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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for April 8, 2007 

           "In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing." - Mark Twain, American Writer, Lecturer

        Easter is a worldwide tradition involving many customs that people believe to be Christian.  However, there is nothing in the Bible ... the textbook for Christians ... that gives any authority for Easter.  But it does give authority for Passover.  Easter is dependent on Passover for its place on the calendar and also for the traditions that lead up to Easter.  The early "Church" was still observing the Jewish Passover ten years after the death of Jesus.  The vast majority of ecclesiastical and secular historians agree that the name of Easter and the traditions surrounding it are deeply rooted in pagan religion.  

       Most of us are very familiar with the religious traditions of Easter, and some of us participate in these and some of us don't.  It is a great inspiration to all of us to think about Jesus' resurrection ... and for this ministry, "resurrection" is the key to Easter ... and "resurrection" is the key to spiritual healing.  No matter what issue we may be dealing with; financial, physical, mental, relationships, career ... we desire to "resurrect" the joy and feelings of security in our life.  And our path to happiness and security is through the "resurrection" that takes place within our mind as we realize that the Good that we affirm for ourselves and for others will be made manifest.

      Each day this past week I passed the sign of a church that reads, "Easter is not about bunnies and eggs" ... and of course we agree that there is more to Easter than bunnies and eggs.  It is about new beginnings, growth and expansion, which is what bunnies and eggs represent.  And it is also what the "resurrection" represents ... the Master Mind Jesus stated, "I have overcome the world" ... in other words, "I have overcome the false beliefs of the world that believes that Life can be limited to this physical expression on Earth."

     Our own personal "resurrection" is dependent on our ability to "overcome limitation" ... or, limited thinking.  But, in order to do so, we must "loose" the false beliefs that we have accumulated in our consciousness ... and "affirm" the "infinite possibilities" that are always available to us.

      It is important that we realize that unlike traditional Christianity which relies on the Gospels for the importance of the "resurrection mystery" ... we must take that which is written and not limit it to the information provided by the Gospel writers.  Matthew, Mark and Luke did not personally know Jesus and their information is second and third-hand.  The Gospel of John was written by several authors although the disciple that Jesus loved, John, is also one of the authors of this Gospel.  In the Gospel of John there are two endings to Jesus' discourse at the Last Supper and there is great evidence that this Gospel was changed and rearranged to dramatize certain events ... and is based more on myth-traditions than on actual knowledge.  

     Not accepting these Gospels as the "word of God" ... puts us in the non-Christian category of theology.  But, it does not make the experiences that are attributed to Jesus any less meaningful even if they were dramatized and written to support a religious agenda.  And I can state this as both "crucifixion" and "resurrection" ... are experienced in our mind, first.  Just as the Master Mind Jesus demonstrated multiplying the loaves and fishes, turned water into wine ... and walked on water ... his consciousness put him on the cross ... and his consciousness took him down from it.  It is obvious that his "intention" was to demonstrate that Life is not limited to the physical ... and this is the "root belief" of metaphysics.  In other words, we must "believe it to see it" ... rather than the world idea of "I will believe it when I see it."  We must always be aware that we are always dealing with both the "seen and the un-seen" ... and it is on this "un-seen side of Life" that we "accept" as complete that which we desire to see made manifest.  Is there a process to this?  There is and there isn't.  If we can intelligently remove limitation from our mind and reason out the results that we desire to the point that our mind has removed all doubt ... we can spontaneously demonstrate that which we desire.

     "The Infinite lies stretched in smiling repose within you - this is the true state of your mind.  The power and wisdom of this Infinite Mind become potent and active in your life the moment you recognize Its existence and establish your mental contact with It.  If you do this now, you will experience immediately a marvelous feeling of inner security, and you will discover the peace that pass-eth understanding." - Dr. Joseph Murphy

Our greatest activity in our celebration of Easter can be the "action of mind" within us that "recognizes" that the Power of God is within us, waiting for us to "accept" the Good that we desire ... and as we open our mind to the Infinite within us ... then our desires may be expanded to include more love, more joy, more happiness, more security, more prosperity ... than we have even imagined before!  Let us together look at the issues of our life and begin today to "resurrect" happiness, joy and a feeling of well-being in our mind.  We have the power ... the Master Mind Jesus demonstrated that we do ... and the Easter Bunny and colored eggs remind us that our mind is "fertile" ... filled with hope ... and this hope springs eternal as we demonstrate the desires of our heart!


Keep the faith!
Rev. Hank Bates
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