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.
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.
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
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
SO IT IS!
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