Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

SPIRITUALISM IN THE BIBLE. 
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The reported cures of Dr. Newton, the Zouave Jacob, and 
many others at the present day, are certainly not unworthy of 
investigation, if we are to believe passages like the above. 
Modern skepticism accounts those persons fatuous who say, 
“We have seen writing that could never have been done by 
mortal hand*,” or who say, “Our hands were moved to write 
involuntarily.” And yet spirit-writing appeared on Belshazzar’s 
palace-wall; and Ezekiel (ii. 9) says, “And when I looked, be¬ 
hold a hand was sent unto me; and lo, a roll of a book was 
therein, and he spread it before me, and it was written within 
and without.” 
There we have two distinct instances of spiritual manifesta¬ 
tion, very similar to those coming under our own notice in the 
present day. Spirit-hands and spirit-writing were seen, without 
the seers being either mad, dreaming, or even entranced. 
“All this,” said David, “the Lord made me understand in 
writing, by his hand upon me, even all the marks of this pat¬ 
tern ” (1 Chron. xxvii. 19). See, also, 2 Chron. xxi. 12, where 
it is stated that “ There came a writing to Jehoram from Elijah 
the prophet; ” and this must have been some years after Elijah’s 
death; though some of the commentators quietly assume, in a 
marginal note, that the said writing was written before the 
prophet’s death ! 
We have accounts of visions and trances, such as those of 
Balaam, the son of Beor, who heard the words of God, saw the 
vision of the Almighty ; falling into a trance, having his eyes 
open, — a state accurately described, and which is familiar to 
those acquainted with certain forms of somnambulism; of 
Isaiah, the son of Amos, which he saw concerning Judah and 
Jerusalem; of Ezekiel, the priest, by the river Chebar, when 
the heavens were opened, and he saw visions of God; of Daniel, 
in the palace of Shushan, and by the great river Hiddekel; of 
Peter, at Joppa, who, when he had gone upon the house-top 
to pray, fell into a trance, and saw heaven opened ; of Paul, 
who was in a trance while praying in the temple at Jerusalem; 
of John, the divine, in the isle that is called Patmos, and who
        

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