It is my belief that the anthology that we call the Holy Bible ( literally Sacred Book) is a Great Light to humankind for it is a book of spiritual wisdom and truth. The New Testament, in particular is a good rule and guide for a life well lived as it teaches much wisdom, love, tolerance and philosophy by means of parable and allegory.
So it is with with Acts 17:28…For we live and move and have our being within the great body of God. We live in Him.
What does this mean? Does it mean that we are surrounded by God, that we swim in God as a fish swims in the ocean?
Could it be that we have gotten it wrong for nearly 2,000 years? Traditional Old Time Christianity teaches that God, Angels, and the Heavenly Host live far above in a place called Heaven or Paradise. We are weak worms of the dust and of little account but can be redeemed and given eternal life if, and only if, we take the man Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
In my book, the Death of Religion and the Dawn of Spirituality, I call this central idea of Christianity the longest running Magic Show in history. It is a complete contradiction of Acts 17:28.
God is not an unreachable presence in the Cosmos but is everywhere present, all around us, above us, below us, in us and of us. In fact, we do swim in God as a fish swims in the ocean. We do not become God as the fish does not become the ocean, but it is the medium in which we have our being and our life.
God is within every cell in our body. God surrounds us with its presence in the form of our aura. God lives in our Mind, Heart and Spirit. In fact, the old New Thought saying: There is no spot where God is not is exactly true.
Understanding that God is the medium in which we exist can free our magnificent power, will and intelligence which is the key to creating exactly the life we want and need. Life then becomes the Art and Science of Swimming in God.
How good a God Swimmer are you? Do you allow yourself to despair when outside events don’t go your way (like elections or love affairs or your job)? Do you feel worthless and never seem to fit in anywhere? These are symptoms of a person needing God swimming lessons!
If you develop the Sacred Senses that you were born with to the point that you can feel the warm balm of the ocean of God caressing your Body, Mind and Spirit every moment of your life, then you are a Master Swimmer in God. In this state of being there is nothing that you cannot do with proper use of the Law.
The Art is in the feeling of the God presence each and every moment, in your waking, sleeping, going and coming. The Science is in the mastery of the Law; the great creative engine of God that we are licensed to use. Used properly and with right intent and purpose, the Law never fails.
If there is a failure in your Law Work it is due to what my wife calls: operator error.
We really do live and move and have our being within the great Body of God. If God is Truly all there is and we are here then we are part and parcel of God. We really do swim in God as a fish swims in the ocean.
For many years I could not feel God enveloping me as the warm ocean envelops the swimmer. There have been times when my heart was broken, my ego shattered, my self esteem dragging and my life seemed pointless. After practicing serial monogamy for far too long until Lady Susan graced my life 18 years ago and healed my heart and enriched my mind, there were too, many times when God felt very far away from Dore’. I was washed up on the shore of despair until my dear wife came into my life.
I am now a swimCSL.ORGmer in the Ocean of God. I know God surrounds me and is within me and I am learning new lessons each day to become a Master Swimmer in the Ocean of God. Won’t you join me?
Come on in…..The water’s fine!
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL check out my 120 video podcasts on YouTube.com/revdore Questions about Religious Science (Science of Mind)? Go to CSL.ORG