Religious Science (aka The Science of Mind) explained

I am a Religious Scientist, it is my faith and my understanding of the way life works.  Religious, because it takes me to a higher plane of thought where I can be in the presence of the Great Soul, the Divine Mind, the indwelling God and the most High God which are one and the same.  My faith is based on the deepest belief in a Higher Power and at the same time it is governed not by superstition or magic but by Divine Law.

The Science is in the Law which always works in exactly the same way each and every time we use it.  There is cause and there is effect and neither you nor I can escape that basic Law of the Universe. For every action, there will be an equal and corresponding re-action. Hit a ball into a window, the window will break and you will be called upon to buy your neighbor a new window. 

The love you give likewise is returned to you pressed down and multiplied; as are the errors that you commit.

 Science in Religious Science is the absolute predictability of the Law, both physical and spiritual.  Drop an iron ball and it will always fall to earth. Not one time will it fly up into the sky.  When you go to bed you need not worry that you will be on the ceiling.  Law is constant and it is knowable and predictable.  

Just as physical laws may be depended upon, so are the Spiritual Laws instituted by Spirit.  What you put out you will receive in like measure, pressed down and overflowing.  No one is exempt from what most people call “what goes around, comes around” which we call the Law of Compensation.  

We can heal by using the Law, we can prosper by using the Law, we can have success beyond measure or sorrow deeper than the deepest ocean.  

As we think, so we are.  Your thoughts are creative, they are alive and they create your world.  You are licensed by God on the day of your birth to create Heaven or Hell in your life.  You speak the cursing or the blessing out of your mouth.  Your choice, each and every day. You will experience what you think, say and do.  You are the architect and author of your life experience.  

This is what St. Paul meant when he said “think only things of good report”.

You can heal any condition with the speaking of your word, if you believe.  You can create any condition with your word and your belief.  You have a power that you may have never realized before.  

There is a Great Power in the Universe and you can use it.  That is what we teach in Religious Science, which is the teaching of the Science of Mind. 

Until we are together again…..be well, think well and speak well. 

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida.  

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May You Live in Interesting Times

The Chinese have a very interesting blessing for those they consider superior people.  So I am extending this blessing to each of my community because I know that Rev. Dore’ is not for everyone.

I like to think that I appeal to those who think before they speak, understand the vital difference between opinions, which are a dime a dozen and have no power;  you have a right to them; and facts which are proven and which have all the power in the world.

Kelly Ann Conway notwithstanding, there are no “alternative facts”  She is paid well to dress up opinion in a tuxedo and parade it as fact but for thoughtful people like my community this will not wash.  You can put lipstick on a pig but its still a pig!

Being born in interesting times means that you have been born into an era of ferment, change and often danger.  We are in just such an era right now; not only in the USA but around the world.  The new millennium promised a sea change in how we do our business in this world and how we will live.

It has already made a down payment on that promise with the fraying of social graces, the coarsening of our society and the increasing tribalism of not only America but many nations around the world.

This was supposed to be the Age of Aquarius where love, light and harmony would prevail.  It seems that Aquarius made a stop at Scorpio!  Do not despair, the dawning of Light always follows a time of deep darkness just before the dawn.

Great change never happens when everything is hunky dory.  Why would change be needed when we are all happy, healthy and wealthy?   Only when the darkness and entropy looms is there an age of great fundamental change.

Thus the blessing that you be born in interesting times.  You are to be a child of the change, of the New Enlightenment.  I will soon be celebrating my 73rd birthday in a few months so I may see only the beginning of the great change to come. 

It may take 2 hundred years or only 50 depending on the group consciousness.  If we have more kids like those at Stoneman Douglass High School, across my adopted state of Florida on the Atlantic side, the change will come at lightning speed.  If not we may be in for some very interesting times, indeed,

I vote for the kids, how about you?  My Generation (baby boomers) were going to change the world but just got high and stupid.  When the mortgages hit and the kids came they became the very Establishment that they so despised.

This generation, Millennials (the largest since the Baby Boomers) just may get the job done, but not with socialist dreams and mind altering substances but with Internet savvy and intelligence and determination.

This generation is going to remake the political landscape of this nation,and perhaps the world, which is long overdue.  Yes keep the free market economy, it is the greatest engine of good ever devised but it must be regulated with a light but firm hand.

Intention is the litmus test of any idea.  The intention of the free market is aspiration; to become the best you can be.   Socialism is built on envy of those who have more than we do.  It is a modern Robin Hood Philosophy.  Envy may be the most corrosive emotion of all.  It is a victim philosophy and victim hood is a state of dependence and despondency.

These interesting times can bring the 1930’s back with authoritarian regimes taking over country after country as is happening as I write this post. Or we can retreat to me first and go back to protectionism. 

Protectionism created the Great Depression but we have a President who does not read, knows nothing of history and does not listen to those wiser than him, so he is instituting the very same thing that sent the world into a trade war that caused the Depression.  Tariffs are a symptom of tribalism and primitive nationalism .  Winning at the expense of others is the only philosophy of the President.

Free trade is symptomatic of Oneness and the desire that the tide of prosperity rises all boats and benefits everyone.  There are no winners and losers in this philosophy, everyone wins!

Jesus the Great Master Teacher taught Oneness, forgiveness and tolerance.  Even if you are not a Christian you must see that that is the way the world must live if we are to survive.

Which will we choose?  Will we go with love, light, oneness, aspiration, joy and tolerance.  Will we embrace the win/win philosophy or the winners and losers way of thinking of this current time in our history.

What do you choose?  I choose aspiration, joy, love, Oneness and world wide prosperity and peace.  I see children going to bed on full stomachs, free to be whatever they wish to be; living their dreams in freedom and joy.

What do you see?  I am glad that I have been born into interesting times when all things are possible and most are probable.  It already exists in Mind, let’s bring it into form for all.     Be sure to visit my video podcasts on YouTube.com/revdore

Until we are together again, see your higher good, think only of things of good report and share your love openly and freely.

Rev. Dore Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida   I am a Religious Scientist, come join me and live the life you never knew possible.

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The Mystery of Life Solved: Rev. Dore’ decodes the age old mystery!

God works in mysterious ways…..this is the stock answer of every Catholic Priest and most Protestant clergy.  When people need help and comfort; when it all falls apart or a loved one dies young, they get the “mystery story” as if God was a Divine Agatha Cristy book spinning mysteries with almost no clues.

Not much help is it?  No wonder so many 21st Century young people are getting more and more turned off of mainline religion.  They want answers from their Congressmen or Congresswomen, their Senators , their God and most importantly their President (another great mystery!)  

They want answers and action!  Here are my big 3 of questions to God

  1. Why does God allow terrible things like earthquakes, Hurricanes and other disasters to kill millions?
  2. Why do bad things happen to good people?
  3. If God loves us why does He or She not protect us?

Here are a few simple answers that may point the way to your personal awakening.

Question #1  Why does God allow bad things to happen to us?

Answer:  God is not an insurance policy but a Creator. We are the driving wheel of our life.  If we make a choice that is based in anger, hatred or sorrow we can forecast that this choice will have great negative impact on our life.  God does not ensure your life for bad mistakes.  You create your life experience by what you think, speak and do, or fail to do.

2. Why do bad things happen to good people?

Good and bad are human ideas.  What one culture deems good another judges as terrible.  To God all creation is good, whether the individual who did the creation by thought, word and deed deems it good or bad is up to them.  Being a good person does not ensure that one will never have an illness or a negative experience.  Remember we create our own reality, Life DOES NOT HAPPEN TO US!  We happen to life!

3. Why does God not protect us?

The Law is the creative force in the Universe and it is up to us to learn how to use it.  The Law is the Creative medium that God uses with us as a partner in creation to create all that exists.  God creates the Universe, the stars and planets,  and makes the spiritual and physical laws that govern the Universe.

We create the circumstances of human existence.  We decide to live in peace and plenty by loving our brothers and sisters.  OR we can live in lack and limitation, hate and jealousy; experiencing horror, death and destruction.

In August 1914 Europe had a choice.  Live and let live or murder the man and woman who held the fate of much of Europe in their hands.  Yes, the Archduke and Duchess died that August afternoon, the only heirs to the throne of the 1000 year old Hapsburg Empire that ruled most of Europe with a rather benign hand.

When those gunshots rang out in Sarajevo, the Old Order died and the worst war ever fought by human kind destroyed the peace of Europe and much of the world for almost 80 years.  We know that war as World War 1

As a young Winston Churchill said, looking at the lights of London being turned off:the lights are going out all over the world and we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.   We are living with the effects of that horrible choice made by one Serbian Terrorist named Princip to this very day.   World War 2 was merely the continuation of a terrible mistake made in 1914.

This is a graphic example of the workings of the Law of Cause and Effect.  One person making a fateful decision for blood and destruction instead of love and light changed the world for the entire 20th Century.

More people died as a result of that decision than all the wars in history to that point in time.

Was this God’s Will?  Was this the work of God?

No this was a fatally bad choice by one hate filled young man and the overreaction of the great powers of Russia, Austria, France and Britain to Princip’s fateful act that August Day.  Could God have prevented it?

The Law is the Law, once it is set in motion, the only solution is to put in motion an opposite action to change the effects that we have put into Cause.

Even God works by the Law of Mind Action.  Our Mind and God’s Mind work the same way, the difference is only the scale of the activity.  God operates cosmically.  We operate on this earthly plane.

The condition of our Earthly Home, which was created by Spirit, is solely the result of our use, individually and collectively of the Law of Mind Action, often called Cause and Effect.

How can you live the life that you have always dreamed of?   Think only of good, loving things.  Think only of what you desire for yourself, your family and for all humankind.   Thoughts are things.  They exist and they create your life and collectively they create the world around us.  Words are thoughts in physical form and they have tremendous power.

You create your life by thought, word and deed.  Collectively we make our reality, right here and right now.

It has been said that nations get the leaders they deserve.  This means that the mood and attitude of the nation will attract just the leader that the people desire.

Think about our current situation and see how this chaos came to pass.

May the indwelling God and the Most High God (one in the same) be with you in all your thoughts and actions.  Use the Law for only that which you are willing to experience in your life.  The Law is the power of God working through you; be very careful how you use it!

Until we are together again:

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida     

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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?

Until we are together again go to CSL.ORG to learn more about Religious Science, which teaches the Science of Mind Faith and Philosophy.  Attend our Sunday Celebrations at the Center for Spiritual Living nearest you.  You will be greeted like family.    Go to YouTube.com/revdore and check out my 121 Video Podcasts. 

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