so great that I could do no other
work, so I spent the time in prayer and intercession. One day I had been
thus engaged for only a few minutes, when the spiritual world was opened
to me, and I found myself surrounded by numbers of angels. Immediately
I forgot all my pain, for my whole attention was concentrated on them.
I mention below a few other subjects on which we conversed together.
NAMES IN HEAVEN
I asked them, "Can you tell me by what names you are known?"
One of the angels replied, "Each of us has been given a new name, which
none knows except the Lord and the one who has received it (Rev. 2:17).
All of us here have served the Lord in different lands and in different
ages, and there is no need that any know what our names are. Nor is there
any necessity that we should tell our former earthly names. It might be
interesting to know them, but what would be the use of it? And then we
do not want people to know our names, lest they should imagine us great
and give honour to us, instead of to the Lord, who has so loved us that
He has lifted us up out of our fallen state, and has brought us into our
eternal home, where we will forever sing praises in His loving fellowship
- - and this is the object for which He has created us."
I asked again, "Do the angels and saints who live in the
highest spheres of heaven, always look on the face of God? And, if they
see Him, in what form and state does He appear ?" One of the saints said,
"As the sea is full of water, so is the whole universe filled with God,
and every inhabitant of heaven feels His presence about him on every side.
When one dives under water, above and below and round about there is nothing
but water, so in heaven is the presence of God felt. And just as in the
water of the sea there are uncounted living creatures, so in the Infinite
Being of God His creatures exist. Because He is Infinite, His children,
who are finite, can see Him only in the form of Christ. As the Lord Himself
has said, "He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father" (John 14:9). In this
world of spirits the spiritual progress of any one governs the degree to
which he is able to know and feel God; and the Christ also reveals His
glorious form to each one according to his spiritual enlightenment and
capacity. If Christ were to appear in the same glorious light to-the dwellers
of the darkened lower spheres of the spiritual world, as he; appears to
those in the higher planes, then they would not be able to bear it. So
He tempers the glory of His manifestation to the state of progress, and
to the capacity, of each individual soul."
Then another saint added, "God's presence can indeed be
felt and enjoyed but it cannot be expressed in words. As the sweetness
of the sweet is enjoyed by tasting, and not by the most graphic descriptive
phrasing, so every one in heaven experiences the joy of God's presence,
and every one in the spiritual world knows that his experience of God is
real, and has no need that any should attempt to help him with a verbal
description of it."
DISTANCE IN HEAVEN
I asked, "How far from one another are the various heavenly
spheres of existence? If one cannot go to stay in other spheres is he permitted
to visit them?" Then one of the saints said, "The place of residence is
appointed for each soul in that plane to which his spiritual development
has fitted him, but for short periods he can go to visit other spheres.
When those of the higher spheres come down to the lower, a kind of spiritual
covering is given to them, that the glory of their appearance may not be
disconcerting to the inhabitants of the lower and darker spheres. So when
one from a lower sphere goes to a higher, he also gets a kind of spiritual
covering that he may be able to bear the light and glory of that place."
In heaven distance is never felt by any one, for as soon
as one forms the wish to go to a certain place he at once finds himself
Distances are felt only in the material world. If one
wishes to see a saint in another sphere, either he himself is transported
there in a moment of thought, or at once the distant saint arrives in his
THE WITHERED FIG TREE
I inquired of them, "Everything is created for some purpose,
but it sometimes appears that that purpose is not fulfilled, for instance,
the purpose of the fig tree was to produce fruit, but, when the Lord found
it fruitless, He withered it up. Can you enlighten me as to whether its
purpose was fulfilled or not?" A saint replied, "undoubtedly its purpose
was fulfilled, and was fulfilled more fully. The Lord of Life gives life
to every creature for a certain specific purpose, but if that purpose is
not fulfilled He has power to take back the life in order to fulfil some
higher purpose. Many thousands of God's servants have sacrificed their
lives in order to teach and uplift others. By losing their lives for others
they have helped them, and thus fulfilled the higher purpose of God. And
if it is lawful, and a most noble service, for man, who is higher than
fig trees and all other created things, to give his life for other men,
then how can it be unjust if a mere tree gives its life for the teaching
and warning of an erring nation? So through this fig tree Christ taught
this great lesson to the Jews, and to the whole world, that those whose
lives are fruitless, and who fail in the purpose for which God created
them, will be altogether withered and destroyed."
And the facts of history make it abundantly plain to us
that the bigoted and narrow Jewish national life of that day was, because
of its barrenness, withered away like the fig tree. And in the same way
the fruitless lives of others, though outwardly they may appear fruitful,
are a cause of deception to others, and will be cursed and destroyed. If
any one should object that when the Lord cursed this fig tree, it was not
the fruit season and figs should not have been looked for, then he should
reflect that for doing good there is no fixed season, because all seasons
and times are equally appointed for good works, and that he himself should
make his life fruitful and thus fulfil the purpose for which he was created.
IS MAN A FREE AGENT?
Again I asked, "Would it not have been far better if God
had created man and all creation perfect, for then man could neither have
committed sin, nor because of sin would there have been so much sorrow
and suffering in the world; but now, in a creation made subject to vanity,
we have all kinds of suffering to undergo ?"
An angel who had come from the highest grades of heaven,
and occupied a high position there, replied, "God has not made man like
a machine, which would work automatically; nor has He fixed his destiny
as in the case of the stars and planets, that may not move out of their
appointed course, but He has made man in His own image and likeness, a
free agent, possessed of understanding, determination, and power to act
independently, hence he is superior to all other created things. Had man
not been created a free agent he would not have been able to enjoy God's
presence, nor the joy off heaven, for he would have been a mere machine,
that moves without knowing or feeling, or like the stars that swing unknowingly
through infinite space. But man, being a free agent, is by the constitution
of his nature, opposed to this kind of soulless perfection -- and a perfection
of this kind would really have been imperfection -- for such a man would
have been a mere slave whose very perfection had compelled him to certain
acts, in the doing of which he could have had no enjoyment, because he
had no choice of his own. To him there would be no difference between a
God and a stone."
Man, and with him all creation, has been subjected to
vanity but not forever. By his disobedience man has brought himself, and
all other creatures, into all the ills and sufferings of this state of
vanity. In this state of spiritual struggle alone can his spiritual powers
be fully developed, and only in this struggle can he learn the lesson necessary
to his perfection. Therefore, when man at last reaches the state of perfection
of heaven, he will thank God for the sufferings and struggle of the present
world, for then he will fully understand that all things work together
for good to them that love God (Rom. 8:28).
THE MANIFESTATION OF GOD'S LOVE
Then another of the saints said, "All the inhabitants of
heaven know that God is Love, but it had been hidden from all eternity
that His love is so wonderful that He would become man to save sinners,
and for their cleansing would die on the Cross. He suffered thus that He
might save men, and all creation, which is in subjection to vanity. Thus
God, in becoming man, has shown His heart to His children, but had any
other means been used His infinite love would have remained forever hidden.
"Now the whole creation, with earnest expectation, awaits the manifestation
of the sons of God, when they shall be again restored and glorified. But,
at present, they, and all creation, will remain groaning and travailing
till this new creation comes to pass. And those also who have been born
again groan within themselves, waiting for the redemption of the body;
and the time approaches when the whole creation, being obedient to God
in all things, will be freed from corruption, and from this vanity forever.
Then will it remain eternally happy in God, and will fulfil in itself the
purpose for which it was created. Then God will be all in all" (Rom. 8:18-23).
The angels also conversed with me about many other matters,
but it is impossible to record them, because, not only is there in the
world no language, no simile, by which I could express the meaning of those
very deep spiritual truths, but also they did not wish me to attempt it,
for no one without spiritual experience can understand them, so in that
case, there is the fear that, instead of their being a help, they would
be to many a cause of misunderstanding and error. I have, therefore, written
only a few of the simplest of the matters talked over, in the hope that
from them many may get direction and warning, teaching and comfort. Also,
that time is not far distant when my readers will pass over into the spiritual
world, and see these things with their own eyes. But before we leave this
world forever, to go to our eternal home, we must with the support of God's
grace, and in the Spirit of prayer, carry out with faithfulness our appointed
work. Thus shall we fulfil the purpose of our lives, and enter without
any shade of regret, into the eternal joy of the Kingdom of our Heavenly
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