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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for July 3, 2016
      

            During this time of the year we hear the word “Freedom” used a lot by both the political and religious factions in our country.  I heard one of the Trump supporters tell a crowd of people that “we are going to take our country back” … and I immediately thought, back to what?  Back to the days when “freedom” was suppressed by laws that were in alignment with religion?  We have only to go back a few decades to where so-called “Blue Laws” were in effect in this country; Blue laws were designed to enforce religious standards or restrict or ban some or all Sunday activities for religious reasons, particularly to promote the observance of a day of worship or rest.  Even the Supreme Court upheld these laws when they were challenged.  But the problem with these laws is that the “religious standards” that they were designed to enforce were in fact not the standards that most people wanted to adhere to.  As the “separation of church and state” became more broadly defined people began to see that these laws were more about taking our freedom away and in effect forcing people to adhere to the “opinions” of others; after all, Sunday is a day of worship for Christians only so why should those who are non-Christian be forced to adhere to them?  In most states these Blue laws were concerned only with sales of alcoholic beverages on Sundays but in some they also restricted the sales of automobiles and in a few states went so far as to make all retail sales illegal on Sundays.  In other words, the religious wanted to insure that people had nothing else to do on Sundays but go to church … but, that only worked for a fairly short period of time in our history.

            What these laws give evidence to that is most harmful to people is that they are used to impose religious beliefs on people rather than allow the Spirit within us to realize individually what it is that we believe and accept for ourselves.  Now, don’t get me wrong, there are numbers of people who have no problem with other people telling them what to believe or what is right and wrong or what is truth and even what is freedom.  May Rowland, Director of Silent Unity 1916-1971, in her book "The Magic of the Word” wrote that …
"We do not like to make the mental effort necessary to set us apart as an original or independent thinker.  This is true in many fields, but it is especially true in the field of religion.  We accept without question the ideas presented to us by our ancestors.  Martin Luther said, "any religion that a man has not made for himself is a superstition and not a religion."

           These words of Martin Luther give us what was so apparent in the teachings of the Master Mind Jesus for there was little if any room for religious dogma in the teachings of Jesus.  Why?  Because unlike most of those in religious or political leadership Jesus believed that “ALL OF US” are Intelligent and that we have the intelligence inherent within us to realize what is right and wrong for us and what is truth and what is false.  And he considered religious dogma to be false.

                             "Jesus entered again into the synagogue, and there was a man there whose hand was withered.  And they watched him to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath, that they might accuse him.  And he said to the man whose hand was withered, Stand up in the center.  Then he said to them also, Is it lawful to do good or evil on the Sabbath, to save a life or to destroy it?  But they were silent.  And he looked at them with anger, sad because of the hardness of their hearts; and he said to the man, Stretch out your hand, and he stretched it out; and his hand was restored." - St. Mark 1-5, Holy Bible From The Ancient Eastern Text     
        

                   And in another telling of the work of the Master Mind Jesus, he tells the man to “pick up your bed and walk” … because he knew that if the man made the decision to do so, he could.  And just as Jesus believed we are all intelligent he also believed that we draw to us, through us, the Power of G-d.  And in this not only did he break with the prevailing religious standards of his time, but he also encouraged everyone who heard his words to do the same: “
Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear?”  The Master Mind Jesus understood that we must align our mind with G-d and G-d alone and allow the Intelligence, Power and Spirit to “think through us intelligently” in order to guide us out of the shackles of false beliefs and false religious dogma.  In other words, we must stop giving power to persons, places and things, and recognize fully and completely that there is only One Power. 

              Joel Goldsmith the great American healer and teacher said, I am paraphrasing here; “Nothing existing in the realm of effect can act upon you or upon your affairs as law since G-d is the only law-giver.  G-d, the divine Consciousness of your being, the very Soul of you, is the only law unto your experience.  Therefore, regardless of what the world may call the law of cause and effect, the law of karma; regardless of what the world may call the law of the stars and the planets; none of that is law unto your being, either for good or evil, since your good is derived from the infinity of your own being, which is G-d.  So, let us lean not unto our own understanding, or on the understanding of any man, but on the infinity of G-d, pouring Itself through as individual being.”

            If we really desire true freedom then we must be willing to break away from the masses of people and the ideas and opinions of people, even those who the world reveres, and open our mind to the freedom that only the Spirit, that is our consciousness, can manifest for us. 

           "Rest in the Lord; wait patiently for Him.  In Hebrew, "Be silent in God, and let Him mould thee."  Keep still, and He will mould thee to the right shape," wrote Martin Luther.


AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev
. Henry Bates

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