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PRINCIPLES

Declaration of Principles
Interpretations of Principles

 

Declaration of Principles


Adopted by the National Spiritualist Association of Churches

  1. We believe in Infinite Intelligence

  2. We believe that the phenomena of nature, both physical and spiritual, are the expression of Infinite Intelligence.

  3. We affirm that a correct understanding of such expression and living in accordance therewith, constitute true religion.

  4. We affirm that the existence and personal identity of the individual continue after the change called death.

  5. We affirm that communication with the so-called dead is a fact, scientifically proven by the phenomena of Spiritualism.

  6. We believe that the highest morality is contained in the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

  7. We affirm the moral responsibility of individuals, and that we make our own happiness or unhappiness as we obey or disobey Nature’s physical and spiritual laws.

  8. We affirm that the doorway to reformation is never closed against any soul here or hereafter.

  9. We affirm that the Precepts of Prophecy and Healing are divine attributes proven through Mediumship.

 

 

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Interpretation of Principles

By Joseph P. Whitwell, published in the N.S.A.C. Spiritualist Manual

  1. By this we express our belief in a supreme Impersonal Power, everywhere present, manifesting as life, through all forms of organized matter, called by some, God; by others, Spirit; and by Spiritualists, Infinite Intelligence. Though this power is impersonal, our understanding can only be gained by our personal perception of this creative force.

  2. In this manner we express our belief in the immanence of Spirit and that all forms of life are manifestations of Spirit or Infinite Intelligence, and thus, all men are children of God.

  3. A correct understanding of the Laws of Nature on the physical, mental and spiritual planes of life and living in accordance therewith will unfold the highest aspirations and attributes of the Soul, which is the correct function of true religion.

  4. “Life here and hereafter is all one life whose continuity of consciousness is unbroken by that mere change in form whose process we call death.” –Lilian Whiting.

  5. Spirit communication has been in evidence in all ages of the world and is amply recorded in both sacred and profane literature of all ages. Orthodoxy has accepted these manifestations and has interpreted them as dogma and creed in terms of the supernatural. Spiritualism accepts and recognizes these manifestations and interprets them in the understanding and light of Natural Law.

  6. This precept we believe to be true. It points the way to harmony, peace and happiness. Wherever tried, it has proven successful, and when fully understood and practiced, will bring peace and happiness to all of humanity.

  7. Individuals are responsible for the welfare of the world in which they live; for its welfare or its misery, for its happiness or unhappiness, and if we are to obtain heaven upon earth, we must learn to make that heaven, for ourselves and for others. Individuals are responsible for their own spiritual growth and welfare. Errors and wrong-doing must be outgrown and overcome. Virtue and love of good must take their place. Spiritual growth and advancement must be attained by aspiration and personal striving. Vicarious atonement has no place in the philosophy of Spiritualism. Individuals must bear their own burdens in overcoming wrong doings and replacing them with right actions.

  8. We discard entirely the terrible wrong and illogical teachings of eternal damnation and in place thereof, we accept and present for consideration of thinking people, the thought of the continuity of life beyond the change called death.

    A natural life, where the opportunities for growth and progress to better, higher and more spiritual conditions are open to all, even as they are here on the earth plane of life. We accept no such teaching as a “Hell Fire,” but we do teach that transgression of Natural Law and wrong-doing will necessarily bring remorse and suffering that would be difficult to describe in words and which can only be relieved by the individual’s own efforts, if not here, then in the hereafter. If we make our own lives better while here, and that of our neighbors happier, we shall unfold that happiness or Heaven on Earth, which we shall carry with us into the Spirit World.

  9. We thus affirm our belief in and acceptance of the truth that Prophecy, Mediumship and Healing are not unique, but are universal, everlasting, and have been witnessed and observed in all ages.

 

 

 

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