Independent Spiritualist Association
of the United States of America

Principle 1 Expanded

"Come For A Spiritual Experience."

EXPANDED DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES
[THE FOUNDATION BELIEFS COMMON TO ALL OUR MEMBER CHURCHES]

Expanded with comments by ISA Ministers
NOTE:  ISA Minister comments are their own and may not be universally accepted by the ISA. 
These comments are meant to stimulate your own inner processes to know what it TRUE FOR YOU. 
We each are responsible for our own beliefs and actions.
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1)    We believe in Infinite Intelligence

1)    We believe in God

 

Rev. Thomas Janssen:  "God is the ALL.  Nothing exists outside of God.  God is the Creative Force within the Universe/Creation.  The first question each must ask of their theology is, 'does God exist separate from His Creation?' This leads to other foundation questions: Is God inclusive or exclusive?  Does God seek to divide us or to unite us?  Does God promote life or seek to destroy it? Answer these questions and then find a theology that fits your answers.

God is not a physical being so what is God?  Energy?  Perhaps.  Some Eastern Philosophies declare that God is unknowable, therefore we can only begin to grasp some of the aspects of God.  The Hindus do this with the many gods they worship.  Their belief is not in many gods, but in many aspects of the unknowable God.  Intelligence is something we know to exist though we cannot measure it directly.  We use it, we grow it, it is definitely there.  To describe the underlying force behind all of Creation as Infinite Intelligence is as close a description we have within the limits of Human experience.  God not only caused the Universe to be created (the Big Bang) but God is the Creation.  Evolution does not deny God, it simply describes the unfolding of that Creation.

Within the laws of the Universe matter and energy can neither be created nor destroyed.  Man was created in the likeness and image of God.  God is the Creator of something from nothing.  When does Man do this?  Only when he has a new thought.  We even say to conceive a thought.  New ideas can be created and then will contribute, for good or ill, to the unfolding of our part of Creation."

Rev. Phillip Falcone:  "Intelligence is the ability to adapt.  Adaptation is also the process of evolving.  How does this fit with Infinite Intelligence?  Why would God have to adapt?  Free will is why Allah would have to adapt.  This also means that the Father changes according to your perception.  Infinite Intelligence is a belief, because human kind does not understand their relationship of the Universe and its subtle energies.  We know something is at play.  We just don’t know what it is.  The belief in Infinite Intelligence is honoring the mystery that shrouds nature of creation.”


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