In the book, Hail Christ!, dictated by the spirit Emmanuel to Francisco C. Xavier, there are passages on what the early church was like for the first Christians. The book is set around 200 AD, the Emperor Caracalla had just died, in 217 AD. Christians were still being persecuted. There was, as yet, no organized Bible, only various writings by disciples and others.
In the book, an old Gaul, Corvinus, is talking to Quintus Varrus, about his experiences;
“I too suffered a great deal when I was still young and decided to work in the faith. I was
repudiated by everyone and forced to leave Gaul, where I was born, and I lived for ten years in Alexandria, where I renewed my knowledge. The church there remains open to the broader considerations relating to destiny and being. The ideas of Pythagoras are kept there in a large study center to real advantage, and after listening attentively to distinguished priests and the most enlightened followers, I was convinced that we are reborn many times on earth and that the body is the fleeting garment of our imperishable soul. The tomb is the resurrection. We will return to the flesh as many times as necessary, until we have gotten rid of all of our inner impurities, like the noble metal which tolerates the purifying crucible until it casts off the dross that disfigures it.” [Hail Christ, Xavier, 2012, p. 47]
The early Christians knew about our immortal souls and our trials on earth. Pythagoras, was a Greek philosopher and mathematician, who live 500 years before Christ. As with Socrates, he believed in the immortal soul and in reincarnation. The Christians of the day, from the stories recorded from Jesus’ disciples led them, like us today, to understand the meaning behind the many references to reincarnation. They incorporated the writings of the great Greek philosophers into their understanding of the message of Christ.
Corvinus explains further;
“Jesus did not just speak to the human being who passes away, but rather to the imperishable spirit. In one step of his sublime teachings, he warns, ‘It is better to enter life maimed than, have two hands, to go into the lower regions.’ [Mk 9:43] Christ is referring to the world as a school where we seek our own improvement. We come to the earth with the problems we need. Trials are a salutary remedy. Difficulties are steps upward on the great ascent. Our ancestors, the Druids, taught that we find ourselves in a world of travels or in a field of repeated experiences so that later on we can reach the stars of divine light to be one with God, our Father. We create suffering by defying the universal laws, and we endure it so we can return to harmonious communion with them. Justice is perfect.Nobody weeps unnecessarily. The stone bears the pressure of the tool that polishes it so that it can shine supremely. The beast is led to confinement to be tamed. Humankind suffers and struggles to learn and relearn in order to grow more and more. Earth is not the only theater of life. Did not the Lord himself — whom we aspire to serve — say ‘There are many dwellings in my Father’s house?’ Toil is the ladder of light to other spheres, where we will meet again like birds, which, after losing each other in winter’s gusts, regroup again in the blessed spring sunshine.” [Hail Christ, Xavier, 2012, pp. 47-48]
Even the Druids knew about our struggles to purify ourselves by our passages here on earth. In fact, the pen name of Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail, who wrote The Spirit’s Book, was Allan Kardec, his name from another life as a Druid priest.
In another section of the book, Corvinus tells of the early church’s communication with spirits;
“Heed the Master’s teaching and a new light will shine in your soul. In Lyon, many of our brothers and sisters communicate with the dead, who are simply those living in eternity. They communicate with us and support us every day in our duties… In many instances of martyrdom. I have seen companions who preceded us receiving those who were put to death… Consequently, I know that you and I will continue to be together. The church, for me is nothing but the Spirit of Christ in communion with men and women…” [Hail Christ, Xavier, 2012, p. 63]
The early Christians knew how to communicate with spirits and to gain strength and faith through their discussions with the other side. Spiritism was brought to us, to reinvent the teaching of the church to where it began. To purify its goal to spread the message, that we aren’t here to accumulate wealth or gain power, but to learn from our trials. Trials individually customized for each of us, so we can learn the lessons we have failed to learn in the past. And, that any wrong we commit, we shall pay in this life or the next. There is no easy monetary payment to be made to absolve us of our errors.
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