Sunday, 21 October 2012

WHAT THE SADHU SAW





SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

AT Kotgarth, fourteen yeaes ago,while I was praying, my eyes were opened to the Heavenly Vision. So vividly did I see it all that I thought I must have died, and that my soul had passed into the glory of heaven; but throughout the intervening years these visions have continued to enrich my life. I cannot call them up at will, but, usually when I am praying or meditating, sometimes as often as eight or ten times in a month, my spiritual eyes are opened to see within the heavens, and, for an hour or two, I walk in the glory of the heavenly sphere with Christ Jesus, and hold converse with angels and spirits. Their answers to my questions have provided much of the material that has already been published in my books, and the unutterable ecstasy of that spiritual communion makes me long for the time when I shall enter in permanently to the bliss and fellowship of the redeemed.

SPIRITUALISM ?

Some may consider that these visions are merely a form of spiritualism, but I would emphasize that there is one very essential difference. Spiritualism does presume to produce messages and signs from spirits out of the dark, but they are usually so fragmentary and unintelligible, if not actually deceptive, that they lead their followers away from, rather than to, the truth. In these visions, on the other hand, I see vividly and clearly every detail of the glory of the spiritual world, and I have the uplifting experience of very real fellowship with the saints, amid the inconceivably bright and beautiful world made visible. It is from these angels and saints that I have received, not vague, broken and elusive messages from the unseen, but clear and rational elucidations of many of the problems that have troubled me. 

BIBLE PROOF
This "Communion of the Saints" was a fact so real in the experience of the early Church, that it is given a place among the necessary articles of their faith, as stated in the "Apostles' Creed." Once, in a vision, I asked the saints for a proof from the Bible of this communion of saints, and was told that it was to be found clearly given in Zechariah 3:7-8, where "those that were standing by" were not angels, but saints in glory; and God's promise, on condition of Joshua fulfilling His command, is that he will be given "a place of access to walk among them (saints) that stand by," and these are his "fellows" the spirits of men made perfect with whom he could commune. There is repeated mention of Spirits, Saints and Angels in this book. The distinction I would make between them is that spirits are good or bad, which after death exist in a state intermediate between heaven and hell. Saints are those who have passed on through this stage into the higher sphere of the spiritual world, and have had special service allotted to them. Angels are those glorious beings to whom all kinds of superior service have been allotted, and among them are included many saints from other worlds, as well as from this world of ours, who live together as one family. They serve one another in love, and, in the effulgence of God's glory, are eternally happy. The World of Spirits means that intermediary state into which spirits enter after leaving the body. By the Spiritual World is meant all spiritual beings that progress through the stages between the darkness of the bottomless pit and the throne of the Lord in light. 

Sadhu Sundar Singh 
 (written in 1926 as a preface to his book, 'Visions of Sundar Singh')

 

2 comments:

Pip said...

“Religion as we know it is obsolete”!

Hitchens, Dawkins or Jesus?

John 4:19-26. Jesus speaking to the Samaritan woman.

They crucified him because he said he was finished with RELIGION.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; John ch 14 to ch 17.
But there was no money in his Gospel!

There was no clergy or High Priests among his followers (Matthew 20:20-28).

He was a disaster as far as RELIGION was concerned, so they had to get rid of him.

NEVER man spoke like THIS Man!

Dew of Hermon said...

Religion is mans contrivance to reach a Holy God which is an impossible task. Jesus offers a relationship with God our Father through His atoning death on the cross. Religion is humanity reaching up to an unknown God, relationship is an intimate knowledge of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. As we used to say a few years back, what we need is Christianity NOT Churchianity !