By Brian Foster
How does good defeat evil? After all, if you are really good, you don’t kill, go around beating up people, committing fraud and other terrible things that even good people here on earth must do on occasion to survive. So, how does the Spirit world accomplish this?
Good does defeat evil, but not in the manner that most of us think. We have been raised in the culture of the hero, who through circumstances beyond their control, uses immense power to vanquish malevolent forces. We have repeatedly viewed scenes of sword play, gun fire scattering in all directions, bodies hacked apart and blood gushing by the gallon. And this is the action of the hero, the one who saves us, mowing down and obliterating the bad guys for all eternity.
Is this what Jesus would do? Grab a high-powered weapon and smite the sinful. If he did, what would our impression be of Jesus? How could that message of eternal love have shined through, when our protagonist picked up a weapon and commenced killing? It couldn’t have and we all know it, but Jesus and the Spirit world must overcome evil by some method? For if they were completely passive, evil would have marched like a triumphant army into heaven, their king would have been on the throne millions of years ago, not Jesus.
The answer is Jesus uses evil to defeat evil. With the help of the natural laws of God.
According to the Spiritist doctrine, there is no permanent hell, only a place where people who have failed in the physical life go to for a period of time, until they discover the need to believe in love and begin the quest to better themselves. For after all, God is just and would not condemn a spirit for eternity, but does create the opportunity for all to rise and become pure.
The natural law of affinity, where like attracts like is the great filter that separates heaven and hell and all strata in between. The Spirits Book states;
1012 second question – “Heaven” and “Hell,” then, as men have imagined them, have no
“They are only symbols; there are happy and unhappy spirits everywhere. Nevertheless, as we have also told you, spirits of the same order are brought together by sympathy; but, when they are perfect, they can meet together wherever they will.”
Doesn’t sound too bad, almost like here on earth, the riffraff gather in their seedy bars and hangouts together and only occasionally venture out in the better part of town to cause havoc. We have all known people who could live forever on the wrong side of the tracks and be perfectly happy in their existence. The law of affinity is more complex than that, “brought together” in the quote above has a hidden meaning. In the book Liberation, a truly frightening account of the Spirit underworld, by Andre Luiz, psychographed by Francisco C. Xavier, one of the judges in hell, Gregorio, explains his part in the greater scheme of punishment and atonement.
“The children of the Lamb may help and even rescue many. However, there are millions of individuals, like myself, who ask for neither help nor liberation. It is said that we are nothing but moral delinquents. So be it. We are criminals watching over one another. The earth belongs to us because animality rules upon it, offering us the ideal atmosphere. I myself have no notion of heaven. It may be a court for the elect. But for us, the world is a vast kingdom for the condemned. In the physical body, we are prey to the web of fatal circumstances; however, the web that the lower realms have prepared for us will serve millions. If our destiny is to separate the wheat from the tares, our sifter will not lie idle. Experienced as we are in the fall, we shall test all those who appear to us on the road. The Great Judges have ordered us to guard the gates. Thus, we have servants everywhere. All men and women that have wandered away from the pathway of normal evolution are subject to us, and you surely know that there are millions of them. Furthermore, earth’s tribunals are ineffective at uncovering all the crimes that occur. Yes, we are eyes in the darkness, and the smallest hidden dramas do not go unnoticed by us.”
Hell is organized. Hell is watching. They don’t have to pull people down to their level, it all happens naturally. Lost souls descend, similar to the laws of gravity which cause us to fall to earth; selfish, materialistic, mean, avarice souls are as naturally pulled down as loving, charitable and nurturing souls are raised up. Each according to their natural selection and the power of attraction to like spirits.
Therefore, you may ask, how do these low people improve? When Andre Luiz descends into the lower regions and witnesses the lost and tortured souls residing there, he asks his instructor, Gubio, how could God allow this? Gubio supplies the answer;
“For the same instructive reasons that God does not exterminate a human nation, when, insane with a thirst for domination, it unleashes cruel and destructive wars; instead he hands it over to the expiation of its crimes and to the misfortune it has brought upon itself, so that it can learn to become part of the eternal order that presides over universal life. Over the course of many centuries, the matter used by those intelligences is worked and restructured, just like in the earthly circles; but if the Lord visits humankind by means of sanctified individuals, he also corrects spirits by means of hardened or beastly ones.”
“So, does that mean that evil spirits, demons…” I begin to ask hesitantly.
“… are we, ourselves.” The Instructor patiently completed.
Andre Luiz describes hell as if it were comparable to the “cities of the Orient two hundred years ago”, where carts are pulled by slaves and oxen, well dressed people, with hard sullen faces, coexisting with people in rags with misshapen features. No children to be seen. A rough, unforgiving place where the conversations were mostly about turning others into the same low state as themselves. A location, where the spirits of the living roam at night, will come to plot with others, how to cause the downfall of more spirits.
Hence, those who have been evil and now reside in Hell are used to gather more of the same, in an everlasting feedback loop of accumulating similar spirits. Gubio explains to Andre Luiz, how this process functions on an individual basis;
“Yes, Andre, each mind lives amongst the company it has chosen. The same principle applies for those who live within the dense body or outside of it. It is important to realize, however, that most of the souls in this place are here due to the forces of attraction. They were incapable of perceiving the presence of spirit benefactors who work with among incarnates in endeavors of self-denial and benevolence, and due to their low vibrational level resulting from repeated wrongs, impenitent idleness, or willful crystallization in error, they found nothing but darkness all around them. Alone and confused, they went looking for discarnates with whom that had an affinity and they naturally met in this immense hive carrying the whole load of the destructive passions that characterized their journey. When such souls get here, however, they must endure the watchfulness of the powerful and hardened intelligences who rule like dictators in these regions, where the bitter fruits of evil and indifference fill the storehouse of unprepared and malicious hearts.”
Therefore, the wicked amongst us are placed in a truly evil realm, where they can determine, over the course of time, if this is where they wish to spend the rest of their days. After all, what could be a more direct application of one of the main doctrines of Spiritism; do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This is precisely what is occurring to the spirits that have committed sins in their physical life, others are doing unto them what they have done unto others, and by the way, how does it feel?
Path to Redemption
The souls of hell are not abandoned. Gubio explains, “The same law of self-effort applies here as well.” Hence, each individual spirit must arrive at a watershed moment to decide from then on, to pursue a better life, a life driven by selflessness and love opposed to materialism and hate.
The team led by Gubio, in which Andre Luiz is a member, has a mission to save a particular spirit. As a byproduct to the mission, the team assists one of Judge Gregorio’s henchman, Saldanha, to seek a better life and flee from the confines of hell. Others from hell find out and come to the team seeking a new path. One poor spirit pleads for a way out of the evil environment in which he is forced to reside.
“Please, save me from the cruel judges! I can’t stand the atrocities I’m forced to commit anymore. I’ve heard that Saldanha himself has been transformed. I can’t persist in error any longer! I’m afraid that Gregorio will come after me, but even if I have to endure that most dreadful pain, I’ll face it head-on. I would rather suffer his blows than go back. Please, help me! I yearn for a new course, one that will lead me to the Good.”
Little did that poor spirit realize, that his own thoughts originally threw him into the pit. Furthermore, this act of immersion into the vat of evil, the constant source of emotional pain was the cure precisely prescribed for him by the natural laws of God. Where he could suffer what he has wrought. Feeling the damage that he has delivered to others, which slowly started the spark that led him to the realization that there must be a better alternative.
How many of us, in some distant past life, has spent time in that horrible place. Learning lessons that permeated our soul. Teachings that we swore we would never forget, but upon the next reincarnation, sliding back into old habits. The quest for perfection is not a straight line, but a winding road, gathering instructions along the way. Sometimes we fail and other times make great progress.
Therefore, we are expected to make our best efforts to pick ourselves up. God only allows us a short time for childhood in each life, where we can be molded, and allowed the chance to layer better morals upon our spirit, in an unquestioning manner. We are not spoon feed easy answers; God does not come down from heaven and scream at us, why in the heck are you doing this? Don’t you know you shall pay for everything that you do while on earth? That would be as if we gave students the correct answers to every test. The students would all have “A’s”, but be no smarter, no wiser about how to think and behave. Growth must be from within. Understanding this, brings comprehension to the entire scheme of the Spirit World. The place for hell and the place for heaven; the reason for the eternal toil for perfection.
Your life has more meaning and complexities than you realize. There are levels of the spirit world that helps us and hinders us. To understand how your individual fate is determined, tracked, and evaluated please read my book, Explore Your Destiny – Since Your Life’s Path is (mostly) Predetermined. Also a more detailed explanation of the process of reincarnation is in my book, The Case for Reincarnation – Your Path to Perfection.
Brian Foster has a BSCS degree and a MBA. He has worked in R&D for medical device corporations and in IT for large financial institutions. Brian Foster has a blog at http://www.nwspiritism.com.
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