who offers God a second
place, offers Him no place. "
A week or so ago I read an article published in the Los Angeles
Times stating that science can never accept that there is a God.
Yet, so much of what was articulated in the article points to the
truth that there is no lack of G-d in the universe in which we live.
And I can say this because all that is evidenced in the world is
Intelligence expressing at infinitely individualized degrees.
And Intelligence is the predominate aspect of G-d that Jesus and the
ancient mystics revealed to the world. Most of the great
scientists in the world have never considered themselves religious but
neither did they consider themselves atheists. The great Albert
Einstein is an example of a great scientist who had respect for the
Creator. Here is some of what he had to say: "What
separates me from most so-called atheists is a feeling of utter
humility toward the unattainable secrets of the harmony of the
(Albert Einstein to Joseph Lewis, April 18, 1953) "When
the answer is simple, God is speaking."
In these two statements Einstein reveals that to him science is not
antagonistic to G-d, the Intelligence back of All things.
I believe so many people lose their faith in G-d because they fail to
see the simplicity in the world around them. You don't hear a
lot of religious folks quote the words attributed to the Master Mind
Jesus giving us the instruction to look to Nature to understand our
relationship to G-d: "consider
the lilies how they grow"
... we can interpret this in many ways, but if our
interpretation lacks simplicity, then we probably need to keep
considering the idea.
The mystical Ernest Holmes wrote:
should constantly vitalize our faith by the knowledge that the Eternal
is incarnated in us; that God Himself goes forth anew into creation
through each one of us; and that in such degree as we speak the Truth,
the Almighty has spoken."
In these words Holmes is telling
us that G-d Intelligence is a part of us. But, this really means
nothing to us unless we recognize that this is so. And faith is
the power that causes our mind to recognize the truth of this.
And even before we have the strength to our faith to know it without
wavering or doubting the fact that we recognize it can often be enough
to provide for us evidence that it is so. And it is in this
evidence that we can gain a greater faith. And none of this is
dependent on religion or the concept of a reward and punishment god.
Let's look at these words from Wallace D.
Wattles' 1910 book, The Science of Getting Rich: "It
requires power to think health when surrounded by the appearances of
disease, or to think riches when in the midst of the appearances of
poverty. But, he who acquires this power becomes a master mind.
He can conquer fate; he can have what he wants. ... This power can
only be acquired by getting hold of the basic fact which is behind all
appearances; that there is a thinking substance, from which and by
which all thing are made. ... Then, we must grasp the truth that every
thought held in this substance becomes a form and that a person can
impress his thoughts upon it so as to cause them to take form and
become visible things."
This "thinking substance" that Mr.
Wattles is Intelligence. It is the same Intelligence that
Albert Einstein and Ernest Holmes recognized. And it is the same
Intelligence that Jesus referred to when he instructed us to look to
Nature ... more importantly, the universal, changeless, immutable
physical laws that are active throughout the cosmos.
I believe that we "lose our
faith" when we let religion confuse us. Reza Aslan wrote as
part of his Op-Ed article in the New York Times; "...
scripture is meaningless without interpretation. Scripture
requires a person to confront and interpret it in order for it to have
any meaning. And the very act of interpreting a scripture
necessarily involves bringing to it one's own perspectives and
prejudices. ... The abiding nature of scripture rests not so much in
its truth as it does in its malleability, its ability to be molded and
shaped into whatever form a worshiper requires. The same Bible
that commands Jews to "love your neighbor as yourself"
(Leviticus 19:18) also exhorts them to "kill every man and woman,
child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey," who worship
any other God (1 Sam. 15:3). The same Jesus Christ who told his
disciples to "turn the other cheek" (Matthew 5:39) also told
them that he had "not come to bring peace but the sword"
(Matthew 10:34), and that "he who does not have a sword should
sell his cloak and buy one" (Luke 22:36). The same Quran
that warns believers "if you kill one person it is as though you
have killed all of humanity" (5:32) also commands them to
"slay the idolaters wherever you find them" (9:5). ... How a
worshiper treats these conflicting commandments depends on the
And in these simple words Reza
Aslan reveals a great truth; All is consciousness. If our
consciousness is focused on the violence and the hate in the
scriptures we shall soon enough be losing our faith. If, on the
other hand, we focus on the words that reveal the powerful loving
action of G-d in ourselves, in others, and in our world, our faith
shall be strengthened and sustained and shall serve us well as we
experience this Thing called Life.
SO IT IS!
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