The Spiritist Doctrine
THE SPIRITIST DOCTRINE, CODIFIED by ALLAN KARDEC
SPIRITISM, a NEW ERA FOR HUMANITY
God, the Supreme Intelligence, First Cause of all things.
Jesus, our Guide and Model.
Kardec, The Fundamental Base
The Spiritist Doctrine or Spiritism — What it is
It is the set of laws and principles, as revealed by the Superior Spirits, contained in the works of Allan Kardec, which constitute the Spiritist Codification: The Spirit‘s Book, The Mediums‘s Book, The Gospel According to Spiritism, Heaven and Hell, and The Genesis.
“Spiritism is a science which deals with the nature, origin and destiny of Spirits, as well as their relationship with the corporeal world.” Allan Kardec (What is Spiritism—Preamble)
“Spiritism realises what Jesus said of the promised Consoler, by bringing knowledge of those things which allow Man to know where he came from, where he is going and why he is on Earth; so attracting mankind towards the true principles of God‘s law and offering consolation through faith and hope.”Allan Kardec (The Gospel According to Spiritism—Chap.6—Item4)
What it reveals
It reveals new and more profound concepts with respect to God, the Universe, the Human Being, the Spirits, and the Laws which govern life itself.
All the Laws of Nature are Divine Laws because God is their author. They cover both the physical and moral laws.
The Universe is God‘s creation. It encompasses all rational and non-rational beings, both animate and inanimate, material and immaterial.
In addition to the corporeal world inhabited by incarnate Spirits, which are human beings, there exists the spiritual world, inhabited by discarnate Spirits.
Within the Universe there are other inhabited worlds, with beings at different degrees of evolution.
A Human Being is a Spirit incarnated in a material body. Spirits are the intelligent beings of creation.
God creates them simple and ignorant. They evolve intellectually and morally, passing from a lower order to a higher one.
Spirits preserve their individuality before, during and after each incarnation.
Spirits Reincarnate as many times as is necessary for their spiritual advancement.
Spirits always progress. In their multiple physical existences, they can become stationary nut they never regress. The speed of their intellectual and moral progress depends on the efforts they make to attain perfection. Spirits belong to different orders according to the degree of perfection they have attained.
The Spirits‘ relations with Human Beings are constant and have always existed. The Good Spirits attract us towards goodness; the imperfect spirits induce us towards error.
Jesus is the Guide and Model for all Humankind. The Doctrine He taught and exemplified is the purest expression of God‘s Law.
The morality of Christ, as contained in the Gospel, is the guidance for the secure solution for all human problems and the objective to be attained by Humankind.
Human Beings are given-will to act, but they must answer for the consequences of their actions.
Future life reserves for Human Beings penalties and pleasures according to the respect they do or do not show for God‘s laws.
Prayer is an act of adoration for God. It is found in the natural law and is the result of an innate sentiment in every Human Being, just as the idea of the existence of the Creator is innate. Prayer makes Human Beings better.
All Spiritist practice is gratuitous, following the orientation of the moral principle found in the Gospel: “Give for free what you receive for free”.
Spiritism is practiced with simplicity, without any external forms or worship, within the Christian principle that God should be worshipped in spirit and in truth.
Spiritism respects all religions and doctrines; values all efforts towards the practice of goodness; works towards peace and fellowship between all nations and all peoples, regardless of race, colour, nationality, creed, cultural or social standing. It also recognizes that “the truly good person is one who complies with the laws of justice, love, and charity in their highest degree of purity.”
Mediumship, which allows Spirits to communicate with Human Beings, is a faculty which many individuals bring with them at birth, independent of whatever religion or beliefs they may come to adopt. Spiritist mediumship practice is solely that which is exercised based on the principles of the Spiritist Doctrine and within the Christian moral concepts.
“To be born, to die, to be reborn yet again, and constantly progress, that is the Law”.
“Unshakable faith is only that which can meet reason face to face in every human epoch”.
International Spiritist Council