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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (December 18, 2005)      

          "Abiding in [God] means having no consciousness separate from [God's]
consciousness - nothing in our thought which denies the power and
presence of Spirit." -
Ernest Holmes , The Science of Mind

Most of what we know about "consciousness" today, would have created only confusion during the time in which the Bible was written.  As I have stated before, in the era in which the books of the Bible were created, the people thought the Earth was flat and that you could actually fall off it.  When we read the statements of deep profound Truth in the scriptures, we realize that even in that era, there were people who knew deep within their souls that there was something far much Greater than what was visible to the human eye.  These people had connected to "God" within them, and were open to being taught by the Spirit, Infinite Intelligence.

         But the great question that they had to wrestle with was ... how do we explain this to people who live in such a limited awareness of the Universe?  And so they did what Jesus became a Master at later ... they used allegories to explain changeless and immutable Universal Laws to fairly simple people effectively.  When you read the word "soul" in the Bible, it means consciousness.  Consciousness being our awareness of our dominion and authority that is gained as we become aware of Universal Laws and how we can apply them individually.

        The stories in the Bible are wonderful ... and most of them have been expanded throughout the ages.  The baby born in a manger, arouses our sentimentality.  And it is an effective allegory to explain the birth of a "higher consciousness" into the world, as embodied by the man, Jesus of Nazareth.  This simple story has been depicted throughout the ages in art, religion, theatre and film, beautifully.  However, the story contains a great deal of embellishment from the original allegory.

      If you don't think the stories in the Bible were embellished ... think about it ... is anyone on Earth capable of living a spiritual life 100% of the time?  I don't think so.  These were people just like you and me; Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Paul ... all men, with the same mentality, emotionality, and physicality as you and me.  Each of them, just like you and me, had the capability to actualize Truth in their experiences ... and they did ... but not 100% of the time, I assure you.

         The stories of Jesus' birth along with many of the stories that we have learned so much from, were not written to make us see Jesus as greater than us ... but to see Jesus as the Great Potential within us all.  He stated emphatically, "these things I do and greater things still shall you do."  We will only linger asleep to the Truth, unless and until we take His words to heart.

          The greatest gifts we can give ourselves this Holiday Season, is to understand the great Bible stories that reveal "consciousness" expanding ... to realize that the writers were filled with the Grace of God .. inspired from a Higher Consciousness ... to give us a guide to the unfolding of our very own consciousness into an experience of "Heaven on Earth" ... right where we are ... without any necessity for fairytales.

And So It Is!  

Letting Love Use Me In Its Own Good Way,
Rev. Bates

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