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

The Perennial Philosophy

 

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!

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian   YouTube.com/revdore  where you will find 120 video podcasts by Rev. Dore’

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What To Do When a Life Storm Comes

“Son, in each life a little rain must fall”.  I cannot count how many times my wonderful, very Southern mother said this to me. This happened when I came in crying from school after the other kids tormented me because of my goofy name or that I was a “spastic”.

She was telling me that this moment of anger and hurt was not the end of the world; that life has its little storms but I must keep my chin up and all will be well in the morning.  In other words “don’t sweat the small stuff….and it’s all small stuff”.

In our neighborhood of Sherman Oaks in the San Fernando Valley lived two cast members of the Mickey Mouse Club television show.  One was Annette, she was a wonderful friend to me and we spent lots of summer days in her swimming pool talking about growing up and life.  The other cast member was famous for his long mop top and perhaps because of this he was a bully of the first order as a kid.

Every time he saw me he made it his business to beat the stuffing out of me! He was one tough son of a gun. I would run home, shirt bloody, crying and shaking from anger and fear.  Mother’s solution was to tell me to stay away from him and I tried, but to no avail.

Dad had a different solution.  He told me that the bullying won’t stop until you stand up to him. Now Dad was only 5′ 3″ tall so he knew a LOT about bullies in his youth. He said that the secret bullies never want you to know is that they are cowards at heart and feared blood and pain.  Dad’s prescription was to let the Mouseketeer throw the first punch (never start a fight but always finish it) and then I should punch him in the nose as hard as I could because noses bleed profusely without causing much damage.

I got my courage up and did it!  Dad was right!  He ran home crying his eyes out and never bothered me again.  In fact, we eventually became fast friends. We were taught to take care of ourselves and settle our own disputes in those days because it was a lesson in life.  Of course kids weren’t “packing heat” in the 1950’s!

What do we do when our personal sky darkens and the rain comes?  Here is my 3 step cure for a Life Storm:

1. Know that this too shall pass!  When the stuff starts flying we feel like our lives are over; that this is the beginning of the end.  It seems like the pothole in our path is a thousand feet deep and that we are helpless.   Remember, the only constant in the Universe is change!   This too will pass because nothing is forever. You will get through this unless you succumb to panic and lose hope….then you are done!

2. Stay out of fear!  If there were a Satan or Devil it would be FEAR.  No I don’t believe in fallen angels cast out of Heaven or Lucifer or Beelzabub.  There is ONE power and presence is this Universe and that is the Divine Mind, First Cause, The Great Architect that we nickname God.  All that exists begins in the mind of this spiritual Life Force and since we are expressions of that Life Force we create our lives in our minds in the exact same way. 

Fear is the great enemy for it causes mental and spiritual paralysis.  We experience the “deer in the headlight” syndrome.  We stand transfixed with dread and terror and can do nothing to save ourselves.  There is always a solution but only a calm mind and spirit can find it.

3. Take responsibility!  Everything that happens in your life is your responsibility, which is not the same as blame or fault.  Our society is obsessed with assigning blame in every situation, which I believe is a sign of our societal immaturity.  Blame fixes nothing; it is a form of revenge taking and solves little.  We blame others in order to deflect responsibility from the real cause…. US!

Every condition or event in our lives we created in the following three ways.  First we actively created the situation with our thoughts, words and choices.  We did it and we know we did it.  Often we are rebelling from someone of something when this happens.  I call this the “I don’t give a damn!” attitude. 

Second, we promoted the stuff in our life by our attitudes, words or actions that we knew darn well would lead to exactly what we are now experiencing.  For instance, you work for a company that values punctuality in its employees.  But you are late 6 times in 2 months and then feel victimized when you are fired or laid off.  Who created this?  Yes, you did. 

Third, we allow stuff to happen to us by having weak personal boundaries. This is co-dependent behavior which is a classic symptom of weak self esteem.  Have you ever known someone who lurched from crisis to crisis all because they could not say no to anyone who needed help, money or just wanted to sponge off of them?  This is a very common form of creating just the life we don’t want.  Living as an enabler is like living life in a hospital emergency room. 

No is one of the most important words in the English language.  Healthy people can say no without guilt if it is something they do not want to do.  You are responsible for you, no one else.  Help where you can but recognize a lost cause when you see one. 

Once you take responsibility for your life you have grown up spiritually and mentally.  You are now free.  You know that you paint the picture of your life stroke by stroke with your thought, word and deed.  If you painted the picture you can change it. You are the artist.  You are free at last. What you create you can change.  

This is how you navigate the inevitable storms of Life.  This too shall pass, stay out of fear and take responsibility!  

Until we are together again, walk in the Light and Love of God in your coming and going, waking and sleeping. 

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian  YouTube.com/revdore  (check out my 112 video podcasts!   Want to know more about Religious Science (Science of Mind)?  Go to CSL.org and find the nearest Center for Spiritual Living near you.