Updated: Apr 23
Oneness is at the center of New Thought theology. We are all Divine manifestations of God. God created us and is within us. Separateness is an illusion. We are all connected. It doesn't matter what you look like, where you come from or what you believe. We are all One.
Anything that separates us is not of God. The "isms" and "us vs. them" mentalities are all man made constructs that divide, not unite. Racism, sexism, discrimination, misogyny, misandry, bigotry, homophobia, xenophobia, sexism, classism and any kind of "othering" comes from hate, not love.
God is Love. So these ideas that turn people against each other are not what God wants for us. God intends us to live together in peace, love and unity!
The following are some scriptures about Unity:
"Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind."
- Phil 2:2
"Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification."
- Romans 14:19
"And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."
"How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!"
- Psalms 133:1
"Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."
- Eph 4: 3-6
"Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?"
- 1 Cor 3:16
New Thought shares this idea of Oneness or Unity with other faiths.
The central tenet of Hinduism is that all existence is pervaded by a Oneness, a Unity.
In Buddhism, they believe All is One, a concept of Monism.
Diversity and Inclusion are important because God wants us to see the sacredness in each other, embrace each other equally and live together as brothers, sisters and Children of God!
Try looking at everyone through the lens of Oneness and see how this changes your perceptions and experiences.
God bless you, have a great week and Namaste.
Rev. S. Castle