The Beliefs of the Unity School of Christianity, the New Age Movement, & Transcendental Meditation

FOUNDER: Charles (1854-1948) and Myrtle (1845-1931) Fillmore. Founded 1889 in Kansas City, Missouri. Headquarters in Unity Village, Missouri. FOUNDER: Based on Eastern mysticism, Hinduism, and paganism. Popularized in part by actress Shirley MacLaine (1934) in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Beliefs vary. FOUNDER: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (b 1917). Founded 1955-1958 in India, based on Hinduism and Karma yoga. Headquarters in the Netherlands. Also called, ‘World Plan Executive Council.’
WRITINGS: Unity magazine. Lessons in Truth, Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, the Bible (not as reliable, interpreted with “hidden” meanings). WRITINGS: No holy book. Use selected Bible passages; I Ching; Hindu, Buddhist, and Taoist writings; and Native American beliefs. Writings on astrology, mysticism, and magic. WRITINGS: Hindu scriptures, including the Bhagavad-Gita. Meditations of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Science of Being, and the Art of Living. Other writings by the founder.
GOD: Invisible Impersonal power. “God” is interchangeable with “Principle,” “Law,” “Being,” “Mind,” “Spirit”. God is in everything, much as the soul is in the body. The spirit is reality: matter is not. GOD: Everything and everyone is God. God is an impersonal force or principle, not a person. People have unlimited inner power and need to discover it. GOD: Each part of creation makes up “God” (Brahman). A Supreme Being is not personal. All creation is divine; all is one.”
JESUS: Jesus was a man and not the Christ. Instead He had the Christ Consciousness. “Christ” is a state of perfection in every person. Jesus had lived many times before and was in search of His own salvation, Jesus did not die as a sacrifice for anyone’s sins. Jesus did not rise physically and will never return to earth in physical form. JESUS: Jesus is not the one true God. He is not a savior, but a spiritual model, and guru, and is now an “ascended master”. He was a New Ager who tapped into the divine power in the same way that anyone can. Many believe He went east to India or Tibet and learned mystical truths. He did not rise physically, but “rose” into a higher spiritual realm JESUS: Jesus is not uniquely God. Like all persons, Jesus had a divine essence. Unlike most, He discovered it. Christ didn’t suffer and couldn’t suffer for the people’s sins.
HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit is the law of God in action, “the executive power of both Father and Son.” A “definite” thought in the mind of man. HOLY SPIRIT: Sometimes a psychic force. Man is divine and can experience psychic phenomena such as contacting unearthly beings. HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit is not part of this belief.
SALVATION: By recognizing that each person is as much a Son of God as Jesus is. There is no evil, no devil, no sin, no poverty, and no old age. A person is reincarnated until he learns these truths and becomes “perfect.” SALVATION: Need to offset bad karma with good karma. Can tap into supernatural power through meditation, self awareness, and “spirit guides”. Use terms as “reborn” for this self awareness. SALVATION: Human have forgotten their inner divinity. Salvation consists of doing good in excess of evil on order to evolve to the highest state (final union of the self with Brahman) through reincarnation.
DEATH: Death is a result of wrong thinking. One moves to a different body (reincarnation) until enlightenment. No heaven or Hell. DEATH: Human reincarnation occur until person reaches oneness with God. No eternal as resurrected person. No heaven or Hell. DEATH: Reincarnation based on Karma (reaping the consequences of one’s actions) until loss of self into union with Brahman. No heaven or Hell.
OTHER BELIEFS: Worship services in Unity churches. Counseling and prayer ministry (Silent Unity) by phone and mail. It is reported that Unity receives millions of prayer request annually. Unity devotions, such as Daily Word, are used by members of other religious groups and churches. Millions pf pieces of literature are printed each year.


OTHER BELIEFS: Can include yoga, meditation, visualization, astrology, channeling, hypnosis, trances, and tarot card readings. Use of crystals to get in harmony with God (Energy), for psychic healing, for contact with spirits, and for developing higher consciousness or other psychic powers. Strive for world unity and peace. Emphasis on holistic health. OTHER BELIEFS: Mentally recite a mantra (word associated with Hindu god). Meditate twice a day to relax and achieve union with Brahman. Maharishi University in “levitation” and “invisibility.” Practices include yoga, Hindu astrology, use of crystals, and idol worship (offerings of flowers, fruit, and cloth for Maharishi’s dead teacher, Guru Dev.

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