causes which are invisible to us, and so they can warn us of danger, or guide us to the good. Our communion with the angel world takes place through the radiant nerve-force.
We cannot look to decarnate spirits as teachers of general truths. It is evident from their messages that they do not understand the philosophy, the ultimate laws of their own state of existence any better than men here understand this state of being. In all their messages they have not been able to tell us of any spiritual laws which were not already discovered or elaborated by scientific men here.
The spiritual laws are essential elements in our natures now. It is for us to learn and to obey these laws here, if we wish for happiness. And the best possible preparation that we can make for a higher spiritual existence is to live up to the full measure of these spiritual laws in our every day life on this earth. The true use of religion is to live well and happy, not to die well. The Bible salvation confines its promises to man's life on this earth. And a life here can be made more perfect and glorious than any picture or vision man has ever seen of life in supernal spheres. All these have fallen far short of what science declares to be attainable here.
THE GREAT CENTRAL IDEA of the Bible is a
kingdom of universal wisdom, peace and justice. The New Jerusalem was to be its capital city, and this was to have twelve gates and departments. These last were to be occupied by people from each of the twelve tribes of Israel. What was the motive in this? The tribes had been scattered far and wide. Why should they be gathered again? The