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  "Jesus did not endure the cross that the sins of humanity might be forgiven; nor to pacify an angry God; this act alone did not expiate sin.  The lesson of the crucifixion is that it symbolized that which, through mental activity, had already been accomplished; the crossing out of the old man, the false-self.  Jesus passed through the crucifixion that he might prove the unreality of death and the reality of life eternal.  He said to his disciples, "Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for a friend;" and proved to them through the resurrection that what they had believed (laying one's life down) was in reality not laying it down as the world sees it, but was living on the spiritual plane.  Vicarious atonement, as it is generally understood, leaves the impression that God not only becomes angry, but is revengeful, vicious, unreasonable.  Jesus made no such atonement; he understood his Divine relationship in the highest; he became at one with love, joy, peace, purity, by not recognizing (power in) hate, sorrow, discord and impurity; thus he came into at-one-ment with the All Good." " - Isidora H. Minard, "Prove Me Now" (1903)

           We can thank Isidora Minard for giving us a different idea than the one that is widely held in the religion that teaches about the Master Mind Jesus.  And, she gave us this idea 110 years ago.  Yet, this differing idea regarding Jesus "dying for our sins" has had little effect on those who continue to believe and to teach that he did just that ... died for the sins of mankind.  Even though all evidence points to the false-ness of this idea, people continue to believe it ... or at least say they do.  As we know, the only "truth" we will ever know is that which we "experience" ... so to say we "believe" something and truly believe it may be very different when our beliefs are put to the test.  But, my point in this is not to shake up the fundamentalist Christians ... which I doubt seriously would ever listen to me on the radio or read these weekly messages ... but to draw our mind and thoughts to the fact that even that which defies intelligence, can be held as true for those who live with a mind filled with worry, doubts and fears.  And this includes far too many people in the world in which we live.

        People worry about making the next mortgage payment, getting the promotion at work, finding their soul mate ... or worry that they will never experience the desires of their hearts.  There are those who have faith and those who doubt the faith they have.  And there are those who live in fear ... fear of the unknown, fear of death, fear of the things created in their imaginations, etc.  Dr. O. C. Smith stated, "fear is the child of an undeveloped consciousness."  But, most of those who allow fear-based ideas and thoughts to dominate their consciousness, would probably not accept this.  Our spiritual nature calls us to put away childish things and use our inherent wisdom to think things through to an intelligent conclusion.  And when we do, we shall find a way in which to transcend our worry, our doubts and our fears.

       Often people will tell me that it is difficult and challenging to change their habitual thinking; especially worry.  Yet, it is not as difficult as most believe it to be.  It actually is simple.  It is one of those very simple things that seems too good to be true for most people.  It is to turn within in the silence ... and know that when we "turn within" we are turning within to that Something that is always available to us ... the Power, the Intelligence and the Spirit of G-d Itself.  This "turning within" has given CEOs of some of the largest corporations in the world the awareness of the right ideas to prosper their companies, to turn them from failure to success.  This "turning within" has transcended the "writer's block" and enabled literary genius to be expressed through the mind of authors of some of the greatest books ever written.  This "turning within" has helped people transcend depression and find that something that gives them a feeling of being alive to life with excitement and hope.  I am reminded of the words from the old spiritual song, "there is no secret what G-d can do" [Mahalia Jackson] ... but it is up to us to seek G-d.  The Master Mind Jesus revealed to us that "the Father is a Spirit, and must be worshiped (recognized) in spirit and in truth".  The spirit in which we approach this Intelligence that created all that we see, will determine what we receive from It ... in secret ... that is, in the realm of Mind, our mind mingling with the Mind of G-d, as One Mind ... think Mind as Spirit, Intelligence.

         Isidora Minard writes ... in 1903, once again, 110 years ago:  "Epictetus (Greek sage and stoic philosopher) tells us that, "Men are not influenced by things, but by their thoughts about things."  Man's belief in sickness, dis-ease, and poverty, allows these unrealities, or false thoughts, to dominate or overrule the Truth.  He is overpowered by his environment of inharmony, instead of using his God-given power to set his mental realm in at-one-ment with all that is true, pure, and holy or in at-one-ment with Truth.  The work or mission of man (generic) is to get rid of his belief in two powers, one that lifts up, while the other constantly endeavors to drag down.  To cast out or master the seeming evil we must look at good only; the false self must become a servant to the true self, that is, Spirit must govern body, instead of the body's attempting the impossible task of ruling Spirit.  The body is the temple of the living soul ... of Spirit.  Fill the soul so full of Good and Truth that there is no room for un-right-ness."

        To transcend worry-doubts-fears, we "must" foster, nurture and establish in our mind that that which is real cannot be overpowered as it is G-d and therefore changeless.  Can we overpower gravity?  No, we can't.  We can only work with it according to its nature or natural laws.  And this we can learn to do with the nature of Good or G-d.  We can learn to work within the Divine Spiritual laws that are Omnipresent and Omnipotent throughout the universe in which we exist.


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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