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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for December 24, 2006 

        "And all the good you've done will soon be swept away, You've begun to matter more than the things you say."  - Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber, Jesus Christ Superstar

         And so it is Christmas ... and no matter what anyone's ideas or opinions  about Jesus are ... every intelligent person realizes from all the evidence around them, that He perfected His consciousness to a greater measure than anyone else in history ... and even though in this time of year the Winter Solstice was celebrated with lights and decorated trees way before the celebration of Christmas ... few people truly care ... the celebration of Jesus' Life throughout most of the world dominates this time of year ... and this is a fact.

          It is a disturbing reality that the persona of Jesus is becoming more important than His message in our current times.  And yes, He has been highly misunderstood, but then Greatness has almost always been misunderstood throughout history.  His language was that of a mystic, subjective ... and in its subjectivity ... it is open to interpretation.  In metaphysics, we understand that His language was affirmative ... and evolutionary.  His goal was not to be the basis for religion ... but to expand on the philosophy of Judaism.  Judaism is a monotheistic religion which believes that the world was created by a single, all-knowing divinity, and that all things within that world were designed to have meaning and purpose as part of a divine order.

          I would like to share with you my ideas regarding a few of His most important teachings, from a metaphysical perspective.  These statements are taken from the "Sermon On The Mount:"

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

         It is our great privilege and responsibility to demonstrate God, Good, in our lives.  Our lives are a contradiction of Principle, "it is the Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom," if we do not.  No matter what we may be going "through" ... we should maintain the face of faith and hope in God's eternal goodness and givingness.

Matthew 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

         This is one of the Master Mind Jesus' most radical statements.  He is telling us not to concern ourselves about the "opinions" of the religious leaders ... for they "know every letter of the Law but have no love in their hearts."  Religion, by and large, is not evolutionary ... it holds to traditions and symbols that cause it to become stagnant in yesterday's awareness of God, Infinite Spirit.  Spirit is always evolving the mind of man, but religion and those who teach it, rely on history.  We are not living in the Old Testament nor the New Testament ... we are in the "Now Testament" ... but religion continues to hold us to the understanding of the ancients.

Matthew 5:29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.  5:30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

         [5:29] We are not to judge according to sight ... but according to faith.  Judging according to what we see, can lead us into making mistakes and miscalculations and can even cause us to lose hope and experience despair (hell).  [5:30]  Whatever we are "holding on to" let it go ... we cannot move forward in life as long as we are "holding on" to old ideas, and things that no longer benefit us.  This "holding on" can create "hell" [negative consequences] in our lives.  We must trust in the infinite possibilities that are available to us ... "holding on" ... creates limitation in our consciousness and in our lives.

Matthew
5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

       As we become aware that we are not God, but that "all that we are Is God," then we understand that we must view Life as God does.  Our human experience on this planet is just a moment in eternity ... all things change.  Our friend of today may be our enemy of tomorrow and vice versa [ask Saddam Hussein about this].  There is no good or evil except that thinking makes it so ... for the Infinite makes it All-Good in Its own mysterious way.

Matthew 6:21
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

       And this is one of the greatest psychological truths espoused by the Master Mind Jesus.  We do not become accomplished by doing something that we do not love.  Our relationships are not attractive to us if we do not love those with whom we are involved with.  Everything is guided by the heart ... and the heart is the center of the Sub-conscious Mind.  The guiding force of Power in our lives.  Jesus ...  "Love is your true self, which springs forth from God, the indefinable everlasting fountain of existence."
     
   

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Hank Bates

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