Abraham Lincoln, born February 12, 1809, died April 15, 1865), was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.
In 1891, Nettie Colburn Maynard wrote the book, “Was Abraham Lincoln A Spiritualist?” Below is Abraham Lincoln’s first spirit communication to James E. Padgett, dated January 5, 1916. Note toward the end of this message that Mr. Lincoln answers this question from from 25 years earlier.
Spirit Communication received: January 5th, 1916
Received by: James E. Padgett
I am your friend in Christ and desire to write a few lines, but
it will not be about religious matters, for I heard what the Master said, and he knows what is best.
Well, I am in the seventh sphere and am very happy and enjoy all
the delights of a soul redeemed, and am in the way of progress to
the higher spheres where some of your band live. How beautiful must
be their homes, because, when they come to the lower spheres, they
have such beauty and are so filled with the Father’s Love that I
know they must live in homes of transcendent beauty where happiness
I am not one who knows all that there is in the heavens provided
by the Father, but I know enough to say, “that no eye of man has
seen and neither has his heart conceived of the wonderful things
that the Father has prepared for those who love Him and do His will.”
In our sphere the glory of our habitations and surroundings that
we have are beyond all conceptions of mortals, and beyond all the
powers which we have to describe. Your language is poor indeed when
we attempt to use it, to describe our homes and our happiness.
Never a sigh, nor a thought tainted with the slightest flavor of
unhappiness or discontent. All our wishes are gratified, and love
reigns eternally and without stint. Never, when on earth, did I
conceive that one man could love another as one spirit here loves
his brother spirit. The mine and thine are truly the ours, and no
spirit is so happy as when he is doing something to make another
spirit happier; and then, love between the opposite sexes is so
pure and glorified.
My home is not in any of the cities, but is in the country, among
beautiful fields and woods where the purest waters flow in silver
streams of living light, and the birds of paradise in all their
glorious plumage sing and make merry the echoes of the hills and
rocks, for we have hills and rocks as well as plains and beautiful
meadows and placid lakes and shining waterfalls, all praising God
for His goodness.
So why will not every mortal try to attain to this heavenly condition
of love and happiness, when it is so easy for him to do so? The
Divine Love is waiting for all, and needs only the seeking and the
believing in order to make the mortal an heir to all the glories
of this heavenly place.
But the mind of man, in its superimposed importance and in the
conceit of the wonderful powers of his reasoning faculties, keeps
the simple childlike faith from making him a child of the Kingdom.
Oh, I tell you, if mortals only knew what is here ready for them
to obtain and make their own, they would not let the supposed greatness
of their minds, or the cares and ambitions and desires for earthly
possessions keep them from seeking this great and glorious inheritance,
which is theirs by merely claiming it in the way made known by the
And he – what can I say of him – the most glorious and beautiful
and loving of all the spirits in God’s universe. When on earth I
looked upon him and worshiped him as God, sitting on the right hand
of the Father – way up in the high heavens, a way off waiting for
the coming of the great judgment day; when he would separate the
sheep from the goats and send each to his eternal place of habitation
– whether to hell or heaven only he knew, and I did not and could
not until the great judgment should be pronounced. But now, when
I see him as he is, and know that he is my friend and elder brother,
a spirit such as I am, with only love for his younger brethren,
be they saints or sinners, and a great longing that all may come
and partake of the feast which the Father has prepared, I feel that
the loving brother and friend is more to me and my happiness is
greater than when I looked upon him as the God of judgment, having
his habitation away off beyond my vision or reach.
He is so loving and so pure and so humble. Why his very humility
makes us all love him almost to adoration, and if you could only
see him, you would not be surprised that we love him so much.
Well, my friend, I have written a little more than I intended,
but I am so filled with love and so happy in having such a friend
as the Master, that I can hardly restrain myself.I will come again
sometime and write you upon some spiritual truth, which I so much
want you to know.
When on earth I was not an orthodox to the full extent, but my
early belief that Jesus was a part of the Godhead I did not succeed
in getting rid of, although my mind often rebelled at the thought;
but the early teachings of my mother lingered with me, and maturer
thoughts and development of mind could never entirely eradicate
this belief in Jesus as being part of God. Some have said and thought
that I was almost an infidel, but this is untrue, for I always believed
firmly in the Father and, as I have told you, in Jesus.
I was also to some extent a spiritualist* – that is I believed
in the communications of spirits with mortals, as on numerous occasions
I have had such communications, and have acted on advice that I
received through them. But I never learned from any of these communications
any of the higher truths which I now know, and which are so important
for mortals to know, and which, if men only knew and taught, would
make their religion a live, virile, all pervading and satisfying
religion.We are all interested in your work, and are co-workers
with you in revealing these great truths.
May God bless and prosper you and cause you to see the realities
of the great Divine Love, is the prayer of your brother in Christ,
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