It has been said that when we deified the man Jesus, we lost the Christ
It’s the Christmas Season and billions of people all over the globe are getting ready to celebrate Jesus of Nazareth’s birthday. Presents, family gatherings, candle lighting services at church; the Christmas Story of the baby Jesus in the manger,the Virgin Mary, the 3 wise men and the shepherds all gathered to celebrate the birth of the Son of God. Its a great story, a major part of the culture of Western Civilization. But is the birthday of a man the real point of Christmas?
Did the Greatest Story Ever Told even happen? Almost certainly not, according to the foremost historians and Biblical Scholars using what we have learned from archaeology, modern carbon dating and the 135 new Gospels that have been found and translated. The story we love is a delightful legend.
If I were to take an on-line poll of Americans I would wager that most think of God as a parent. Newsflash! God is not your parent, your parents are your parent. Mine were Hildegarde and Ted and they were certainly not God; good parents but little Divinity in evidence.
Why do we persist in the 21st Century with the belief in the “parent God” who rewards when you have been good and punishes when you are bad? Why do we believe that God cares or has control over what house you buy, what car you drive or whom you marry? Why do we insist that God has a “plan for our lives” if only we could decipher it?
Because we think like children and relate to the Great Architect or Heavenly Father the only way children can conceive of the ultimate power in their lives….a parent. Its time to lose the Theistic God and say hello to the Deist God.
Theism is all about a Heavenly Parent that meddles like a bad mother-in-law and wants to run your life forever. Deism is the concept of God that most of America’s Founders had. It was the God of the Enlightenment; A creator God who was the chief engineer and Supreme Architect who designed the building blocks of all life (DNA) created matter and energy and the matrix to run it all and then let Natural and Spiritual Laws run the whole system.
I believe that God is the Creator, the Ground of Being, the Supreme Architect, the First Cause of all there is. I do not believe that God is my parent. I do believe that God is as personal as we believe that He/She is. If we start a dialogue with the Infinite Mind that we nickname God, we will have begun the most powerful friendship in the Universe. God is open 24/7,never closed, always ready to inspire, to warn of danger, to comfort, to love its Creation beyond human understanding. What God is not open for is to run your life. That is your job!
God is love personified, what greater love can any sentient being express than giving of its very substance to create another sentient being? We really do live and move and have our being within the great body of God. We are One with the Infinite but walk through life alone and afraid, not realizing that the greatest power in the Universe is within our heart, mind and soul. It’s a bit like the old saying that we are knee deep in a river and dying of thirst. The water of God’s love is all around you, you swim in it as a fish swims in the ocean. Drink, be healed, be whole!
When you move beyond the childish Parent God to the Creator you become free. You now realize that God’s job description is to create the materials needed, draw up the master plan of Creation and deliver the plans and materials to the job site, which is you and I. What we make of the materials and the final plans is in our job description and the tools of the building of this thing called life is our thoughts, our words and our choices day by day. With these three modes of creation (Thought, Word and Deed) we author the Book of Our Life. God has already given you all you need to make a Heaven or a Hell of your life and now its up to you.
No reward, we create the rewards. No punishment, we are experts at it; we need no help in punishing ourselves. We speak the blessing and the cursing each day of our life with what we do, what we say and most importantly, what we think and believe.
Time for us all to leave the God of Childhood, the Theistic God and to understand that God has always been patiently waiting for us to grow up and become a partner in creation rather than a begging supplicant. We were never “weak worms of the dust”, we have always been magnificent expressions of the Infinite Mind, the Divine Intelligence, the Great Architect that we know as God. Time to wake up to our true nature and our true purpose.
I celebrate each one of you for you are made of the very stuff of God. Rejoice and then get to work building the life you were born to live. Only you can do it!
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota Florida (want to know more, pick up my great new book “A Faith and Philosophy for the 21st Century” on Amazon.com)
What is a Christian and how do you know if you are one? Sounds like an obvious question but it is far from obvious or simple. According to the 5 Fundamentals published in 1905 you may only consider yourself a Christian if you believe:
Jesus Christ is God (the Deity of Christ)
Jesus was born of virgin
Scripture is inerrant (without error of any kind)
Jesus died on the cross substituting for us and atoning for our sins.
Jesus was physically resurrected and will personally return to Earth
If you disagree with one of these assertions, then you cannot call yourself a Christian according to the Fundamentalists. Do you think Jesus of Nazareth would agree with any of these fundamentals? I very much doubt it!
Can you be an authentic Christian without believing in any or all of these statements published by 10 old men in 1905?
I would submit that it would be difficult to be an authentic Christian if you did believe these 5 Fundamentals. So what is a Christian according to Rev. Dore’? Please remember that this is my theology; it does not have to be yours.
Yeshua Ben Nazareth, the man we call Jesus Christ, was never a Christian, not for one day of his life. He was born a Jew under the Mosaic Law, ordained a Rabbi by the High Priest Hillel, lived, preached and died a Jew under the Law. As such the idea of being the literal Son of God would be the worst kind of blasphemy, punishable by stoning.
The Master came to bring Light and Love to a world where might always made right, where the powerful exerted their will over the weak and where there was little hope for change or relief. He also came to humanize and bring compassion to Judaism; a noble religion grown arthritic with dogma, cannon law and the insistence on the letter of the Law, not the spirit. He came to save Judaism from itself; not to start a new religion. He did not come to atone for our sins by blood sacrifice but to bring the Love and Light of God to humankind.
The Jesus I know in my heart would never be a Christian today because he would understand that Christianity was just as encrusted with dogma, rules, judgement and an overbearing priestly class as was the Judaism of his day. He despised the High Priests and the Pharisees so we created new ones in Christianity. He despised all Law and no heart but we have excommunications, shunning, condemnation of those who travel their own spiritual path or are different.
The Master cared for the lowest and weakest of the people. He consorted and ate with tax collectors (the most despised people in Judea) , harlots, Lepers and even Roman Centurions; the oppressors of the Jews. Today, Christianity still condemns and ostracizes those God has created with different ways of expressing their humanity.
An authentic Christian cares little for dogma or ceremony or dress codes but cares deeply for his fellow human being. The authentic Christian cares nothing for parsing how many angels can dance on the head of a pin or whether Genesis is fact or creation myth but cares so deeply for a human in pain that when anyone cries out in hunger, pain or oppression they taste the salt of their tears.
The authentic Christian tries as best they can to live the teachings of Jesus. That is the glory and majesty of Christ’s ministry…..the teaching of tolerance, the belief in one Universal God for all humankind, the understanding that as we judge our brother or sister we judge ourselves. The authentic Christian understands that we all miss the mark, we all fall short and that compassion and understanding is far better than Hell Fire and Brimstone.
The authentic Christian walks, as much as possible, in the path of the Master Teacher of the World, Jesus the Christ, who led the first great spiritual revolution in history. That revolution is still going on but not in most Christian Churches today.
If you would understand the authentic Christian think of the congregation of the AME Church in Charleston, SC who watched with horror as their Pastor and 7 of their brothers and sisters were gunned down by a tortured soul. Not a word of condemnation passed their lips, they forgave the shooter and prayed for him.
How many of us could do that? How many Christians that you know could do that? These magnificent Christians suffered terrible horror and loss but would not retreat to the primitive “eye for an eye”; no they “turned the other cheek” and forgave. They did not talk about Christianity; they lived it!
I am a minister and I have done much good work but I cannot carry the shoes of the Pastor of that AME church in Charleston who taught her people the authentic Way of The Master and even in the most dire of situations her people embodied and lived those lessons. That is a true Christian teaching authentic Christianity.
I am a Religious Science Minister and most Christians would deny that I am a Christian because I cannot and do not subscribe to the 5 Fundamentals. But I do subscribe wholeheartedly to the Way of the Master; the teaching of Jesus The Christ and to me that makes me the very best and most authentic Christian.
May you walk in the footsteps of the Master each and every day of your life. God give you peace, prosperity and abundant health.
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida Visit YouTube.com/revdore to enjoy my 125 video podcasts. Have a Dore’ Marathon!
Even though we are only 3 months from 2016 as I write this, there is still a hot debate over evolution. There are many millions, if not billions, who simply reject the entire idea that species evolve as conditions change and designs prove their efficacy or are rejected by natural selection. I know its true! I can see evolution’s work every day in my back yard!
When I look out my back windows or sit out on my Lanai overlooking our lovely pond surrounded with Maple trees (yes we do have maple trees) I can see our Florida Squirrels scampering up and down the trees doing what squirrels do everywhere. Where Northern or Western Squirrels have big, magnificent bushy tails, their Florida cousins have skinny little tails that have more in common with a rat than the squirrels I knew in California.
Heat and humidity and bushy tails just don’t work in Florida so our squirrels have evolved with just the remnant of the usual tail. Our crows don’t call the way every other crow calls. Our birds have long legs for wading in water. Everything adapts to a new environment or dies.
Why the argument? Well the Creationists believe that if evolution is fact, then God is negated. Why? Could not God, who creates all things, have created the system of evolution? What if evolution is God’s update system, rather like our periodic updates to our computers and tablets? Science and God are not antithetical but are rather complementary.
Let’s agree on one thing: if indeed there is a God, He or She is not stupid. God certainly did not create the world as it is portrayed in the ancient Sumerian myth that we call Genesis. But that does not mean that God does not exist.
I absolutely know that there is a First Cause, a Divine Mind, a Creator of all that exists because the Universe is just too well engineered and planned to be random. DNA is one of the greatest engineering feats of all time.
Could we do that? We can manipulate DNA but we can not design it. We, with all our science and all our technology, cannot even get to Mars much less the stars. This will undoubtedly change as it becomes a priority and moves to the top to the human “to do” list.
We can manipulate that which is already created by the Creator but we do not and can not create. God will still have a job and a place in our hearts as long as there are things to create and people to use them, enjoy them and cherish them.
Yes, Evolution is a fact and so is God. God is the author of Evolution, it is Her update and regeneration system. Without it the Earth would by this time be a barren ball of dust, devoid of life. Life, evolution and the Universe are not zero-sum games.
Think well, speak well and do well. This is really the secret of life
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida Catch all of my 121 video podcasts on YouTube.com/revdore Why not have a Rev. Dore’ marathon?
Picture a psychiatrist’s couch with you reclining upon it while you attempt to describe your problems and emotional issues to your therapist. After you finish the “50 minute hour” with the Doctor he looks at you and tells you that all your problems are really all in your mind. He or She is absolutely right. $225 later you may feel a bit better for having shared your feelings but the solution still lies with you.
It’s all in your mind! Of course it is. Your entire life is in your mind. Your whole existence is in your mind. Your body is just the mobile device to transport the mind. You are your mind! This is obvious to some but many more of us really believe that the body is who and what we are. Even more of us confuse the brain with the mind. They most certainly are not the same.
The brain is an organ of the body, an electro-chemical organic processor and bodily interface for the mind. So where is the mind? Science currently is operating on the theory that it exists in every cell of our body. In other words, the mind is the sum of our parts. Metaphysics and theology tend to see the mind like an aura or magnetic field around the body. This is what cerulean photography captures when auras are photographed.
If you haven’t seen your aura yet, or don’t even know that you have one, get it photographed when the opportunity presents itself. You will be amazed at what you can learn about yourself by understanding the energy that you project through the electro-magnetic field that we call an aura. Every human projects this energy every second of their lives. This is the shadow of the human mind.
The Mind to me is the Divine Spark, the Divinity within each human. It is that part that knows that it knows. It is the self aware part of the human experience. It is the imagination which is unique to humanity; the part of us that has been called the proof of God’s existence. It is what allows you and I to be able to escape the bonds of environment, the shackles of precedent, custom or the “way it has always been”. If we can see it in our mind’s eye, we can create it in form. All thanks to our imagination; perhaps our greatest gift from the Creator.
Imagination is that part of us that can take a mental trip to stars and galaxies never before seen by humankind. It is that part of the builder that sees the Empire State Building and the Golden Gate Bridge long before the first hammer rang or the first girder was welded in place. It is that part of us that sees a world where character, not appearance, is the sole measure of a human. Imagination is the part of us that sees every child safe, loved, going to school, not one hungry and all humanity safe and happy.
Without the fears, ideas, dreams, plans that are “all in our mind” nothing ever comes into form in the “real world” of stuff and things. Not one thing was ever created in the Cosmos or on Earth without first appearing in some sentient being’s mind. In truth, all human life takes place in the mind, aided by the organic computer that we call the brain.
Your therapist was right, it is all in your mind but that does not mean that it isn’t real. There is nothing more real that what is in your mind. Your thoughts and emotions are the building blocks of your life! In truth you are your Mind. When we in Religious Science say that your mind is the Mind of God, your love is the Love of God, your life is the Life of God; this is what we mean: We are all expressions of God, part and parcel of the great Divine Mind, the Universal Intelligence, the Great I Am which we call God. God and each of us are truly one.
If you can conceive it, believe it and see it already done, you can experience it.
Until we are together again…walk in Light and Love each and every day.
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As a minister, I am often asked: “why am I here”? “What’s my purpose?” This question suggests that we are all on “a mission from God” as Jake and Elwood Blues used to say. Many people like to believe that each of us has a special role to play in this thing called life.
I believe that they are right but not necessarily in the way they may intend. Yes, we have a vital purpose here on Earth as part of our never ending eternal journey of the soul.. a purpose no being can fulfill but us!
Jesus taught us that God is a spirit….do not look for Him here, there, or up there. He is everywhere present all at the same time, in fact God is all that exists! Once you accept that basic fact then our purpose becomes clearer. Spirits may observe but not participate, rather like the characters in the great movie “City of Angels”.
Spirits cannot operate in a physical realm, they will never know the glory of an orgasm, the luscious sweet joy of the first bite of a peach, the feel of your little girl’s arms around your neck as she runs to greet you or the smile of your son when he catches the ball you tossed.
God loves us so much that he makes humanity out of the very substance of Itself. We really do live and move and have our being within the body of God. We swim in God every moment of our lives as a fish swims in the sea.
Our mission on this Earth is to allow the Creator to experience the physical world of His/Her Creations. We are physical expressions of God, the very creator of all that is. You want purpose, that is a purpose beyond our imagination.
Remember, God is all there is so God never has a bad day! It’s all good to the Life Force that creates all. Our job is to be the best expression of God we can be, to show the Creator a good time and at the same time live a useful, productive and joy filled life. Whatever your heart and talent leads you to in life, do it to the best of your ability. You really are on a mission from God and that mission is one of experiencing the very best life can offer.
There is a thread of Truth that runs though all major religions and spiritual philosophies. From the wisdom of Plato to the Mystery Schools of Egypt; the wonderful love, Light and wisdom of the Zoroastrianism of Persia to today’s Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism there is a common thread of Spiritual Law and Truth.
Once we strip away the dress codes, the rules for worship, the do’s and don’ts we can see that each religion comes to the same conclusions about life, God and humanity; couched in different language and custom to suit differing cultures and peoples. The truth is that there is a Divine Mind, a First Cause that is the Creator.
Perhaps its a Life Force, perhaps a Great Soul or a Great Architect of the Universe but it is clear that something greater than the human mind engineered and designed this Universe and many others. Did we engineer DNA, the pattern of a snowflake, the perfect cocktail of gasses to allow life to thrive on Earth or the miracle of photosynthesis which creates the oxygen we must have?
Did we create the miracle of conception and birth, the perfect balance of plants absorbing CO2 and breathing Oxygen while we breathe Oxygen and exhale CO2? It’s just too perfect to be random.
Consider this: What is God was a just a nickname for Divine Mind, Universal Intelligence in which we live, move and have our being? What if we swam in this great Mind like a fish swims in the ocean? What if we lived every hour of our lives immersed in God as our cells are in us? Kind of blows your mind doesn’t it?
What if God is not our parent but the Mind of the Universe that creates all that is? This God would not punish or reward because only parents do that and God is not a parent. God would govern the Universe by Law, both physical and spiritual. What if we really did reap exactly what we sowed? The Law of Cause and Effect just may be the Mother Law of the Universe! God is the Cause and all that exists , including us, is the Effect. What if we have had it backwards all the time?
What if life does not happen to us? What if we happen to life? What if our thoughts, words and the choices that spring from them are the authors of our lives?
Could it be that we are the creators of our life experience, the “driving wheel” of our life? What if we are the producer, director and principal actor in our own movie of life?
These questions and thoughts are the essence of the perennial philosophy called New Thought, Unity, Religious Science, Science of Mind and Unity.
What if Science and Spirituality are heading to the same place? One through study of the Physical Laws of the Universe and the other through Spiritual Law?
You may live to see Science and Faith come together; we already practice these ideas every day in Religious Science and have for almost 300 years in one form or another.
What if Evolution was just God’s update system? Wow, consider that!