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1866. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. GOD'S TESTIMONT AGAINST
SPIRITUALISM. "There is, perhaps, no fact within the range of
biblical science," says Rev. C. Munger, "in which critics are more
agreed than in this, namely, that the word demon denotes a
spiritual being, or that demons among the Greeks, Jews, and
Christians, according to common belief and use, were spirits....
There is an entire unanimity among critics, so far as we have
examined, in the fact named.... "Whether the spirit is human or
superhuman, is not so well agreed; neither is it at all material to
our argument." Without such an admission, so far as the Jews are
concerned, the practice of Christ and his apostles can never be
satisfactorily explained. If they did not regard the spirits, or
demons, by them cast out, real existences, they intentionally
misled the people. We have shown that demons among the heathen were
worshiped as the ghosts of departed heroes, conquerors, and
potentates, and that popular superstition had deified them. Many of
these demons were supposed to be evil spirits, while many of them
were held in high esteem for their moral virtues. This was the
heathen view. But the New Testament writers invariably use the term
to denote evil spirits. God has regarded the practice of consulting
the dead with so much displeasure, that he has enacted stringent
statutes against it. The thunderbolts of the divine displeasure are
suspended over our heads at every step we take in this direction.
To seek unto mediums is to forsake God. "We are to turn from them
as from the path to hell. The law declares, "There shall not be
found among you a necromancer." Deut. xviii, 11. The people
understood this to mean, "one who consulted disembodied spirits."
"A man also, or a woman, that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a
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