Our Beliefs

D ifferent than traditional churches, we observe the concept that Jesus lived by, that is, he never taught people what they should believe, but rather taught them that their beliefs caused them to experience the physical equivalents of them. This conception about reality is a principle, because it can be proven that our attitudes about life cause us to live as we do. We have to change our thinking to upgrade our experiences. Jesus' greatness lay in the fact that he demonstrated this conception (or principle) every time he met someone who earnestly desired to have some condition or circumstance removed and replaced with its positive opposite. Therefore, the blind were able to see, the lame were able to walk, and the discouraged were able to live with a new enthusiasm.

T he most amazing thing was that he told his disciples that they could do what he did. Their being slow to know this until after he was gone lay in the fact that they had to have time to discover that Jesus was using a principle. Today, most people still do not get it! That is why our presenting the principles by which he lived is more important than trying to convince people that he was more resourceful than the rest of us. The Truth is that we all have the same capacity, but we have yet to recognize this empowerment.

T his great empowering principle for unlimited good is either latent or dormant within people, except for those increasing numbers of people who truly live by spiritual principles.

A lthough spiritual principles mean the most to us, we espouse some beliefs. We tend to believe that the faith of God is an essential ingredient for better living, that nonresistance is best for all, that we live forever without being saved, that spiritual pathways are essential to our growth, and that everyone is unique or different than anyone else. We also tend to believe that forgiveness for any action, no matter how much it seemed to harm, is the route to being free from it forever after. But, assembling these kinds of ideas, and saying that people should believe as we do, is not our primary emphasis.

W ithin the thoughts of most people who join with us is a tendency to agree about two beliefs in particular. One of them is that whatever anyone believes is all right for him or her to practice insofar as it does not harm anyone, including the one practicing it. In accordance with that, we tend to believe that everything happens in our lives through the thoughts, beliefs, and opinions we have. Should we change any of them that are negative in relationship to an impending crisis or when a disappointing happening occurs, we thereby maximize the possibility of healing.

T he other belief is that the universe and every person, creature, plant, element, and everything else is whole, perfect, and complete. But you may say that you cannot understand our position when you definitely know that wars, poverty, disease, and natural disasters regularly occur. Our answer is that all of those catastrophes happen, but they are appearances that match the thinking of people who experience them. We can rise above all calamities. Our teaching shows how this can be done. It includes that we practice living by a spiritual philosophy that is a thing of thought, especially of right ideas.

W e are quite unified with one belief, the idea that God is all there is!

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