March 13th, 1919.
Received by:James Padgett.
I am here, Abraham Lincoln. Let me write a few lines tonight as
you are in good condition to receive my message. Well, I see that
you have been thinking a great deal about spiritual things, and
have longed for the Love of the Father, and by such thoughts and
longings you have come unto a condition that enables the spirits
to make a rapport with you.
Tonight, I desire to write for a short time on the subject of how
important it is for man to learn the truths of God in reference
to the plan which He has prescribed for man's salvation, and his
coming into harmony with the laws that govern him as the created
As you have been told, in the beginning man was created perfect
and in all the constituent parts of his being made in harmony with
God's laws controlling man as a perfect creature, and if he had
never disobeyed the precepts of the Father, he would have always
remained the perfect man.
Now this condition of man is a fundamental one, and the soul is
in itself just as capable of that perfection as it was when created,
and only by the sin of disobedience was it alienated from God and
made the possessor of those things which tend to contaminate it,
and cause its pure condition to be overshadowed and dormant as to
All of God's universe is perfect and subject to the workings of
His perfect laws, and when that condition exists which shows that
some one or other of His creatures are not working or being in harmony
with these laws, it only means that in order for the restoration
to the harmonious existence, man must renounce and get rid of these
foreign things that have the effect of interfering with the harmony
of his creation.
There is no such thing as total depravity or original sin, or the
existence of any condition of the soul in this sin that cannot be
remedied by the application of the proper treatment and the removal
of the incubus. (An oppressive or nightmarish burden.) Man, in order
to become perfect again as he was before the fall, is not required
to be recreated or have imposed upon him that which will make him
a new or different being from what he was in the beginning. The
perfect man is still in existence, but is hidden from the sight
and consciousness of men, and needs only his revealment by eliminating
from him the covering which now hides his real self. Nothing new
is needed, but only the riddance of the soul from those things which
do not belong to it, and then the soul will appear just as it was
created: a perfect soul made in the image of God, but not formed
from any portion of the Great Oversoul of the Father.
For a long time, now, man has remained in this condition of having
his soul covered over by those things that are merely the results
of the perversion of his appetites and the animal part of his nature,
and it is only by a process of renunciation that these encumbrances
can be gotten rid of, and man stand forth a free and glorious being,
as he was before the burden of sin came upon him.
In this process he needs no one to pay any supposed debt to the
Father or to make an atonement for him, but he must himself, by
his course of thinking, and consequent doing, remove the things
that cause him to appear to himself and to others, the outcast from
God's favor. And in order to accomplish this, he must first renounce
the idea that he is a vile being and not worthy of the favor of
the Father, and assert his belief that he, as the man, is the perfect
creature of God, and can of himself regain the estate from which
he has fallen, and let sin and error be removed from his present
apparent existence. In doing this he will be helped by the spirits
of men, who from their own experience know that sin and error has
no real existence in the economy of God, but in the living of man
on earth, and in the spirit world as well, have a reality that has
prevented men from finding their true selves.
The renunciation is not so much a matter of the intellect as it
is of the moral nature of man; and he, while he must use his mind
and its attributes in working out this renunciation, yet must try
earnestly, and certainly use the moral faculties of his nature;
for the perversions of these faculties are the foundation of his
present condition of sin and error. This renunciation may take a
long time to be accomplished, as men look upon time, but it will
finally come to pass, and the harmony of God's universe will be
restored. But in the meantime men will suffer, for this renunciation
is always accompanied by suffering, not so much as a necessary ingredient
or penalty of the renunciation, but as a consequence of the changing
of men's wills and desires in the process of reaching again the
condition of the perfect man.
I will stop now, as the rapport has ceased, but will come again.
Good night, I am your friend and well wisher.
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Abraham Lincoln and War.