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Unity School of Christianity

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Transcript of Unity School of Christianity

Their Teachings
Unity School of Christianity
Source of Authority
Their own authority.
Also, in a sense, the Holy Spirit
Daily word; Wee Wisdom (publication for children)
Unity; Progress Weekly Unity
Good Business
Unity Magazine
Mysteries in Genesis
Christian Healing
The latter 2 are by Charles Fillmore
"What Unity Teaches" by Elizabeth S. Turner
The Adventure Called Unity (by Charles R. Fillmore [grandson of Charles & Myrtle Fillmore])
The Bible is simply "another book of Scripture"
The Bible is widely quoted but not believed to be the exclusive source of authority.
Who is God?
Charles Fillmore in his book, "Jesus Christ Heals", says that “God is not loving. God is love . . . from which is drawn forth all feeling, sympathy, emotion, and all that goes to make up the joys of existence.”
God is not a personal being but an energy or force that expresses itself as a pantheistic love that permeates from all things.
Unity considers God as an idea or a power, rather than a Person.
Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus is a master teacher of universal truths and the Way-Shower in Unity teachings
They believe that Jesus the man is fundamentally different from Jesus the Christ.
“Christ is the universal principle of love and wisdom. Christ is the only Son of God, but this only Son of God lives in each one of us.”
They claim that Jesus was merely a perfect man who fully possessed the Christ principle, which He obtained by advancing "through many reincarnations"
The only mention of the Holy Spirit in Unity's statement of beliefs refers to spiritual baptism signifying the inflow of the Holy Spirit. Unity says the "spirit of God" lives within each person.
Unity School of Christianity denies the Trinity, the deity of Jesus, the personality of the Holy Spirit.
Unity believes that the Holy Spirit isn't a person, but is the creative activity of God.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
Salvation
"Salvation is now," according to Unity, not something that happens after death. Unity teaches that each individual produces salvation when they turn from negative thoughts to positive thoughts.
Unity says: "Salvation is finally attained when the cycle of rebirth is broken and man comes to birth no more. The true spiritual body is to replace the physical body and the man becomes like Christ. This is to be done on earth ... eternal life means conscious existence in the body."
Founders
Charles Fillmore (Born August 22, 1854)
Born in St. Cloud, Minnesota
Known as an American mystic for his intuitive guidance and his contributions to allegorical (symbolic) interpretations of Scripture.
An ice-skating accident when he was 10 broke Fillmore's hip and left him with longtime physical challenges.
In his early years, despite little formal education, he studied Shakespeare, Tennyson, Emerson and Lowell as well as works on spiritualism, Eastern religions and the occult.
In the mid-1870s, he met his future wife, Myrtle Page, in Denison, Texas, .
After losing his job there, he moved to Gunnison, Colorado, where he worked at mining and real estate.
Teachings Continued
The five basic ideas that make up the Unity belief system are:
1) God is the source and creator of all. There is no other enduring power. God is good and present everywhere.
2) We are spiritual beings, created in God's image. The spirit of God lives within each person; therefore, all people are inherently good.
3) We create our life experiences through our way of thinking.
4) There is power in affirmative prayer, which they believe increases our connection to God.
5) Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them.
Founders Continued
Myrtle Fillmore (Born August 6, 1845)
Myrtle was the eighth child (of nine) of an Ohio businessman-farmer.
Born Mary Caroline Page, she adopted the name Myrtle in early childhood and used it the rest of her life.
Her parents were strict Methodists, but Myrtle rejected their puritanical teachings.
She contracted tuberculosis at a young age.
At the age of 21, Myrtle enrolled in the Literary Course for Ladies at Oberlin College.
After graduating in 1867, she taught in Clinton, Missouri.
She spent the next 13 years there, she spent a year in Denison, Texas, hoping to recover from tuberculosis.
Their Influences
Holy Spirit Continued
The Holy Spirit is the executive power of both Father and Son carrying out the plan.
For Unity, the Holy Spirit is working individually through those who study Scripture and listen within is the final authority in spiritual awakening. Therefore, it is not the written documents which are the authority, but the Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit is the third member of the Trinity, and it is the “executive power” that carries out the creative plan. The Holy Spirit creates a desire toward holiness in a person.
Jesus Christ Continued
"Jesus represents man and Christ represents God in man.” Unity distorts Christ as the Messiah and renders Him as a “universal principle of love” that resides in all of humanity simply waiting to be discovered through self-consciousness.
The pantheistic nature of Unity:
"We know that this Christ principle indwells every individual, no matter what his religious beliefs may be. . . . We give thanks for the realization of the mystical Christ, for the Christ consciousness alive in our life."
After Death
Heaven and Hell:
The Unity site declares that "Heaven and Hell are states of consciousness, not geographical locations."
We make our own heaven or hell here and now by our thoughts, words, and deeds.
Unity is one of the most dangerous cults, because it deceives followers into thinking that they will never have to face the living God of the Bible.
Strange Beliefs or Practices
In 1886, Charles and Myrtle attended New Thought classes held by Dr. E. B. Weeks.
Myrtle subsequently recovered from chronic tuberculosis and attributed her recovery to her use of prayer and other methods learned in Weeks' classes.
Later on, Charles began to heal from his childhood accident, a development that he, too, connected with the following of this philosophy.
Charles Fillmore became a devoted student of philosophy and religion and sooner on, convinced Myrtle of the teachings.
God is Divine Energy, continually creating, expressing and sustaining all creation.
In
God, we live and move and have our being
Some other ways they speak of God are Life, Light, Love, Substance, Principle, Law and Universal Mind.
They explain, "God is Spirit, or the creative energy which is the cause of all visible things. God is not a being or person having life, intelligence, love or power. God is invisible and intangible, but very real, something we call life. "
God Continued
Unity's doctrines are a collection of borrowed teachings from different religions and philosophies -- Hinduism, Spiritism, Theosophy, Christian Science, and Christianity.
The focus of Unity's teachings is a "health and wealth" philosophy which is popular to many proclaiming Christian churches today.
Unity has given a metaphysical meaning to the word "trinity"; they say the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit refer to "mind, idea, and expression."
Salvation Continued
Simplified--
Salvation happens whenever we turn our thoughts from fear, anxiety, worry, and doubt to thoughts of love, harmony, joy, and peace.
Salvation is the state reached when a person has passed through a series of stages in order to realize full “Christ-consciousness.”
Generally, Unity teaches reincarnation as a step toward immortality.
Other than that, there's nothing "strange" or exceptionally odd about what the Unity School of Christianity does.
Since they appear to be normal, other people won't think twice about what they tell them unless they're grounded in the Word.
They don't have the telltale signs of a cult even though they are one.
Bibliography
"Frequently Asked Questions." Unity. N.p., n.d. Web. May 2015.
"History." Unity. N.p., 04 Oct. 2011. Web. May 2015.
"Unity School Of Christianity." AllAboutCults.org. N.p., n.d. Web. May 2015.
"What Is the Unity Church / Unity School of Christianity?" GotQuestions.org. N.p., n.d. Web. May 2015.
Zavada, Jack. "Unity Christian Beliefs and Practices." N.p., n.d. Web. May 2015.
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