"There is no such being as the Devil or Satan or whatever
name you give to him. I always liked `Beelzebub.' Satan or
the Devil is an invention of man. … Some religions use it
to frighten people into being good, which is self-defeating
come across any embodiment of evil, but I look upon the purely
physical instinct, or the great physical consciousness, which
has existed down the ages as far as the history of man goes, I
look upon that as containing whatever evil there is in the
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"There is no evil except that which we create, for I have
seen no signs of a devil on this side of the veil. We are
our own devils, with our thoughts and subsequent deeds."
"In the kingdom of the mind … there
is no God but universal good; no Savior but oneself; no trinity
but matter, force and mind."
"There are as many paths as there
are branches on a tree, where each branch leads to the same
trunk, from the pliable and brittle twig to the solid trunk-the
trunk in this metaphor representing God. But, although on earth
there are the many branches, it is not so in our higher world;
with us it is as one great open road to God."
"I have never seen a spirit yet who
has seen God, and yet here you know that you live because you
are just a particle from the Divine."
"God is not limited, nor existing
only in the seven spheres, He is also in the space beyond, for
He fills all space."
"The churches-of whatever denomination-have
built up a monstrous conception of the Eternal Father of Heaven.
They have made of Him, on the one hand, a mountain of corruption
by shallow lip service, by spending large sums of money to erect
churches and chapels to His `glory', by pretending a groveling
contrition for having offended Him, by professing to fear Him
fear Him Who is all love!"
"The idea that a King of Evil exists,
whose direct function is to oppose the King of Heaven, is stupid;
it is primitive and even barbaric. The Devil as a solitary individual
does not exist, but an evil soul might be called a devil, and
in that case there are many devils."
"If I say that now I understand the
meaning of the phrase "Rest in the Lord" that might help. Yet
there is no personality about this experience. God is Light,
Energy and Joy to me."
"This is the statement which I have
to make: that there are many gods, and that the One God is the
sum total of all of them. All gods exist in God."
"God is in the sadness and
the laughter, in the bitter and the sweet. … God is the
up and the down. The hot and the cold. The left
and the right. The reverent and the irreverent."
"This is both the goal and the glory
of God: that His subjects shall be no more, and that all shall
know God not as the unattainable, but as the unavoidable."
"Don't you ever believe that God can be
personalized. He is the Central Force."
"I have come to the conclusion that there
is no finished World of the Absolute. For God is imagination,
is the illumination or blaze beyond reason. He maintains and
preserves the past, and contains the conception or picture
of the future. But He adds to Himself, that is an important
"Through hell we pass to heaven. Without
hell there can be no heaven. The one is as necessary to the
other as evil is necessary to good and good to evil."
Religious Views and Practices in Spirit Realms
"People do often cling to their earth religion,
whatever it may be, after coming here, but the mistaken ones
finally find their error and change their views. The true
religion is to love God, who is our father, and to do all
one can to help make others happy and better."
"Yes, we have parties and celebrate
Christmas because we did on earth and because it commemorates
the birth on earth of Christ, the one pure Spirit, whom we
cannot see, because he is so high above in the heavenly spheres."
"We went yesterday for the first time
to a part of the Spirit World occupied by Turks and Hindus,
and others who believe in the Mahomet faith. … You will be
surprised when I tell you that many of these people still
believe in their prophet, and it is a subject of great interest
to the minds of other believers to try and change their views."
"Some seem to think that the spirit world
we enter immediately after death has but a single religious
form but this is not so."
"Today we went to a different part of the
country. It was high and mountainous, with beautiful groves
of trees, and in these were large temples where were collected
thousands of spirits who had been priests of Buddha and Brahma
on earth. Some of their wise men were lecturing on the future
prospects of their religion on earth. Of course their conception
of God is very different from ours and they keep their same
notions when they first come here. In talking with one he
seemed to think that the greatest happiness was in the contemplation
of God's goodness, and we learned that all these priests spend
a larger part of their time sitting silently meditating in
"Every known religion is practiced in the
astral world. … Many of the temples, mosques, synagogues,
and cathedrals are truly magnificent. And strangely enough,
there are still those who are endeavoring for other "lost
souls" to come under their own particular religion."
"When people come into the astral world,
they do not know any more about religion or God, in the sense
of the word, than they did when they were on the earth plane."
"In all cases of yearning souls thirsting
for true knowledge of God and of their destiny, the opinions
of earth rapidly fade, and the spirit sees how baseless and
unreal they were."
"Knowledge does not make a wise man. A
great Indian Yogi, a Chinese sage, a learned or holy Christian
father may dwell for aeons of time within the Third and Fourth
Super-terrestrial States. … They cling to the line of thought
which was theirs on earth, and so they remain sadly individualised
in it; they are caught in its dream, and are snared in the
many errors thereof."
"Our religious teachers belong to that
class of persons who were noted, during their probation on
earth, for their philanthropy and deeds of moral bravery;
those who, regardless of the scoffs and sneers of the time-serving
multitude, dared to promulgate and defend the doctrines of
`civil and religious liberty.' These practical reformers and
saviours of the race, instead of worrying their hearers, as
is the custom with many on earth, with horrible denunciations
and awful threats of eternal vengeance for their misdoing,
admonish and exhort them to higher and nobler aims and aspirations;
to the study of Deity as manifested in his stupendous works."
"There are spirits who imagine that heaven
can only exist where they are. They are not wicked. They are
good ; but they suppose, from a kind of vanity, that the place
where they are must be holy ground, from the ideas which they
learned in life, and which it will take many, many years to
"There is as much conflict of opinion on
the true nature of Christ here as with you."
"Because people take with them all their
characteristics into the spirit world, the fervid adherents
to any particular religious body will continue to practice
their religion in the spirit world until such time as their
minds become spiritually enlightened."
"I have since seen them for myself-whole
communities still exercising their old earthly religion. The
bigotry and prejudices are all there, religiously speaking.
They do no harm, except to themselves, since such matters
are confined to themselves. There is no such thing as making
"The holders of different opinions on religion
are often hot in their arguments. Coming here with the same
beliefs they had on earth, and being able to visualize their
ideals and actually to experience the things they are expecting,
two men who hold opposite creeds forcibly are each more intolerant
that ever before."
"Here we continue to practice the rites
of our respective churches, for on this plane we are conscious
of our earthly personalities and modes of living."
"On numerous occasions since I arrived
here, I have been permitted to go into the higher planes where
there is a unity of God-praise, not a segregation of the praise
"We are all walking. We Christians walk
here, the Hindus walk there, the Buddhists walk in another
place, and so forth. All have their own paradise, goals, aims,
and objectives for so long. Then suddenly they are into the
tremendous experience of knowing that all is one under God
and that there is no division in purpose."
"I haven't heard anything personally about
Jesus, Nobody around me seems to talk about him. When we come
over here we have a choice: to remain as we are or to grow
in our understanding. Some still seem to be Church-minded
and are waiting for a Judgment Day, but these seem to be the
unenlightened ones. Others seem to be expanding their mind
and self toward more Eastern understandings."
Have you heard anything over there about
Jesus, or a Jesus? "I told you before. I am telling
you again. Oh, it is difficult. I'm afraid I might
hurt you. I might hurt you. This is what 1 was telling you:
people must have an example, you know. They talk about him
— a mystic, a seer, yes, a seer. Oh, but, Dad, they don't
talk about him as a savior. As an example, you see?
I would like to tell you, Jesus is triumphant, you know?
Not a savior, that's the important thing — an example."
Spirit Views of Earthly Practices
"We abjure and denounce that most destructive
doctrine that faith, belief, assent to dogmatic statements,
have power to erase the traces of transgression ; that an
earth lifetime of vice and sloth and sin can be wiped away,
and the spirit stand purified by a blind acceptance of a belief,
of an idea, of a fancy, of a creed. Such teaching has debased
more souls than anything else to which we can point."
"We fight against that crude human
view which renders God contemptible, and makes him a cruel
tyrant who needed to be propitiated by His Son's death."
"Knowledge does not make a wise man. A great Indian Yogi,
a Chinese sage, a learned or holy Christian father may dwell
for aeons of time within the Third and Fourth Super-terrestrial
States. … They cling to the line of thought which was theirs
on earth, and so they remain sadly individualised in it; they
are caught in its dream, and are snared in the many errors
"I meet some who are absolutely lost
and in total outer darkness because of a false theological training.
Such go wandering and moaning about in search of a personal
God seated on a great white throne, and their Savior, the only
begotten Son of God, sitting at the right hand of God; and great
convoys of angels flying in the midst of the heavens and round
about the great white throne, with golden harps in their hands.
From the time they were born until they reached the hour of
death they never knew or heard or dreamed of any possible different
condition to meet them in the great beyond. These are the hardest
of all cases to be led to the real and saving truth and light."
"Do not think to rest your case safely
on mere belief in Spiritualism. Faith will no more save the
nominal Spiritualist than it will anybody else."
"Men cannot now be frightened with
tales of hell fire. They have learned that many roads lead to
God. There is no `right of way' which is a perquisite of any
particular form of religion. The only one that, will influence
men at all is one that is full of common sense, that makes everyday
life worth living, and death no longer a dreaded visitor but
even a friend, for indeed it may be that."
"I believe that Christ is a great
and wonderful personality, a great Spirit in the form of a man,
as near as possible to God, because the God-force plays so strongly
in and through Him. … But He did not come to save men from the
results of their sins. It is a comfortable theory, but not true.
Here we learn that every man has to earn his own salvation."
"According to the divine moral economy,
there is no such thing as pardon for sins committed - no immediate
mercy, no possible escape from the natural results of crime
- no matter where or by whom committed; no healing of a diseased
moral constitution by any outward appliances, or ceremonial
absurdities; and finally, that the only way whereby to escape
sin and its consequences, is by progressing above and beyond
"Many of the so-called religious teachings
are but impositions on the credulity of mankind, being founded
on the grossest absurdities and palpable ignorance of the nature
"The very fact that I was lying there
where I was, constituted a complete refutation of so much that
I taught and upheld during my priestly life upon earth. I could
see volumes of orthodox teachings, creeds, and doctrines melting
away because they are of no account, because they are not true,
and because they have no application whatever to the eternal
world of spirit and to the great Creator and Upholder of it.
I could see clearly now what I had seen but hazily before, that
orthodoxy is manmade, but that the universe is God-given."