The branding research found that the mere mention of Christianity closes many people off to the things we offer that could provide healing in their lives. How do we share our truth principles? Especially with those who have been unhappy as members of other Christian communities adhering to different interpretations of the gospel message? How do we answer the question, “Is Unity a Christian church?”
Below are short answers for questions asked by those seeking more information about our teachings. They reveal a Unity perspective on our relationship to Jesus, Christ and other terms.
We believe that Jesus fully expressed his divine potential and sought to show humankind how to express ours as well. We see Jesus as a master teacher of universal truths and as our Way Shower. In Unity, we use the term Christ to mean the divinity in humankind. Jesus is the great example of the Christ in expression.
God is Spirit, the loving source of all that is. God is the one power, all good, everywhere present. God is divine energy, continually creating, expressing and sustaining all creation and all wisdom. In God, we live and move and have our being. In Unity, some other ways we speak of God are Life, Light, Love, Substance, Principle, Law and Universal Mind.
Unity co-founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore studied the Bible as history and allegory and interpreted it as a metaphysical representation of humankind's evolutionary journey toward spiritual awakening. In addition, Unity recognizes that the Bible is a complex collection of writings compiled over many centuries. We honor the writings as reflecting the understanding and inspiration of the writers at the time they were written. The Bible continues to be a valuable spiritual resource for us.
The Nature of Humankind
We are each individual, eternal expressions of God. Our essential nature is divine and therefore inherently good. Our purpose is to express our divine potential as realized and demonstrated by Jesus and other master teachers. The more we awaken to our divine nature, the more fully God expresses in and through our lives.
Prayer and Meditation
Affirmative prayer is the highest form of creative thought. It includes the release of counterproductive, negative thoughts, as well as holding in mind statements of spiritual truth. Through meditation, we experience the presence of God. Prayer and meditation heighten our awareness and thereby transform our lives.
· Heaven is not a place, but a state of consciousness; we create our own heaven and hell here and now.
· We all have an innate capacity to know God through direct experience.
· The “Christ” is that part of God that is in every person. There is divinity within all people, just as there was in Jesus.
· Prayer works.
· We are here to set a positive example and be a role model for others.
· We are here to make the world a better place.