Thursday, 14 May 2009

The Teachings of Spiritualism

(From the British Lyceum Manual)

These teachings were dictated from Spirit through the trance mediumship of Emma Hardinge-Britten

Spiritualism proves humanity’s immortality and the existence of a spiritual universe.

It destroys all fear of death, annihilates the doctrine of eternal punishment and substitutes the positive assurance of eternal progress.

It sweeps away the idea of a personal devil and locates the sources of evil in humanity’s own imperfections.

It denies the immoral and mind-corrupting doctrine of the vicarious atonement for sin and on the testimony of millions of immortal spirits, solemnly affirms that every guilty soul must arise and become its own Saviour.

It ignores the degrading conception of a partial and vindictive God and substitutes the worship of an infinite, eternal and all perfect Spirit, an Alpha and Omega, all love, Wisdom and Law.

It demolishes the absurd and materialistic conception of the theological Heaven and Hell; making each a state of happiness or misery dependant upon the good or evil within the soul itself.

It is the death blow to superstition, sectarianism and religious persecution but the friend and promoter of all reforms that tend to elevate and benefit humanity.

Whist Spiritualism proclaims that there is a standard of truth in everything, it acknowledges man’s incapacity to discover all truth and therefore it fetters no-one’s opinions and teaches but never enforces its beliefs on anyone.

Concerning all spiritual life, state and being, Spiritualism accepts no theories that are not sustained by proven facts and corroborative testimony.

Its phenomena – all being based upon immutable principles of law – opens up endless avenues of new research for science and its consensus of revelations, being founded upon facts, tends to place true religion on the basis of science and vitalises science with all that is true and practical in religion.

Spiritualism is a ceaseless incentive to practice good; it reunites the friends separated by death; strengthens the weak and desolate by the presence of Angel guidance and protection; cheers the afflicted with the certainty of another and better world, where justice will be done and every wrong will be righted.

Spiritualists have no creed but mostly unite in affirming the following simple principles:-

The Fatherhood of God.
The Brotherhood of Man.
The Immortality of the Soul and its personal characteristics.
The proven facts of Communion between departed Human Spirits and mortals
Personal Responsibility.
Compensation and Retribution hereafter for all good and evil deeds done on earth.
Eternal progress open to every Human Soul.

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