New Birth Christians
What do New Birth (or Divine Love) Christians believe?
There are a set of common beliefs that most New Birth Christians would accept. There are also some areas of disagreement. But the areas of disagreement are really unimportant, compared with our overall agreement as to how we should each progress ourselves spiritually, the necessity to do that, and the anticipated result.
We believe, that the human soul is the same, in this world and in the next, and that, with physical death, the human being, manifesting a spirit body, enters the spirit world to exist therein, and that the soul will continue to be purified, in time to come, until it reaches that plane in the spirit world called Paradise, or the Sixth Sphere.
We believe, that there is a Sphere beyond that of the Sixth Sphere, where human souls have reached a state of perfection and purification beyond which they can no longer aspire, and that this Sphere, referred to as the Seventh Sphere and the gateway to entrance into the Celestial Heavens, is only open to those souls transformed by the Divine Love of God. This Divine Love, bestowed upon our souls in response to earnest prayer, not merely purifies our souls but also transforms them into the Essence of the Creator, so that our souls are aware of, and in possession of, immortality. This is the salvation that Jesus taught as the Messiah of God, in contradistinction to the perfection of the human soul, as taught by prophets such as Moses, Buddha and Mohammed.
We believe, that the potentiality of receiving this Divine Love had been lost with the fall of our first parents. The true mission of Jesus, as the Christ, was to teach all humanity the fact that, with his own soul as evidence, God’s Love had once again been made available to humankind, and that immortality could now be obtained in our souls by accumulating God’s Divine Love through repeated prayers to Him for Its posession.
We believe, that the divinity of Jesus was made manifest in his divine soul, which became divine on earnest prayer to the Heavenly Father throughout his life, until he at last realized what his mission was; and that the Divine Love may now enter the soul of whosoever seeks It in earnest prayer and thereby receives It, through the ministrations of the Holy Spirit - that Energy of God which conveys His Love into the human soul.
We believe, that Jesus was thus born of Mary and Joseph in accordance with God’s Law for the reproduction of humankind, yet born of the Holy Spirit in the sense that it was this agency which brought so much of God’s Love into Jesus’ soul that he realized it was like unto the Heavenly Father’s in Essence, and knew that in that way he was the Christ.
We believe, that such rebirth of the human soul into a divine soul, as first experienced by Jesus through prayer to God for His Love, is the true meaning of the New Birth and the New Heart promised to humankind by God through the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel.
We believe, in God, as a real, personal God, the Heavenly Father, composed of Divine Love as His Essence, and all the wonderful Divine Virtues such as Goodness, Mercy, Kindness, Compassion and Patience, and eager to have His children turn to Him in earnest prayer to obtain His Love, so that our souls can be changed from human souls, the image of the Creator Soul, into divine souls filled to abundance with His Love and Essence through prayer to Him, in this world and in the next, throughout all eternity.
We believe, that God is One, Unique and Alone, Who has never appeared in the flesh in any guise or form, nor has ever manifested a spirit body, the vestment of the human soul after the death of the physical body. God is the Living Personality Divine, our Eternal Heavenly Father, Who is ever seeking the happiness of His children, and Whom we may know through our soul perceptions awakened by faith, prayer, and the inflowing of the Divine Love.
We believe, that sin is a violation of God’s Laws of Perfect Harmony, the penalty for which must be paid by our souls on entry into the spirit world, where, now a spirit and subject to God’s Spiritual Laws, our abode therein is determined by the condition of our souls. Hence the evil soul dwells in a place of suffering and darkness as it goes through a period of expiation until it achieves purity. The achievement of such purity is forgetfulness, or what has been called forgiveness. No soul purity may be achieved through any vicarious atonement, or shedding of blood, the relic of barbarous practices among primitive men, but only as we realize our errors and, repentant, seek reconciliation with God through prayer and undergo the period of purification.
We believe, that the condition of our souls is not fixed forever at the time of our death in the flesh, but that whether on earth or as a spirit, we may at any time turn to God and seek to be purified of sin, and that the great help in purification, and, indeed, in the converting our souls and their imperfections into divine souls like unto that of God in Essence, is through earnest prayer to God for His Divine Love and Mercy, so that we achieve At-onement with God and a place in His Kingdom, the Celestial Heavens, of which Jesus, the Messiah, is Master and Prince of Peace.
Where folks disagree, are on matters of evolution, and whether the soul as well as the human body was created. The majority tend to accept that the soul was created instantly, and the implantation of that soul instantly changed an animal into a human being. Others take what can be found in these messages to suggest that the human body was not an evolutionary product. This also comes down as to whether one accepts later corrections, through other mediums.
There is also a large group who are unwilling to accept any messages subsequent to James Padgett, or subsequent to Dr Samuels, and who discourage the practice of mediumship, on which these messages were founded. The history of these two churches is set out on this page.