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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (March 6, 2005)         

        From Dr. Ernest Holmes:  Someone may say, "I cannot imagine God not caring."  I cannot either, but we are dealing with Law.  Does the Law of electricity care whether it cooks the dinner or burns down the house?  Whether it electrocutes a criminal or warms a saint?  Of course, it does not.  Does the Urge which impels people to express, care whether a man kneels in ecstasy or lies drunk in the gutter?  We are dealing with Law, and it follows that since we are dealing with Law, It will ultimately bring back to us the result of the forces which we set in motion through It. 

         Consequently, no person who is enlightened would seek to use this Law destructively, for he would know that, sooner or later, the very power set in motion by himself would ultimately destroy him.  "All they that take the sword shall perish by the sword."  The Spirit of Christ is the spirit which constructively uses the Law.  The spirit of Antichrist is the destructive use of the Law.  The Spirit of Christ, being in line with the Cosmic Life, will always transcend, neutralize, destroy, and utterly obliterate the spirit of the Antichrist.  Finally, only the Spirit of Christ can succeed. 

          When we know our Oneness with God and Law, what a great burden is removed.  Any sense of opposition is removed from the consciousness which perceives Unity.  That which we call OUR subjective mind is but a point in Universal Mind where our personality maintains its individualized expression of Spirit.  If we think of ourselves as being separated from the Universe, we shall be limited by this thought, for it is a belief in separation from God which binds and limits.  WE ARE BOUND BY NOTHING EXCEPT BELIEF.  "They could not enter in because of their unbelief, and because they limited the Holy One of Israel."

          There is but One Mind.  Here is the point:  everything we experience, touch, taste, handle and smell - environment, bodies, conditions, money, happiness, friends - all are effects.  Is it clear that the infinite and limitless possibilities of that One of which man/woman is a part, depend in man's/woman's expression, upon her/his own concept?  If he/she is a point of personality in Limitless Mind, which she/he is; and if all her/his life must be drawn from this One Mind, which it must be, there cannot be anything else, can there?  And if there is nothing else, if there is nothing to move save Mind - and if man/woman is a thinking center in Mind - nothing is going to happen TO him/her that does not happen THROUGH him/her, whether it be the result of his/her own erroneous conclusions, those of his/her grandfather, or those of the race to which she/he belongs!  This is not in any sense fatalistic, for WE MAY CHANGE THE TREND OF CAUSATION WHICH HAS BEEN SET IN MOTION AT ANY TIME WE DECIDE TO DO SO.

            Everything comes from Intelligence.  There is nothing but Unity; there is nothing but freedom; there is nothing but completeness; there is nothing but Totality.  Begin at the beginning and reason this out, time after time, until all doubt disappears.  It is necessary that each one do this for himself.

            Such is the power of "right thinking" that it cancels and erases everything unlike itself.  It answers every question, solves all problems, is the solution to every difficulty.  It is like the Sunlight of Eternal Truth bursting through the clouds of obscurity and bathing all life in a celestial glory.  It is the Absolute with which we are dealing and nothing else.
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           So there we have it ... it is all Mind.  The Law, as defined by Religious Science, is Universal Law ... meaning the nature or properties of something that acts the same way universally ... i.e. the Law of electricity or the Law of mathematics.  As we understand Universal Law, we realize that we cannot "expect" It to do something that is contrary to Its nature.  In other words, we cannot pray or "treat" and expect a result that is "selfish" ... whatever we pray or treat for ... must be for the Universal Good ... cannot take anything away from someone; i.e. their freedom of choice, peace, harmony, joy etc.

          Many people do not pray, either scientifically or otherwise, because they have lost faith in prayer and some have even lost faith in God.  But, this is never the Truth, for within each of us there is always that spark of the Divine which knows that prayer is effective ... and knows that God IS ... and most people will turn again to God and to prayer.  So instead of crossing God out ... we should be honest with ourselves and see if we are willing to "work with God."  

           The Master Mind Jesus stated, "the Father works, and I work."  Do we "work with God" or do we turn to other means and methods to attempt to get the results that we seek?  How many of us are willing to put ten times as much enthusiasm into what we do?  How many of us are willing to pray one-hour each day out loud?  How many of us are willing to sit in the Silence of our thoughts and really begin to understand what it is that will make us happy ... and what it is that has made us unhappy?  So ... before we "cross God out" ... or settle for less than we want in Life ... let's do the work!  It works ... when we work it!

And So It Is!  

Maximum Love
Rev. Hank Bates

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