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Old 26-01-2012, 01:10 PM
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So,have we all come to the conclusion that Spiritualism is counted as a religion?

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Old 26-01-2012, 02:32 PM
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So,have we all come to the conclusion that Spiritualism is counted as a religion?

Deepsea

I didn't need to reach that conclusion - I came to the thread already knowing it....

It was useful, though, to have someone else point out that the NSAC describes it in such a way. Appropriate, too, as Modern Spiritualism has its roots in Hydesville, New York, and much of the dissent on this issue came from members in the US.
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Old 26-01-2012, 05:06 PM
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Hi.
I allways say to people im into spiritual stuff, meaning I dont follow eny particular religion.
I believe spirit is guiding me now as I write.
The connotation of the word religion to me suggests rules, a hierarchy system and a very staid situation.
Im not saying you dont get that in spiritualist churches either .......

From your statement, you're saying that you are spiritual, meaning that things of the spirit are important in your life.

I can't tell from your statement whether or not you're a Spiritualist.

Most spiritual people aren't Spiritualists.

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Old 26-01-2012, 05:10 PM
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So,have we all come to the conclusion that Spiritualism is counted as a religion?

Deepsea

I agree that Spiritualism is a religion. For some people, it is THEIR religion.

But there are also people who consider themselves adherents of another religion - or of no religion - who engage in Spiritualistic practices.

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Old 26-01-2012, 05:19 PM
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I didn't need to reach that conclusion - I came to the thread already knowing it....

It was useful, though, to have someone else point out that the NSAC describes it in such a way. Appropriate, too, as Modern Spiritualism has its roots in Hydesville, New York, and much of the dissent on this issue came from members in the US.

Mac, how would you classify someone who regards himself as a Christian, or a follower of some other religion other than Spiritualism, but who also advocates or engages in Spiritualistic practices?

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Old 26-01-2012, 06:34 PM
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Mac, how would you classify someone who regards himself as a Christian, or a follower of some other religion other than Spiritualism, but who also advocates or engages in Spiritualistic practices?

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a Christian Spiritualist? That's what such folk may call themselves.... Don't know if there's a category for any other religion.

It's pretty easy for me, Jim. Spiritualism is fundamentally the understanding that life goes on beyond one's physical death and that through mediumship, those we call 'dead' may return to show they're still very much alive. If someone runs with that I don't much care what they call themself. Beyond those fundamentals I'd have to consider what's being espoused....

I've not responded to "....advocates or engages in Spiritualistic practices" as I don't have a clue what they are. I don't advocate or engage yet I see myself as a dyed-in-the-wool Spiritualist......
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Old 30-01-2012, 02:25 PM
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Simple question?

Is Spiritualism regarded as a Religion?
If it is.......why isn't it included in the telephone directories under the heading of 'Religion'?


Deepsea

I believe centuries ago Spiritualism was the only religion but, as man moved away from the Spirit because he couldnt duplicate or purchase an experience man began to teach their personal understanding because it made more sense but, man's sense is not Spiritual.. Centuries ago we knew from birth that we could communicate with the universe and was stronger and over centuries and centuries we were unprogrammed spiritually and thats why so many dont believe souls walk the earth or even how souls currently get in that situation due to hidden truth.

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Old 30-01-2012, 03:52 PM
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"I believe centuries ago Spiritualism was the only religion but, as man moved away from the Spirit because he couldnt duplicate or purchase an experience man began to teach their personal understanding because it made more sense but, man's sense is not Spiritual.. Centuries ago we knew from birth that we could communicate with the universe and was stronger and over centuries and centuries we were unprogrammed spiritually and thats why so many dont believe souls walk the earth or even how souls currently get in that situation due to hidden truth."

"Centuries ago we knew from birth that we could communicate with the universe....." It's a romantic notion but because we don't have any reliable, authenticated records of humankind's spiritual status all that time ago, it can't ever be anything other than a belief, idea or notion....

Not saying it's wrong, only that it can't be shown to be right.

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Old 30-01-2012, 04:43 PM
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I believe centuries ago Spiritualism was the only religion but, as man moved away from the Spirit because he couldnt duplicate or purchase an experience man began to teach their personal understanding because it made more sense but, man's sense is not Spiritual.. Centuries ago we knew from birth that we could communicate with the universe and was stronger and over centuries and centuries we were unprogrammed spiritually and thats why so many dont believe souls walk the earth or even how souls currently get in that situation due to hidden truth.

All The Glory Belongs To God Forever!

Don't quite understand how spiritualism was the only religion,Toolite.
Can you explain that me,please.
Was Spiritualism that ancient then?
Interesting concept.
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Old 30-01-2012, 06:17 PM
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I believe centuries ago Spiritualism was the only religion but, as man moved away from the Spirit because he couldnt duplicate or purchase an experience man began to teach their personal understanding because it made more sense but, man's sense is not Spiritual.. Centuries ago we knew from birth that we could communicate with the universe and was stronger and over centuries and centuries we were unprogrammed spiritually and thats why so many dont believe souls walk the earth or even how souls currently get in that situation due to hidden truth.

All The Glory Belongs To God Forever!

Deepsea, I'll bet that there isn't any category as "Religion" in your telephone directory: but that if you look under "Churches", you will find Spiritualist churches listed.

Toolite, there is much fod for thought in your statement! I believe that there's been an inverse correlation between mankind's progress in the scientific-material realm, and the spiritual one.

Many believe this is why so many Guides are American Indians: they lived a life more in harmony with nature and with spirit than did the more materially advanced Europeans who displaced them.
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