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  • God is Absolute Good, everywhere present.
  • Every human being is an expression of the divine; the Christ Spirit, by whatever name, indwells all people. Their very essence is of God, and therefore they are also inherently good.

  • Human beings create their experience by the activity of their thinking. Everything in the manifest realm has its beginning in thought.

  • Prayer is creative thinking that heightens the connection with God-mind and therefore brings forth wisdom, healing, prosperity and everything good.

  • Knowing and understanding the laws of life, also called Truth, are not enough. A person must also live the Truth that he or she knows.

    
 
  
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Weekly Message for August 18, 2019
 

 

               A simple truth that no one can object to is "All is G-d, All is Good" for the facts show this to be true in every aspect of human existence.  We all come into this world as an emanation of the Infinite Spirit; the pure Spirit of the Infinite is the Life of us.  Even the most horrible of humans came into this world as pure Spirit embodied in physical form.  We are created equal in the Spirit and this is accomplished only through the Power of an Infinite Intelligence that is beyond anything our human mind can conceive.  The mystics have told us that before we came into this incarnation we were first an idea in the Mind of the Divine.  This is somewhat true I would suppose but we of course cannot know for sure how this Intelligence births us from spirit to physical form.

               The great Thomas Troward writes in the "Dore Lectures":  "One of the great axioms in the new order of ideas, .... is that our Thought possesses creative power, and since the whole superstructure depends on this foundation, it is well to examine it carefully. Now the starting point is to see that Thought, or purely mental action, is the only possible source from which the existing creation could ever have come into manifestation at all, and it is on this account that this being so, our own mind is the expression of a Divine Thought. The Divine Thought has produced something which itself is capable of thinking; but the question is whether its thinking has the same creative quality as that of the Parent Mind (G-d Mind)."

              With our thinking we direct our life for either good or bad.  We all have the opportunity to live the wonderful life but most of us have been mesmerized by the world consciousness that our path has become a journey with wins and losses along the way; some heartaches too and disappointments as well as the thrill of accomplishment and love.

              In my browsing Social Media I came across something that caused me to pause and think about morality.  My definition of morality is the Golden Rule;
"do unto others as you would have them do unto you" with the added "don't expect to receive something that you are unwilling to give to another."  And these two pieces of simple wisdom are not that easy to live by in the world that we find ourselves in today.  But, these are not what I found on Social Media.  What I found was this passage form "A Man Without a Country" by Kurt Vonnegut:
“For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes (Matthew 5). But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course, that's Moses, not Jesus. I haven't heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere. 'Blessed are the merciful' in a courtroom? 'Blessed are the peacemakers' in the Pentagon? Give me a break!”

             I believe the Ten Commandments was written for a very primitive people who were basically uncivilized and were necessary at that era of history.  The Beatitudes speaks to the truth that we are inherently good through the nature of the Divine Spirit that is the true Life of us.  The Beatitudes is the morality that we should all seek to live by no matter what our religion or lack of religion for by doing so we shall realize more and more of the wonderful life that is ours to experience.

Keep the Faith!
Henry Lee Bates
(Reverend Dr.)


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