What We Believe

We who travel the Via Christa believe in Jesus the Christ as the first and only Begotten Son of God, who is the Messiah appointed to open the way of salvation from sin and error on earth. While mainstream Christianity follows Jesus through the Crucifixion to his Resurrection, we follow Christ all the way into complete Ascension.

We define a "church" as a building, a congregation, or a religious sect. The Society of the Universal Living Christ, to which we belong, is not a physical structure, but a non-sectarian congregation for prayer and religious study, focused on living life as Jesus the Christ taught us to do through the ensample of his own life on earth.

The Bible, both the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and the New Testament, is our chief textbook. While we believe that that our Bible was divinely inspired, we also understand that it has undergone numerous revisions, editing (redaction), deletions and insertions into the text over its 2,000+ year history. The Bible's editors were all human, and thus, subject to error in opinion and prejudice, as are we, and this is our "opinion."

We are not literalists in our beliefs. Always, we prefer to ponder what Jesus said, as recorded in the Gospels first, before choosing a way propounded by any Gospel or Epistle writer. While we have included some of the Apocryphal Gospels, we reserve opinion on the degree of their divine inspiration, while using them to ponder the revealed divine truth.

On the Via Christa, we believe in the veracity of two doctrines that are not currently mainstream in Western thought, although they were in ancient times and still are in the East: The doctrine of many lives, and the doctrine of absolute personal responsibility and accountability, with its related law of correspondence or reciprocity.

Under the doctrine of many lives, you live as many lives as it takes to learn your lessons and to apply divine law perfectly. In the Eastern world, they call this reincarnation. We believe that Jesus of Nazareth, who became Jesus the Christ when he voluntarily endured the Cross, lived as many lives as it required for him to overcome the gravitational pull of materialism in a physical body. This is why we know we can follow him all the way Home.

On the Via Christa, the doctrine of absolute personal responsibility and accountability holds that although Jesus Christ may have "died for your sins," this does not grant you permission to continue in error, sin, to think thoughts, commit acts, or to say words that wound another.

The law of correspondence, or reciprocity, includes such scriptural laws as "as you sow, so shall you reap," which implies that if you do "bad" things, the "bad" will return to you, just as will the "good." In the Orient, they call this the doctrine of karma, which is a Sanskrit word meaning "to carry over."

On the Via Christa, karma is spiritual debt, which you create through unwise choices. You invest life sparks of your own soul substance when you choose to do wrong, even inadvertently. You must redeem that substance until you redress the balance of divine justice. You never owe debts to other people, but to God's law and His balance scales.

Top ↑

Edna Miriam Lister
1884 –1971
The original Pioneering Mystic
minister, teacher, and author

Edna Lister

Related Topic

See Articles of Faith

Search Our Site