Society of Friends
God has existed
since before anything else was created. God has created everything
else that exists. God will exist when everything else has come to
God did not just
set the world spinning then step back to watch what would happen "by chance."
He has created each one of us, in his image, and given each of us a Light,
by which to find our way, "that was the true Light, which lighteth
every [person] that cometh into the world." John 1:9
" For this is the covenant
that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord;
I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and
I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people"
"And they shall not teach
every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord:
for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest." He 8:11
"But the Comforter,
which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall
teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever
I have said unto you." Jo 14:26
"But the anointing
which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any
man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and
is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide
in him." 1Jo 2:27
God has planted
God has planted His divine seed in each of
8:10 s divine seed in
which, if nurtured and cultivated
carefully, will bear good fruit. By this seed, if we are humble
and attentive, Christ will come to us and tell us how to live His gospel!
"But ye shall receive power,
after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto
me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost
part of the earth.witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea,
and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Ac
We who believe in him and
accept him as Lord are the living stones of his church, with Christ as
the head of the corner.
He is our shepherd, our
redeemer, our bishop, our guide, our Light, our Savior.
“In silence, without rite
or symbol, we have known the Spirit of Christ so convincingly present in
our quiet meetings." God does not dwell in temples made with human
hands. We are his temples. By His seed, Jesus Christ, He dwells
in us. We are to keep our bodies clean and holy.
Christ has mercy to forgive
our sins if we repent and reform. Christ has power to trample the
serpent and to deliver us from Satan's power in this life.
The Bible contains words
and wisdom inspired by the Holy Spirit. We can understand the Bible's
lessons only when we are ourselves inspired by the Holy Spirit.
The word of God is Christ,
who has been with God from the beginning and by whom all things have been
Christ, the seed of God,
is here with us and in us.
Christ is the way to God.
To follow him, we embrace the cross, upon which we yield our worldly lives,
to take up our eternal lives of virtue and obedience.
“In silence, without rite
or symbol, we have known the Spirit of Christ son convincingly present
in our quiet meetings that his grace dispels our faithlessness, out unwillingness,
our fears, and sets our hearts aflame with the joy of adoration. We have
thus felt the power of the Spirit renewing and recreating our love and
friendship for all our fellows. This is our Eucharist and our Communion.”
London Yearly Meeting, 1928
We do not come to these
beliefs by studying and reciting them, but by being convinced of them by
personal experience through the Christ, the Word of God.
Our emphasis is not on the
profession of our beliefs but in living faithfully in the Light and Power
Church - the Body of Christ.
“The church is no other thing but the society, gathering or company of
such as God hath called out of the world, and wordly spirits, to walk in
his light and life. The church, then, so defined, is to be considered,
as it comprehends all that are thus called and gathered truly by God, both
such as are yet in this inferior world, and such as having already laid
down their earthly tabernacle, are passed into their heavenly mansions,
which together do make up the one Catholic church... Out of which church
we freely acknowledge there can be no salvation: because under this church...are
comprehended all, and as many, of whatsoever nations, kindred, tongue,
or people they be, though ourwardly strangers, and remote from those who
profess Christ and Christianity in words, and have the benefit of the Scriptures,
as become obedient to the holy light, and testimony of God, in their hearts...There
may be members therefore of this Catholic church both among heathens, Turks,
Jews and all the several sorts of Christians, men and women of intergrity
and simplicity of heart, who...are by the secret touches of this holy light
in their souls enlivened and quickened, thereby secretly united to God,
and there-through become true members of this Catholic church” (Robert