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                   Matthew 5:29, Bible (King James Version)  "And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee:  for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell." - attributed to the Master Mind Jesus (also refer to Mark 9:47)

    
For those who want to take the Bible literally, this statement from the Book of Matthew attributed to the Master Mind Jesus is harsh.  But, as Dr. Robert Bitzer said often, Jesus was a Master Metaphysician, this statement is not to be taken literally, but discerned spiritually.  First of all, we know that anytime Jesus refers to the body, he is referring to the physical, or that which takes place in the world.  So, as we view this statement as an instruction to act ... then we must ask, in what way are we to act?  Returning evil for evil will only create more of it.  But we must not be afraid to confront it.  If it came to our awareness, it came to us for a reason.

    
When Jesus spoke of evil he was not referring to something that had power, but instead something that was attempting to deny the Presence of G-d.  And in reality, evil is that which negates our ability to live fully in the peace, harmony, prosperity, success, freedom and love that is present for us.  These are the effects of the Spirit when undisturbed by negativity and discord ... that which contradicts these things.  In the evolutionary science of mind we do not deny that evil exists in the world, but we realize that we must not "identify" with it, or we will share in its consequences.  And by evil, we do not mean the devil or evil spirits ... that is all nonsense.  I believe that it is not enough for us to say that All is G-d and therefore All is Good, when our eyes and ears can't possibly give us evidence that this is fully the Truth.  We must accept the Good knowing that ultimately All is Good ... and we must reject the seeming evil.  A wise spiritual teacher wrote that, "blindness to evil is a sin."  Now, I wouldn't call it a sin, but I would call it a mistake.  If we saw our neighbor's house being robbed, would we call the police, or refuse to see it as evil?  If we call the police, we do not identify with it ... we reject it.

     The Radical Rabbi Jesus stated:  "Do you think that I have come to teach peace on earth?  No, I tell you, but rather division." 
In other words, how can we have peace on earth unless we reject evil?  We cannot make peace with evil.  The evil must be rejected and eliminated by our love for the good.  Reverend Ike taught that we accept discord and disease into our lives because we fail to reject them when they come to our awareness, or attention.  Some will say that they "know the truth" ... but if we knew the truth 100% of the time then we would never be aware of evil, discord or disease.  We may see ourselves as "not of this world," but we are in the world and we must separate the good from the evil if we are to experience more of the good.

  
So much of what we see in the world as attempts to stop evil, is instead hypocrisy attempting to disguise itself as morality.  An excellent example of this is our current debate on healthcare reform in the United States.  There are politicians who will not sign on to healthcare reform if it provides for abortion medical procedures.  They will tell us that it contradicts their moral conviction and Christian religious beliefs.  But ...................... these same politicians will not sign onto healthcare reform if it provides any care for children of illegal immigrants!  Some will say this is just politics ... and if that is so, then politics is rife with evil!  Christian organizations send millions of dollars outside of the United States to "save the children" ... but what about the children of illegal immigrants that are right here in our own country?  Where is the Christian outpouring of support for them against these politicians?  Why do these Christians believe the life of an unborn child is more important than the life of a child in our midst?  Is not the life of G-d breathing through both the legal and the illegal? Our brother Jesus said: "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me." ... and "If anyone says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen."

    
"Resist not evil,"  the Master Mind Jesus stated.  What we resist, persists.  And often our blindness to evil will enable it.  In the early years of the AIDS epidemic, the words "SILENCE=DEATH" made a lot of people wake up to a greater accountability to speak up for those who needed their help.  Our silence, too often, implies agreement with those who would do evil. There must not be any passivity towards evil.  The Good will always reign supreme, but we must affirm the Good, live for the Good, and let G-d work through us for the greater good.  We must be willing to "cause division" as the Radical Rabbi Jesus did ... to reject that which denies the Divine in anyone or in anything.  If we don't, we give it our agreement ... and if we agree with it, we will experience it for ourselves, in some way.
AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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