Frequently Asked Question

    It is very common today to find people who are embarrassed or frightened when they hear about spirit communication, because they imagine that is the action of "demons". If you think like that and believe Spiritism isn’t a Christian doctrine, we invite you to read this material. The objective of this detailed work is to give you a brief idea about the Spiritist doctrine. We want to awaken your curiosity in order to enable you to form your own personal judgment, regardless of all the superstitions and misinformation coming from those who understand nothing of the matter.
 

In order to lead to a simple and objective clarification on the subject, this work has been prepared in the form of questions and answers. The questions were chosen in order to dispel doubts and prejudices that exist among those that do not know the doctrine, thus contributing to their understanding. We will seek to support these ideas with biblical quotations and answers by researchers of this topic, for better understanding of what we present.

    “Ignorance of the fundamental principles is the cause of false assessments, for the most part, of those who judge what they don’t comprehend, or that do so based on preconceived ideas.”

(Allan Kardec)


QUESTIONS


Does the Bible condemn the communication with Spirits?


The texts from the Holy Scriptures are rich in elements that are necessary for our understanding of divine things. As it is known by most people, the Old Testament exposes Hebrew traditions, their kings and prophets; the New Testament portrays the life, work, and teachings of Jesus Christ. He rejects the oppression contained in the civil laws written by Moses himself, and clarifies the moral laws, which are the Ten Commandments, dictated by God. There is in the New Testament a clear substitution of the old “eye for an eye”, for the messages of forgiveness, and love of God, and of our neighbors. Moreover, Jesus came to show that death does not exist and that the soul survives.
The immortality of the soul is an undeniable fact, as Jesus taught us during his passage on Earth.

“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me will live even if he dies.” – (John 11:25)

Unfortunately, in the dawn of a new era, many men remain tied to the old ideas, afraid of the truth, afraid to revise concepts and restructure postures. They remain in the superficiality of things, not comprehending the truths that the Bible truly teaches, rationality confirms and science is beginning to accept.
In the Bible, the condemnation of the communication with the Spirits happens in the Old Testament, in quotes such as these:

“Do not turn to ghosts or spirits; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God.” – (Leviticus 19:31)

However, also in the Old Testament, the practice of the communication with the dead is cited as having the approval of Moses, as evidenced by Numbers 11:26-30, where two men who were prophesying (talking with spirits) were condemned by Joshua, and Moses replyied: "Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the LORD’S people were prophets, that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them!".

Jesus, in the New Testament, not only does not condemn the communication with the dead, but practices and confirms it, for example in Matthew 17:1-3.

One of the points that those who condemn such practices base their opinions on is the word of Moses in the Old Testament. It is necessary that we analyze the question in the light of reason.
If the civil laws of Moses, used to control Jewish people, such as the condemnation of communication with Spirits, should be obeyed today, then why don’t we also stone adulterers and cut off the hands of thieves, as those laws also require? Clearly it would be nonsense today.
Moreover, we must consider the reasons why Moses determined such laws. He needed more rigorous laws to discipline people that were naturally rebellious and distant from divine things.
Moses had to restrain spiritual communication because the practice of consulting the dead had become too prevalent among his people and, naturally, the abuse of this gave way to all sorts of problems that arose from the profiteers of human ignorance. And then, let’s face it: if he prohibited the evocation of the dead, surely it is because they could communicate with us.
On the other hand, there are, in the New Testament, various citations of situations where the evocation of Spirits was clearly practiced with much naturalness. This is completely disregarded by those who condemn the Spiritist Doctrine.

What we should not do is condemn a philosophy based on laws made for convenience, and taken out of context.  The truth does not have different faces, and the true Christian must follow Jesus’ example and mirror His actions and teachings, experiencing love and respect for our brothers and sisters.
 

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- Is reincarnation in the Bible?
 

Several passages, clearly or indirectly, contained within the teaching of Jesus and the prophets, show that reincarnation is in the bible:

“Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony. If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?” (John 3:4-12)

“Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.” (Malachi 4:5-6)

“As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.” And His disciples asked Him, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” And He answered and said, “Elijah is coming and will restore all things; but I say to you that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wished. So also the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that He had spoken to them about John the Baptist.” (Matthew 17:9-13)

“Please inquire of past generations, and consider the things searched out by their fathers. For we are only of yesterday and know nothing, because our days on earth are as a shadow.” (Job 8:8-9)

“But someone will say, ‘How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?’ You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies;” (I Corinthians 15:35-36)

Reincarnation was not invented by Spiritism. It has been contained within the principles of various Eastern religions since ancient times. And as the citations above have shown, it is also explicitly or implicitly contained in the Bible, making necessary the most fanciful explanations to put another meaning other than the multiple carnal experiences.
Rationally, reincarnation is undeniable. If we only had one opportunity of life on Earth, the justice of God would be incomprehensible. The Father, in His immense knowledge, created His sons in equal conditions and gave them equally the same opportunities of growth. If it were not so, we would have to admit an partial God, intolerant, unjust and severe, Who permitted miseries and inequalities in His universe, blessing some and punishing others to his pleasure.
The plurality of existences is, then, necessary for the improvement of the qualities of the immortal being to understand the justice of God. Only through multiple opportunities of life we can comprehend the love of the Creator for His creatures. He allows learning in the flesh for the achievement of our true home, spiritual life, through the efforts of each one in overcoming our bad tendencies to achieve wholeness, perfection.
We are beings tied to the divine laws that govern the universe, whether we believe it or not. One of these divine laws is the law of evolution. It would be absurdity to suppose that through only one life we would reach the so dreamt of perfection of which our Master talks about in Matthew, chapter V, verses 44-48:

“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

“Only reincarnation can explain to man where he comes from, where he is going, why he is on Earth and justify all other apparent anomalies and injustices in life” (Allan Kardec)

“If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.” (I Corinthians 15:19)
 

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- What are Spiritism and its basic principles?


The term Spiritism is a synonym of Spiritist doctrine, but is frequently used erroneously to refer to any other practice of mediumship (communication with Spirits), or confused with other cults.
Spiritism is a doctrine that deals with the nature, origin and destiny of the Spirits and their relations with material life. Spiritism was revealed by Superior Spirits and organized (or codified, as some may say) in 1857 by a French professor known as Allan Kardec.
It arose in France over a century ago and has three aspects: philosophy, science and religion.
The followers of Spiritism are Spiritists, and their practices are based on the study of the basic work of the codification, and in the material and spiritual assistance to the needy.
Spiritism has five basic principles, from which proceed all its practices:

1- The existence of the Spirit and its survival after death.
 

“Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.” (Matthew 17:1-3)
See also: I Peter 3:19-20, I Peter 4:6, Mark 12:26-27, Romans 11:15.
 

2- Reincarnation.
 

“For all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, John himself is Elijah who was to come. He, who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (Matthew 11:13-15)
See also: Matthew 17:9-13 and John 3:3-13.
 

3- The law of cause and effect.
 

“Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.” (Matthew 26:52)
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” (Galatians 6:7)
See also: Matthew 18:7.
 

4- Communication between the material and spiritual world.
 

“’And it shall be in the last days’ God says, ‘that I will pour forth of my Spirit on all mankind’ and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my bondslaves, both men and women, I will in those days pour forth my Spirit and they shall prophesy.’” (Acts 2:17-18)
“The Spirit told me to go with them [a]without misgivings. These six brethren also went with me and we entered the man’s house.” (Acts 11:12)
See also: Matthew 17:1-3, I Samuel 28:11-20 and Numbers 11:26:30.
 

5- The progressive evolution of Spirits.
 

“The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the air ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky soil, and as soon as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. Other seed fell among the thorns; and the thorns grew up with it and choked it out. Other seed fell into the good soil, and grew up, and produced a crop a hundred times as great.” As He said these things, He would call out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
His disciples began questioning Him as to what this parable meant. And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that SEEING THEY MAY NOT SEE, AND HEARING THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND.
“Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God. Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved. Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away. The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.” (Luke 2:5-15)
See also: Genesis 28:12.

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- How does Spiritism explain Heaven, Hell and Purgatory?
 

According to Spiritism, virtues are eternal and faults are temporary. The objective of the creature is to work incessantly for the abolition of our faults and the acquirement of our moral values that elevate progressively the spirit to good or the conquest of the so called “Heaven”. For believing that the spiritual world is our true home, only those who elevate themselves to good can inhabit the celestial regions called paradise where, not like other religions, Spiritism believes other Spirits inhabit working for building a new world. Actually, Heaven isn’t a place that has a specific location, but a spiritual state of perfection conquered individually by a Spirit through their constant effort, which helps us learn that, since we are each responsible for our own progress, some go faster and some slower.
“For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then recompense every man according to his deeds.” – (Matthew 16:27)
“Man’s Supreme happiness is an award exclusive to the perfect and pure Spirits. They only achieve it after they have evolved in intelligence and moral.” – (Allan Kardec)
God, in His perfection, being the concept of goodness and charity can only have created the Spirits to one day be able to enjoy His glory, and not to condemn them to eternal suffering. It is logical to come to the conclusion that eternal punishment is incompatible with His justice.
The creation of the Christian’s hell originates in pagan conceptions and eternal pleasures, with a big dose of exaggeration. God would mercilessly condemn His bad children to suffering eternally in regions of terrible pain and suffering. However, in his doctrine, Jesus brought us teachings contrary to this thought:
“Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” – (Matthew 7:9-11)
Therefore, God, in his infinite goodness and justice, would never condemn His children to eternal punishments. On the contrary, He give them as many opportunities as they need for spiritual growth.
Hell is a state of conscience shared by those whose faults and bad feelings predominate in their personalities, which incline them to evil and in it are delighted. They’re only ignorant and imperfect siblings, who have hell inside their own consciences and who, through new opportunities given by God and successive experiences, will also achieve perfection.
“So He told them this parable, saying, “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” – (Luke 15:3-7)
“So it is not the will [a]of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.” – (Matthew 18:14)
The so called Purgatory is a temporary condition of suffering for the souls who need the awareness of their mistakes and there they remain until their repentance. This idea is defended by various religions, including Spiritism, with allusion to the fact that staying in this spiritual state is more or less long, according to the individual needs of each suffering Spirit.
Analyzing the question from another aspect and taking into consideration that we are immortal beings working constantly for progress, it can be understood that each reincarnation in worlds of trials and expiations, like Earth, for example, can be seen as “purgation” for the Spirit who longs for happiness in better conditions.
“Purgatory is not, therefore, a vague and uncertain idea: it is a material reality that we see, touch and feel. It is found in worlds of trials and expiations and Earth is one of them. Men expiate in it his past and his present in benefit of his future.” – (Allan Kardec)
“But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” – (II Peter 3:8-9)
 

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- Does Spiritism put men under the influence of demons?
 

Only prejudice can justify such an assertion. After all, how can a doctrine based on Jesus’ Gospel link anyone to demons?
Spiritism did not come to create a new moral, but to facilitate the comprehension and moral practice of Christ to men, providing a strong and rational faith to those who seek the truth. It preaches that good men, true Christians, are those who practice the law of justice, love and charity in its plenitude. The true Spiritist is recognized by one’s moral transformations and efforts made to dominate one’s bad tendencies.
Spiritism teaches that God, in His infinite wisdom and goodness, did not create beings inclined for evil for all eternity. There are ignorant and imperfect Spirits who incite evil passions and induce us to do evil, just as good spirits can influence us to do good. The devil is an allegoric representation of evil, that summarizes in itself all of the problems of imperfect Spirits. They are the so called “demons:, who are nothing more than ignorant and imperfect Spirits who, before their impure and prejudiced hearts, still distant from good, induce us to make mistakes, providing us with bad thoughts and judgment. These Spirits are not assets and do not belong to Spiritism and, like the good Spirits, can also be everywhere, and may be attracted by those who attune to their purposes.
Remember that Jesus himself was said by his enemies to be possessed by demons, for talking about a doctrine that opposed prevailing values. Yet his work was evidence of his greatness. It is his affirmation that each tree is recognized by its fruit, and the fruit of the Spiritist Doctrine is evidence of its good work. The greatest and most important work of Spiritism is the transformation of the creature by stimulating self-awareness, removing man from the ignorant state that he is found, instructing him to light.

“But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.” Others, to test Him, were demanding of Him a sign from heaven. But He knew their thoughts and said to them, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and a house divided against itself falls. If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. And if I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? So they will be your judges. But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.” – (Luke 11:15-20)
 

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- Does Spiritism do voodoo or any other ritual?
 

Spiritism does not have rituals, does not prescribe any type of garment, not priestly functions, does not use images of “saints”, does not do any kind of animal or human sacrifices, does not have symbols or cabalistic signs, and does not do matrimonial ceremonies, nor baptism or exorcism. Summarizing, the Spiritist Doctrine, having as its most important purpose that of the cultivation of values of the Spirit, is completely free of external acts. Its nomenclature is based in the work of the Codification (by Allan Kardec) and mediumship practices are executed in an environment of harmony and prayer, without any exterior rituals or stereotyped chatter. The mediumship meetings are closed to the public and conducted with rigor, where there are no candles, hymns, dances, cigarettes, drinks or collections of tithes.
It is understood, therefore, that any type of ritual that contains such practices cannot and should not be designated as Spiritist.
“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” – (john 4:24)
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” – (I John 4:1)
“and He would not permit anyone to carry merchandise through the temple. And He began to teach and say to them, “Is it not written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL THE NATIONS’? But you have made it a ROBBERS’ DEN.” The chief priests and the scribes heard this, and began seeking how to destroy Him; for they were afraid of Him, for the whole crowd was astonished at His teaching.” – (Mark 11:16-18)
“For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, and in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” – (Hosea 6:6)
 

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- Does Spiritism use crystal balls, practice palmistry, astrology, hypnotism, magic or parapsychology?
 

Among a series of practices erroneously labeled as Spiritist, are these and many others. Most of them do not possess logical doctrinal reasoning, and are not supported by the work of Allan Kardec (who was the one who created the term Spiritism/Spiritist) and, therefore, are not Spiritist.
Any other type of Spiritist Center that utilized ritualistic practices is deviating from its true and noble goals.
The news, often directed by the media in general, that Spiritists foresaw the future, made offers to gods, are liked to demons, among others, prove the ignorance that exists about the doctrine, despite its current expansion and growth. Spiritism is not responsible for those who abuse and exploit the name.
Just as medical science is not responsible for the charlatans who sell their drugs or as religion also is not for priests who abuse their ministry.
“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?” – (Matthew 7:15-16)
“If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions” – (I Timothy 6:3-4)
“Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited.” – (Hebrews 13:9)
 

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- Why do some religions oppose or fight Spiritism?
 

There is no sensible reason to fight a doctrine that follows the Gospel of Jesus Christ, based in good and in loving God and our neighbor, dissenting only from some other philosophical beliefs. Religious intolerance is a mark of false prophets, ignorant in the flesh and spirit, fruit of preconceived ideas and the presumption of owning the truth. The fight against Spiritism is due to the ignorance of their ideas, and confusion which is sown in the middle, for those who are unwilling to examine them rationally. However, the Doctrine of Christ is fruitful despite the misrepresentation and opposition from those who do not understand.
If people that impinge on Spiritualism follow the teaching of the Apostle Paul when he exhorts us to examine everything and retain what is good, they would face another placement of certain ideas that they reject without knowledge of the facts. If Jesus and his disciples had retreated before the enemies of his doctrine, the world would be an orphan of this code of conduct that guides humanity.
“So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.” – (Acts 5:38-39)
“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:10-12)

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- Can Spirits interfere in our lives?
 

Allan Kardec asked the Superior Spirits (question 459 of the Spirits’ Book) about this subject and the answer is clear and precise: "Their influence upon you is greater than you suppose, for it is very often they who direct both." (“both” refers to “thoughts and actions”).
Spirits often act on our thoughts, giving us suggestions more or less sensible, good or bad according to their nature. When disincarnated, Spirits keep with their vices and virtues and are good or bad, they are the same as they were when alive: serious or playful, lazy or hard-workers, educated or not, true or liars, and they are everywhere. Thus, they can easily influence our thoughts and actions, and depending on our moral condition we received good or bad influences. Those with virtues can easily be helped by good spirits, unlike individuals facing the vulgar passions.
In the biblical texts we find a series of quotes that speak to us of this reality. Here are some:
“While Peter was reflecting on the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are looking for you. But get up, go downstairs and accompany them without misgivings, for I have sent them Myself.” – (Acts 10:19-10)
“When the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and not finding any, it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds it swept and put in order. Then it goes and takes along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first.” – (Luke 11:24-26)
 

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- How can we get rid of negative influences?


The moral of Jesus is summarized in charity and humility, feelings contrary to selfishness and pride, sources of evil inclinations. In all the teachings of the Master, virtues are seen as the path to spiritual peace and eternal happiness. Knowing that the spirits are allied to us by the affinity of thoughts and feelings, the cultivation of good thoughts, the effort to improve, the practice of charity and intimate prayer, make the access of evil spirits to our thinking very difficult, or even impossible.
The doctrine of Jesus aims to bring to beings the understanding of their condition of immortal Spirits, destined to perfection. Through self-awareness, working tirelessly to eradicate vices and to acquire virtues, we can more easily get rid of bad spiritual companies.
“Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – (Mark 14:38)
“Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.” – (Mark 11:24-26)
 

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- What is Mediumship (or medianimity)?
 

It is a natural faculty of every living creature. We can say that it is a psychic channel that everyone has that connects the incarnate spirit to the invisible world. It is, therefore, through mediumship that we receive the influence of the disincarnate, functioning as a bridge between the two plans.
Although it is a faculty common to all creatures, in some individuals it is more evident, being able to produce conspicuous phenomena such as psychographics and physical effects.
Being an organic faculty, it does not dependent on the moral quality of its holder. This means that there is great diversity in the use of it, having people who use it for good and those who use it for illicit purposes, including commercial.
“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware.” – (I Corinthians 12:1)
“All faculties are favors for which you should be grateful; but you might just as well ask why God grants good eyesight to malefactors, sharp wits to sharpers, eloquence to men who use it for evil purposes. It is the same in regard to medianimity; unworthy persons are often endowed with it, because they need it more than others, and in order that it may aid their improvement.” – (Medium’s Book, question 226)
 

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- What is a medium?


If everyone is gifted of this psychic channel through which they receive spiritual influence, then all people are mediums. There are those, however, with an ostensive capacity to receive and transmit communications of spirits, acting as intermediaries or as agents of the manifestations of spirits. These are endowed with a special faculty, capable of development and that, when properly directed, can be used as an important means that superior spirits use to build the level of understanding.
According to their aptitude, the medium may exert their task in one of the many varieties of mediumship, such as psychographers or psychics, speakers, of physical effect, seers, healers, and others.
A person with this gift from God has an obligation to educate themselves to put it in the service of the Lord's work. Mediumship is meaningful only when practiced for this purpose.

“But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.” – (I Corinthians 12:7-10)
 

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- Was mediumship invented by Spiritism?
 

Neither mediumship nor mediums are privileges of Spiritism or were invented by it. Mediumship has always existed, since there have always been the spiritual and the material planes. The Bible itself refers to its manifestations in several of its passages, as it is identified in the practices of many religions today, although with different names.
Spiritism simply brought the teachings that can guide us to take better advantage of mediumship, in order to make it an instrument of moralization and liberation of the Spirits. It is a material source that proves the survival of the soul after death, expanding our knowledge of the unlimited spiritual horizons. Its practice doesn’t have as its only objective the production of phenomena intended to awaken unbelievers or healing of spiritual or carnal infirmities; it is intended to alert the man of the need to awaken to the true meaning of life. When properly used is an important lever for spiritual evolution.

“Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.” And his servants said to him, “Behold, there is a woman who is a medium at En-dor.”
Then Saul disguised himself by putting on other clothes, and went, he and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night; and he said, “Conjure up for me, please, and bring up for me whom I shall name to you.” But the woman said to him, “Behold, you know what Saul has done, how he has cut off those who are mediums and spiritists from the land. Why are you then laying a snare for my life to bring about my death?” Saul vowed to her by the LORD, saying, “As the LORD lives, no punishment shall come upon you for this thing.” Then the woman said, “Whom shall I bring up for you?” And he said, “Bring up Samuel for me.” When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice; and the woman spoke to Saul, saying, “Why have you deceived me? For you are Saul.” The king said to her, “Do not be afraid; but what do you see?” And the woman said to Saul, “I see a divine being coming up out of the earth.” He said to her, “What is his form?” And she said, “An old man is coming up, and he is wrapped with a robe.” And Saul knew that it was Samuel, and he bowed with his face to the ground and did homage.” – (I Samuel 28:7-14)

 

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- Are all people who deal with Spirits Spiritists?
 

Knowing that the spirits are everywhere and that mediumship is a power inherent in every person, it is clear that not everyone who deals with spirits are Spiritists. People who think like that have absolutely no knowledge of what is Spiritism.
This false judgment makes people who have an erroneous idea of what the Spiritist Doctrine is withdraw from it without seeking to know it.
 

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- Do you have to receive Spirits to be Spiritist?
 

Spiritist is one who believes, studies and follows Spiritism. They are recognized for the effort they make in improving themselves within the Christian principles, but not necessarily in working with mediumship.
Mediumship as a mission, like all other faculties, must not be imposed. Once detected and in accordance with the wishes of the medium, it should be developed appropriately, with sincere dedication and humility, to be truly productive. The spirit can serve in many other areas of work that has nothing to do with mediumship, seeking, however, at every opportunity to do their best.
 

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- What is healing (aka passe)?
 

Healing (also known as passe) is a transmission of beneficial fluids, with assistencial and regenerating character which is implemented by the simple imposition of hands, avoiding any physical contact between the healer and the receiver. The passe allows the regeneration of the weakened, physically or spiritually. The healer holds a great responsibility, because it's up to them to impose hands on people in need and bless them in the name of the Creator. They are no special people, only needing to have some knowledge about what it does and sincere desire to serve and live a healthy life without vices and cultivating good thoughts.

“But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” – (Acts 3:6)

“(…) and implored Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well and live.” And He went off with him; and a large crowd was following Him and pressing in on Him.” – (Mark 5:23-24)

“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.” – (Matthew 10:8)

“(…) they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” – (Mark 16:18)

“And these they brought before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them.” – (Acts 6:6)
 

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- What is a Spiritist Center/House and what are its activities?
 

“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” – (Matthew 18:20)

The Spiritist Center is a religious house that teaches, practices, studies and disseminates the Spiritist Doctrine. Activities include their public lectures, which discuss Kardec's teachings and the Gospel of Jesus, and spiritual and material assistance to the needy.
The spiritual help is obtained through individual assistance to those in distress and imbalance, with directions and passes as a source of regeneration and support. It also includes reserved séances that deal with mediumship in the area of dispossession (spiritual disturbances), without the participation of the patient, where suffering Spirits are instructed and cleared away.

The Spiritual Center aims first to guide people to improve their quality of life through reeducation in Christian moral. Addressing the man to this understanding, they can, more or less rapidly, get rid of the bad influences and draw good that will help them move forward in a balanced and healthy life.
When looking for a spiritual center, everyone will receive individual guidance through private interviews, participate in public lectures and receive passes. The contact with the study of the Doctrine and with the Spirits depends on rules specific to each center, but common sense tells us that the discipline and the study goals are to be observed strictly to the success of activities.

Material, in turn, is regarded as a parallel activity, but of great importance.

 

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