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

Spirituality and Religion according to Rev. Dore’

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We hear a lot of conversation about spirituality and religion these days.  Aren’t they the same thing just using different terms?  I say no!  They are as different as “Chalk and Cheese”, as my British friends would say.

Religion is an attempt by humanity to rationalize and codify the experience of the Divine that all humans are capable of.  My post a few months ago, “The Faith Chip”, discusses this human proclivity for religion and the Divine in more detail.  You will find it in the archives or podcasts section on the home page.

Religion can be a force for good when it serves as a moral floor under a culture and as a device for deepening thought and bringing meaning to life; making every day a sacred experience.  This is noble and good.  We understand that we must have some code of morality in any human culture; else we may revert quickly to barbarism.  Religion is effective at providing this code because there are rewards for adherence to the code and sanctions for breaking it.

Too often religion (Buddhism is an exception) ends up believing that its revelations of the Divine are the only right and true ones.  The result is the “my God is bigger and better than your God” syndrome.  Religion often insists that its founder, guru or saint had the one true revelation sent special delivery straight from the mouth of God.  (Christianity and Islam, in particular, suffer from this attitude of  exceptionalism).

When a God-revealed religion believes that it should be the only interpretation of The Divine it may become a scourge rather than a boon to humankind.  I have often likened religion to ice cream because most of us like it, it tastes wonderful but too much can make us very sick.  Like ice cream there are many, many flavors and it is all a matter of personal taste.  Find the spiritual experience that resonates with your unique heart, mind and soul.  That is the one for you.  Arguing about religion is about like arguing the merits of butter pecan over rocky road!  Its good if you like that flavor and not so good if you don’t.

There is no “one size fits all” where God and religion is concerned.  What would the world be like with only vanilla ice cream?  Boring and stale!  Before long ice cream would cease to exist because it would no longer satisfy.  So it is with religion.

It has been said that to kill a religion simply make it the State Church and you will kill it in 3 to 4 generations.  The Anglican Church is a perfect case in point.  It is the established by law Church of England and as a result England is perhaps the most secular country I have ever experienced.  To even mention God in public is to invite stares and dark looks!

Religion that is institutionalized and mandated is no religion at all.  Religion and spirituality are matters of the heart and soul.  They are matters of choice at the deepest emotional level and cannot be mandated by the State.

Each human vibrates to his or her own frequency so there can never be one religion for all.  We have needs that rise from deep in our emotional and psychological makeup that must be fulfilled and many use religion to fill the “hole” in their spirit and soul.  Who and what we are usually leads us to the religion that best suits our energetic signature.

Stern, judgmental people are attracted to stern, judgmental religions such as Calvinism in Christianity and Wahabism in Islam.

Live and let live, loving people are attracted to a positive Jesus centered Christianity that emphasizes the teaching of love and tolerance.  Many are attracted to B’hai or Buddhism for the same reason.   Religion is an expression of who we are from the inside out.  You need only look at the faith that fulfills a person and you have a snapshot of the personality of this person.

I am sure that is why God had nothing to do with establishing religions.  He or She wrote no Scriptures, Bibles or Korans.  These are the works of human beings having a deep religious experience.  That experience was filtered through their minds, hearts, culture and thought.  Religion is man made but Love is Divine; indeed its the essence of God.

If God made religion He or She would have written one book and made one religion for all humankind.  However one size fits all does not square with God’s gift of free will.  One religion would have negated our God- given gift of choice.  We are always at choice every moment of our lives. 

Without free will we would be automatons all marching to one tune; thereby defeating the entire purpose of humanity.  We are here as living, breathing expressions of the Godhead, providing a physical expression of life for the Infinite Mind of God.  God is fulfilled though us and we through Her.

This is why Religious Scientists say that we are co-creators of our life experience.  We use the God given power of the physical, mental and spiritual faculties that we were given; conversely by the exercise of that power God can therefore experience the physical world of His or Her creations.  

Imagine the thrill of God experiencing the taste of a ripe peach or the explosive ecstasy of a human orgasm!  God gives us sentience, imagination and life and we give God a very good time!

This view of the Divine is why I am a Religious Scientist.  I am a part and parcel of God, there is no separation.  I am God expressing as I write this post.  I am God expressing when I go to work.  I am God expressing when I kiss my dear wife or hold one of my grandchildren.  When you understand who you are….a living expression of God… even taking out the trash as I did an hour ago is a spiritual act.

Religion is the rules, myths and legends about God . Spirituality is God in each of us and God in action in the world working through us. Religion is parochial while Spirituality is universal.

Religion tends to separate humanity into often warring camps, each sure that its flavor of religion is correct and therefore the only true one.  Spirituality unites all humanity in the knowledge that there is a power greater than us, a Creator Spirit that is the ground of all being, the Great I Am, the Alpha and the Omega that it is in us and we in it.  Oneness then becomes a vibrant reality rather than a mere theological concept.

We are all one regardless what flavor of the “ice cream for the soul” we prefer.

Until we are together again, this is Rev. Dore’ knowing perfection in you and in your life.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

A Sure Fire Fix for the Potholes in the Path of Your Life!

Is your life perfect?  Just exactly the way you have always dreamed that it would be?   Not so much?  Well, almost all of us have areas of our life that could use some improvement.  Perhaps its prosperity or maybe health.  Stress, worry and inner turmoil may be the problem which brings physical problems with it.

Perhaps you feel unloved and lonely and long for someone to love and understand you as a person.  You just want someone to “get you”.  What to do? How can we fix our lives quickly and painlessly in just a matter of days?

Ready?  Here is the sure fire fix for all that ails any human life.

Take responsibility for your life!  Yes, its that simple.  Here are the 3 steps to reclaiming, repairing and retooling your life.

1. Understand that blame and fault are not the same as responsibility.  You are not to blame for the shape your life is in but you are responsible!  Get over the blame game.

2. Be aware that not one person on Earth has been present every second of your life but YOU!  Therefore you are the driving wheel, the motive force of your life.  You thought the thoughts, spoke the cursing or the blessing each morning as you arose or before you went to sleep in the evening.  You either saw the good or complained endlessly of the bad.  What you think and speak is what you experience. What are we all but our thoughts, words and choices?

3. If you can honestly say that I wrote this novel, I produced and directed this movie that I call my life then you have just set yourself free.  Free at last, good God Almighty you are Free At Last.  You see, if you did it then you can change it because the ONLY person on this Earth that you can really control is YOU!

As Paul put it so well:  Think and speak only of things of good report. Thoughts are things and they are the building blocks of the Universe and of your life.  Nothing ever was made except by the thought and the Word.  God made the entire Universe by means of His thought and His Word.  As above, so below, which means that things here on Earth work by the same principles as they do in the Cosmos. You create your entire life by your thoughts and your words which create your choices and actions.

If you believe that your troubles and sorrow are the results of others then you are helpless because you can not really ever control any other being but you. With this belief that life happens to you, you live as a constant victim.  It is like spending your life in an Emergency Room lurching from crisis to crisis; powerless and depending on someone to fix you.

But if you created, promoted or allowed the mess and disarray to come into your life, then you can think a new thought and speak a new word of happiness, health, plenty and joy.  Watch your life change before your eyes!  You happen to life!  Your life is a mirror of you!

Your outer world is just a perfect mirror or reflection of what is in your mind, heart and soul.  The outer mirrors the inner you.  Change the inner and the outer must change correspondingly.  This idea is the root principle of Religious Science and the teaching of the Science of Mind.

You can heal your body with your mind and heart.  You can heal your finances with your mind and heart.  You can heal your marriage with your mind and heart.  You can heal your self esteem with your mind and heart.  You are the Doctor of your Life.   Ministers like me can teach you the techniques but you must do the work.

Nothing in your life changes until you do!  All true change is from the inside out.

This is basic stuff but it cannot be repeated often enough.  Throw off the chains of victim hood co-dependence and guilt and take charge of the most precious gift God has given you…….Your life!

Until we are together again, walk in the Light, Live in the Love and set yourself free by becoming the Master of your Life.

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida    Look for my 120 video podcasts on YouTube.com/revdore

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

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!

Just How Holy is the Holy Bible?

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The Scripture that we call the Holy Bible is the best selling book on the planet.  Why has this book, revered by Jew, Christian and Muslim alike, captured the attention of much of humankind?

Is the Bible a book of literal fact, handed down from God on High?  Or is it a wonderful rule and guide for our lives, a book of spiritual wisdom?   However you read the Bible; we can all agree that it is one of the most powerful books ever written.  Its influence is global.

Let’s define what the Bible is and is not.  First it is an anthology, not a purpose written book.  There are hundreds of authors of the Bible, which was written over 1500 years. The Old Testament and the New Testament are not even from the same religion. The OT and the NT are the two main divisions of the Bible and they often totally contradict each other.  “Eye for an Eye” in the OT and “turn the other cheek” in the NT.  Which to follow?

The OT is the Jewish Scripture, including the Torah (first 5 Books) which is the word of God handed down to Moses according to Jewish tradition and belief.  The later Old Testament books detail the Mosaic Law, early Jewish History and the later prophets.  There is nothing of Christianity in the Old Testament because it had not yet been invented!

The NT is a totally Christian document written by Jews who became the adherents and followers of Jesus of Nazareth and his sect of Judaism called “The Way”.  This may surprise some readers but Jesus was not a Christian, in fact he never heard of Christianity.  He was born a Jew, ordained a Jewish Rabbi, lived and died a Jew.  He never sought to begin a new religion but rather to reform Judaism, which had become stiff, rigid and legalistic.

Jesus’ ministry was to humanize Judaism by adding love, mercy and tolerance to what had become by 30AD a harsh jot and tittle religion of High Priests and their legal scholars.  His ministry was to throw open the doors of Judaism and let the fresh air of love and light rejuvenate a noble and ancient religion.

Saul of Tarsus, the man that we call Paul, is credited with virtually inventing Christianity, as we understand it.  This may give him a tad too much credit but it is true that fully 58% of the New Testament is believed to have been authored by Paul.  He took The Way, a sect of Judaism, and turned it into a totally new religion designed to appeal to the gentiles (non-Jews) from all over the Roman Empire.

To say that he was fabulously successful is an understatement.  His stamp is all over every aspect of Christianity, sin debt and the Redemption of mankind, the Resurrection, the Ascension, the Deity of Jesus, the establishment of the Churches….all these were Pauline ideas.

It is safe to say that without Paul there would have been no Christianity.

So is the Bible the inerrant (without error) Word of God?  The facts do not support this conclusion but belief is stronger than evidence for many people.  Personally, I believe that human beings have deep spiritual experiences that are soul deep and often write of these encounters with the Infinite.  Holy Scriptures around the world are therefore records of deep soul experiences by human beings experiencing the Divine.

God is not an author but a creator of the most magnificent creatures ever conceived…..you and I.  We write of Divine encounters, of world’s never known, of things thought impossible and then we make them real.  Surely we are made from the very stuff of God to do this.  That is what makes the Holy Bible holy; that human beings, fallible yes, but touched by the Spirit wrote such a wonderful spiritual guide.

The Bible and all scripture are the Great Lights of the World.  They are not to be taken as history or fact but understood as moral guides and spiritual food.  Humankind would be the poorer without these wonderful records of the interaction of Spirit and humanity.

Use Scripture wisely and for love, never for hatred and destruction because such ideas are never from God.  Too many people in our era do their evil under the cover of one Scripture or another.  God never sanctions the murder of anyone, especially a child.  God never wishes one religion to rule the world…if He or She had wished this, there would be only one religion.  God is love, never hate, God is plenty, never want, God is joy, never sorrow, God is creation, never destruction.

Your Mind is the Mind of God, Your heart is the Heart of God, your Love is the Love of God…….God and You are One!

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota Florida           

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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?

 

But We Have Always Done It This Way!

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But we’ve always done it this way!  How often have you heard this?  I hear it daily and it makes me crazy!  Why?  Because as Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds”.  Was he saying that people who are incapable of “thinking outside the box” are stupid or ignorant?  No, I believe that he was saying that they are prisoners of precedent; journeymen on the beaten path of life unable to deviate from the familiar, the safe and the comfortable.

If that is how one chooses to live that is their choice.  It might be a rather hum-drum life however, because the beaten path holds little adventure or drama. It’s safe but rather boring I should think.  It is also the death knell of societies and institutions.

The only real constant in the Universe is change.  As the Bible tells us, “as above, so below” which means that the laws the govern the Cosmos also govern life on Earth.  Evolution is the natural order of all things: living beings, ideas, mores, societies, institutions and civilizations.  Those who refuse to evolve die!

The Koala Bear is a fine example of a charming, cuddly little creature that shows no ability to change or evolve.  It spends its entire life in a Eucalyptus tree and eats only Eucalyptus leaves, even drawing its water from them.  When the “gum trees”, as the Aussies call them, die so will these cute little bear like rodents.  With climate change a certainty, change in all areas of life is no longer optional.

Humans are perhaps the only creatures on Earth not bound by precedent.  We don’t have to live in one place and eat one thing.  We don’t have to think the same thoughts as our ancestors, have the same beliefs, or follow the same outmoded moral code.  We don’t have to worship Deity the way our distant cousins 2015 yeas ago did.

We can write a new chapter, film a new movie, create a new way of life. Yes, change can be scary and disruptive and it’s no wonder that many of us are frightened by the lightening fast changes in our culture, our way of life and in our world.  Many of us succumb to the “Golden Age Syndrome” as we fixate on a time or place when things were idyllic and life was perfect.  We want to go back to an era that never existed, except in our mind’s eye.

There is an old saying that says: “you can’t go home again” and its true.  Oh, yes you can literally move back to the old neighborhood but its not the old neighborhood anymore is it? The houses have been torn down or been renovated; the people no longer look just like you, and it just doesn’t feel like the neighborhood of your youth.  I just experienced this feeling touring the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of my youth.  Dore’ was no longer at home there.

The 50’s are often cited as the “golden age” of America.  The G.I.’s came home by the millions in a matter of months in late 1945 and 1946 into a society suddenly thrust from a war footing to civilian life again.  Nothing was available during the war; cars, appliances, tires, fuel, meat, all sorts of consumer goods were rationed or not available.

If you had a pulse you had a job; every factory was being retooled for civilian production and most jobs were union jobs with high wages and lush benefits.  Post War America was a different world in which the USA was the only major industrial power never to feel the horrors and destruction of war, we were safe behind our oceans, we had “The Bomb” and were the masters of the world.

For some it was a golden age, but not so much if you were not of European descent.  Prejudice was rampant in the 50’s of my youth.  There were slur names for almost every nationality, even the White ones!  A Catholic marrying a Protestant….scandal!  A Jew moved in down the block or worse yet Hispanic or what we called Negros, when being polite!  Wow, you could watch the For Sale signs bloom like dandelions on the lawns.  Some Golden Age!  More like the Age of judgement, conformity and sameness.  And I grew up in Los Angeles; imagine life in New Orleans, Dallas or Atlanta in 1950!

You see, we just can’t stand still in this thing called life.  There was a wonderful little book called “Who Moved My Cheese?” which became required reading in Corporate America.  The lesson of this book is that if you are a mouse and the cheese moves, you best move to another supply of cheese or starve.  Those who cling to the past are doomed, in the final analysis. 

Change is the natural order of things, it is the way the Great Architect renews and refreshes His/Her Creations.  Perhaps the way you always did it was not the best way.  Have a new thought, try a new way.  You just might surprise yourself and begin a whole new life full of joy, discovery and growth.

Until we are together again…..Remember, your life is the Life of God, your Love is the Love of God, your Mind is the Mind of God.

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian  

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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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