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Weekly Message for Sunday, June 30, 2002                                        

"That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him.
 No man yet knows what it is, nor can, till that person has exhibited it."
Ralph Waldo Emerson "Self-Reliance" [1841]

            Sunday, June 30, 2002 at the City of Angels Church of Religious Science, I will be Ordained as Reverend Henry Lee Bates.  Ordination is a ceremony that signifies a commitment to the ministry.  Whatever denomination it is that a minister, priest or rabbi is called to, their calling is to "minister to," or as it is stated in scripture, to heal, to prosper and to bless everyone who reaches out to them for healing, prospering and blessing.  If they make a decision to do otherwise, their demonstration will clearly show their level of commitment to this calling.  As the Master Teacher Jesus stated, "I will show thee my faith by my works."

               I have been tremendously blessed with the perfect, right teachers to prepare me for this work.  I move forward with the awareness and understanding imparted to me, at my level of acceptance, from the instruction of Dr. Domenic A. Polifrone, Dr. O. C. Smith, and Dr. Juanita Bryant-Dunn.  I received from each that which I was to receive and I bless them for their generosity of spirit.  However, as we can read from the writings of Emerson, "that which I am to do best, only my maker can teach me."  In other words, if I rest on my teachers' consciousness, I will never experience "my best."

              From the writings of Judge Thomas Troward, "my mind is the center of Divine operation.  The Divine operation is always for expansion and fuller expression, and this means the production of something beyond what has gone before, something entirely new, not included in the past experience, though proceeding out of it by an orderly sequence of growth."

               It takes little faith to do that which has already been done.  When we go beyond what has gone before to that something entirely new, we take a leap of faith.  But most of us have experienced various levels of fear of the unknown.  However, faith does not tremble before the troubled waters, but calmly stills the waters and sails ahead.

               My mission is to teach Religious Science as the "Religion of Jesus."  A close inspection of The Science of Mind, which is the textbook for Religious Science, it is easily discerned that this is the truth.  Religious Science is not a Christian teaching in the usual sense.  Too much of what is defined as Christian is far too removed from the philosophy and teachings of the Radical Rabbi Jesus.  Jesus taught consciousness - Christianity does not.  Now, many Christians will be disturbed by my tagging Religious Science as the "Religion of Jesus."  But let's compare the fundamental teachings of Jesus to Religious Science:  1) the Law of Mind which is the fundamental principle of Religious Science is derived from the statement, "it is done unto you as you believe," which was not original with Jesus, but he both taught this principle and demonstrated it to a greater degree than anyone in history.  2)  Jesus' teaching "as you sow, shall you reap," is defined in the Science of Mind as "cause and effect."  3)  Spiritual Mind Treatment, the method of Scientific Prayer defined by Dr. Ernest Holmes is derived precisely from the method in which Jesus prayed.  These are the most important principles taught by both Jesus and Religious Science.  The Science of Mind contains 56 pages dedicated specifically to the "Teachings of Jesus."  There are another 24 pages under the chapter, "Other Teachings from the New Testament," for a total of 80 pages or almost 14% of the Science of Mind excluding the glossary and the index.  Additionally, there are many, many references to Jesus and scriptures from both the New Testament and Old Testament.  Neither the Buddha, Krishna nor Mohammad are listed in the index, only Jesus.

                Religious Science is not an intellectual philosophy.  In fact, if we attempt to master it through the intellect, we will fail miserably.  It can change our lives if we approach it with faith, trust and hope.  The Master Mind Jesus said the same of His philosophy.  As Dr. O. C. Smith stated to me in my initial interview with Him, "this is not intellectual, the intellect will deceive us."  And He asked me, "was it Rev. Jesus or Dr. Jesus that made the greatest demonstration the world has ever known?"  The greatest lesson that Jesus gave us was, "I of mine own self can do nothing."  In this statement of Truth, I know that the idea to teach Religious Science as the "Religion of Jesus," came from Divine inspiration.

From H. Emilie Cady:  When you learn to let God manifest Himself through you in His own way, it will not be like the manifestation through anyone else.  You will think and speak and do without previous thought or plan.  You will be as new and surprising to yourself as to anyone else.  "For it is not you that speaketh, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you."

As Emerson wrote,
"That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him.  No man yet knows what it is, nor can, till that person has exhibited it."         
 And So It Is! 

Living The Way To A Wonderful Life,
Henry Lee Bates