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The Way to a Wonderful Life, Sunday, January 5, 2014 

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          During the past few weeks I have read two very interesting books about the life and teachings of the Master Mind Jesus; "MISQUOTING JESUS" The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why, by Bart D. Ehrman and "ZEALOT" THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JESUS OF NAZARETH by Reza Aslan.  Both books have proven to be beneficial in my quest to understand what Jesus was called to do and what He was called to teach and how He developed the Christ consciousness that was evident in His works.  It is through His teachings and the words attributed to Him that we can have a greater understanding of the universal spiritual Principles that are contained in The Torah, The Holy Bible, especially The Gospels and The New Testament.  Both books can challenge our beliefs but not our faith.  The greatest impact is in finding that some things that we always assumed were true, are not true at all.

           In Bart Ehrman's book, "Misquoting Jesus" he focuses on the New Testament and the changes that were made throughout history and these changes were also made, both additions and subtractions, to the teachings of Jesus.  There were thousands of changes made and since the original manuscripts of the New Testament were destroyed, no one knows with certainty what was originally written for there is no way to prove anyone's opinions.  And those who foster the belief that we should take the Bible literally need to decide which of the thousands of changes to the Bible is the one to be taken literally.  Not all changes were made on purpose, many were just careless mistakes or copied by people who had little ability to know what they were copying.  And, of course, there were those who made changes to fit their agenda.  This is still going on today as we have new versions based on "interpretations" rather than translations.

          Reza Aslan's book, "Zealot" is focused on the historical evidence about the life and times of Jesus rather than what He was teaching.  It is fascinating to read in that few people realize just how strange the world would be to us were we to somehow be able to travel back in time to the period in which Jesus lived and carried out His ministry.  Was Jesus a zealot? ... a revolutionary? ... a heretic? ... a blasphemer?  Yes, all of these are true about Him based on differing people's opinions of what He was teaching ... some believed He was teaching the Truth ... some just simply did not understand Him ... and others were so afraid of Him that they sought to destroy Him.  Aslan's book provides evidence that His healing work was authentic  and that His courage and zeal for the Truth was unsurpassed by anyone else.  In other words, He discovered the Spirit of G-d within Himself and became a fearless instrument of G-d Intelligence, Power and Spirit.  Jesus discerned spiritual Truth and even the great teachers of spiritual Truth, do not know how or why He did.

          It is the Master Mind Jesus' attempt to expand and develop the consciousness of mankind that set Him apart from all the great teachers before Him and after Him.  In the mystical Ernest Holmes' metaphysical classic, "The Science of Mind" the influence of Jesus' teachings are woven throughout the book which is the hallmark book detailing the Law of Mind and the Law of Attraction.  Let us realize the Truth of what he writes:  "There is that within every individual which partakes of the nature of the Universal Wholeness and - in so far as it operates - is God.  That is the meaning of the word Emmanuel, the meaning of the word Christ.  There is that within us which partakes of the nature of the Divine Being, and since it partakes of the nature of the Divine Being, we are divine.  It reacts to us according to our belief in It; and it is an immutable Law, subject to the use of the least among us; no respecter of persons, It cannot be bound.  Our Soul will never change or violate its own nature; all the denying of it will never change it; all the affirming of it will never make it any more than it is.  But since it is what it is, and works in the way that it works, it appears to each through his belief.  It is done unto each one of us as we believe.
          We will say, then, that in spirit, man is One with God.  But what of the great Law of the Universe?  If we are really One with the Whole, we must be One with the Law of the Whole, as well as One with the Spirit of the Whole.
            If we try to find something difficult to grasp, then we shall never grasp it, because we shall always think of It as being incomprehensible.  The mind which we discover within us is the Mind that governs everything.  This is The Thing Itself, and we should recognize its simplicity" 

        The Master Mind Jesus boldly declared, "The Father and I are One" and from the calm depths of His undisturbed soul, He knew that this was the Truth for Him and for everyone of us.  He knew that All-Power is not in the material but in the Spirit of G-d alone ... "besides Me there is none other, besides Me there is no thing, nothing" we can read in the ancient scriptures.  Instinctively we know that this is the Truth.  That only an Intelligence far beyond both the imagination and the intelligence of man (generic) could have created this world in which we live so vast and so filled with both known and unknown physical, spiritual and mental laws that are woven throughout all of Life and the universe yet kept in perfect Divine Order.  

         The Apostle attempted to explain its simplicity when he stated, "In Him we live and move and have our being" ... and this "Him" he was referring to is one and the same "Father" that the Master Mind Jesus worshiped and absolutely depended on for His power, His Spirit and His intelligence.  The evidence provides us with the Truth that what one can do ... all can do.  And this is why the Master Mind Jesus could say with confidence and without doubting, "these things I have done you can do too and greater things still, than you have done before."  Can we believe this?  Those who do will do the greater things and shall discover that ever-availability of our access to G-d Intelligence, Power and Spirit.  But, we must be willing to be an "instrument" ... that is, we must be willing to let G-d guide us and direct us through the good desires of our hearts ... and know that these good desires that G-d has brought to our awareness are ours to receive and to achieve.  And we will if we truly believe and take the step to become "involved" in what we believe.

     As the mystical Ernest Holmes tells us, "there is a Power in the Universe that honors our faith in It; there is a Law in the Universe which exacts the uttermost farthing.  We all wish to feel that the power behind everything is good, as well as creative, an Eternal and Changeless Intelligence, in which man (generic) lives and moves and has his being.  Intuitively, we sense that every man, in his native state, is some part or manifestation of this Eternal Principle; and that the entire problem of limitation, evil, suffering, and uncertainty is not God-ordained, but is the result of ignorance.  It has been written that the Truth shall make us free, provided we know the Truth, and we note that the evolution of man's consciousness brings with it the acquisition of new powers and higher possibilities."

       It is our desire to realize the right "idea" for us, that brings us the way in which to increase our prosperity, our joy, our health, our everything good.  The "substance of things hoped for" is our faith that the Spirit draws into our mind this right idea and that we recognize it as ours to experience.  Just how much we "involve" our thoughts in realizing this "idea" will determine just how quickly we shall realize what it is and then with faith and determination, we shall achieve it.


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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