Transcendent Faith, Trust, and Adorational Worship
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Students who enter into Salvington enjoy a sublime and wholehearted faith in God.
The individual may still experience the ordinary ups and downs of mortal existence, but each one is strengthened in their resolve to persevere; and each learns to never religiously doubt the certainty of God’s watchcare and guidance. Faith is the outgrowth of the insight born of the activity of the divine presence, the Life of God who lives in your midst.
This faith is neither traditional nor merely intellectual; it is wholly personal and purely spiritual. Learn to see God as being holy, just, and great, as well as being true, beautiful, and good. All these attributes of divinity you learn to focus in your mind as the “will of the Father in heaven.” Our God is at one and the same time “The Holy One of Israel” and “The living and loving Father in heaven.”
The concept of God as a Father is not original, but at Salvington we exalt and elevate the idea into a sublime experience by achieving a new revelation of God and by proclaiming that every mortal creature is a child of this Father of love, a son of God.
At Salvington, you will not cling to faith in God as would a struggling soul at war with the universe and at death grips with a hostile and sinful world; you won’t just resort to faith merely as a consolation in the midst of difficulties or as a comfort in threatened despair; Our faith at Salvington is not just an illusory compensation for the unpleasant realities and the sorrows of living.
In the very face of all the natural difficulties and the temporal contradictions of mortal existence, you will experience the tranquillity of supreme and unquestioned trust in God and feel the tremendous thrill of living, by faith, in the very presence of the heavenly Parenthood of God. And this triumphant faith is a living experience of actual spirit attainment.
Your great contribution to the values of human experience is not that you will reveal so many new ideas about the Parenthood of God in heaven, but rather that you will so magnificently and humanly demonstrated a new and higher type of living faith in God. God will become a living reality in your human experience.
In your life you will be discovering a new and higher type of religion, religion based on personal spiritual intimacy and divine relations with the Universal Parenthood and these personal revelations will become wholly validated by the supreme authority of genuine personal experience.
This living faith of Salvington is more than an intellectual reflection, and it is not a mystic meditation. Theology may fix, formulate, define, and dogmatize faith, but in your human life, faith is meant to become personal, living, original, spontaneous, and purely spiritual. This faith is not reverence for tradition nor a mere intellectual belief which you hold as a sacred creed, but rather a sublime intimacy and direct experience and a profound conviction which securely holds you. Your developing faith will be real and all-encompassing. It will absolutely sweep away any spiritual doubts and effectively destroy every conflicting desire.
Nothing will be able to tear you away from the spiritual anchorage of this fervent, sublime, and undaunted faith. Even in the face of apparent defeat or in the throes of disappointment and threatening despair, you will learn how to be calmly standing in the divine presence free from fear and fully conscious of spiritual invincibility.
At Salvington, you will enjoy the invigorating assurance of the possession of unflinching faith, and in each of life’s trying situations you will be able to unfailingly exhibit an unquestioning loyalty to the Father’s will. And this superb faith is undaunted even by the cruel and crushing threat of any ignominious challenges. In a religious genius, strong spiritual faith so many times leads directly to disastrous fanaticism, to exaggeration of the religious ego, but it will not be so with you.
You will not be unfavorably affected in your practical life by this extraordinary faith and spirit attainment because this spiritual exaltation is to become for you a wholly natural subconscious and spontaneous soul expression of your personal intimate relationship and exalted experience with God.
At Salvington, the all-consuming and indomitable spiritual faith of your developing soul will never become fanatical, for it won’t ever attempt to run away with your well-balanced intellectual judgments concerning the proportional values of practical and commonplace social, economic, and moral life situations.
You will be maturing, integrating, and developing a splendidly unified human personality; you will be evolving and growing in your evolutionary advancement towards a perfectly endowed divine being; you are destined to become a magnificently coordinated combined human and divine being functioning on earth as a single personality and at one with the living spirit of God in you.
At Salvington, you are learning to coordinate the faith of the soul with the wisdom-appraisals of your seasoned experience as a growing and evolving human personality.
Personal faith, spiritual hope, and moral devotion will grow you into this wholeness; a sublimely correlated and matchless religious unity of harmonious association with the keen realization of the reality and sacredness of all human loyalties — personal honor, family love, religious obligation, social duty, and economic necessity.
The faith of students at Salvington learn to visual all spirit values as being found in the kingdom of God consciousness and fellowship; You are learning to raise your priorities and values so that you come to realize the beneficial effects of “Seeking first the kingdom of heaven.”
At Salvington, students realize and experience growth in the advanced and ideal fellowship of the kingdom of Heaven, an achievement and fulfillment of the “will of God.”
The very heart of the prayer, “Your kingdom come; your will be done.”
Having thus conceived of the kingdom as comprising the will of God, you are learning at Salvington to devote yourself to the cause of its realization with amazing self-forgetfulness and unbounded enthusiasm.
But in all this intense transformation, purpose, and personal mission and throughout your extraordinary life there never will appear the fury of the fanatic nor the superficial frothiness of the religious egotist. Salvington students become the mastery they are seeking. Their lives reflect a consistency conditioned by this living faith, this sublime religious experience.
This spiritual attitude comes to wholly dominate your thinking and feeling, while you're believing and praying, your serving and sharing, offer a supreme fulfillment in the cooperative culture of University Of Salvington. And those individuals who give themselves to the pathway of Academic Fellowship discover that their teaching and preaching comes from a real and true place of humility and honor.
A humbleness in relationship with the Infinity of God unfolds in well-balanced proportions of love, wisdom, and empowerment with the Spirit of the Father living in you. This personal faith of a son and daughter in the certainty and security of the guidance and protection of the heavenly Parenthood of God will impart to your unique life a profound endowment of spiritual reality.
And yet, despite this very deep consciousness of close relationship with divinity, you will exalt the ideal of God while coming to prepare yourself in the living of his nature and attributes within this ideal fellowship realization.
Salvington teaches the individual to expand their faith and trust in God, so that when we stand confronted by such splendid self-forgetfulness, we begin to understand how the Universal Father will find it possible so fully to manifest himself to you and reveal himself through you to the individual personalities in your personal life and world.
Salvington shows you, as a man or woman of the realm, the greatest of all offerings: the consecration and dedication of your own will to the majestic service of doing the divine will. You will become strengthened in always and consistently interpreting religion wholly in terms of the Father’s will.
When you study at Salvington prayer or any other feature of the religious life, how you live is held in much greater esteem; not so much what you inwardly know and understand but your willingness to place into human expression the ideal is the goal of attainment. We look not so much for what you have learned as for what you do with what you’ve learned.
Salvington instructs students to never pray as obligation nor as solely a religious duty. Instead, the ideal of Salvington permits you to develop a genuine faith and a spontaneous trust.
Prayer is a sincere expression of spiritual attitude, a declaration of soul loyalty, a recital of personal devotion, an expression of thanksgiving, an avoidance of emotional tension, a prevention of conflict, an exaltation of intellection, an ennoblement of desire, a vindication of moral decision, an enrichment of thought, an invigoration of higher inclinations, a consecration of impulse, a clarification of viewpoint, a declaration of faith, a transcendental surrender of will, a sublime assertion of confidence, a revelation of courage, the proclamation of discovery, a confession of supreme devotion, the validation of consecration, a technique for the adjustment of difficulties, and the mighty mobilization of the combined soul powers to withstand all human tendencies toward selfishness, evil, and sin. You will come to live just such a life of prayerful consecration to the doing of our Father’s will, and your life will expand and express itself triumphantly with just such a prayer.
The secret of this unparalleled religious life is this consciousness of the presence of God; and you will attain it by intelligent prayer and sincere worship — unbroken communion with God — and not by leadings, voices, visions, or extraordinary religious practices.
In your earthly life, religion becomes a living experience, a direct and personal movement from spiritual reverence to practical righteousness. The faith of students of Salvington bear the transcendent fruits of the divine spirit. Their faith is not immature and credulous like that of a child, but in many ways it will resemble the unsuspecting trust of the child mind. You will trust in God much as the child trusts a parent.
Students who give themselves to our ideas and ideal, and come to practice daily its precepts have a profound confidence in the universe — just such a trust as the child has in its parental environment. Your wholehearted faith in the fundamental goodness of the universe will very much resemble the child’s trust in the security of its earthly surroundings. You will depend on the heavenly Parenthood of God as a child leans upon its earthly parent, and this fervent faith will transfigure any doubts in the certainty of the heavenly Father’s overcare.
Students of Salvington are usually not disturbed seriously by fears, doubts, and skepticism. Unbelief will not inhibit the free and original expression of your life. You will be combining the stalwart and intelligent courage of a full-grown adult with the sincere and trusting optimism of a believing child. Your faith will grow to such heights of trust that it will be absolutely devoid of fear.
The faith of our students eventually and over time attain the purity of a child’s trust. Your faith becomes so absolute and undoubting that you will feel the thrill and exhilaration of responding joyfully to the charm of the contact of fellow beings and to the wonders of the universe. Your sense of dependence on the divine will become matured and ripened to such heights, it will grow so wide and deep; to such complete and so confident a state of experience that it will yield to you the joy and the assurance of absolute personal security, stability, and safety.
There will be no hesitating pretense in your religious experience. In this evolving developing attainment of personal religious intimacy, the faith of the child reigns supreme in all matters relating to the religious consciousness. It is not strange that you will come to understand the statement once said, “Except you become as a little child, you shall not enter the kingdom.”
Notwithstanding that your personal faith trust realization will be childlike, it will in no sense become childish.
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