that the world has celebrated the life of the Master Mind Jesus, the
revelation of the Christ within him and within everyone he tells us,
let us look at the wisdom that he gave us that has survived through
the ages. Jesus' "Lord's Prayer" which most wise
people believe is the "key to life" as we gain more than a
literal understanding of it and the "Sermon on the Mount"
which, I believe, is a compilation of his teachings that were summed
up by the author of Matthew in the Gospels as a talk or sermon.
Although the words have been changed and additions have been made to
the "Sermon on the Mount" it is still filled with a profound
truth and a way in which we can all receive value from understanding
just what Jesus' message was meant to tell us. Let's keep in
mind as we go through this part of this message that Jesus formed his
talks and statements of Truth from a Jewish form of delivery that was
prevalent during his time. Eric Butterworth, the great Unity
teacher/minister/author has been the most clear in understanding the
spiritual significance of Jesus' message.
The Power Within You" is the
title of one of the most important books authored by Eric Butterworth.
Chapter 6 focuses on the Beatitudes of Jesus, found in his
"Sermon on the Mount," (Matt. 557). Rev. Eric Butterworth
sides with Dr. George Lamsa, who said he thought Jesus scripted this
particular talk - a script which fell into the hands of whoever wrote
Matthew's Gospel. Some New Testament scholars sense that the
"Sermon on the Mount" is actually a compilation of several
talks delivered by Jesus over the course of his three-year ministry.
In any case, the sermon is "introduced by an eight-verse prose
poem that .. .is a general summation of the whole religion of Jesus
.... Jesus speaks not of conforming but of transforming .... The old
order taught men what to do, but Jesus showed them "what to
be" (p. 57-58)." Hence, the BE attitudes.
so much else regarding propaganda about Jesus, these eight teachings
of Jesus have been largely misrepresented. Blessed are the poor in
spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven is not about sad people.
"The root word that is translated 'spirit' is more accurately and
meaningfully translated 'pride' - 'poor in pride.' Jesus says 'theirs
is the kingdom of heaven.' But keep in mind that 'heaven,' as Jesus
uses the term, is not a place in the sky or a reward for after life.
The word 'heaven' comes from a Greek root that means 'expanding.' Thus
Jesus is talking about the expanding potential within the individual -
within you .... Blessed are they who are teachable, open minded,
receptive to the Truth, willing to renounce preconceived opinions and
prejudices and entertain a new concept of life. (p. 58-59)."
are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted does not mean that
those who experience tragedy will be given up-lift-ment. A better way
to understand it would be to say "I am grateful for challenges
that lead me beyond my extremity to God's opportunity (p. 61)."
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth is not about us
behaving meekly with others. Jesus "is referring to an attitude
toward God .... The best conductor of electricity is the substance
that is least resistant to the flow of the electric current. Likewise,
the best conductor of divine power is the person who is nonresistant
to the flow of divine power (p. 62-63)." In other words, we
can also see the word "meek" as synonymous with
Blessed are they that
hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled
is talking about those who desire right thinking. "Jesus deals
with attitudes and not platitudes (p. 64)." You must want right
thinking "to the exclusion of all else (p. 64)."
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy means that
"if you want to be loved you must love .... Life is lived from
within out. You may not always be able to change the world about you,
but you can change your thoughts about the world; and when you do
this, you change your world, which is a world of your thought (p.
Blessed are the pure
in heart: for they shall see God alludes to the fact that when
"you see God everywhere, you see good everywhere. However, you
are seeing things, not as they are, but as you are (p. 68)."
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called sons of God
sounds sexist but means you are a child of God, "a spiritual
being with the potential for peace and harmony (p. 69)."
scholars know that the eighth beatitude (a lengthy one!) was not said
by Jesus. It talks about being persecuted, which is "inconsistent
with Jesus' BE attitudes up to this point (p. 70)." Jesus was not
advocating martyrdom. If there be any persecution, then "the
persecution takes place within our mind, and the persecutor is an
errant thought of our own mind (p. 70)."
Eric Butterworth's teachings were rich with a deep, intelligent
understanding of the eternal, universal, changeless spiritual
principles found in the Holy Bible especially those taught and
demonstrated by the Master Mind Jesus. Nothing is more important
than what we are "being" at any given moment and what we are
being is always determined by our attitude towards Life/G-d and to
those people and things present in our experience of life. As
Butterworth points out, "You must want right thinking to the
exclusion of all else."
writes in his classic "The Greatest Truth" that "The
man who prays "without ceasing" is the man who ever carries
about with him the realisation that "my Father worketh hitherto
and I work." Thus prayer is part of the creative life of
God. It reveals the divine grace, and the divine grace is no
respecter of persons." And in this we can realize that each
of us can "be" just what we absolutely believe we can be.
It is within us to experience that which desires are guiding us to be,
to do and to have. Our desires are the indwelling creative
action of God which we can dismiss or choose to experience.
writes, "To turn from the thought of the process to the thought
of its goal is to draw the attention, with its accompanying power,
away from the nervous wear and tear of life, and refresh one's soul.
Ideals have power, and not alone because they elevate the thought, but
because our conduct is affected by them. ... (modified) the most
practical way is to put ourselves into an attitude of receptivity to
higher power, and to adjust ourselves to the regenerative influences
of that quickening life." ... "We are immortal spirits now.
We live in the eternal spiritual world. There is nothing to
separate us from the power and love and wisdom of God. God is
here. Guidance is for each and all. Our part is to:
"be" receptive - "be" ready - "be" alert
- "be" expectant. Everything tends toward this high
spiritual end. It is for us to awaken and move with the current
"be-attitude" is within us ... we must just
"choose" to "let it be" ... to entertain a new
idea about who we are to "be" and how this translates into
our life experiences. We can get in touch with this by stirring
up the spirit within us ... or as the wonderful Dr. Henrietta Smith
would say ... "you will see it, when you "be" it!"
SO IT IS!
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