17 April 2013
Mediumship: Fraud or Genuine?
Many attempts to communicate with the dead have been documented back to early human history. The oracles of ancient Greece were consulted for advice, and ancient shamans and witch doctors traditionally contacted spirits. People believe mediums mediate communication between the spirits of the dead and other human beings. Although mediumship threatens beliefs of many people and their religions, there is still a large number of people who believe it is very real.
Mediumship did not gain popularity until the Spiritualist Movement in the mid-nineteenth century. Mediums and séances were extremely popular with the public. A séance is a meeting in which a spiritualist attempts to communicate with the spirits of the dead. The Fox sisters would regularly hold séances. In 1848 the two young girls claimed to have made contact with the spirit of a murdered peddler in their New York home. Many notable figures helped give mediumship a sense of authenticity. Séances were being held in royal palaces and even the White House.
Mediums claim that they can listen to and relay messages from spirits, or that they can allow a spirit to control their body and speak through it directly or by using automatic
writing or drawing. Mediumship can be distinguished as two basic types: mental mediumship and physical mediumship. Mental mediumship is the relaying information via thought transference or mental telepathy. This all takes place in the conscious of the medium. Mental mediumship is also referred to as telepathic mediumship. Physical mediumship on the other hand, involves the transformation and manipulation of physical systems and energies. What actually happens can be many things depending on the style of mediumship used, but the results can be seen and heard by others. “In some cases, the spirit of a dead person, even some time after his or her death, can select a living person as a mount whose body they commandeer and through whose mouth they speak”(Hopkins 407). A majority of people living today do not believe mediumship in real. Little do they know that they are many biblical accounts of mediumship.
In the Holy Bible, Exodus 31:18, “And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone written with the finger of God.” The Ten Commandments given to Moses are viewed as a biblical example of “slate-writing” (a form of physical mediumship). Another famous event is found in Matthew 17:3-5, “And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah. While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Hear Him!”(Holy Bible, New King James Version) There are many biblical accounts of mediumship. Jesus was known throughout Jerusalem, Galilee and other towns and villages as being a gifted healer and medium. As His more and more people began to follow him, the old priests became more and more threatened. This interpretation of Jesus’ work in mediumship is taken from the book by Elsie Bunts, New Testament Mediums:
The wonderful teacher and medium of whom John the Baptist told people was of
course, Jesus. His life stands out more than any other in the Bible. In fact, the Chr-
istain religion is founded on his teachings. We could spend many lessons studying
about him . Many years after his passing to Spirit Life, people began to write stories
about him from what they could remember and from what his friends had told them.
Then after a period of time people began to worship Jesus as a God,...