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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for October 12,  2014

           "He who offers God a second place, offers Him no place. "  - John Ruskin

        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 cosmos." (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: 
"We 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 believer."

       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.


AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev
. Henry Bates

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