God is all there is. God is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient. God, as Source and Substance, is the very Principle and Energy by which the universe and all in it exists and functions. Seeing God as Spirit, as Principle, not a person or being with gender, New Thought sometimes uses the term Father-Mother-God and the pronoun ‘It’. The term God is a placeholder of sorts, a term of convenience for referring to that which can't be named. Once you name something, you define it; God can't be defined. Therefore, we also refer to God as Universal Mind, Divine Mind, Divine Substance, Eternal Creator, etc. Traditional Christianity works on the idea of separation of God and Man. New Thought works on the idea of oneness, of God within.
Being made in God's image, humans are individual physical manifestations of the spiritual expression of God and are ever connected to God by the spark of divinity within each of us. As such, we are of a divine nature, inherently good and share in the creative nature of God through our consciousness. Our objective is to become aware of this inner divinity and live in the Christ consciousness of oneness with God as Jesus did.
Coming to know that spark of divinity within, Jesus was able to raise his consciousness to a level that fanned that spark into a flame, fully expressing the divinity that is inherent to everyone. That consciousness, that understanding, was his teaching, his message. Unfortunately, the message got confused with the messenger and the point of "working out our own salvation" by the "renewing of our minds" got lost in a belief of salvation through Jesus by merit of his blood rather than his message. He was not a mystic sacrifice by which we were atoned but rather the example by which we can become at-one with God, as he did. TOP
Since God as Principle is the only power in the Universe, there can be no true power of evil in opposition to It, which is what Satan represents. The same as we have anthropomorphized the principle of God, the concept of Satan is merely an anthropomorphic construct for the principle of error consciousness. It is a consciousness of doubt, fear and insecurity that occurs when we live in opposition to Divine Principle. Satan is merely the misuse, misapplication or misunderstanding of Divine Principle; it is that part of us that tries to deny or defy God; it is the ego of unregenerate man. As Walt Kelly said in the comic strip Pogo, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” TOP
Heaven and Hell are states of consciousness that we create with our thoughts. Being in oneness and living in the spiritual, regenerate mind of God, we create Heaven. Being in separation and living in the fleshy, unregenerate mind of man, we create Hell. TOP
Sharing in the creative nature of God through our consciousness, our every thought is a form of prayer. The thoughts we think and the words we speak send forth an energy of consciousness into the Divine Mind that co-creates our experience. By affirming the positive, we release negative thoughts and grow in the God consciousness of Truth. By transforming our thoughts and words, we transform our lives. TOP
While we do use the Bible as a primary text, we don't take it as ‘infallible’. We see it as being translated through not just language, but time and culture, in which misunderstandings have occurred. Nor do we take all of it literally. While there is history in it, much of it is allegoric expression that journals the expanding consciousness and spiritual understanding of people through the centuries.
While the Bible itself may be a ‘done deal’, we don’t limit spiritual truth to it alone. There are texts of the time which were known, but not included for whatever religious/political reasons. And, since consciousness and spiritual understanding continues to unfold, there are texts that have been written since that offer spiritual revelation and understanding that is just as valid. What makes the writings of Paul any more valid than the writings of H. Emilie Cady, Charles Fillmore or Ernest Holmes? We don't feel that God dictated through the hand of man only to a certain point, put a period and said, "Okay, that's it." God as Principle is ever unfolding in Its expression to us and in our understanding of it. TOP
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