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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (July 03, 2005)      

         Luke 6:32-33 "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even pagans love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even pagans do the same."

Here in the United States we will be celebrating our Independence Day of July 4th.  And for most of us, we equate independence with freedom.  But, this day does not mark a day of being free for everyone as the freedom that was declared in the Constitution of the United States has yet to be fully realized for all of its citizens:  "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."  At the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence this statement of freedom was not true for the citizens of this country at the time.  But like our individual sense of freedom ... the Declaration of Independence is an affirmation that is to be unfolded and evolved rather than a statement of fact ... and I am confident that the authors of this great declaration knew this was so ... and even if they didn't  ... it is so.

        The seeking of freedom is inherent within all of us as is the seeking of God.  We have been created as "volitional" Beings ... it is inherent within each of us to "choose" ... and when our "choices" appear to be made by others, we lose our sense of freedom and therefore our capacity to express fully our Divine Nature.  But this is only an illusion as our spiritual nature is never dependent on anything outside of Itself ... and even in the most seemingly oppressive of circumstances, we can realize a sense of freedom as we align ourselves with the Greater Power that Indwells us ... this same Power that gave the authors of the Declaration of Independence the "idea or concept" of freedom in the first place.

       Man has created many inventions to circumvent this inherent freedom within the masses ... the most gross one of all is religion.  Religion has used the very Word of God to oppress and obstruct the inherent freedom within man/woman ... religion as played its part as the antagonist of freedom in many ways; the subservience of women to men; the inequality of races; injustice to gay and lesbian peoples; the grossness of judgment and the creation of a devil.  Throughout the United States, segregation of the races is predominant in churches.  Religion continues to play its "devil's advocate" role by and large throughout the world.  Religion teaches that God prefers one group over the other ... or that God favors one religion over another.  The history of the world has shown us that God has "chosen people" ... but how could Omnipresence limit Itself to anything or anyone?  This attachment to a "god of limitation" has created wars, holocausts and genocide ... hatred and self-destruction ... and continues to do so.  Religion has lost sight of the basic truths taught by the Great teachers from which they extracted the essence of their beliefs.  The good news, however, is that more and more churches are evolving their beliefs and concepts and this will surely continues as Spirit becomes more insistent in the hearts and minds of those who will be a part of this awakening to the freedom of the soul.

       Freedom will expand and develop to a greater degree as we understand the teaching of the spiritual genius, Jesus:  "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? ... If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you?"  Our spiritual growth and development must transcend the old concepts of loving those who love us and doing good to those who do good to us ... we must learn to love without expecting a reciprocal action on the part of those we love ... we must learn to do good ... just for the sake of doing the good thing ... not for any other reason.  Not for recognition ... not to appease God for our sins ... not because we believe that doing good will make our lives better ... but for the sake of doing good ... even if it offers no benefit to us whatsoever on the physical level.  As we love and do the good each time there is an opportunity to do so ... we are allowing God incarnate within us to express Itself "through us" ... and as we do this over and over and over again ... we will actualize more of God in every experience of our Life. 

And So It Is!  

Maximum Love
Rev. Hank Bates

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