up faith in yourself by believing in your true ability; believing in
your capacity to grow; believing that you have a mission. You have
something to do. You have something worthwhile to accomplish.
You are just as necessary to the Infinite as the Infinite is necessary
to you. But you must know all of this and keep faith with these
ideas. When you know there is purpose in what you do, you can
never feel let down. Don't break faith with yourself.
Believe in your power, and even when you do not consciously see how
things are going to work out, keep faith with yourself."
- Dr. Robert
H. Bitzer, Collected Essays
is the cornerstone of the Master Mind Jesus' philosophy and it permeates
the philosophy of the science of mind. Dr. Bitzer believed that
only with faith in ourselves can we learn to depend on Divine Principle,
because our lack of faith will cause us to be distracted by those things
that are not in Principle. There are many philosophies in our
current culture that "sound like" and "seem like"
true metaphysics, but unless the foundation of these philosophies is
grounded in faith in our self and faith in G-d, then we will come
up short in demonstrating the wonderful life that we desire and hope
for. The radical Jesus declared it so simply, "I
can of mine own self do nothing" ...
to believe that we can depend on the Law of Attraction without the
recognition of this Power Greater than we are, that we call G-d, is
foolishness. We must have faith in our self, but this faith must
be found in our identification with the Almighty ... whatever we may
Everything comes through our consciousness from
G-d, Infinite Intelligence. The Master Mind Jesus referred to this
as "the Father" ... that Something Greater than all
that is visible. Our ability to keep faith with our self
stems from our faith in the Greater, G-d. Not only do the
contemporary self-help gurus lead us astray from G-d with their focus
solely on mind power, but so do the Christians who teach that Jesus is
God. If Jesus were G-d would he have stated, "I
of mine own self can do nothing, it is the Father that doeth the
A reasonable person can figure this out ... a religious fanatic probably
can't. The radical Jesus understood that the Law of Mind, "it
is done unto you as you believe"
is only effective if
our "believe" is in alignment with G-d, Divine
The faith that we must foster and nurture in
our consciousness is that G-d desires to "doeth
the work" through
us, as us, and for us. And this is the "cause" of
our desires for greater joy, and peace, and happiness, success and
prosperity. These desires are compelling us to recognize G-d,
identify with G-d, affirm that which we desire to experience, and accept
whatever it is knowing that G-d is working through us ... that is,
through our faith, to manifest our desires. The measure of our
faith in G-d, even more so than our faith in our self, will determine
the measure of good that we desire to experience. Without a
genuine faith in ourselves and G-d, we will not be "conscious"
of our ability to attain much more than we have already.
Emmet Fox writes in his book,
"Diagrams for Living": "And
so it is with life. If you want to go higher, you must climb the
steps. If you think, "This step is too high, I can't take
it," it is your choice. If you think, "This trouble is
too much. It is so unfair" - then you stay below until you
wake up to the knowledge that you can do it. However, if you meet
each challenge with the realization, "God in me is stronger than
anything I have to meet. God has given me dominion over my
circumstances. I let nothing in this situation frighten me for I
know God is with me," and continue in that vein, you will get your
miracle. It may take time and prayerful effort, but you will get
Let us think and believe that G-d is for us,
for this is the truth. How could it be otherwise? On March
4th, only a couple of days ago, the New York Times published an article
titled: "Pastor Stirs Wrath With His Views on Old
Questions" ... the article referred to a book written by Pastor Rob
Bell where he writes that "heaven is not exclusive to
Christians" ... and the "wrath" he received from
Evangelical and Baptist Christians who believe that "heaven is for
a select few Christians only, while the rest of humanity spends forever
in torment and punishment in hell with no chance of anything
better." I believe that Pastor Bell is on the right track ...
he just doesn't understand yet that heaven does not have a zip code.
Obviously, he and other Christian ministers still have not fully
realized the impact of the words of the radical Jesus which can be found
in Luke 17:21 "Neither
shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God
is within you." When
he stated this, the radical Jesus was talking to Jewish people ... not
Christians, Buddhists, Muslims or Hindus ... but he knew that this was
the truth for everyone because he realized and knew that we are all a
part of G-d; Infinite Spirit, Intelligence and Life. Can any of us
imagine that Buddha, Krishna, Moses, Isaiah and Gandhi will go to a hell
somewhere because they were not Christians? This would be
religious ridiculousness at its worst. How long does it take for
these Christian leaders to understand the Master Mind Jesus? He
taught in parables so all could understand and his statements were
simple and clearly understood; i.e. "it
rains on the good and the bad alike" ...
and in this he meant G-d's Good is for everyone, no exceptions.
don't have to subscribe to, or believe in a man-made religion in order
to know and accept and be grateful for the truth that we are all
in G-d's Good Hands. We are precious to G-d just as our hands and
feet are precious to us ... we cannot be separated from G-d, not here or
in the hereafter. We are part of the Life of G-d, no different
than the wave is part of the ocean, or the sun ray a part of the sun.
Nature reveals to us the Laws of G-d and the Love of G-d. The
Master Mind Jesus looked to Nature to understand G-d ... and so can we.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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