One of the questions most often asked of Unity is, "What is Unity?"
We find that trying to answer this question meaningfully is an interesting challenge.
Can Make Life an Adventure
believe that Unity can make one's life an adventure because Unity arouses interest
in our spiritual nature. It whets our desire to find out what our true relationship
with God is. It poses questions to which we must seek understandable answers.
tells us that our minds are our connecting links with God, and that if we are
to control our spiritual growth and unfoldment, we must control our thinking.
Such statements are highly motivating to that part of the intellect that seeks
God Works for Good
this world of seeming turmoil, conflict, and unrest, Unity affirms the bold statement:
"We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who
are called according to his purpose." (Rom. 8:28). To some, this may sound
implausible, but it certainly makes one curious to find out the basis on which
such a statement can be made.
Religious Growth Is
a "Do-it-yourself Project"
says that other spiritually illumined people -- ministers, priests or religious
teachers -- can help one get started on the right path for finding God, but ultimately
each person must find God individually. In other words, Unity says true religious
growth is a "do-it-yourself project." Others can help you find a beginning:
books and lessons can get you started by pointing you in the right direction,
but if you truly want to know God, you must become acquainted with God yourself.
Unity Believes There is Good in Every Religion
does not emphasize formal membership and has never been preoccupied with gaining
converts merely for the sake of numbers. In fact, Unity says that one can subscribe
to its teachings and still retain membership in any other church. Unity's viewpoint
is that there need be no conflict of religious beliefs. Unity believes that there
is good in every religion and that we should keep our minds open so that we may
find that good when the opportunity is presented. In keeping with this attitude,
people of various religions the world over find good in the practical Christian
principles taught and promulgated by Unity. Unity has no strict creed or dogma.
One might describe Unity as a religious philosophy with an "open end,"
seeking to find God's truth in all of life, wherever it may be.
Do We Believe?
gave us freedom of choice. Unfortunately, we have used this freedom to bind ourselves
in chains of ignorance. As individuals, we have thrown up walls of self-incrimination
and guilt in our consciousness, thus cutting ourselves off from the abundant good
that God has in store for us. Collectively, people have built up false beliefs
about sin, sickness, and death, causing us to lose sight of the true meaning of
life, which is that we are all children of God. As such, it is our privilege,
in fact our very mission, to be heirs to God's kingdom.
Unity tells us that
the number and seriousness of our past mistakes do not matter to God. God holds
no grudges and has no account book. For those of us who have gone astray, who
have wandered down the wrong pathway, Unity says that there is no depth to which
we can sink where God cannot find us, that God is ever ready to give us a helping
hand if we sincerely wish to be lifted up.
Law of Giving and Receiving"
teaches us that there is a divine law of prosperity, by means of which we can
avail ourselves of the riches of the kingdom of heaven. By getting in rhythm with
"the law of giving and receiving," as it is often called, we can demonstrate
unlimited supply to meet all our needs. The secret is that we must learn to become
open, receptive, responsive, and obedient to the law so that we make ourselve
channels for the inflow and outflow of God's good.
Uniity assures us that
if just one person has learned the secret of successful living, then anyone can,
because "God is no respecter of persons" (Acts 10:34 KJV).
is an adventure because it teaches us how to pray affirmatively. Our prayer ministry,
Silent Unity, has been answering requests for prayer from all over the world since
1890. A group of dedicated people is in prayer 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Have they learned how to help other people pray? I wish you could see the thousands
of testimonials Silent Unity receives!
in its purest form is simple. It is a matter of concentrating one's entire intellect
on God, affirming a positive statement of truth, meditating on divine principle,
and finally turning within one's own being in a wonderful time of quiet that Unity
calls "the silence," wherein one becomes receptive to the "still,
small voice" of God.
Finally, Unity is an adventure because it brings
God and heaven right down to the here and now and makes God available as a full-time
partner in our daily living.
Even in this space age, we have a tendency
to visualize God on a golden throne, in a heaven with pearly gates, somewhere
off in "the far beyond." In times of trouble, some of us still pray
to a great man with long, white whiskers. We often betray our belief in an anthropomorphic
God when a seeming miracle happens in life, and say, "I owe it all to the
man upstairs," or "Somebody up there must love me!"
leading theologians realize that we must expand our thinking where God is concerned
if we are to keep the findings of science and religion compatible. Unity says
that "heaven can't wait." Too many people are putting heaven off until
sometime in the future. But it can't wait. It is around and about us here and
now, pressing in upon us, waiting for us to acknowledge and accept it. Each of
us is a unique, spiritual creation, a divine original with his or her own special
God-given spark, capable of becoming a channel for God's love to pour forth into
the world. That is God's plan. It is up to us to get into harmony with it.
Is Our Full-time Partner
life can be a thrilling adventure. Unity helps us on this magnificent journey
by arousing our curiosity about our spiritual nature, by telling us how to be
open and receptive to our good, by helping us learn to pray successfully, and
making God a full-time partner in our living.