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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (December 5, 2004)         

       In the copy of the Science of Mind that I am reading there is a caption at the top of page 427 which reads:  FROM THE TEACHING OF JESUS ... then there is a statement in parenthesis that reads "It is intentional that the pronoun referring to the man Jesus is not capitalized in this book."  Now, I am certain that the editor and perhaps even the author wanted to differentiate Jesus from the traditional teaching that He was the "only son of God" ... He never said He was nor did any of the Gospel writers state that He was ... so in my opinion, capitalizing "He" when referring to Jesus is giving Him all the respect that He is due.  Jesus was a Master Mind and probably the most highly enlightened person that has ever walked on this planet.  Now there may be another like Him or perhaps even more highly enlightened than Him in this infinite Universe that we live in ... but for us, He is it.  Our world has not produced another like Him, and until it does, He must receive our greatest respect, admiration and love.  The very fact that we celebrate Christmas at all, is because of Him.  And what a glorious season it is ... a time of giving and sharing ... both of which He did to the maximum.

On the "Jesus page" of this website, you will find seven (7) different pictures of Jesus ... none of which have any real similarity.  This is not unusual since He is the most misunderstood of all the Great Mystics.  There are those who ignore Him ... there are those who embrace Him and there are those who say they love and embrace Him as their savior ... yet, they twist His teachings into some of the most hateful man-made concepts that we hold as a culture.

      Recently I was reading an article in the LA Times Newspaper about the next to the last Billy Graham crusade in Los Angeles.  Billy Graham stated that although we try to be moral and try to live good lives, God sees through all that and sees our sins ... sees our defects.  It was truly sad to realize that after 50-some years in the ministry that Billy Graham held that opinion of people ... and of God.  In the scriptures we can read of Jesus' healing work and not once can we read that He saw anyone as "defective in the eyes of God" ...  His ability to heal was based on His ability to know that He was always seeing the "Reflection of the Divine" in everyone ... no matter how they appeared before Him.  Billy Graham has been credited with bringing thousands of people to believe in Jesus Christ ... but what Jesus is he asking them to believe in?  In the scriptures we can read, "He knows no iniquities" ...  in other words God does not see defects ... He is too pure for that.  The Grahams, both father and son have a very different viewpoint on the Teachings of Jesus than the United Church of Christ and Religious Science.

In an additional article regarding Billy Graham's "Heir" to his ministry, his son, Franklin Graham, I was surprised to read that Franklin publicly stated that he voted for George Bush for President.  "I think this thing in Iraq is going to pass," he said.  "We've got George Bush for another four years.  He's not going to back up and he's not going to run."  Asked specifically if he still thought Islam was "an evil and wicked religion," he said he hadn't changed his mind.  Asked about gay marriage, he said it was contrary to God's Law.  He said he believed many gay or lesbian couples believed that their relationships were genuine love.  "But there were people who for centuries swore up and down the Earth was flat too," he said.  And yes, Franklin ... those who thought the world was flat had the same opinion as you regarding God's Law ... but they were wrong about that too ... and so are you!  I believe Franklin is correct in that there is an "evil and wicked religion" ... and that evil and wicked religion is the belief that we can ever do or be anything that would cause God to cease loving us ... "I have Loved you with an ever-lasting Love" ... to separate us from each other rather than to call us to "love one another" as Jesus taught is an abomination.  Now, I don't have a problem with people doing that ... as everyone is free to do what he or she chooses ... but

Jesus taught the pure essence of Love ... the Love of the Father ...
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."

And So It Is!  

Maximum Love
Rev. Hank Bates

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