The Soul’s Journey

We all are aware that there are two things that every human must do.  Pay taxes and die.  The modern world has figured out how to change out gender,our appearance and even enhance our intelligence, but taxes and death seem to be beyond the reach of even our technology.

Most of us realize that we are not our body.  Our body is the Earth Suit that we wear for locomotion and life support.  When the body dies……then what?  It is my belief a human being can never really die.  The mind (not the brain) and spirit lives on.  We never die we just transition to another state of being.

I know this for a fact for I have done it twice, which seems to me one more time than necessary.  According to the EMT Paramedics I was clinically dead when they found me tossed up on the shore of Malibu Beach after being caught in a rip tide. I was 23, far too young to die in my considered opinion.  They got over a gallon of water out of my lungs; I was as close to death as a human can get.

The second time was in my early 40’s during surgery for a burst appendix which had gone septic.  The experience was very similar to that “fun” day at the beach so long ago. 

On both trips to “the other side” I was mentored by a transitioned relative or loved one.  This is done undoubtedly to soften the blow of one’s imminent demise.  Yes, there was a lovely bright light and my maternal grandmother, Margaret, who talked like Scarlet O’Hara from “Gone With The Wind”.  

Both times I took her hand while she explained my choices.  It came down to staying in this life or going on to another experience.  Like a good lawyer, she summarized the case for both courses of action but emphasized that time was of the essence, as I was fading fast.  

I remember Margaret reminding me during my first near death experience that   my young wife, pregnant with our child, was on the beach, unaware of anything amiss, and that was something that I should consider carefully.  

She then showed me a glimpse of the absolute world of Spirit and words cannot describe the loveliness, peace and sense of belonging that I experienced. She did tell me that this was the Soul’s natural state and that life, although exciting, was very wearing on the spirit and soul.

She emphasized over and over that we never, no never, really die.  We just change form rather like water transforming into steam and then to ice.

I asked Margaret about heaven and hell and she laughed.  She said God made us out of Her own substance and that to send anyone to Hell, God would need to go with us since we are the same substance, different only in scale.  

She did say that we all get to experience that which we put into Law while in this life ( for good or ill) but not as reward or punishment but as information for the next experience.

The point of this post is that you can never really die so don’t sweat it.  Nothing to be afraid of; in fact if you live long enough you will embrace death like a lover.  Life is great but enough is often too much.

You are eternal, you never die.  Your body and your Ego dies but the essence of you is eternal.  God will walk with you for all eternity through each transition and each Journey of the Soul.

Do you not know that you are safe, you are Divine, and you are magnificent?

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Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL  …..I am a Religious Scientist, the Faith and Philosophy for the 21st Century and beyond.

The Healing of America (Part 1 of 2)

 This has been a uniquely disturbing US Presidential election. As I write this post, only 3 weeks are left until Election Day, November 7th. Both Republicans, Democrats and Independents are weary of this most uncivil and unseemly campaign; unprecedented in modern American history.

Yes there were elections in the 1820’s and 30’s so toxic and mean that the shame and false accusations heaped upon Andrew Jackson’s wife caused her to die of a broken heart.  It was a “no holds barred” type of politics in the first 50 years of our Republic and I am very saddened to see us descend to this level again in the supposedly enlightened 21st Century.

Whatever your politics or preferences I am sure that you would agree that our democracy cannot thrive in an atmosphere of distrust, thuggery and mean spirited hate speech.  We heard just yesterday a candidate sowing the seeds of conspiracy and illegitimacy of our democratic process.  Unchecked, this could destroy our very soul and nation.  This is the atmosphere that destroyed the world’s first democracy, Athens.

What has happened to “morning in America”?  Where have “hope and change” gone, just 8 years after thrilling and empowering much of the nation?

Every problem has a spiritual solution and this time of nastiness and recrimination can be solved only by good will; brother and sisterhood and a large dose of empathy.  There also must be a few structural changes in our Election process.  (Parties must nominate as they did formerly, then the people elect)  Lest you think I am suggesting that we all hold hands and sing Kum Ba Ya around the campfire I would say that “it wouldn’t hurt” but it is not the medicine that our body politic and our national consciousness needs.

America has lost faith in its own mythology.  A people’s myths are the bedrock of their culture.  We sometimes think of a myth as something false.  That is often untrue.  A myth is a long held cultural tradition, usually based on truth.  Myths are the ideals upon which a nation is built.

What are America’s basic myths and why have so many forsaken them in the last decade?

The central idea of America is the American Dream:  This is the heart and soul of America.  If The Dream dies our nation dies a slow death from the inside out.  However the American Dream is not the American Promise.

Nothing is promised in a free society but equal protection of the laws and due process.  The American Dream simply means that anyone from anywhere is free to thrive or fail to the limits of their talent, hard work and character.  We are now all measured primarily by our talent, drive, character and the fruits of our labor.

There are no longer blue bloods, no privileged class, racial barriers and no nobility or royalty.  Every one of us, if we have the will and the talent and the guts, can become a Warren Buffet or a Colin Powell.

We can all, if we have the athleticism and put in the years of hard work, become a super star athlete no matter if we came from Beverly Hills or South Central LA, from Coral Gables or Liberty City.

Somehow the American Dream has become in the minds of many the American Guarantee.  Nothing is guaranteed in life, here or anywhere else.  To achieve the American dream you must have a thirst for it, a hunger for it that cannot be satisfied until it is achieved.  You have to sacrifice, persevere when the dark hours come and never, never give up.  Most importantly, you have to make wise choices every step of the way.

Particularly in America you must write the story of your life and produce the movie version with every thought, word and choice. You are solely responsible for the outcome.

What causes the American dream to go off the rails for so many?  Many, many people kill their American Dream with a rebellious spirit.  “I am sick and tired of school, no college for me!”  Poor choices at an early age can blight a life.

In 21st Century America, unless you invent something magnificent, or write the great American Novel,  you have just consigned yourself to a life in the working class, working long hours for an hourly wage.  One bad decision not quickly corrected is all it takes to turn the American Dream into paradise lost.

But weren’t things easier in the 50’s?

Weren’t we the greatest nation in the world in the 40’s, 50’s and early 60’s? What happened?  Wasn’t this the Golden Age of America?  It seemed that way to some but only if you were straight, White and Gentile and preferably Protestant.

Jim Crow was in its heyday and religious and ethnic bigotry was a way of life.  There were ethnic slurs for almost any nationality or ethnicity and they were used in daily conversation. Whole neighborhoods would move out if one person of color or unacceptable ethnicity moved in!  Seems unreal today but that was the United States of my childhood.  Not so golden for much of the population, was it?

What about those great jobs?  The days of walking down the street of your industrial Mid-Western or New England town with nothing but a high school diploma and getting that high paid union job at the mill or factory, complete with  fat pension and 100% health coverage, are long gone and they are not coming back.

This way of life was an aberration caused by World War 2.  It never happened before and will not happen the same way again.

Immediately after the end of World War 2 the United States became the most powerful nation in the world and “the American Century” began.  Why and how did this happen?

We emerged from the war with the homeland totally unscathed; our infrastructure, cities and industry emerged from the war as the most modern in the world.  We became the industrial giant of the entire world.

Japan, Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Russia and to a large extent the UK had been reduced to rubble by the war.  We had by far the most powerful military in the world armed with the most terrible weapon ever developed.   Hiroshima and Nagasaki were stark reminders of this.

Do you know that post War Great Britain, with their cities in ruins and their economy shattered, had very stringent rationing of fuel, food and clothes well into the 1950’s.  At the same time Americans went on a buying spree unlike any in our history, buying appliances, automobiles and homes, all of which were unavailable during the War.

In 1946, ten million G.I.’s came home in a matter of months, sending women out of the factories and back to home and children. Rosie the Riveter may have built the planes, ships and weapons that won the war but she was fired in mass to make room for the men.  

Women, once freed from the nursery and the kitchen by the critical need for workers during the war, now saw their freedom and independence abruptly ended and did not like it one bit.  Thus the seeds of feminism were born and not a moment too soon!  

My own Mother was one of the first to sign up for gender equality.  She became one of the first females to become a  licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of California.  Seems strange today but real estate was virtually an all male profession prior to the 50’s.

This American monopoly of prosperity and power could not last.  It was built on the misfortune of others.

When the rest of the world recovered and rebuilt their industries and infrastructure we began to have competition in industry and in trade.  A rising tide does lift all boats and the perennially poor nations such as China, India, Malaysia, Korea and war torn Japan began to become industrial powerhouses and soon became First World nations, rather than recipients of our hand-outs.

Sometimes Americans tend to see the world as a zero sum game.  If others advance and prosper; we sometimes feel diminished.  We should be thrilled that the world is getting richer every day.  We should give thanks to whatever Deity we honor that more and more children go to bed on a full stomach, go to school and have hope for a better life  than ever before in human history!

We should celebrate the advances of our brothers and sisters around the globe, but today we envy them.   Hope has been replaced by fear and anger.

Charity and love has been replaced in too many hearts with feelings of loss, helplessness and anger. Only a renewal of the Spirit can remove this stain on our national consciousness and return us to the big-hearted, kind and charitable people that once fed the world, healed the sick and led the way to hope and freedom.

Is there room only for The United States of America in the World Prosperity Club?  Let’s spread the Gospel of Prosperity as ardently as we do the Gospel of Democracy?  

Time to relight that Shining City on the Hill; time to rekindle the American Dream and then export it to the world.

Next post: My take on the solutions.

Be well, speak well and think well, until we are together again

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida    YouTube.com/revdore

 

The Truth About You and I

I know the truth about you and I and I have not even met you yet.  There is an overriding Truth about humanity and about every single human on Earth.

That Truth is that in the basics of life we are all the same.  Yes, we have different exteriors, colors, hair type, mental abilities, sexual preferences,  personalities  dreams and desires.

And yet we are more alike than we are different.  Every human on the planet bleeds red blood when cut or wounded.  Every human cries when sad or hurt. Every human must eat and drink often. Every human on the planet must release liquid and solid waste at frequent intervals and every one of us has a pump we call the heart that circulates the blood that carries the oxygen on which life depends.

Pump stops, we die …all races, all nationalities; death knows no country,  culture or color.

Every single one of us has dreams and aspirations; most of us ponder the mystery of creation, which we explain by one system of religion or another.  Or perhaps we make science our secular religion to explain the unexplainable.

We laugh, we get horny, we love, we hate, we kiss and we fight.  We get hungry and we fast.  We are serene and we are anxious but the one constant about humanity is that we are all cut from the same cloth, made in the same mold and have the same Creator.

Every one of us is born of a woman, conceived with the help of a man, and every one of us will end his or her journey in death.  Most believe that the mind and soul goes on, some believe in “lights out, its over”.  I do believe that we live on many, many times but which of us really knows?

The commonality of humanity needs to be re-stated over and over and over in this age where empathy for our fellow humans is running rather thin.  We need to see the common thread of humanity to realize that the differences are mainly cosmetic and personal.  In our laudable search for diversity we have splintered our societies into constituencies and social and political identities that have had the unintended consequence of dividing rather than uniting the human family. 

We are ONE, Created by one Divine Mind, Great Architect, Ground of Being or just God.  We are made of love and come from love.  Love giving itself by the Creator creating all out of itself and on Earth a joining in love of our parents.

Look in the eyes of the next person you meet and see yourself in their eyes no matter the color of their skin, the shape of their features or the type of their hair. They are you with a different exterior decorator.

Every human wants a happy life.  Every parent wants success and happiness for their children and every mother thrills at the first stirring in her womb.  Every man becomes a father the first time he holds his baby in his arms and he’s hooked for life.  All of us wants our children to advance beyond what mom and dad achieved in this life.

One of my greatest joys is watching my three lovely children building wonderful families of their own; buying their first homes, enjoying rewarding and well paid careers and having good solid, American affluent lives.

This success was no Ozzie and Harriet tale.  It happened in spite of being children of a rather unpleasant divorce and being bi-racial.  They had additional hurdles to jump but that only made them stronger and smarter. They are loved by both parents and they know it and that is what enables them to surmount any obstacle.

Love is the lubrication of the good life.  Empathy is the glue that holds a civil society together .  My RX for America is More Love and a Boatload of Empathy, which is in short supply at the moment; in our body politic and in our conversations with each other.

Until we are together again, reach out to someone who needs encouragement, love or understanding.  See the One, Be the One and live as One.

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida

The True Christian according to Rev. Dore’

 

What is a “True Christian”?   My mind and heart tells me that a true Christian is a person who does their very best day by day to live the basic teachings of Christ Jesus.  Will he or she be perfect at walking in the “shoes of the Master”?  I would think not; Jesus did not walk His talk 100% of the time.

His judging and violence toward the money changers and High Priests in the Temple are not examples of walking the path of tolerance, love and peace.  His all too human fear in the Garden is another example of the faults and flaws in the human being that was Jesus of Nazareth.  His very harsh berating of his mother when she called him home was another example of his very real human temper. He was a man, not a God.

If Jesus could not embody emotional or spiritual perfection, how can we then expect ourselves to do so?   We may strive to get as close as we can; but we are all human.  

Once lesson we all need to learn is to be more forgiving of our selves and our fellow human beings.  

The True Christian lives each day understanding that judgement of your fellow human is judgement of yourself for we are all one in God and in fact.  There is no place for judgement and condemnation, gossip or innuendo in the life of a True Christian.  A True Christian is tolerant and loving but not necessarily approving of behavior that hurts, divides and degrades.  It is our right to associate with people pleasing to us but it is not our place to judge anyone. 

The True Christian knows that we are One with the infinite Mind that is God, therefore each of us, being created by that Mind, are literally Brothers and Sisters in the truest sense.  The True Christian forgives even the most grievous offence and answers it with love.  Love and hate cannot exist in the same time and space and the True Christian knows this and lives it.

The True Christian knows that to resist a condition or an act is to invite it to stay.   He or She knows that when we are against something, when we protest something, march against something we are empowering the very thing we seek to destroy.   The True Christian is for all that is Good, noble, loving and joyous and against nothing.   

Mother Theresa replied to an anti-war protester who asked her to head a march against War:  “I will lead a march for peace but will be against nothing.” 

The True Christian cares nothing for dogma or liturgy, form and ceremony but cares deeply for his or her fellow human being.  The True Christian knows that love is the essence of God and of a True Christian. 

The True Christian will turn both cheeks and offer both arms and legs to an attacker rather than strike back; for to do so begins a circle of blood and recrimination that can last for generations, rather like the Hatfields and McCoys of Southern Lore.  An eye for an eye always leaves the world blind and toothless.  There is no end, there is never a winner in this zero sum game.

A True Christian cares only for the lessons of the Christ, He or She is not defined by or believes in the pagan idea of blood sacrifice or the ancient Sumerian idea of “sin debt” that must be repaid in blood.  This idea is a nightmare of Paul’s that has no place in the True Christianity of the 21st Century.

The True Christian honors all humanity for all of us are the living expressions of God, the Architect of the Universe.  The True Christian would never disparage any man or woman for their gender, sexual preference,  their color, or their cultural heritage.  

Likewise the True Christian knows that God is in each and every human born.  The True Christian knows that to look in the eyes of another man, woman, boy or girl is to look into the eyes of God.

God is all there is and is everywhere present all at the same time, every second of life itself.  There truly is “no spot where God is not”.

The True Christian never places himself above any other human, no matter what their religion or faith.  The True Christian knows that finding God is a bit like the center of town.  You can approach God from any direction, with any religion and you will find God right in the Center.  All those who truly seek God will find God.

The great thread of Truth that runs through every major religion when stripped of ceremony, dogma and do’s and don’ts is that there is a Creator of all that exists, a Divine Mind, a Great Soul, a Ground of Being, a Great Architect; call it what you will. It is the Great I AM or all that is.  

This is what we believe as Religious Scientists and this is what we work toward in our Global Vision:  One world united in peace, freedom, prosperity, love and happiness.

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May God bless you and guide your footsteps every day with the voice within that all of us may hear…..if we listen. 

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL    Check out my 112 video podcasts on YouTube.com/revdore

Amazing Grace

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Most of us have heard the wonderful old hymn “Amazing Grace”.  It may well be one of the most beloved Hymns in both America and Scotland where the Pipers trill it at almost any occasion.   How many of us know the story behind this great hymn?

Captain John Newton was the Master of a slave ship for over 30 years; a very nasty but very profitable vocation in the 17th and 18th Centuries.  By the year 1768 he began to have serious qualms about his chosen profession.  On each trip nearly half of his cargo died of disease, starvation and abuse.  He could not close his eyes in sleep without hearing the pleas and cries of the poor unfortunates below decks.

At first he told himself that Africans weren’t like “us”, they were a lower form of humanity and really did not have souls in any event.  This was the usual apology for the transporting and keeping of slaves.  But by the time  the first rumblings of revolution and unrest began in the American Colonies in the 1770’s Captain Newton decided that he had had enough.

Fearing that his immortal soul was stained so badly that there was no hope of redemption, he left the sea and never returned.  He was sure that by his actions he was condemned to the fires of Hell for all eternity.  Thus the lyrics: “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost but now I’m found”; was blind but now I see.  

What turned John Newton, the slaver who believed himself such a wretch that his soul was irredeemable into the man who wrote the poem and hymn that led to the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire?  Yes, it was Amazing Grace!  Here is the rest of the story! Continue reading Amazing Grace

The Greatest Story Never Told Part 2

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.

What is the real magnificence of Christmas and why is it the most wonderful celebration of Love and Light on Earth?   Continue reading The Greatest Story Never Told Part 2

The Eternal Thread

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There is an eternal thread of truth that is found in all the great religions in the world.  To find this common thread we must set aside dress codes, dogma and ceremony and get down to the basics; the nub of the matter of God, humanity and their relationship to each other.  Dress, ceremony and dogma are functions of human culture and perception and have little to do with God.

The first great idea of the Eternal Thread of Truth is that there is a power in this world and the Universe that is greater than us.  Our minds are not the only sentient minds in all creation.  We are not alone.  We did not create ourselves out of whole cloth.  

The entire stage set of life was created by a Great Architect, a Divine Engineer, a First Cause that created the physical and spiritual laws that enable life and the Universe to exist.  Said plainly, there is Deity, a God of some form or fashion.  Since God is all there is, every human on this Earth or any other is literally my brother or sister and should be treated as such.

The second great idea of the Eternal Thread is that these Laws and this power is ours to share and to use.  We are not our creators but we are the inheritors of the power of our creators.  We use this power for Good with a Divine License for we are made of the same substance as all that exists.  We are living expressions of Deity, allowing Spirit to experience form.

The third great idea of this Eternal Thread is that the Law (both physical and spiritual) always functions just as it was designed and that no human is exempt from it.  While we are subject to physical laws (physics) and spiritual laws, (morality and ethics) we did not create the Law and cannot change it.

What we can do is to use and operate The Law for the benefit of ourselves and all humanity or we can wreak havoc and bring destruction by misuse of the Law. The Law is impartial, it works for the saint and the sinner alike;  it exacts its due both for good or for ill, depending on the operation of the Law by us.

The fourth great idea of this Eternal Thread is that we are always at choice, we are not puppets; we have Will and the right to use it.  We are responsible for the fruits of the exercise of our Will and will reap just what we have sown.

The fifth and most important idea of this Eternal Thread is that we are never alone.  There is help 24/7.   The Indwelling God is never is off duty or closed.  It will never impose itsself upon us but waits for us to ask, to seek, to knock on its door for help, for love, inspiration, courage and strength.   Those who seek to know God and will open a dialogue with the the Great I AM will have made the best and most enduring friendship imaginable.

It is this Eternal Thread of Truth that Religious Science (The Science of Mind) keeps alive in the hearts and minds of humanity.  Regardless of your religion or culture these truths are still the bedrock of human existence.  The Jew and the Muslim can use them.  The Catholic and the Protestant can celebrate them.  The Hindu and the Buddhist can glory in the Eternal Truth of God and yet celebrate Deity their own unique way.

There is really only one Truth.  God is all there is and that includes you and I.

Be peaceful, open your heart to lessons that your soul needs and have the ears to hear and eyes to see the lessons given you.

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida    YouTube.com/’revdore 

 

Walking in the Shoes of the Master….The authentic Christian

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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:

  1. Jesus Christ is God (the Deity of Christ)
  2. Jesus was born of virgin
  3. Scripture is inerrant (without error of any kind)
  4. Jesus died on the cross substituting for us and atoning for our sins.
  5. 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!

God’s Update System according to Rev. Dore’

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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?

 

You Are Magnificent!

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Did you know that you are magnificent?  Has anyone ever told you that?  If not, they should have done so when you were a child.  Even those judged least successful by their fellow humans are miraculous creations of the Great I AM that we nickname God. 

God is perfect substance, perfect love, perfect Mind and from perfection can come only perfection.  Everything created by God is therefore perfect. 

Well, Dore’ how in the world can you say that?  What about those born with serious birth defects or Down’s Syndrome or other debilitating conditions?

Perfect you say?  What, are you nuts Rev.? 

I was told that I was nuts just yesterday but I did not believe a word of it.  People judge us according to their world view but since I know who and what I am and am quite comfortable in my own skin, I pay little attention to the madding crowd.

As Terry Cole Whittaker used to say:  “What you think of me is none of my business”. 

You see, I know that I am a perfect creation of a perfect God; even though I was born with cerebral palsy, crooked eyes and other assorted challenges, including a big mouth.  Spiritual Mind Treatment cured the incurable and took care of all but a faint residue of the Cerebral Palsy and the hands of God working through the ophthalmic surgeons hands straitened the eyes. 

I am still working on the big mouth!  My dear wife Susan believes its a hopeless cause!

If I can believe that I am a perfect expression of the Creator of all that exists….surely you can join me in that belief. 

Perfection means very different things to the Creator than it does to his/her creations.  We tend to think of perfect as being without any flaw or blemish.  Most of us would say that nothing is perfect on this Earth and therefore nobody is perfect.  We hear that every day, don’t we?

Yes, and we would be so very wrong.  You see we think our lives into being and as a collective consciousness we create the conditions on this planet that we call our “world”.  Since we have such a bedrock belief in imperfection we get to experience it at every turn. 

Nothing is ordained or written or fated.  We think, speak and choose the conditions of our lives and collectively of this planet.

Self loathing is the seed of our belief in imperfection and it is the number one cause of all discord, disease, war and even poverty.  From self loathing comes its cousin guilt which poisons our hearts, souls and bodies. 

But wait!  All is not lost, I have the cure at my finger tips!  All this will end if we stop believing that we are damaged goods, bad seeds, rejects, God’s mistakes or whatever you say to yourself to poison your soul.

The word perfection does not mean “without flaw or blemish”. 

Perfect means made exactly as it was designed to be made.  We are all designed by the Great Architect (my nickname for God) just as he/she intended because each of us was designed and created for a unique purpose and experience on this Earth that only we can fulfill.  No two people on this planet has exactly the same life because no two of us are exactly alike.

We are unique living expressions of God.

We were made this way by perfect Substance and Perfect Love and that makes us perfect.  Now, what we make of this perfection is totally up to us.  God draws up the plans, gathers the building materials and drops it all off at the job site.  What we build on that site is solely our responsibility and becomes our destiny.

Here is an exercise in logic:

If God is Perfect, God made you, you are perfect.  You cannot escape the logic of that syllogism.  So put away the tiny little violin, call off the “pity party” and claim your magnificence.  It is your birthright as a living expression of God.

The day you can love you as God loves you is the day that you will transform your life. 

May the indwelling God and the Most High God, which are one and the same, dwell in your every thought, word and deed.

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL   Please enjoy my 121 video podcasts on YouTube.com/revdore