What Is Spiritualism?
Spiritualism is an officially recognized religion, with its own churches and educational centres. It has its own Ministers who possess the same rights and privileges as any other religion.
The philosophy of Spiritualism is based on seven fundamental principles:
Spiritualism is a religion that embodies the main ideas of all religions, that there is a life after death, immortality and the existence of a God.
The difference between Spiritualism and other religions is the ability, through mediumship, to prove that man survives physical death. Mediums are able to communicate with those who have died, thus furnishing conclusive evidence of the continuous existence of the human soul.
Spiritualism is a universal religion, the main focus of which is embodied in our fifth principle Personal Responsibility. We are given free will and the ability to distinguish between right and wrong, therefore we alone are responsible for all our thoughts and actions. In addition, we are our own judge here and now and we will receive compensation and retribution in accordance with our sixth principle.
We do not automatically become spiritual when we leave this world. We shall, in fact, retain our earthly characteristics. Opportunities are available throughout eternity to make spiritual progress, as both free will and personal responsibility are still relevant. Spiritualism is a progressive religion which can overcome materialistic influences.
"Because you are a spirit you survive death, and because you are a spirit you are alive today. The spirit within you, which causes you to live, is the same spirit that animates every member of every nation, of every race and of every colour. Spiritually, the people of the world are one. Spiritualism reveals the spiritual oneness of all mankind. God has made us all members of one vast spiritual family." Maurice Barbanell.
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