by Edward Shanahan.
God and the Paranormal Part 1: Mediums, Ghosts, and the Afterlife.
Author: Bishop Kristina Rake
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All reviews are 5 stars at Amazon for the book.
Details about the book on the Amazon page:
Does the Bible really forbid all communication with the dead?—NO! Are ghosts actually demons trying to trick us?—OF COURSE NOT! Is it truly possible to be both a psychic medium and a Christian?—YES! These myths are so pernicious that they’ve become “common knowledge” even among non-Christians: that the Bible says you can’t be involved in the paranormal or communicate with the dead. Period. No! Comma! The Bible doesn’t actually forbid any and all communication with the dead.
In fact, those activities the Old Testament actually does forbid have not been practiced for millennia. Christians are actually commanded by Christ and the Apostles to perform ministry for the dead and to pray in relationship with the dead. The belief that Christians are required to continue their relationship with the dead is by no means a new interpretation of scripture. This teaching of Christ and the Apostles, continued now only in the Catholic Church, was held as sacred and not contradicted until the 1400s.
Within the pages of this book, you will discover the truth of what the Bible really teaches about the relationship between the living and the dead. In this well-researched and compelling book, you will learn: • What the Jews, including Jesus and the Apostles, believed happens when we die. • Both Old and New Testament verses that prove we must continue our relationship with the dead. • Jesus’ teachings that death simply cannot separate Christians and why any belief that it does is heresy. •
What the original Hebrew words regarding ghosts and mediums in the Old Testament really mean and why they are always mistranslated. • Why God would give such gifts as mediumship to the living. • And so much more! Whether you are a Bible scholar, a paranormal investigator, or someone with psychic medium gifts who feels attacked by Christians, you will be as shocked as much by what the Bible doesn’t say as by what it does. From Jewish zombies and incantations over pits of blood to rabbinical tales of visits to Gehenna, this book takes you on a journey into an ancient world where the veil between life and death was too thin to see.
You will visit a world where life and death existed on a continuum of vitality, from the highest level of life-force to the least. This book will then lead you into the Messianic age that Christ initiated and through a Christian universe in which, to quote St. Paul whether we are living or dead, to God, "all are alive." However, the most important place this book will lead you to is the truth.
My review of the book:
This book is something that has been needed for a very long time. I carry it with me now when I am doing my office psychic readings or the house parties as questions are usually asked of me about faith. Being a Catholic, I have had a long experience in reading the Bible and I do have discussions about being Christian and dealing with the Paranormal and doing readings.
I read this book every day until I was finished with it, as it was a whole subject I believed in years ago and still do, but where do you start with trying to explain it? You go to this book for those seeking the knowledge to explain it correctly.
The knowledge found in this large book of 324 page, is something that is lacking with many in the Chicago land area paranormal and psychic field. I had experienced this the last couple of months with those in the paranormal/psychic field when I brought up that the Catholic Bible talks about the Supernatural Gifts from the Holy Spirit.
It was evident with some individuals who make claim to having knowledge, that they have no clue what they were talking about with the Catholic Bible and yet spoke with certainty as if they were all knowing.
The book shows you that Jesus and the apostles believed and taught the doctrine of purgatory, which is a "place" where the dead are purified and prepared for heaven.
It is a book of knowledge that pertains to Spirits, Psychics, Reincarnation, and death, as stated in the Catholic Bible and also in the stripped down version brought about by Martin Luther due to his desire and need for a Bible that was a stripped down version of what the Catholic Bible was providing and stating. That information of history is also included in this book, and I felt it is something that is needed to be known, so we know how we got to where with are with the Christian Bible.
This fabulous book covers many topics, and I have even created a list on the back inside cover for reference to the questioning at times that goes to my faith and being a Psychic Medium. The beautiful thing is, most of the general public I work with does have a knowledge of the Bible, and many are Catholic, or of some Christian faith, so it helps to have the book with me when doing readings.
I suggest when reading this book, have a bible next to you, as nothing beats as you read it having the words of the book, also be seen in the Bible. I used the New Kings James version (a teaching bible). I did bring out my huge Catholic Bible, and yes all that is stated about the Catholic Bible in the book; God and The Paranormal Part 1, is found in my Catholic Bible.
1 Corinthians 14: 23-25 (NAB). (from the book).
So if the whole church meets in one place and everyone speaks in tongues, and then uninstructed people or unbelievers should come in, will they not say that you are out of your minds? But if everyone is prophesying, and an unbeliever or uninstructed person should come in, he will be convinced by everyone and judged by everyone, and the secrets of his heart will be disclosed, and so he will fall down and worship God, declaring, "God is really in your midst."
King James Version: 1 Corinthians 14: 23-25
23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?
24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:
25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.
(From the book) - Paul is saying above, if we can tell people the secrets of their hearts and tell newcomers what the future holds, then the newcomers will believe in God.
About the author: Bishop Kristina Rake is the presiding Bishop at American Apostolic Old Catholic Church. She has a Master's degree in theology from Andover Newton Theological School in Boston. She has been teaching theology. Scripture, and Catholic apologetics in the classroom for over 18 yrs. A long-time member of Mensa. A writer and developer of standardized tests and textbooks in all grade levels and subjects for all fifty states, as well as national tests like the ACT and SAT and personality and IQ tests.
I highly recommend the book and that recommendation comes from one who is very select on book recommendations.
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