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"The Art Of Being Yourself"
The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for November 5, 2017
tried to establish the kingdom of truth in man so that men would
teach it, but he failed not because he was ignorant himself but
because man was not developed enough to receive it." -
Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
Recently I was
listening to a video of the Phil Donohue show with Reverend Ike as a
guest. I would assume the video was produced in the 70s but I
could be mistaken. The audience for this particular show was
filled mostly with women and from the questions they were asking
Reverend Ike it was apparent that most of them were Christian.
Many of those asking questions were antagonistic about Reverend
Ike's lavish lifestyle and wanted to know how he used the money that
was donated to his church. They were not happy that he had
luxury cars and jewelry but then neither did they seem to understand
that his ministry paid large amounts of money for radio and
television time. Reverend Ike did not seem to satisfy them
with his answers as it seemed they were so focused on the money that
everything else was unimportant. It seems those who think that
the root of all evil"
are the ones most conscious of money and wealth that others
possess. Just as we can use the scriptures to justify thinking
that money brings evil we can also use scriptures as evidence that
our Creator does not desire for us to want for anything ...
including money. The most interesting question asked from the
audience was: "Reverend Ike, do you believe in life after
death?" And Reverend Ike replied, "Yes. But I
also believe in life before death."
people live through struggles with health and financial hardship
believing that there is a "heaven" that awaits them that
will provide them a life of ease; restore their health, reunite them
with loved ones and free them from the worries about money and all
things material. Religion has more or less perpetuated this
idea throughout the history of mankind mostly because the leaders of
religions have not realized that to be "in
the world but not of the world"
does not mean that the things of the world are evil or somehow less
godly than those things of the Other-World; that is the life beyond
this life that we are now living. Those who follow the "NOTW"
philosophy are so hung up on morality and false judgments that more
than likely they will never truly get what the Master Mind Jesus was
trying to teach us.
There is a
morbidity to religion that has always attracted more people than the
truth about our relationship to G-d and the Universe in which we
live. In truth, fear has more disciples than faith although
those who live with fear the most will deny this vehemently.
Fear is the "cause" of unworthiness and the lack of
acceptance of those things that we desire to have, to do, and to
be. So many people live a compromised life due in part to what
they have been brainwashed into believing by those who teach that
there is a heaven and a hell and whether we end up in one or the
other is based on our living to mankind's ideas about right and
wrong. This is true for most Atheists as well. No one
would be an Atheist if they realized the truth of our being and our
relationship with our Creator which has nothing to do with religion
but our own personal relationship with our Maker.
The great Ralph Waldo Emerson revealed, "that
which I am to do best, only my Maker can teach me."
In other words, don't look to the world for the guidance and
inspiration that is necessary to live the good life, the abundant
life and the wonderful life. Look to G-d; Power and
Intelligence and let the Spirit renew within us that right spirit
that knows and knows that it knows that the spirit within us
determines the quality of our life before death and will guide us to
all things that will create within us a love for this life, right
now, right where we are.
And so it is!
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