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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for October 19,  2014

        "All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen."  - Ralph Waldo Emerson

       There has been so much written about love that it seems incredible even to me that I am writing about it here.  Yet, as I looked through the online versions of the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and read mostly just headlines, I realized that love, that is the Love of G-d, is our only hope to heal all the miseries that are appearing in the world.  There is a great need in the world for more love to be expressed through each and every one of us.  I am no Pollyanna so I don't expect everyone to believe this is true nor do I believe that everyone will make the decision to let the Love of the Infinite express through them.  But this I know as truth, that the world in which we live can be a better place for all of us if more and more of us choose to be an instrument of G-d's infinite Love.

     From the Book of Jeremiah 31:3 in the Holy Bible we can read:  
"I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.This "I" of G-d is within each and every one of us seeking to be expressed "through us" out into our world of experiences.  This is the "image and likeness of G-d" that is incarnated within each of us; within our soul.  Even the most vile of human characters has this "I" within them.  Yet, we have allowed the religions throughout history to tell us that we are "sinners" ... that is, something inferior and prone to a life of error.  Yesterday I was listening to a "preacher" on the radio and he was telling his audience (me included) that we are "all sinners" ... and in these words that are so ignorant of G-d's everlasting Love for mankind and all of G-d's creations, is the poison that has permeated the minds of so many people as it has created a pattern of separation from G-d and a separation from others.  We live in a world where some will tell us they have a "calling from G-d" to speak of hate and divisiveness and religious superiority.  

       The Master Mind Jesus encountered this with the Pharisees during his time of ministry.  He called them "vile and serpents" who live in their own hell.  Jesus talks of this necessity for Love 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."  This is the truth and there is no room for hypocrisy for anyone who seeks to enjoy the good life, the abundant life and a wonderful life.  I read in the New York Times yesterday that in Pakistan Muslims will not allow Christians to be buried in grave sites along with Muslims.  This is "hating your brother."  And we know that Christians say you can't be "saved" unless you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  This is "hating your brother."  A Baptist pastor in North Carolina is warning that God will escalate the Ebola crisis when North Carolina begins performing same-sex marriages.  This is "hating your brother."  And all of this "hating your brother" has created the violence and dis-eases in the world in which we live.  Ebola is an "effect" ... hate is the "cause" ... and this is the truth.  Only the powerful loving action of G-d working through the mind of mankind will find the cure.  But until hate is diminished in the world there will be another dis-ease that will be made manifest.  Perhaps it will be similar to AIDS or Ebola, or perhaps it will be even more vicious. 

       Anything that blocks the expression of G-d's everlasting Love from expressing through our mind, our heart and our soul, is not of G-d but instead part of the "illusion" of religion and world belief that seeks to perceive G-d in the image of man.  It is but an illusion ... but one that has mesmerized generations of people throughout history.  The Master Mind Jesus' observation of the "blind leading the blind" has never been more apparent.  In a world linked together with technology and a myriad of social networks that offers us the opportunity to understand each other and to lessen the divide between us, there appears to be an greater degree of separation than ever before.

       How we defend against the violent brutality and dis-ease that is a "fact" in our world today is complex and I don't know the answer.  What I do know is that there will never be a greater degree of peace and brotherly love in our world unless more and more people turn to G-d for the way in which to do their part to bring forth a greater expression of G-d's great good for everyone.  And to do so means we must surrender our assumptions, our old perceptions, our thoughts and feelings of separation and seek to be an even more powerful instrument of G-d's everlasting Love.

      Although these words were not in totality original to Jesus, his was a consciousness that realized the profound Truth of these statements:
     
"Blessed are the meek (teachable), for they shall inherit the earth. ...         Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons (instruments) of G-d."  As we let the Love of G-d within us to be expressed through us; through our heart, our mind and our soul, as love for everyone without exception, we shall realize G-d in our life experiences as never before.

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev
. Henry Bates

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