Saturday, 3 December 2016


The fool hath said in his heart there is no God,
Cut he is an infidel, and
The infidel and suicide shall
Have their portion with the drunkard and the murderer
In the world to come,
For their transgressions are likewise
An abomination to the Lord.


Do the sufferings of the infidel and suicide correspond with the sufferings of those already described, or is it necessary to insert a revelation from the spirits of each?

We are commanded to declare that the sufferings of the infidel are of the most horrible description, as he is continually witnessing the reality of that which, whilst living, he openly denied. His sufferings consist in receiving tortures and reproaches from those whom he endeavoured to persuade into the belief that the existence of a God and an hereafter were a fabrication, together with the taunts and reproaches of those whom he injured in life, with a terrible dread of the future, even from the sphere he inhabits, for on every hand he witnesses the awful realisation of a spiritual existence in immortality, dreading each successive moment’s revelation. The sufferings of the suicide are of a nature impossible to be described, but he, likewise, suffers at the hands of those whom he injured in life, and experiences all the pangs and tortures of a murderer, or one who has taken the life of another, for, in the very act of self-destruction, he has endeavoured to thwart the designs of his Creator and, therefore, must suffer the just reward of his actions, and he too dreads the experience of each successive moment’s revelation. This, then, is all that is necessary to be described on the seven classified sins of the spirits who inhabit the first sphere in immortality.

A Message from the World of Spirits, J. G. H. Brown, Holyoake & Co., London, 1807