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The Spiritist Creed


By Allan Kardec (Revue Spirite, 1868)
 
To believe in one GOD, all powerful, sovereignty just and good;

In the soul, its immortality and its preexistence as the justification for the present life;

In the plurality of existences as the mechanism of moral and intellectual improvement, reparation and atonement;

In the perfectibility of the most imperfect beings;

In the ever increasing happiness with perfection;

In the equitable reward of the good and the evil according to the principle: each one will be recompensed according to his works;

In the impartial justice for all with no benefit, privilege or exception to any creature;

In the dependence of the life's trials length on perfection;

In the human free-will, which enable us the choice between the good and the evil;

In the continuity of the relations between the visible and invisible worlds;

In the fraternity that binds all past, present and future beings both incarnate and discarnate;

To sustain that life on Earth is a provisional stage of the spirit's life which is eternal;

To bravely accept life's tests, since the future is more desirable than the present;

To practice charity by thoughts, words and works in the broadest meaning of the term;

To strive for becoming each day better than the day before, pulling out imperfection from the soul;

To submit all beliefs to the review of reason and free examination, so as nothing accept blindly;

To respect all sincere creeds no matter how irrational they may seem;

Do not violate anyone's consciousness;

To recognize the unfolding of Nature's laws which are God laws in the discoveries of Science.

Such is the creed, the religion of Spiritism, a religion that reconciles with all cults, that is, with all ways to adore God. This is the bind which will unite all Spiritists in a holy communion of thoughts, while one hopes it will unite all men under the banner of universal fraternity.