The cumulative effect of these has been to lead the reader to assume that Adair is supernaturally helping Sammy from beyond the grave. This (inadvertent) red herring is so effective that when I reveal at the end that Adair is alive, some readers are confused: If she’s alive, then how is she doing all this stuff?
I chose these quotations to broaden the playing field of what we allow God to do. There is nothing unscriptural about them; God allows the deceased Samuel to appear to King Saul with a divinely ordained message even when Saul asks in disobedience. God instructs Philip on a certain course of action; after Philip completes that, God supernaturally removes him to another locale. (Side note: Readers who don't think that Biblical miracles can occur today had best leave all my books alone.)
I also chose these sources because I think the Catholic church has a better grasp of the supernatural than Evangelicals. I have heard accounts from many evangelical Christians of supernatural occurrences that find no direct support in Scripture, yet these Christians do not doubt they are rooted in God. Why do we then try to limit Him according to our own understanding?
Yes, we must be careful dealing with the supernatural, as Pam cautions. Yes, we must test the spirits to make sure we’re not being hoodwinked. The Catholic Church has had a couple of thousand years to refine these tests. Are we going to disregard them completely?
In consideration of all that, I leave you with this wonderful story of a personal, er, visitation by a departed saint to his grieving friend. Make of it what you will; I happen to believe it. By the way, the author’s observation of Don Bosco’s serious illness after this visitation reminds me very much of Daniel’s reaction to the apocalyptic visions he experienced.
The previous post in this series is What have I done to Adair?
The next post will be on the Streiker/Christ analogy when both are in the book.