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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for December 21,  2014

            John Lennon, "Happy Christmas" lyrics:  "So this is Christmas
            And what have you done ... Another year over
            And a new one just begun ... And so this is Christmas
            I hope you have fun ... The near and the dear one
            The old and the young ... 
            A very merry Christmas ... And a happy New Year
            Let's hope it's a good one ... Without any fear
            And so this is Christmas ... For weak and for strong
            For rich and the poor ones ... The world is so wrong
            And so happy Christmas ... For black and for white
            For yellow and red ones ... Let's stop all the fight
            A very merry Christmas ... And a happy New Year
            Let's hope it's a good one ... Without any fear
            And so this is Christmas ... And what have we done
            Another year over ... And a new one just begun
            And so this is Christmas ... I hope you have fun
            The near and the dear one ... The old and the young
            Let's hope it's a good one ... Without any fear
            War is over ... If you want it
            War is over ... Now"

John Lennon became a philosopher as he grew older and I believe if he had continued to live he would have left the world with even more than he did.  He desired peace and love for all and he spoke from his heart more often than any other singer/musician in the last century.  His words made an impact on so many people's lives and he dreamed of an ideal that the world has yet to grasp.  Like Jesus he desired that we love one another and that we give peace a chance to change our world and our own personal lives.  In so doing we can accept a Merry Christmas for everyone.

          And here we are at Christmas, 2014 ... with nationwide protests against police violence with people carrying posters that read "BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE'S LIVES MATTER" ... and so many are believing that they don't.  The old, tired, ignorant justifications for racism, anti-Semitism and homophobia continue to be played out across the world.  We have people being killed in the name of G-d and people being hated in the name of G-d ... and damn the people who continue to perpetuate this hate ... and continue the perversion of Truth that we are somehow separate from each other.  Hatred has reason that defies Intelligence, therefore denies the Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of G-d in all people.  As the Master Mind Jesus declared over 2,000 years ago, "what a vile and ruthless race that knows every letter of the Law yet has no love in their hearts."  Religions have thrived with teachings based on fear, shame and guilt using "mankind's law" even when it is in total contradiction of G-d's Law of Love.  The Bhagavad Gita, the Torah, the Koran and the Holy Bible, all give us the Law of Love and the revelation that we are One in the Spirit.  Far too many Christians can read "Our Father" ... the first two words of the "Lord's Prayer" and yet, hate those who have a different view of life than they do.  Muslims are slaughtering others because their sect of Islam differs from theirs.  The murder of children must be the most heinous crime of mankind.  It will not be a Merry Christmas for everyone.

         John Lennon sang the words "War is over .. If you want it" ... so we must continue to want it.  Not just the end of wars with our enemies but the smaller, but significant wars that are based on hate and bigotry, prejudice and ignorance of others.  Almost every time I read an article about undocumented immigrants in the United States or about gay and lesbian rights, especially marriage, the comments section of the online newspapers are filled with some of the most hateful, ignorant statements.  The same is true with online comments about President Obama.  There are those who hate him just for being the first Black President of the United States.  Even those who have been helped the most by his policies still hate him because they don't want a black man in the White House.  But the masses of people who think intelligently and love from the center of their soul can overcome this hate in the collective consciousness.  This will begin to give everyone the Merry Christmas that we desire for ourselves.

        The Christian fundamentalists will tell us that "Jesus died for our sins" ... but the "Christ" has died a trillion deaths, for the Christ is within everyone ... both the seeming sinners and the seeming saints.  The lie continues to be perpetuated that we are "born in sin" and children have water splashed on their faces to "wash away the sin" ... but the "sin" is not within the child, but in the world in which they are born.  The child of hatred and ignorance was never born ... these they must learn from the world.  The sentimental story of Jesus being born in a manger has a great symbolic meaning ... it is to illustrate the sad state of the world in which he was born ... a world of people against each other for a fool's reason ... a world not much less worthy of realizing "The Christ" than the world today.  It will not be a Merry Christmas for everyone.

       We can read the words of the Christ in Jesus in 1 John 4:20 "If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen."  And yes, there are people who will say they "hate the sin but love the sinner" ... this can never be true.  Hate is the evil invention of mankind and hypocrisy is its brother.  The "Christ" is within everyone.  And when we realize this at the level of our soul, we shall put away the childish things and begin to cultivate the Love of G-d for everyone.  The Master Mind Jesus tells us to "let our light so shine" ... and in this he is telling us to let the Love of the Christ within us touch the spirit of everyone we come into contact with ... and we do this by recognizing the Christ within them.  And as we do, we shall have the same Merry Christmas that we desire for everyone.


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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