a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am
a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene....No
one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus.
His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life."
- Albert Einstein
history of the Christian church records that during its first three
hundred years the followers of Jesus healed the sick by prayer and that
healing was gradually dropped as the church became prosperous and
worldly. A layman from a rural district was being shown, by a bishop,
the riches of a cathedral. The bishop said, "The church can no
longer say, 'Silver and gold have I none.'" "No," said
the layman. "Neither can it say, 'Take up thy bed, and walk."
- Charles Fillmore, Jesus Christ Heals
Both my heart and my mind resonate in agreement
with Albert Einstein's words about the Master Mind Jesus. When we
read the Gospel passages attributed to Jesus most of us want to believe
what he was teaching. But, our only way to truly understand his
philosophy is to have the awareness that he taught and believed that all
is "realized first in mind." He taught that if we lust
after someone in our mind, then we have committed the very act that our
lust has conceived. This teaching is beyond
"imagination" ... he is teaching the "power of the
mind." And since this power of the mind is universal, and is
absolute truth, Jesus' teachings continue to be relevant and important
to each of us. Many people have come to reject both G-d and Jesus
because their "big guy in the sky God" does not rule the world
like a game of chess. They want G-d or Jesus to stop the wars, end
famine and homelessness ... make us all love one another and stop the
hate ... but they fail to realize that G-d has given us the ability to
do these things. G-d can only do for us, what G-d can do through
us ... otherwise we would be robots or puppets. And who would want
There are some people who are "turned
off" by Jesus because of the myths and dogma that has been
pervasive in the Christian religion. But ... Jesus is not
responsible for what others have done or taught "in his name."
Nor, is Jesus responsible for the Christian religion or any religion for
that matter. Jesus was not a Christian. He was a Jew ... who
rejected the judgments and limitations of religion. I don't
believe his birthday is in December or that he was born of a
"virgin mother" and I don't believe he will come again in
human form. His life was not a fairytale or a myth and he is not
responsible for the myths and fairytales that have persisted throughout
the ages about him. He was the most highly enlightened man to have
experienced life on Earth and the world still has not fully realized
"the pearl of great price" that he revealed to us. He
took a stand for G-d that defied the god taught by religion and even the
gods worshiped by the non-religious. He remained faithful to G-d
even to the point of physical death. Something that neither the
Buddha nor Krishna experienced.
I realize that the intention of many of the
myths attributed to Jesus were taught in order to attempt to explain
Something that was beyond human explanation ... that the "Christ
Consciousness" was revealed to the world. Larry King, the
highly respected and well-known talk show host said that Jesus was the
person throughout history that he would most like to interview.
King said: “I would ask Him if He indeed was virgin born,
because the answer to that would define history for me.” Yet, to
me, the question would be foolish and the answer can only be the same
answer for all of us. The authors of the New Testament were merely
repeating a myth that had been created for many of the
"deities" of ancient times to impress upon the people that
Jesus was no "ordinary man." But, this was not necessary
as the Master Mind Jesus demonstrated his philosophy with his works ...
something no one before him or after him has done to the same extent.
And not only did he demonstrate his beliefs by his works, he said we too
could do these things and greater things still ... something that no
other religious figure has ever said.
An $11-million dollar Christmas Tree was
unveiled this week in the United Arab Emirates, which is a Muslim
country. The tree is "decoration" ... it is not an
attempt in any way to honor and celebrate the life of Jesus. Yet,
the fact that this tree is on display in a Muslim country at this time
of year, is evidence of the impact that Jesus has had on the world.
Even though "decorated trees" originally had nothing to do
with religion, it is now associated with the celebration of Christmas by
most of the world as a Christian Holy Day ... honoring Jesus.
Perhaps someone in the UAE realizes that Christianity doesn't have an
"exclusive" on Christmas trees or the Master Mind Jesus.
Personally, I enjoy some of the mythology about
Jesus. The baby Jesus in the manger warms the heart to think about
it. The three Wise Men bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and
myyre, seems magical. And the song, "Silent Night" still
makes me pause and think about miracles. As the Johnnie Rivers
song goes, "Jesus is a soul man ... and I'm sure sold on him"
... reflects my own idea of Jesus. As Albert Einstein stated:
"No one can read
the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His
personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life."
As we separate Jesus from the religion that hi-jacked his
"story" we will find that so much of what we believe today was
an integral part of his philosophy; the Law of Attraction, the power of
the mind, and the creative agency of thought.
I believe that "Christmas without
Jesus" for too many is a rejection of "religion" rather
than a rejection of Jesus. Football games and Chinese restaurants
are poor substitutes for taking the time to understand the philosophy of
this spiritual genius. People separate themselves from Jesus'
teachings for many more reasons than I can put into this one message.
And that doesn't mean that they have separated themselves from G-d.
Yet, the philosophy of Jesus can bring us closer
to G-d, closer to a higher awareness of the Law of Love, and a greater
measure of understanding of the Law of Attraction. His life was an
example of what our lives can be. He was one of us ... born into
this world with imagination and wonder. The light that shined
within his consciousness is the same light that shines in ours ... he
just shined it a little brighter towards G-d.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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