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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (February 19, 2006)      

        "No matter what the lips may be saying, the inner thought out speaks them ..." ... Dr. Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind

     In the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 7 in the Bible, there are statements attributed to the Master Mind Jesus that just confuse the heck out of me.  First, it is written that He stated, [Matt. 7:1] "judge not lest ye be judged" and then, [Matt. 7:2] "for with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged."  Now, this I can understand.  In metaphysics we know that what we "judge" is within our own consciousness ... if we judge someone as inferior, we are merely revealing our own feelings of self-inferiority.  Whatever our judgment is of anyone or anything we are establishing that "judgment" against ourselves in our consciousness ... or at least the possibility of it.

Next, we can read in Matthew 7:6, ".... neither ye cast your pearls before swine ... " and most of us know the rest of this statement.  But, I am confused at this point ... if we are not to judge ... then who are the swine?  Would the Radical Jesus refer to anyone as swine? ... after all, wasn't His greatest teaching to "love one another?"   Perhaps I am missing the point ... maybe He was talking about real pearls and real pigs ... and perhaps His audience were small children playing with pearls ... but then, what were Jewish children doing playing with pigs?  The only plausible explanation I can take from this is that the author of the Gospel of Matthew got his notes mixed up or perhaps the translation from the Aramaic, the language of Jesus, and other languages ... just did not translate correctly ... you know, like when we use software to translate languages on the Internet ... sometimes the translation is just plain wrong!

    Now, in a perfect world where we are living at the Perfection of God expressing as us, we will never find anyone that we would refer to as "swine" ... but, the masses of us do not live to this level of Perfection 100% of the time ... and believe me, few of us do not have our moments when we find a greater inferiority in others than we do in ourselves ... or at least we think we do.  And most of us will continue to have these moments ... but we mustn't dwell on them.  According to Dr. Joseph Murphy, "we must choose our thoughts carefully.  Practice discernment.  Separate the chafe from the wheat in our mind.  Salute the Divinity within our self while realizing that everyone is an epitome of the Divine, and good will come to us."  This attitude is the practice of the Science of Mind ... and also the philosophy of Jesus ... not the judgment of swine and bitter thoughts about others.

     Every day in every way and in all that we do ... we are either expanding and growing our consciousness onward and upward toward God ... or we are degenerating our consciousness and becoming attached to the physical.  Our consciousness is constantly changing ... just as our state of mind changes with different experiences and in different situations.  Few of us are always walking the "straight line of Truth" ... and if we think we are, then we are probably dabbling with arrogance.  The world will tell us that it is difficult for us to forgive or to have compassion in the place of anger ... but that is not the truth.  It is our inherent nature to be forgiving and compassionate ... for these are reflections of Love [God].  Think of moments when we have dismissed anger from our mind and replaced it with compassionate understanding ... didn't we feel much better than the moments in which our thoughts turned bitter? ... of course we did.  And this is because we were reflecting our true nature ... the Presence of God within us.  And in that moment our consciousness was moved forward, onward and upward to a Higher realization of God within us.

    There is only One Mind, that Mind is God and that Mind is our mind now ... when we recognize that It Is ... control our mind and direct it toward the good, the lovely, the compassionate and the forgiving ...  we can bless anyone and walk on in Love.  We never have to carry the heavy burdens of anger and bitterness until they fill our mind, body and soul with the poisons that destroy our health, happiness and joy.  Everything is a choice ... our state of mind reflects our choices ... and our state of mind creates the measure of God [Good] in our consciousness.  Let us revel in our Divinity ... and reflect more and more of God everyday in every way ... let the pigs have the pearls ... we can have diamonds

And So It Is!  

Letting Love Use Me In Its Own Good Way,
Rev. Bates

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