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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (April 10, 2005)         

         From the Book of Luke, Chapter 12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give  peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: 52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. 53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. - words attributed to the Radical Rabbi Jesus.

           Mystics, scholars and theologians have argued over the words written above attributed to the Master Mind Jesus for centuries.  The Mystical Jesus spoke so often from the "Soul" that few have understood His words ... and unless we have reached to the depths of our soul for the understanding ... most of us will only have opinions.  The following is going to be "my opinion" as to what He meant in the recorded passages from the Book of Luke:

           It is my opinion that Jesus was referring to His impact on religion.  Man (generic) has created religion and therefore it is filled with the cultural and  traditional biases of man's experiences and beliefs.  The masses of people are more loyal to their religion than they are to God ... for few will leave religions or churches that hold them to beliefs and concepts that no longer serve them ... and this is the radical message of Jesus ... religion divides us ... it can make us arrogant, self-righteous and hold us in ignorance of the Truth.  Since Jesus taught in parables demonstrating their effectiveness in making a point, I will illustrate this statement with a story ... this one is a true story:  I was in a meeting one day with a Jewish man and his Christian decorator.  The man introduced me as a minister of Religious Science and said that I taught a wonderful philosophy that gave people a beautiful understanding of Life.  In turn, he asked the decorator what her religion taught and she replied that she believed in the "Lord Jesus Christ and the only ones who would go to heaven are those people who accept Jesus as their savior and are born again."  ... I sat quietly as I listened to this woman go on about how only the "saved" would enter into heaven and eternal life ... she explained, everyone else is lost.  Now this woman knew she was talking to a Jewish man and also someone who I am certain, she did not believe to be a Christian in the "true" sense of being a Christian ... in other words ... she was telling us that we were doomed to go to hell and she was thanking Jesus for the opportunity to "witness" for Him.

        Now, you take the arrogance of the woman in the story above ... multiply it by millions of people who share her beliefs ... and this accumulated "belief" in separation and evil equals disease, war and catastrophes.  It is our collective consciousness of low-level hate that has created all the discord on the planet.  God has created a "Garden of Eden" for us to enjoy ... but we are so unwilling to share it ... and even religions will teach us this low-level hate derived from "separate-ness" and judgments of inferior and superior religious beliefs.  Dr. Joseph Murphy stated that to believe that God has any concern about whether we are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Atheist or any other religion is superstitious and ignorant.  God is Mind ... what we believe into It we experience ... and that is the Truth taught thousands of years before Jesus and reinforced in the Teachings of Jesus.  Life is consciousness and that is why Jesus knew that "religion would separate us" ... cause us to hate one another rather than love one another until we realize the Truth that will set us free.

     The photo of the Iraqi boy above has been placed with this message for a reason.  It is my opinion, that were Iraq a "Christian" country they would never have bombed them as heavily as they were.  ((CBS) They're calling it "A-Day," A as in air strikes so devastating they would leave Saddam's soldiers unable or unwilling to fight.  If the Pentagon sticks to its current war plan, one day in March the Air Force and Navy will launch between 300 and 400 cruise missiles at targets in Iraq. As CBS News Correspondent David Martin reports, this is more than the number that were launched during the entire 40 days of the first Gulf War.  On the second day, the plan calls for launching another 300 to 400 cruise missiles.  "There will not be a safe place in Baghdad," said one Pentagon official who has been briefed on the plan.)  Our bombing of Iraq was not suffered exclusively by Saddam Hussein and his supporters ... there were thousands of children, just like the little boy above, who endured the devastation of bombs over Baghdad and throughout Iraq ... and those in charge of this bombing and those who made the decision to bomb Iraq ... were by and large Christians (General Boykin ... "My God is bigger than your God").

      So, where is our peace ... when can we ever find it when we have collectively shared in the ignorance and superstitions of those who Jesus talked about so many, many years ago.  There will be no peace ... until the world's consciousness is satisfied with war, hate and separation.  And it is still not satisfied ... or there would be an out-cry against war so great that never again would the children of any religion, any country ... have to endure what the children of Iraq have endured ... which to them must have seemed like an apocalypse.  The most consistent and frequent promoter of peace and human rights for the last two decades has been Pope John Paul II.  From Iraqi War I to Iraqi War II, he has echoed the voice of Paul VI, crying out before the United Nations in 1965: "War No More, War Never Again!"  John Paul II stated before the 2003 war that this war would be "a defeat for humanity which could not be morally or legally justified."  Why haven't the voices of the traditional Christian ministers; Joel Osteen, Pat Robertson, Billy Graham, Creflo Dollar, Jerry Falwell, Joyce Meyers, T. D. Jakes ... and the hundreds of other Christian religious leaders ... shouted out against this war?  As Christians they must realize that it is a "sowing and reaping" Universe.

And So It Is!  

Maximum Love
Rev. Hank Bates

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