In sharp contradiction to the Christian principle of the ‘vicarious atonement’, we assert that each individual is personally responsible for his or her own thoughts and actions. “Whatsoever a man soweth, that also shall he reap”. Spiritualism asserts that if you transgress the Laws of Nature you will suffer in proportion to your transgression.
Unless a man can conquer his own evil tendencies, banish evil from his life, and make personal atonement for his own sins, by his thoughts and actions, he cannot achieve spiritual progress.
Unless we face up to the reality that all the evil or negative effects of our actions and thoughts remain with us and indeed affect those with whom we come in contact; until by our efforts we change them, we shall never make real spiritual progress. We shall merely live a life of spiritual self-deception, only to come to a grim realisation of our mistakes when ultimately we arrive in the Spirit World. This is no theological postulate but is based on evidence and experiences of the spirit people themselves.
In our principle of Personal Responsibility we have a moral stimulus for men to lead a better life, to desire brotherhood in their mutual relationships, to do good for the sake of good and to live in harmony with God.