Equality is an agreement of things in dimensions, quantity or quality; likeness; similarity in regard to two things compared; the same degree of dignity or claims; as the equality of men in the scale of being; an equality of rights; evenness; uniformity. Equal is having the same quantity, measure, or value as another.Oxford English Dictionary

“Heaven is a place of degrees; each is on his proper degree…no lasting equality exists, but all have an equal right to ascend.”

Equality is a virtue of character and a Via Christa Degree. Equality, with Honor and Morality, forms the first lesser trinity of Via Christa Degrees, whose keynote is Responsibility.

Edna Lister on Equality

Liberty, equality, and fraternity compose freedom.—Edna Lister, March 16, 1935.

The whole of anything is equal to the sum of all its parts, therefore, the nature of the whole is in some measure present in all its parts.—Edna Lister, The Theory of Knowing, October 21, 1935.

Each soul has equality in God, yet our souls’ life-expression is unequal because we choose as we will.—Edna Lister, Gentle Firmness, January 9, 1938.

You are free to choose your own path; allow all others equal choice in their own direction.—Edna Lister, August 15, 1938.

Everyone has the equal right to advance, to progress, to grow, to achieve.—Edna Lister, Victory at What Price? July 5, 1942.

The graciousness and loveliness of the Lord Jesus Christ is adequate and equal to anything when it possesses the soul.—Edna Lister, July 2, 1945.

God is everywhere evenly present and available, so all are equal in His eyes. Inequality rests in the present degree of development of each individual.—Edna Lister, February 10, 1947.

We all advance with equal rights.—Edna Lister, May 26, 1947.

We will never have complete equality but all have the equal right to advance.—Edna Lister, July 1, 1948.

We all have equality in our birthright. What we do with our twenty-four hours a day, how we color it, is our choice; we are equal in no other way. All have equal rights in use of faith, the Love and Light of God. We all have the equal right to advance.—Edna Lister, September 3, 1949.

God gives us eyes with which to see and we stand as equals under eternal law. We will ascend just as far as we want to make ourselves responsible, want to release Power, live in the high place and use our equipment to see and hear spiritually.—Edna Lister, To Seek the Light, June 10, 1951.

God created all equal in His sight to advance and to have twenty-four-hour access to the stream of life.—Edna Lister, July 27, 1951.

Inequalities exist because no two souls are the same; each occupies a different step of initiation. No two souls release the same quality or quantity of Light. A soul, about to be born to the body, descended to a room filled with tapers to use to light the way to earth. Many were in such a hurry that they dashed to earth without taking a light; some took a single taper. A few took time to weave a torch and were called light bearers. Some choose to invoke their Light, but others do not.—Edna Lister, Ye Are Gods, November 30, 1952.

The reason for life’s inequalities, depends on how you spend your hours. Once you find the how, the why becomes easy to see. How you spend time will predict your future, and even your end. The outline you use for each day’s hours totals the results of the day. Each hour is a brick you use to build your own future. If you fill them with all kinds of emotional strains and vain imaginings, with worry, doubt, fear and self-pity — or just let them pass by unnoticed, unfilled with anything worthwhile — then the past absorbs all their golden, shining light and you send them into eternity as blotches on the face of time. Doing nothing leaves the hours grayed-out. Doing the wrong thing leaves them blackened and floating around somewhere waiting for you to fill them with Light. Each hour you spend must return to you under the law of hours, a great law of life. All misspent hours will haunt you at some future date, when you fully understand this law.—Edna Lister, Time, the Adjuster of Life, 1954.

Souls who have slid from their foundation in principle want to make everyone conform to one level; they have avoided the responsibility of Ascension before and are avoiding it now. Our only equality is in breathing, nothing more.—Edna Lister, Your Life’s Goal,30, 1954.

We are all equal in our ability to serve, to surrender, to be obedient to divine law.—Edna Lister, Salvation Through Faith, July 10, 1955.

If we declare equal rights with God, we must become perfect as He is perfect. When we use Power, we are not equal with God, but merely display our squinched-up self.—Edna Lister, Aspiration, June 17, 1956.

Heaven is a place of degrees; each is on his proper degree and vibration. No lasting equality exists, but all have an equal right to ascend.—Edna Lister, November 5, 1956.

The amount of Power you release must equal the size of your idea.—Edna Lister, October 3, 1957.

We all stand equal in having twenty-four hours a day and the right to breathe. We are equal in our freedom to choose, but all occupy different degrees.—Edna Lister, The Point of No Return, December 15, 1957.

In one sense, all are equal: All are of the one God and all have equal rights to advance. However, the degree and kind of equality are dependent upon the individual choice.—Edna Lister, December 12, 1958.

Anyone can advance, yet you have no equal rights in anything until you earn the right to advance.—Edna Lister, May 28, 1959.

Equality is the equal right of all to become, conquer and return to God.—Edna Lister, What is Symbolism? October 6, 1959.

True equality comes with your Oneness with God. Liberty and equality are based on fraternity, or the unqualified Brotherhood of Man under God the Father. Equality is the equal right to become and advance. Earthly equality ends with air to breathe twenty-four hours a day, then equality depends on what you do. On the Via Christa, equality is accepting your responsibility.—Edna Lister, The 33 Degrees of Soul Conquering, October 20, 1959.

Repeatedly we are told that God made everyone equal. This is not so. All have an equal right to become, equality in a chance to choose a goal and climb to it, but no equality exists in experience or growth. The only true equality is in the divine spark God has given to each. We have equal opportunity. There is no other equality under God, just divine difference.—Edna Lister, How Did I Get Here? May 15, 1962.

Your work must equal the Power flowing through you.—Edna Lister, April 27, 1963.

New Testament on Equality

For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago. Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have. For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality: as it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.—2 Corinthians 8:9-15.

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Edna Miriam Lister
The original Pioneering Mystic,
Christian Platonist philosopher, American Idealist, Founder, Society of the Universal Living Christ, minister, teacher, author, wife, and mother.

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Etymology of equality: Latin equalitas, from equalis, "equal"; from aequus, "even, level."

Equality is a soul virtue.

Equality is a Via Christa Degree.


Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary, 2024.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

The Oxford English Dictionary: Compact Ed., 2 vols. E.S.C. Weiner, ed. Oxford University Press, 1971.

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