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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for November 27, 2016
        One of the most striking differences between spiritual and religious theologies is the degree in which each teaches Principle; that is, that G-d Is All and All Is Good.  Prophets and sages from the sacred Books of the Bhagavad Gita, The Torah and The Holy Bible were calling us to look to Principle in our understanding of our relationship to G-d and to Life.  Most religions have foregone the teaching of Principle and have focused on dogma.  Even the dogma that defies Principle is still prevalent in most religions and perpetuated in most churches.  

         A simple statement that "facts change but the truth does not" gives us the inspiration to understand Principle and to realize the benefits that this understanding brings into our experiences.  Without the understanding of Principle permanent healing of consciousness is impossible.  Principle involves that which is immutable truth.  A simple physical illustration would be someone with brown hair who dyes their hair blonde.  The "appearance" if you met them would be that they have blonde hair but the truth is that they have brown hair that is covered up by blonde dye or bleach.  In order to heal dis-ease of the body, the mind and our affairs; degree of prosperity, success, etc. we must understand that the truth of us is that what is obstructing us from having our good is being covered up and is not being recognized as the truth for us in our mind.  Just as the person with brown hair will always have brown hair, health, prosperity, peace and success are always the truth of us.  We just must mentally go through the "appearance" and realize the Principle that brings forth the truth.

       Although not an advocate of Christian Science I have found that both Christian Science and The Course In Miracles teachings remain closer to the truth of Principle than most other teachings, including too often the current presentation of The Science of Mind ... we just must keep an open mind on those things that wisdom tells us to ignore when studying these or any other religious or spiritual philosophies.  During the past few days I had the opportunity to read many of the "Testimonials" from those of the Christian Science faith, one of which I found particularly powerful.  It is the "testimonial" of a follower of Christian Science who was doubting his degree of faith in Principle.  I would like to share it with you:  "I was reluctant to leave my name up for election to Reader because I felt I would be a poor advertisement for the effectiveness of Christian Science healing. I felt my practice of Christian Science was being mocked by this growth on my face, so I prayed to know what I should do. Two days later, the growth of fifteen years fell off, leaving no trace or scar on my face.
         The thought came at that moment –
God is not mocked! (Gal.6:7) No matter how I had felt humanly, God could not be mocked – the power of infinite Mind could not be stopped no matter what I believed mortally. I put my name in and was elected First Reader and spent the next three years in joyful and uplifting service.
         Now you may be thinking that this is one of those fellows who never has had a doubt about anything. You would be wrong.
Years after that healing, another growth appeared on the other side of my face. It grew rapidly, and even in the light of the healing I have just recounted, I was filled with doubt. The arguments came fast and furious: you are older now - this is normal – this is worse than the first – there are other things you have not had success in healing – and on and on. In other words I had no faith that I would be healed even in the light of all the wonderful healings I had experienced of other problems, and even of the same type of problem.;After a few weeks of this unproductive thinking I remembered the words that had come to me at the point of my first healing fifteen years earlier – God is not mocked.Within five days I could scarcely find the spot where the growth had been. It was completely healed.
Here is the point: I had little faith that I would be healed, but I did have a tiny understanding of the divine Principle in the statement, God is not mocked. I was healed without regard to my belief or my seeming lack of faith at that moment of weakness. I was healed by understanding a fundamental truth about God. It was a “scientific healing” in Christian Science, and now I am grateful to say that I understand, somewhat, what the founder of our church, Mary Baker Eddy, has taught us. As a byproduct of this healing, my faith has also been strengthened once again."

       And so we realize from this man's testimonial that "G-d is not mocked" when we believe in the "appearance" more than the truth that is ever-present and forever available for us to realize.  And neither does our lack of faith obstruct us from realizing the truth for us when we understand the Principle that is universal, eternal and immutable.  And this is the most glorious validation of G-d's eternal, unconditional love for us all.

And so it is!
Rev. Henry Bates

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