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In a transcendental sense, Allan Kardec was an advanced consciousness, a spirit who had a direct intuition and experience of God. His life, as repeatedly narrated in the Spiritist media, was the realization on Earth of such innate awareness. For him, God and Christ were not merely objects of belief, but living facts. However, like Pascal, the great mathematician, philosopher, and mystic, Allan Kardec trained his intuitive power on the examination of the fundamental realities of life through rational inquiry.

Born Catholic but raised as a Protestant, Kardec studied both religions with an enthusiastic zeal and with a dream of unifying them to glorify the spirit of Christ. The rifts were, however, deeper and wider than he could imagine. However, in the tangible evidences of a spiritual realm, he found the point of union to advance a new vision and purpose for the human spirit.

Allan Kardec
Allan Kardec

Allan Kardec deduced a code of moral and ethical behavior through methodical analysis of every aspect of the phenomena, as only a man of his training could. Kardec is credited with establishing the points of interaction between the natural laws and the invisible world, which he believed to be the final destination of all residents of the physical realm.

Allan Kardec had a vision, however, that in some aspects went beyond the points above. He had a reason, a strong one indeed, to see the value of Christian Spiritism from a wider angle. The French social and religious environment of his time was firmly molded by Catholic institutions. On the other hand, neighboring countries, especially Switzerland and Germany, had become the fertile bed for the Protestant movement. Faith had only two colors, and they were not inclusive at all. In matters of religious choice, the grays and pastel colors were prohibited. Allan Kardec saw the futility of forcing allegiances in matters of religious choice. As he confessed in Posthumous Work, he had realized the full significance of Jesus' saying "God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:34).

Allan Kardec's life task was an essential element of a greater plan to accelerate the spiritual transformation of humankind. Painfully aware of the theological divisions among the many Christian denominations, Allan Kardec, following the orientation of illuminated intelligences, made the gospel of Jesus, and only the gospel of Jesus, the moral centerpiece of the Spiritist Doctrine. By attaching only a secondary role to the Old Testament and the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament, the Spiritist Doctrine was safely protected from the theological wars that have harmed Christianity for centuries.

Allan Kardec's spiritual mission on earth was to lift the veil that separates the present and the future of humankind. Allan Kardec, with wisdom and compassion, turned the Spiritist Doctrine into a Christian lighthouse of hope and consolation. Allan Kardec felt the presence of the Divine Spirit, and wholly dedicated himself to attracting humanity to God and Christ.