Volume 9, Issue 2, page 13


HE DARK AGES may be regarded as the period
between 500 and 1500, that being the 1,000
years when the Church wielded its greatest
power. Some translations of the Latin Vulgate were made during that time, but the
chief tendency of the Church was to keep
the Bible away from the masses, and to substitute Church authority as the rule of life and

So, the Latin version of the Bible became
unknown to the masses because its language had
become a learned one. The Bible thus passed
into comparative obscurity. Translations were
made secretly for fear of the Church, and
translators were threatened, if not actually
punished with death. Reading the Bible often
was prohibited by both Church and State.

Prior to the 14th Century, there was no
English Bible. It began to take shape under
John Wyclif and his co-workers. They collected
material here and there, using it in connection with the Latin Vulgate, and during the
years 1378-80, after deleting and interpolating the context to suit their purpose, they
produced the first English Bible.

After Wyclif, other English versions appeared
so fast, and were so discordant, that the English clergy, in alarm, had a law passed in
1408, forbidding the translation of the Latin
Bible into English.

This law didn't suppress the translators.
Versions of the Bible were prepared secretly
until 1517, when Luther shocked Christendom by
nailing his damning theses to the church door.
Luther's bold act caused the ban on translations to be ignored, and new Bibles flowed to
the people. And the more they learned about the
Bible, the less faith they had in the Church.

In 1525 appeared Tyndale's Bible, prepared
after he was driven from England for translating the Bible into English. It was the most
loved, most hated, and most successful of all.
One-half of the Christians bought it to read,
and the other half, to burn. Six thousand copies were burned in one big bonfire in London
in an attempt to get rid of it.

Church authorities finally captured Tyndale.
He was tried for heresy and condemned to death.
His crime was translating the Bible into English. On Oct. 6, 1536, he was strangled at the
stake and his body burned. He crowned with
death his work for the people and his efforts
were not in vain. For this was another crime
of the Church that helped weaken its fading

At that time the Church decreed: "Any one
found guilty of reading the Bible in English
must forfeit land, cattle, and goods from his
heirs forever."
The excitement created by Tyndale's Bible
caused Coverdale in England and Olivetan in
France to put within reach of the people versions of the Bible in English, French, German.

The Great Bible appeared in 1539; Cranmer's
Tales of the 'Unusual' That Test the Credulity
of Those Afraid of What They Don't Understand.

My husband's father owned a rather large
farm years ago. One of their horses was old,
and when he appeared to be ill, they separated
him from the horses in the pasture, and moved
him nearer the house where they could keep him
under surveillance.

After several days of this, one evening
the horse walked down to the pasture and whinnied. The other horses came to him and gathered around, putting their heads together as
if in conference. They stood thus for several
minutes. Then the other horses went back to
their grazing, and the sick horse returned to
his place near the house. It seemed that he
sort of nodded to everyone, and then lay down
and died.

My husband maintains the horse went to the
pasture to say good-bye to his friends.
-- Mrs. O. L. Creamer. Washington, D. C.
Investigators of spiritualistic phenomena must
be included in this class, because spiritualism is nothing more nor less than necromancy
revamped, and is a practice that has been inveighed against by those who knew the dangers
attending it, and by those who wrote the sacred
books, since mankind came upon earth. Spiritualism's six chief aspects are automatic writing, ins p i rational writing, inspirational
speaking, trance mediumship, independent slate
writing, and materializing mediumship.

And where is this threshold of the " dwellers" ? In Catholicism it is known as purgatory ;
in Protestantism it is Hades. Hades is the
place for departed spirits. It is the sidereal
realm of the medieval mystic; the astral or
psychic plane of the modern mystic and theosophist; it is the first plane of the spiritualist -- the plane for earth-bound souls.

This earth is surrounded by five belts, or
zones, which extend out into space, according
to their color and vibration. This threshold
is the first of the subjective planes, and is
so-called because it is the crossing-over point
from objective life into subjective life, and
is the doorway thru which egos re-enter earth
life. All must pass thru it, but the higher
developed ones stay there but a very short
time and never a moment after they are liberated from the physical bodies.

Since souls are magnetically bound to their
bodies, and cannot be free until "the silver
cord is loosened", cremation of the physical
body is urged. By this process, the man in a
few moments is free to go to the plane where
he belongs instead of being chained to his
body on the threshold for an indefinite period.

an aberrated person hiding behind others' aberrations -- and getting paid for it.
in 1540; the Bishops' Bible and the Calvin Bible in 1568. In 1582 the Cathoi,ic version appeared. The Douay Bible was published in 1609.
Other discordant versions appeared in France,
Spain, Italy, and other countries. No two were
alike, but all were "the Word of God".
(Continued in the next issuel
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