someone sent me a news article regarding the closing of churches in
Europe, both Catholic and Protestant. For some people this is
surprising and they foresee the loss of the church as the loss of
something that brought communities together. For many people
this sense of community gathering has been found in sports stadiums,
social clubs and Internet social apps like Facebook and Twitter and
many more. I believe that much of the problems with churches is
inherent in the religions that built them. The churches haven't
followed Jesus, but instead have perpetuated religious dogmas that
Jesus himself rejected. Some conservative or fundamentalist
church leaders especially here in the U.S., have become better
known for their political views than their spiritual understanding.
They have clung to religious dogma and concepts that defy
intelligence. And evolution is leaving them behind.
I believe is a "starting point" in our seeking G-d.
People can say what they will against religion, but without religion
most will lose the treasures found in the Holy Bible, the Torah, the
Talmud, the Bhagavad Gita and more. We will lose the advantage
in reading the wisdom found in the Book of Proverbs and Psalms, Isaiah
and more in the Old Testament. We will lose the ability to trace
mankind's understanding of our relationship with G-d. But most
of all, we shall lose the most important teachings ever given to
mankind from the Master Mind Jesus. Even though the New
Testament of the Bible has over 13,000 changes, deletions, additions
and inserted words, the essence of Jesus' teachings are there for
those who are receptive to the truth. The Master Mind Jesus is a
perfect example of how a foundation in ancient wisdom, the Holy
scriptures can lead one to enlightenment and an absolute faith and
trust in the Infinite Spirit, G-d. In losing this great wisdom
and spiritual awareness, there may never be realized within people the
desire to go beyond the ancient wisdom to the philosophies that sprang
from them that will actually provide for us the "truth that can
set us free."
look at what we know about the Master Mind Jesus: Jesus was a
Jew and lived his entire life participating in Jewish cultural
celebrations. His teachings are not just for Christians and not
just for Jews either although there are authors in the New Testament
of the Bible who would tell us his teachings are for Jews only.
His power of awareness was an inner development far beyond what any
religion could have provided for him. His tremendously
developed spiritual awareness came from his absolute faith in the
UnSeen, or as he referred to the Infinite, the Father, Spirit.
As we read in the ancient wisdom from Jeremiah 29:13, "You
will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart,"
and Jesus proved this to be a statement of absolute truth.
gave us this summation of Jesus' teachings: "Contrary
to popular belief, Jesus didn’t really give us two commandments.
He gave us one – love.
His two commandments were really one divine law expressed in two ways,
as love of God and love of neighbor, love of cause and love of effect,
love of our divinity and love of our humanity."
let's look at what the great Eric Butterworth taught about
people heard Jesus saying, "I am the light of the world,"
he was referring to himself, that he was announcing that he was God,
or God's special agent. But he was simply affirming the truth,
or "throwing the switch." And he made it clear that
each of us must also affirm the truth. ... The true affirmation is:
I AM. This was the key to Jesus' power, his affirmation and
realization of I AM. Not "I want to be," "I hope
to be," "I will be someday," or "Dear Lord, make
me to be." But simply: I AM. ... Jesus
constantly affirmed this I AM. To understand the esoteric
meaning of the Gospels, it is important to know when Jesus is speaking
in human consciousness, and when he is speaking in the I AM
When Jesus speaks to that which is universal, changeless
and eternal, he is speaking from the I AM consciousness ... that is,
from that place within us all that knows that we are One with God.
The great 20th Century
teacher Emmet Fox had a similar viewpoint as mine regarding the Master
Mind Jesus. He said, "The Bible is a
"textbook of metaphysics" and the teachings of Jesus express
-- without dogma -- a practical approach for the development of the
soul and for the shaping of our lives into what we really wish them to
be. ... Jesus was "no sentimental dreamer, no mere dealer in
empty platitudes, but the unflinching realist that only a great mystic
Yet, I am firm in my
belief that Jesus was more than a great mystic. The late, great
Dr. Robert Bitzer of the Hollywood Church called him the "Great
Metaphysician" ... and perhaps he meant this as someone more than
all others. Dr. O. C. Smith of the City of Angels Church said he
was the greatest of all teachers and a spiritual revolutionary.
To me, Jesus was the great minister ... ministering to ... always
giving of his wisdom and spiritual understanding to others. His
teachings give us an opportunity to not only understand his works, but
to do the "greater things still" through the power of faith
that he said could "move the mountains into the sea" ... in
other words remove the obstructions to our good. His love for
G-d first and always, gave him the ability to love and forgive others,
including his enemies. His rejection of religious dogma was not
so much a rejection of religion as a rejection of that which defied
Intelligence. If the leadership in the churches would
"follow him" ... they might need to build more churches
rather than closing churches. He was so much more than just
another Jewish mystic ... and so much more than what religion has
understood him to be.
SO IT IS!
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