Do You Know What We Believe?
by Rev. V. Stanford Hampson
We believe in the practical application in everyday life of the principles of Truth taught and exemplified by Jesus Christ.
We believe God, divine Mind, is the source and creator of all. There is no other enduring power.
We believe we are spiritual beings, ideas in the Mind of God—created in His image and after His likeness. This Inner Christ nature is the real of every human being and is the source from which all life takes shape and form in our lives.
We believe Jesus was a person in history who expressed perfection and thereby demonstrated the Christ. We follow His example in word and deed.
We believe ideas are the realities of the universe, behind all results.
We believe mind is primary and causative, affecting the results in all matter.
We believe healing is ever possible because the idea of life is the Christ reality within and ideas are transcendent over matter.
We believe sin and moral evil are largely the result of ignorance and selfishness and much of what we call evil is simply our perspective at the moment. All limitation in expression is in motion to eventually demonstrate more of the divine ideal.
We believe all people are related in spirit and are emanations of the divine Father/Mother beingness of God. We respect the symbols of all religion and seek to go beyond these symbols to the universal presence that they represent.
We believe in practicing the presence of God, that we can consistently grow in a greater awareness of His power in our lives.
We believe in the eternality of every soul, without beginning or end.
We believe the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” should be the standard of action among all people.
We believe we live, move, and have our being in God-Mind, also that God-Mind lives, moves, and has being in us.
We believe that, to the extent we are conscious of this God-Mind, our lives take on power and authority, peace, and love.
We believe in the integrity of the soul, that it does not need outer aids or material objects to reinforce faith and bring forth the divine potential.
We believe God’s peace is the reality in every soul, and as each one claims this peace, it can be manifest in world affairs.
We believe all people are children of God, loved by Him without exception.
We believe the presence of god includes abundance of all good things—health, prosperity, happiness—and as we attune ourselves to Source, we will experience the abundance of these good things.
We also believe that, as God’s hands in this three-dimensional world, we have social responsibility to involve ourselves in bringing forth prosperity and right action in the lives of all people.
We believe God speaks directly in every one of us as we do not need intermediaries of any kind. We believe God’s way of revealing Himself to us as natural and easy, without unusual phenomena. We can, anyone at anytime, be still and know the presence of God, which is not complicated or extraordinary.
We believe in the one presence and the one power of God the good omniscient, and the emphasis of our attention is on the invisible presence of God. Therefore our lives, while embracing the opulence of Spirit, emphasize that which is simple and natural as a means of keeping us close to Source and not over involved in the materialistic aspect of God’s presence.