These high spirit teachings have been lying unread for almost 80 years, but really need to see the light of day again and they certainly deserve a place alongside the Spirit Teachings of Stainton Moses from the late 1800s and the more recent Teachings from Silver Birch, coming through the mediumship of Maurice Barbanell.
Adila Fachiri, the concert violinist was the medium for Erik Palmstierna's 1930's home circle held in London, attended by many high ranking government statesmen, university professors and two past presidents of the Society for Psychical Research.
Palmstierna's presentation was given to the Archbishop of Canterbury's Committee investigating Spiritualism but their favourable report was never published by the Church of England. Three successive Archbishops considered the public was not ready for this information, and later ones shelved it. Maurice Barbanell published the report independently after World War II. I like to think that the original communications inspired the statesmen who attended the pre-war séances, in their actions throughout the war.
When Christ descended to earth, he became man, but the revelation of his existence as the nearest messenger to God never left him and therefore one could never compare him with any ordinary human. He entered the body of a truly loving and pure woman. It is true that that woman had the vision of an angel appearing to her and preparing her for the coming of the nearest messenger of God. The vision of Mary was in the shape of a dream. Christ knew exactly how his life on earth would fare. He had to suffer for mankind as they were not ready to receive him and so evil was victorious. When Christ exclaimed : 'Why hast thou forsaken me ?' it was because he felt pain for the first time and in his agony he had forgotten that the father of all knows no pain. When his body got too weak to be controlled by the spirit, then the nerves, being exposed to pain, made him exclaim thus. His agony was of a very short duration as God received him in his circle immediately.
No spirit would dare to approach that which is purity itself (i.e. God), only Christ can do that.
The light of God cannot be looked at, except by Jesus Christ.
That Christ was actually God descended to earth is a mistake and does not fit with Swedenborg's idea of God being one and not three in one. He obviously like many others misunderstood Christ's saying as to that part and elaborated it according to his own idea. If Christ was God, why would he have cried out at the last on the cross: 'Father, why hast thou forsaken me?' God cannot cry out to himself: 'Father !'
First of all God is alone and has no father or mother. That belongs to flesh for earthly progeneration. Why does man on earth insist in making God after their image ? What conceit and what smallness of mind.
Secondly, God knows no pain, no sufferings. How could Christ then be God? It is just there that you will find that Christ, though nearest to God, is not God himself and that he in his agony of suffering forgot that God knew not that he was in pain. All the time he had the spirit help of God, but when his body got too weak to be controlled by the spirit, then the nerves, being exposed to the pain, made him exclaim thus. Is it not perhaps even more convincing how great a spirit Christ was, he who lived and shone in the brightest light would come down to set an example to mankind and give them the illumination for what is good and noble. Does not that prove to you more what those, who are filled with God, can do to redeem humanity.
That Christ is the son of God, we have repeatedly told you, but we wish to make it clear that he is not more so than all souls on earth. God does not know of favouritism. He gives the same to all. He could not be God would he not do so, because to have favourites, you must be acquainted with lesser good. Christ is in our eyes superior, because he like his father is absolute love.
Jesus knew not of evil before coming to earth and had no discussion with the Great One in the sense you imagine. But he was too swift in his acts and descened too early and therefore he had to suffer, as, once you descend, you cannot avoid suffering. Yes, he did come to see the world of sinners, though he himself knew not of sin.
He has now joined the circle of God and he is one with the Great One but his waves of influence will go on and on in the universe as long as it is needed. This is what is difficult for you to grasp.
Christ came down against his father's will and had to go through humiliation and suffering. Having taken up flesh to be like man on earth, he had to undergo human disgrace for otherwise he could not have shown the world his unselfish sacrifice. With this act he left an everlasting impression on people. From the knowledge we have since we are here, it is not the idea that he atoned for the sins of humans. The real meaning of his sacrifice is misrepresented. Through his suffering he wished people on earth to realise that unselfish love can do any sacrifice. Men on earth make everything more elaborate than necessary.
God knew that mankind was not asking for him wholly and that if Christ came down, he would have to go through some of the states of man. That is the only reason why we said: 'against his father's will.'
[The whole Christmas story is an elaboration of the histories of the births of many prophets around the time of Jesus. A prophet's or medium's life is full of trials, from birth to death, and many sacrifices have to be made, just as each of us has to make sacrifices and decisions and choices, just to keep a job, or raise a family. The virgin birth idea is not factual, but a reflection that each living creature originates in the spirit world, that is, we all pre-exist, and so are not 'born again' spiritually, when we are conceived and given birth to, when we incarnate on earth. We already existed, and probably chose our parents, just as some parents have visions or dreams of their future children, before they are even thought of, or conceived.
Richard R's comment].
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