What We Believe

Practical Spiritual teachings - What We Believe at Unity of Arlington

Unity Provides Practical Spiritual Teachings

Practical spiritual teachings What does Unity teach

  • We help people live healthy, prosperous, and meaningful lives.
  • We believe the power of affirmative prayer works.
  • We help people discover and live their spiritual purpose and highest potential.
  • We help people develop a deeper connection to God.

Unity Provides a Positive Alternative 

  • We provide a spiritual philosophy that is love-based, not fear-based. 
  • We provide an alternative to negative religious experiences.
  • We honor all positive paths that lead to God.
  • We believe in making the world a better place.

Unity is part of the New Thought movement, founded in 1889

The Five Basic Principles of UnityThe Five Principles by Rev. Ellen Debenport Unity Beliefs

Principle 1:
There is only one Presence and one Power in the Universe and in my life, God the Good.

Principle 2:
Human beings have a spark of divinity within them, the Christ spirit within. Their essence is of God, and therefore they are also inherently good.

Principle 3:
Human beings create their experiences by the activity of their thinking. Everything in the manifest realm has its beginning in thought.

Principle 4:
Prayer is creative thinking that heightens the connection with God Mind and therefore brings forth wisdom, healing, prosperity, and everything good.

Principle 5:
Knowing and understanding the laws of life, also called Truth, are not enough. A person must live the truth he or she knows.

Other Unity beliefs and teachings

What we believe about Jesus

We see Jesus as a Master Teacher and WayShower of Universal Truths.
We believe that Jesus expressed his Divine Potential and sought to show humanity how to express ours as well.

In Unity, the term "Christ" means the Divinity within all humanity. Jesus is the great example of Christ Consciousness in expression. Unity teaches that the spirit of God lived in Jesus, just as it lives in every person. Each individual has the potential to be more Christ-like in everyday life.

How we understand the Bible

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 sacred resource for us. Scripture comes alive when when it is understood as a clear and helpful guide that can be applied for today's experiences.

What we believe about Heaven & Hell

Heaven and Hell are states of consciousness. We believe that Heaven and Hell are not physical locations, but states of consciousness. We make our own heaven or hell here and now by our thoughts, words, and deeds.

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