Spiritism – What is it?
Spiritism! What is it and how do they explain it? Is it good or not? There are a lot of questions concerning Spiritism. Most of my answers are based upon the website of - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiritism#Beliefs, which seems to have a quite a bit of thorough information. However, like all beliefs, one might be sincere in it, but that could leave them still sincerely wrong!
One should be alarmed when they come across the following statement: The basic doctrine of Spiritism is defined in five books written and published by Allan Kardec during his life. Many cults have begun in a manner such as this. The Bible tells us that we are to, “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 3) This was done when Jesus taught the disciples and eventually what they taught was given to us through the Bible. It also tells us that we shouldn’t add to or take away from Scriptures. (Revelation 22:18-19) These five books, listed below, will touch on some of the Spiritist beliefs and is part of the problem.
The Spirits' Book — Defines the guidelines of the doctrine and is first and remains the most important spiritist book, because it addresses in first hand all questions developed subsequently by Allan Kardec. The other four are The Mediums' Book — Details the mechanics of the spiritual world, the processes involved in channeling spirits, techniques to be developed by mediums, etc. The Gospel According to Spiritism — Comments on the Gospels, highlighting passages that, according to Kardec, would show the ethical fundamentals shared by all religious and philosophical systems. Heaven and Hell — A didactic series of interviews with spirits of deceased people intending to establish a correlation between the lives they lead and their conditions in the beyond . The Genesis According to Spiritism — Tries to reconcile religion and science, dealing with the three major points of friction between the two: the origin of the universe (and of life, as a consequence) and the concepts of miracle and premonition.
The five chief points of the doctrine are:
1. There is a God, defined as "The Supreme Intelligence and Primary Cause of everything";
2. There are Spirits, all of whom are created simple and ignorant, but owning the power to gradually perfect themselves;
3. The natural method of this perfection process is reincarnation, through which the Spirit faces countless different situations, problems and obstacles, and needs to learn how to deal with them;
4. As part of Nature, Spirits can naturally communicate with living people, as well as interfere in their lives;
5. Many planets in the universe are inhabited.
Looking at Spiritism through the eyes of Scriptures:
To begin with, the Bible explains itself quite well. We have one mediator between God and man, his name is Jesus Christ not Allen Kardec. (1 Timothy 2:5) It is not for man to contact the dead as Isaiah 8:19 wrote, ”should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?” when he was referring to seeking mediums and wizards. The principle idea is found in 2 Corinthians 11:14 where Paul is warning of the dangers of a false teaching, “And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.” In other words, you might make contact with someone that isn’t anything but a demonic angel. Satan is the father of lies and deception such as Allen Kardec’s claim to have spoken to someone that has spent time in Hell and one in Heaven as well. Furthermore, the correct teaching of these places, as well as the Creation story is found in Scripture. Reincarnation? This goes directly against the word of God as Hebrews 9:27 tells us, “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” Man perfecting themselves? Not even a possibility as we are perfected only by the washing away of our sins by the blood of Christ.
In closing, I could continue, but this is my point, Jesus told the Pharisees that, “you are mistaken, not knowing Scripture.” (Matthew 22:29) As you can see, that still applies to today and the people of this life. When you stray from God’s word, you can and are capable of believing most anything but the truth.