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illustrated.1873 Excerpt: ... the family. Its secondary meaning, "
an evil spirit," has grown out of theological assumption, and is
unwarrantably restrictive. The familiar spirit may be of any
quality, good, bad, or indifferent. Moses obviously had one.
Balaam, too, as clearly had one. From the Bible here, as in many
other places, we learn that there existed of old, and was
recognized of old, a process by which prophets and apostles may
have received information from out the heavens, which yet came from
intelligences far below the unerring One. As John was taught by a
finite being, so every prophet may have heard and received
information from one of a like grade. At the request of this woman
of Endor, or of her familiar spirit, the good Samuel was reached in
his spirit abode, and in response so presented himself to her
spirit vision that she saw his form and his dress and heard his
voice. The return of a spirit, therefore, when called for under
fitting conditions, is assumed by the Bible to be possible in the
nature of things. Modern calls upon spirits and their return are in
harmony with the eternal laws and provisions of the Creator of the
universe. Passing by David, Solomon, Elijah, Elisha, and Hezekiah,
because their histories furnish nothing which specially points to
the nature of the being or beings from whom they received
instruction and aid, we come to the book of Job, wherein the
familiarity between God and Satan indicates that ancient conception
placed them much more on a par than ours does to-day, and raises
the inquiry whether the God there named can be our God of to-day.
In that history or poem, distinct mention is made, that a spirit
passed before a certain man, and filled him with the tremor and
agitation which the near presence of spirits produces in many
sensitives in t...
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