The Seven Principles of Spiritualism
As it is with the majority of Spiritualists around the world today, so it is with Centre Christian Spiritualist Church; we accept, believe in, and promote the Seven Principles of Spiritualism as a solid foundation to establishing a Spiritualist way of life.
Seven Principles of Spiritualism
1. The Fatherhood of God.
2. The Brotherhood of man.
3. The communion of spirits and the ministry of angels.
4. The continuous existence of the human soul.
5. Personal responsibility.
6. Compensation and retribution hereafter for all the good and evil deeds done on earth.
7. Eternal progress open to every human soul.
A Brief Synopsis of The Seven Principles of Spiritualism
The Fatherhood of God
The core belief of the religious philosophy of Spiritualism is the acceptance of a Divine Energy. This force, whatever name given to it, has created all there is and sustains all its creation. The ‘Spirit of God’ exists within and around everything. It is within all of us: we are all children of God so are part of one family. We acknowledge God as our Father.
The Brotherhood of Man
We are all part of the universal creative force and therefore one family in God. The operation of true Brotherhood throughout the word would create betterment to the lives of many, bringing equality, security and peace. Spiritualists try to understand the needs of others and help all people regardless of race, colour or creed
The Communion of Spirits and the Ministry of Angels
Communion with divine energy is a natural and essential part of existence. Communication between Spirit itself and its creations is an inbuilt ability. Spiritualists use this ability for communication directly, or via a medium, between those in the spirit world and ourselves. This is not supernatural; it is a normal activity. The main purpose of communication with the spirit world is to provide the evidence which supports our philosophy. The Ministry of Angels brings enhanced wisdom to enlighten the individual, society and the world in which we live. This includes those who are dedicated to the welfare and service of mankind bringing inspiration guidance and healing.
The Continuous Existence of the Human Soul
Spirit is part of the ‘Creative Force’ and thus indestructible. Energy cannot be destroyed; it can only change its form. After death the physical body is left behind whilst the soul continues to exist in a different dimension that we call the spirit world. The individual personality continues unchanged by the event we call ‘death’.
In His wisdom, God has given us enormous potential; we can use that potential to improve our own lives and the lives of others. We have the ability to make decisions throughout our lives as we see fit. What each of us makes of our life is our Personal Responsibility no one can replace or override that right. No other person or influence can put right our wrong doings.
Compensation and Retribution Hereafter for all the Good and Evil Deeds done on Earth
This Principle expresses the natural law of ‘cause and effect’. This law operates now, on earth, as well as in the spirit world. As we move through life making choices, the outcome of those choices affects our soul growth. When we leave this earthly life there will be no divine judgement. We will have the opportunity to reassess, take stock and decide what might have been done differently.
Eternal Progress open to every Human Soul
Eternity does not begin at death; Progress is open to all now! Any action, or intent to change, to promote soul growth and progression, creates a positive reaction. There will always be the opportunity to develop and move forward, no one is ever deprived of the all embracing love of God.
*** An individual's Religion and Beliefs are a very personal matter, we do not ask or demand you accept or believe all that we say, rather, what we suggest is that you study the literature and interpret the Philosophy and Teachings of Spiritualism according to your own level of awareness and understanding, and create a foundation for developing a personal philosophy with the aim of bringing about a transformation of your own spiritual qualities, morals and ethics for the betterment of yourself and to the benefit of all in your life and the wider community.
The practical application of Spiritualism is the supreme necessity for all of us to lead the best kind of life we can on earth, to practice qualities of compassion and kindness and to give service wherever we can.
The origins and concept of the Seven Principles came through Emma Hardinge Britten's mediumship whilst in trance state. Guidance received from the Spirit World by Emma inspired her to utilise teachings given by the eminent philanthropist, Robert Owen, to provide a basis of suitable guidelines and principles to follow in our daily lives. The Principles are equally important to assist us on our own Spiritual pathway.