They spring from deep experience and have been reaffirmed by successive generations of Quakers . These testimonies are to integrity, equality, simplicity, community, stewardship of the Earth, and peace. They arise from an inner conviction and challenge our normal ways of living.
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Although the more conservative and evangelical Quakers also believe in the doctrine of inward light, they interpret it in a manner consistent with the doctrine of original sin , namely, that people may or may not listen to the voice of God within them and be saved, and people who do not listen will not be saved.
Baptism – Most Quakers believe that how a person lives their life is a sacrament and that formal observances are not necessary. Quakers hold that baptism is an inward, not outward, act. Heaven , Hell – Quakers believe that God’s kingdom is now, and consider heaven and hell issues for individual interpretation.
They based their message on the religious belief that ” Christ has come to teach his people himself”, stressing the importance of a direct relationship with God through Jesus Christ , and a direct religious belief in the universal priesthood of all believers.
They don’t believe in sacraments (either as realities or symbols) or formal liturgies or ceremonies and also refuse to take oaths. Quakers don’t believe in a clergy, they feel that all believers can minister to one another.
Atheist Quakers tend to be quite firm in their lack of belief, whereas Quakers who call themselves theists are often contentedly uncertain about the nature of God’s existence or character, as is noted by Mr Dandelion. He says his own personal beliefs are quite typical of Quakerism .
Write a letter expressing your interest in joining. State in your letter to the clerk of the Quaker congregation why you made the decision to become a Quaker , as well as what you ‘re prepared to do to honor the faith. In your letter, ask the clerk about the membership process.
Of all of the Protestant Christian denominations, that of Quakers is probably set apart the most. “Friends,” as they call themselves, believe in the Trinity of the father, the son, and the Holy Spirit like other Christians, but the roles that each person plays varies widely among Quakers .
Traditionally, the origin has been ascribed to the sin of the first man, Adam , who disobeyed God in eating the forbidden fruit (of knowledge of good and evil) and, in consequence, transmitted his sin and guilt by heredity to his descendants.
In traditional Christian teaching, original sin is the result of Adam and Eve’s disobedience to God when they ate a forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.
Baptists do not believe that a loving God condemns anyone for a sin they did not commit. Baptists do not view baptism as a remedy for original sin . Baptists practice baptism by totally immersing persons in water, rather than by sprinkling, pouring, or anointing persons with water.
Plain dress is also practiced by Conservative Friends and Holiness Friends ( Quakers ), in which it is part of their testimony of simplicity, as well as Cooperites (Gloriavale Christian Community) and fundamentalist Mormon subgroups. Members of the Moravian Church traditionally wore plain dress .
To most Quakers , ” slavery was perfectly acceptable provided that slave owners attended to the spiritual and material needs of those they enslaved”. 70% of the leaders of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting owned slaves in the period from 1681 to 1705; however, from 1688 some Quakers began to speak out against slavery .
Nontheist Quakers (also known as nontheist Friends or NtFs) are those who engage in Quaker practices and processes, but who do not necessarily believe in a theistic God or Supreme Being, the divine, the soul or the supernatural.