God is First Cause, the
origin and Creator of all, the sustainer of all, and the truth of all that is. God is presence and principle; love and law;
life itself and the substance of all form. That is, in part, our concept of God, but because we believe God to be infinite,
we believe that no person can fully explain the nature of God.
word “bible” may be used to denote any one of many sacred books or scriptures associated with the various world
religions. When we speak of “The Bible” it is generally understood that they are making reference to the “Christian
Bible”. In our culture, bibles of other faiths are referred to by name; for example, the Islamic Bible is called the
“Koran” and the sacred scripture of ancient India is called the “Upanishad”. All forms of scripture
which endure, do so because they contain insights into the nature of life and humankind’s relationship to the Creator.
We accept the teachings and the example of Jesus. We do not deny the
Divinity of Jesus, but rather affirm the Divinity within all people, because God is the Creator of us all. We think of Jesus
as the great example rather than the great exception.
do not relate to the concept of needing a “savior”. With that understanding it can be said that the person who
helps mankind to be free from spiritual ignorance or emotional bondage is a “savior”. Jesus demonstrated the power
and effectiveness of living from the perspective of Oneness with the Creator.
is not a physical location, but rather a state of mind that reflects the knowledge of the presence of God. This can be a daily
experience when we come to understand our true relationship with God. The purpose of the New Thought teaching is to provide
us with that knowledge and understanding.
“heaven”, hell is a state of mind; a discordant state of being, a belief in duality, a sense of separation from
God. Hell is not a physical location. We believe that we create our own heaven or hell by our beliefs and our choices.
The original meaning of sin was simply to fall short or “miss the
mark “ of spiritual perfection. Sin is merely an activity that produces an undesirable effect in our lives. In other
words, we are punished by our sins, not for them; simply the law of cause and effect at work.. As soon as we stop the so-called
sinful activity its effect will cease as well. We can always set a new cause in motion and thereby have a different experience.
New Thought teaches that there is only one presence acting in the universe:
God. By definition God is Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient. If there is only one power, there is no power that can
oppose that one power. Evil then is not a power but the result of thoughts and actions of people who fail to recognize the
presence of God. Evil is a misuse of power.
we agree that God is Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient, logically there can be no opposing power, no devil. This idea
of God would mean that any ideas of an opposing power or devil would be the result of falsely held beliefs within our mind,
producing the appearance of some sinister invisible force, or being, acting in our lives. The devil is therefore a human creation
We do not think it is logical
that God creates life only then to condemn or destroy it. We teach that there is only One Power – God. It logically
follows that there is no opposing power (Devil). We also teach that life is an eternal unfoldment of the law of cause and
effect. Therefore, there would never be a time or place for a Final Judgment, hence, no Eternal Damnation.
punishment or reward for our actions is the subsequent natural and continual out-picturing of our thoughts and beliefs. As
individuals, we enjoy the freedom to choose our thoughts and beliefs. We, therefore, are always presented with the opportunity
to create “heaven on earth” or a “hellish” experience. But if we have brought great difficulties upon
ourselves, we are always free to choose again – to think differently and to lift ourselves, by our thinking to a new
and better circumstance. As we turn to God, as the Perfect Law, Love and Truth, the concept of a vengeful God capable of inflicting
“eternal damnation” simply has no room in our consciousness.
is an ancient eastern concept that literally means to “come back” and could be more appropriately called the Law
of Cause and Effect. Emerson called it the “Law of Compensation” and described its action as follows: “Within
every action lies the seed of some future consequence”. The seeds of which he speaks are the thoughts, beliefs and attitudes
that we unconsciously retain within our minds as the result of our actions. At some future date these seeds sprout within
our mind, and then out-picture themselves into our experience of Life. SPIRIT IS NOT BOUND BY PRECEDENT- as spiritual beings
we are capable of initiating new chains of causation. We do not have to live out the fruits of our past actions if we are
willing to change the nature of our thoughts, which are the seeds to our experience.
To incarnate means to give actual form, to embody in some living type. Reincarnate
means to incarnate, or take on flesh again. New Thought neither endorses nor rejects any particular theory or concept of reincarnation.
Regardless of the possibility of “past lives” the student is reminded that NOW is the only opportunity for creation
and experience. All power exists in the present moment. Time does not exist in the Mind of God. As we consider this idea,
all concepts of past and future lives lose their significance. It is perhaps more meaningful to consider that life goes on
(eternally) and to deal with what is before us in the present moment.
Thought teaches the eternality of life. It accepts that our physical bodies operate within a natural cycle of birth and death.
However, even though we may have a body, we are not just our body. What we really are is the Life that animates our body,
and that Life is infinite and immortal. As we become increasingly identified with our divine and eternal nature, our underlying
fear of death begins to dissolve and our experience of life becomes increasingly joyous.
New Thought recognizes the validity of many of the ancient divinatory practices such
as astrology, the Tarot, I Ching, etc. However, we neither teach nor endorse these practices. Furthermore, any psychic or
occult practice which undermines an individual’s free will or self-determination is discouraged. It should be understood
that all forms of prophecy are based on the assumption that an individual will make little or no change in present beliefs
and attitudes. Therefore, they will produce a future out-picturing of their current state of mind. However, since we are always
in the process of changing or expanding our minds to produce more desirable results, these predictive fortune telling methods
are of diminished value.