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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (February 27, 2005)         

        One of the most striking differences between Religious Science and other religious/spiritual teachings is our lack of reliance on "traditional" concepts and ideas.  In the nature of Jesus, a true student of Religious Science must look beyond "widely held beliefs" to the Truth.  As Jesus stated, we must "be like little children" ... in other words, we must shed the concepts, traditions and beliefs that diminish us rather than build us up.  Little children come into the world with love for everyone; without prejudices, without judgment of right and wrong, and without shame, blame, comparisons, etc.  To "be like little children" we must forget almost all that we have learned from the world.

        
The greatest examples of how "the world" has diminished our perfection (seeing everything as perfect) ... are the widely held beliefs regarding love, sex and gender.  Religious Science looks at these aspects of our lives intelligently ... without the morbidity of judgment and prejudice.  The Master Mind Jesus taught that we are to "break" the the concepts and beliefs that do not serve us ... in other words, open them up to the Light of Truth and understand their relationship to love, peace, joy, happiness, harmony and intelligence.  The Rabbi Jesus taught that we "must" love one another ... as God loves us; unconditionally, ever-lastingly ... without any sense of inferior or superior.  We must be "open at the top" Dr. Holmes stated ... think beyond the mediocre ... otherwise our consciousness remains in a state of mediocrity.

       
As we look to love, sex and gender ... there is still so much for us to understand.  One of the reasons I believe that there is such opposition to same-sex marriage in the United States is that many of us continue to accept concepts and beliefs derived from the Bible shaped by people of little insight into the nature of God and the nature of God's creations.  The same can be said about the state of marriage in this country ... with so many marriages ending in divorce we know the concepts must change.  Love is so confused with sex that we have religious leaders and even politicians in the U.S. thinking that God actually is concerned with watching our genitals.  Why?  Because, the focus on the physical act of sex which has nothing to do with real love, has created such a distorted idea of what love truly is.  So many people fall in love with anatomy .. rather than "wait on God" for the right match ... the person that touches their soul.  If you have time, read the Book of Ruth in the Bible ... the entire Book is about two people who felt the touch of their soul by another.  We don't get this experience without bringing God into our heart and our mind ... and it has nothing to do with sexual attraction or lack of sexual attraction.     

        In
1926 Dr. Holmes wrote in The Science of Mind:

       
THE TRUE MEANING OF LOVE
              The true meaning of love is a wonderful thing; for it is the desire of the soul to express itself in terms of creation.  Creation is brought about only through the self-givingness of the lover to the object of his/her love.  This is why, when we love people, we will go to the limit to help or serve them; nothing is too great, no sacrifice is enough.  The true lover gives all and is unhappy in not having still more of him/herself to give to the object of his/her adoration.
              Because of our emotional nature, love is generally expressed through the sex desire.  But too great an expression of this desire is destructive, for it depletes the vitality and demagnetizes the one who overindulges.  This is the meaning, and the whole meaning, of the story of Samson and Delilah.  "He that hath an ear, let him hear."  All people look, and occasionally someone sees.


       
SEX NOT NECESSARY TO THE EXPRESSION OF LOVE
               The sex relationship is not necessary to the expression of real love.  Love is the givingness of the self, and if this givingness is complete sex will take care of itself.  But energy must have some outlet.  It is only when the unexpressed desire remains in the subjective that destruction follows in its wake and strews the shores of time with human derelicts.  Liberty and license, freedom and bondage, heaven and hell, happiness and misery, good and bad, all, all, are tied up in human desires.  Energy is energy and will be expressed or blow the top off, just as a pipe will stand only so much pressure before bursting.  Millions are daily being blown up, mentally and physically, through the suppression of desires.  Desire is a dynamic force and must be taken into account.


       
MALE AND FEMALE
                 Man, coming from Unity, is both male and female, and has, within him/herself, both attributes of reality.  In some the male predominates; in others the female.  We have two distinct types in man and woman; but they are types of one fundamental principle. There is also an intermediate sex; that is, one in which the two attributes seem to be almost equally balanced.  The greatest men and women of the ages have belonged to this type, for it is a more complete balance between the two which are really One. <1926 Science of Mind>


        What a great difference an "enlightened" idea can have on a subject ... and to think that Dr. Holmes wrote this in 1926.  And like too many of our modern mystics, Dr. Holmes allowed the less-enlightened to edit much of the information above out of the current version of the Science of Mind.  It is truly a mystical view of love, sex and gender, one that would reduce much of the confusion, prejudice and inflicted pain caused by religions mired in traditions that only serve to oppress people who are outside of their limited view of Life.  Love cannot be limited anymore than the Infinite can be limited ... it is to our great benefit to celebrate Love wherever it is expressed.  It takes nothing from us ... "Love don't cost a thing" ... and that's the Truth.


And So It Is!  

Maximum Love
,
Rev. Hank Bates
                        

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