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The Way to a Wonderful Life, Sunday, July 27,  2014

         Recently I found myself in a discussion regarding The Course In Miracles and the teachings of Jesus.  It seems someone I know, and many Christians, believe the Course is blasphemous.  This seems to be due to the belief that anything written as a quote from Jesus that is not in the Gospels of The Holy Bible is heresy.  Some time ago I had a conversation with a young man who had left fundamentalist Christianity with lots of anger towards the Bible and the teachings of Jesus as taught and dogmatized by the Christian and Catholic religions.  He told me that he was going to study The Course In Miracles and had nothing but a feeling of total rejection for the Bible and all those who preached from it.

          Within a few months I received a package from him and inside the package was the book, A Course In Miracles, with a note which read, "it is all the same garbage as the Bible" ... maybe you might be interested in it!"  This was not all that surprising to me as too many people confuse spiritual growth with "selfish-gratification" rather than a path to "self-realization."  The Master Mind Jesus taught that "it is the Father's good pleasure to give us the kingdom" ... but he didn't say that it would come to us for selfish purposes.  And this is "the secret" that we must come to terms with and all legitimate spiritual writings will point us to this truth.  "Love points the way, and Law makes the way possible" the mystical Ernest Holmes stated emphatically.  In other words, Love is the giving-ness through us, not for us.  All that we receive is ours to give ... unselfishly.  And in our giving we receive.

         We can't dismiss the young man's "opinion" about the similarities of A Course In Miracles and the Bible as the similarities are there, yet it is the spiritual understanding of both that make them valuable to all who study them.  Let's take a look at a few of the passages that are similar in philosophy:  
        "Let us not forget that we are helpless of ourselves, and lean upon a strength beyond our little scope for what to teach as well as what to learn." - ACIM (A Course In Miracles)
       
"Then Jesus answered and said to them, " So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise." - Gospel of John 5:19, Holy Bible, English Standard Version

      
"When you bring in the stranger, he becomes your brother."  - ACIM
       
"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’  Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?  And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?  And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’  And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me." - Gospel of Matthew, 25-40, Holy Bible, English Standard Version

      Both statements from The Course In Miracles and from the Gospels are spiritual teachings that call on us to elevate our consciousness (soul) to the level of enlightenment.  That is, to dismiss the thoughts of "self" for the Higher Self within all of us.  Our mind has been conditioned by the world to see power in people and things rather than realize that there is only One Power, that Power is G-d; G-d as Power, as Intelligence and as Spirit.  Both The Course and the authors of the Gospels are guiding us to a higher truth than we see evidenced in much of the world in which we live.  And in truth, those critics of The Course In Miracles need to understand that Jesus' quotes were not original to him but were an enlightened reaction to the ancient wisdom of his Jewish heritage.  The Book of Isaiah being part of The Torah was definitely studied by the Master Mind Jesus as we can see the similarity in his philosophy:
     "Incline your ear, and come unto Me: hear, and your soul shall live.
" - Isaiah 55:3
, ancient wisdom, Holy Bible, The Torah
      
"But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." - Gospel of Matthew 6:6, Holy Bible, KJV

      
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee." -  Isaiah 26:3, ancient wisdom, Holy Bible, The Torah
        "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. - Gospel of Matthew 6:33, Holy Bible

     The Master Mind Jesus stated, "you will know the truth and the truth will set you free" ... he didn't say, seek only the truth in the Bible or the Torah ... but seek the truth in the silence of your mind ... in contact with G-d, Infinite Spirit.  And so to get back to the Christians who think that ACIM is heresy, I can only say that it is teaching an evolved version of truth teachings from the Gospels, just as Jesus did, without the dogma.  But perhaps that is the problem.  Religious dogma makes "evil" more important than the freedom to "live."  It is to live in the Spirit as G-d expresses uniquely through each and every one of us that makes life interesting and fulfilling.  Isaiah's truth became Jesus' truth and Jesus' truth became The Course in Miracles and a myriad of other teachings along with the variations of his teachings as taught by 42,000 different Christian religious sects.  

         As the great American teacher/healer Joel Goldsmith so correctly stated, there is no new truth, there are only differing ways in which the truth is presented.  Isaiah gave us the truth that was revealed to him, as did Jesus.  The authors of The Course In Miracles gave us what was revealed to them ... just as the Buddha and Krishna did centuries before them. 
Truth is changeless, immutable and eternal, but our own self-realization of truth is measured by our desire to know it and experience it.

        Jesus in his famous discourse, "The Sermon on the Mount," teaches that "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)  And although much has been written about he statement, in error, it is a powerful declaration when we realize that the word "meek" in the language of Jesus means "teachable" ... it is not a statement for those who think they know everything already about G-d ... or for those who believe that Jesus was God ... it is a statement that appeals to those who realize that we know so little about this infinitely immense universe in which we live and are open and receptive to the truth in all ways in which it is presented.  The "meek" shall inherit the earth; meaning the joy of life lived in prosperity, health and happiness as we realize that that which we are to do best, only our Maker can teach us. (Emerson)

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev
. Henry Bates

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