Contains explanations of the moral maxims of Christ in accordance with Spiritism And their application in various circumstances in life
By ALLAN KARDEC
Author of THE SPIRITS’ BOOK
Unshakable faith is only that which
can meet reason face to face in
every Human epoch
This English translation is taken from the 3rd edition of the original French, as being the one containing all of Allan Kardec’s final revisions, published in 1866.
NOTE: The numbers placed at the end of the various items in each chapter indicate the number(s) of the paragraph, for quick location.
1. The objective of this work. - 2. The authority behind the Spiritist doctrine. The Universal control of the Spirit teachings. - 3. Historical facts. - 4. Socrates and Plato, the forerunners of the Christian idea and Spiritism.
Chapter 1. - I HAVE NOT COME TO DESTROY THE LAW
The three revelations: Moses, Christ, Spiritism: 1 - 7. - The alliance of science and religion: 8. - Instructions from the Spirits: The new era: 9 - 11.
Chapter 2. - MY KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORD 31
The future life: 1 - 3. - The regality of Jesus: 4. - A point of view: 5 - 7. - Instructions from the Spirits: An earthly regality: 8.
Chapter 3. - IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE ARE MANY MANSIONS 37
The different states of the soul in its spiritual wanderings: 1 - 2. - The different categories of inhabited worlds: 3 - 5. - Earth’s destiny. The cause of earthly miseries: 6 - 7. - Instructions from the Spirits: Superior and inferior worlds: 8 - 12. - Words of tests and atonements: 13 - 15. - Regeneration worlds: 16 - 18. - The progression of the worlds: 19.
Chapter 4. - EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN AGAIN HE CANNOT SEE THE45 KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
Resurrection and reincarnation: 1 - 17. - Reincarnation strengthens family ties, whereas a single life would destroy them: 18 - 23. - Instructions from the Spirits: Limits of incarnations: 24. - The need for incarnation: 25 - 26.
Chapter 5. - BLESSED ARE THE AFFLICTED 55
The justice of afflictions: 1 - 3. - Causes of present-day afflictions: 4 - 5. Past causes of afflictions: 6 - 10. - Forgetfulness of the past: 11. - Motives for resignation: 12 - 13. - Suicide and madness: 14 - 17. - Instructions from the Spirits: To suffer well or badly: 18. - Evil and its remedy: 19. - Happiness is not of this world: 20. - Losing loved ones. Premature deaths: 21. - If he had been a good man he would have died: 22. - Voluntary torments: 23. - True misfortune: 24. - Melancholy: 25. - Voluntary trials. The true hair shirt: 26. - Should we end our neighbor’s probation? 27. - Would it be licit to hasten the death of someone incurably sick who is suffering?: 28. – Sacrificing one’s own life: 29 - 30. - Making one’s own suffering useful to others: 31.
Chapter 6. - CHRIST THE CONSOLER 77
The gentle yoke: 1 - 2. - The promised consoler: 3 - 4. - Instructions from the Spirits: The advent of the Spirit of Truth: 5 - 8.
Chapter 7. - BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT 81
What should be understood by the words ‘poor in spirit’?: 1 - 2. - He who exalts himself shall be debased: 3 - 6. - Mysteries that are hidden from the learned and prudent: 7 - 10. - Instructions from the Spirits: Pride and humility: 11 - 12. - Mission of the intelligent person on Earth: 13.
Chapter 8. - BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART 91
Simplicity and pureness of heart: 1 - 4. - Sinning by means of thought. Adultery: 5 - 7. – True pureness. Unwashed hands: 8 - 10. - Offences. If your hand is the cause of an offence, cut it off: 11 - 17. - Instructions from the Spirits: Let little children come unto me: 18 - 19. - Blessed are those whose eyes are closed: 20 - 21.
Chapter 9. - BLESSED ARE THE MEEK AND THE PEACEMAKERS 99 Insults and violence: 1 - 5. - Instructions from the Spirits:...