Universal Life—The Inner Religion
Universal Life—The Inner Religion began in 1977 to
spread the message of contemporary German channel Gabriele
Wittek (b. 1930). In 1975, according to Wittek, the same spirit
of Christ who had been present in Jesus of Nazareth stepped
into her life and chose her as his prophetic instrument for this
generation. He disclosed his intention to lead his children back
to their eternal home and to build the kingdom of God on
Earth. Wittek organized the Homebringing Mission of Jesus
Christ, the original name of the new religion.
Wittek, a Wurzburg housewife, received an awakening experience
in 1970 when she saw the spirit of her deceased mother.
Convinced of ‘‘survival of bodily death,’’ she began visiting a
local medium, then operated as a channel herself for several
years before going public with the messages she was receiving.
Wittek emphasized the indwelling kingdom of God and taught
a method of going within to open the kingdom and experience
God in one’s innermost being. She advised people to learn to
live God’s laws as expressed in the Ten Commandments and
the Sermon on the Mount.
The mission operated for seven years, and in 1984 was superseded
by Universal Life—The Inner Religion. Wittek now
taught that, given the contact with God, it was possible to put
the Sermon on the Mount into operation immediately. She encouraged
those formerly associated with the mission to form
businesses that would operate on the principles of the Sermon
on the Mount. Toward the end of the decade, a school based
on the same principles was opened.
During these years, the mission-turned-religion spread
across Europe and into North and South America. By the early
1990s, the teachings had been translated into ten languages,
and over 130 Inner-Spirit-of-Christ churches opened. Universal
Life publishes the periodical Christ State-International and
may be contacted through its world headquarters, Universelles
Leben, Postfach 5643, 8700 Wurzburg, Germany. In the United
States the address is Box 3579, New Haven, CT 06525.
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A Formerly Spiritually Unknown Person on the Path to God The
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