Insights into the World Beyond
What is the meaning and purpose of our earthly life? – Does life continue after death? – Is there a world beyond? – What can we learn about it?
These questions about our existence reach into a spiritual world, inaccessible to our physical senses. As such, we are not readily able to arrive at secure and comprehensive insights on our own.
However, there are ways to gain insight into the world beyond. Well-known examples of this include near-death experiences whilst on the threshold of passing over, or impressive dream experiences, perhaps involving a deceased loved one with whom one was very close.
A further possibility of obtaining information about the wherefrom and whereto of human beings comes in the form of a connection with the world beyond with the help of a human medium. Since time immemorial, this has been an important means of achieving spiritual knowledge – we think of the prophets of ancient Israel and of the first Christians who explicitly asked for the support and guidance of the world of God.
The Bible gives many testimonies of God speaking to humans, such as when he spoke with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and with Moses. The connection with the world beyond appears as a central element in the whole of the Old Testament. It was reported that a daily connection existed between the Israelites and the beyond, that one could question the spirit world and receive answers with the help of mediumistically-disposed human beings.
The New Testament bears testimony to the fact that Jesus Christ, the apostles, and the first Christians maintained a connection with the divine world. Christ was intimately connected with God and his holy angels because of his strong mediumistic disposition. He repeatedly pointed out that he only taught and acted as the Father instructed him. How the divine world cares for people living on earth is the fundamental theme of the Holy Scriptures. Accordingly, before his death Christ promised his own that he would not leave them abandoned, that he would send them the spirit of truth, who would enlighten them in the whole truth. The apostles experienced the fulfilment of this promise just a few days after Christ’s ascension. As they gathered in Jerusalem for the Passover, they experienced in an impressive way how they themselves were filled with spirits of God who spoke through them in various foreign languages and proclaimed the gospel to people on the streets (Acts 2:1–13). The epistles document that the work of the holy spirits through mediums played an important role in the early Christian communities.
It is possible for humans to have a connection with the world beyond
Both the Old and the New Testament impressively verify that it is possible for human beings to have a connection with the world beyond. Today, as inquiring people, we should at least try to understand the nature of this connection. Those to whom the spirits of God once spoke were humans like us, with weaknesses and faults. And the natural laws of their earthly existence were likewise the same as ours. God and his spirit world are also the same today as they were then. If this close connection with them is possible and was maintained by people for millennia, why should humanity of today no longer be able to have it? In his farewell address, Christ expressly promised to send human beings the spirit of truth. Why should we not accept this offer and draw from the same source of truth as did humankind of biblical times?