True Gospel Revealed Anew By Jesus. Volume 3
Garfield is grateful to Mr. Padgett for the opportunity to write and obtain help, for a confused mind.
Received by James Padgett.
I am here, Garfield:
I am your old partner friend, J. A. Garfield, and I want to say that you are a very much favored man in having so many spirits of such high degree of development interested in you and your work as a medium.
I have been with Riddle a great deal and he tells me of the wonderful powers you have received in taking these communications and the wonderful truths that have been communicated to you and what great faith you have in prayer to the Father. So you see I am interested also and wish to say something regarding this spirit life and my experiences as a spirit.
I am now in the third sphere where Riddle is and he and I frequently converse about these matters and are seeking the truths with all our minds and souls. Well, I only know this way as a believer in the doctrines of my church and what I have learned in addition since coming over here. I am not a believer in all that the Bible teaches, but only in those things that appeal to my reason. My faith in prayer is not very strong nor in the possibility of becoming a spirit who may receive a great help from the operations of the Holy Spirit as Riddle says is the only influence that can surely redeem me from my sins or the result of the sin and make me one with the Father. I cannot comprehend this teaching and unless my reason can be convinced I cannot be persuaded to accept the teaching as true.
So you see I am still in the position that I was on earth, that is unless my reason tells me that such a thing is true I cannot believe that may be so, but how can I do that? I am not a child who can believe everything that is told me just because someone else says that it is true. No I must learn from my own investigations.
Yes, there seems to be some force in that, but how can I use the instruments or faculties of the soul when I don't realize that they exist. Oh, how can I attempt to investigate any truth where as you say the means necessary to be used in such investigation I have no knowledge of?
Well, you may be right, I may be wrong. I will ask Riddle about the matter with an unbiased mind and listen to him attentively.
Well, I perceive that you have a great faith in the existence of these truths and I promise you to devote my whole efforts to searching for the truth.
I have met some of them and they are all very beautiful and happy, especially your wife. She is a wonderfully beautiful spirit and so very loving and kind. I have talked with her a number of times and she has told me of the wonderful love of the Father as she calls it but I thought that she was only an enthusiast and believe some do turn, that the young could easily believe and make by their faith a reality.
Question and Answer.
No, but I will.
I will ask for an interview with your grandmother and I have no doubt that she will grant it. I will listen to her as you say.
I do not know whoever you mean. When on earth I considered Jesus such a one as you describe, but I have not seen him here.
Well, I am surprised I must say. I thought that Jesus was a part of the trinity and was away up in the heavens far from the sight of spirits.
You certainly astound me. I certainly will, you must be an exceeding good man to have such relationship with the Master God. Well, let me think of this. I am confused and not able to think of what it all means.
Well, when on earth I was a mere believer in the letter of the Bible. I did not realize what its spiritual teachings meant and do not now.
I was like thousands of others who profess to teach the truths of the Bible.
So you see I am nothing more than an intellectual Christian. I do not yet see that this life is anything more than a mere contrivance of the earth life with the possibilities of greater mental progression and acquirements. So you are my old instructor's late partner. Well, I am certainly glad to have had this opportunity to write. Only forgive my intrusion.
I cannot express to you my appreciation of what you have told me. I want you to pray for me as I know that your prayers will benefit me much. I did not know that I was causing you to violate the rules of your land and ask your pardon for doing so. I wish further to say that your wishes in permitting me to write have very much affected me and I commence to think that your love for not only Mr. Riddle but for me must be more than usual among men. I will show you how much I appreciate your interest and kindness by doing what you say. So I will stop now.
Well, I had forgotten but now that you recall it I do remember and felt so grateful that the message was conveyed to Riddle.
Well how strange things happen. To think that your wife who I so much admire here now. for hear beauty and goodness was the messenger for me on that occasion. It seems as if all things are working together for my good.
I am so glad that I came to you tonight. So with all my respect and spirit love.
I am your own true friend and searcher after truth.
James A. Garfield