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.
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.
If I were to take an on-line poll of Americans I would wager that most think of God as a parent. Newsflash! God is not your parent, your parents are your parent. Mine were Hildegarde and Ted and they were certainly not God; good parents but little Divinity in evidence.
Why do we persist in the 21st Century with the belief in the “parent God” who rewards when you have been good and punishes when you are bad? Why do we believe that God cares or has control over what house you buy, what car you drive or whom you marry? Why do we insist that God has a “plan for our lives” if only we could decipher it?
Because we think like children and relate to the Great Architect or Heavenly Father the only way children can conceive of the ultimate power in their lives….a parent. Its time to lose the Theistic God and say hello to the Deist God.
Theism is all about a Heavenly Parent that meddles like a bad mother-in-law and wants to run your life forever. Deism is the concept of God that most of America’s Founders had. It was the God of the Enlightenment; A creator God who was the chief engineer and Supreme Architect who designed the building blocks of all life (DNA) created matter and energy and the matrix to run it all and then let Natural and Spiritual Laws run the whole system.
I believe that God is the Creator, the Ground of Being, the Supreme Architect, the First Cause of all there is. I do not believe that God is my parent. I do believe that God is as personal as we believe that He/She is. If we start a dialogue with the Infinite Mind that we nickname God, we will have begun the most powerful friendship in the Universe. God is open 24/7,never closed, always ready to inspire, to warn of danger, to comfort, to love its Creation beyond human understanding. What God is not open for is to run your life. That is your job!
God is love personified, what greater love can any sentient being express than giving of its very substance to create another sentient being? We really do live and move and have our being within the great body of God. We are One with the Infinite but walk through life alone and afraid, not realizing that the greatest power in the Universe is within our heart, mind and soul. It’s a bit like the old saying that we are knee deep in a river and dying of thirst. The water of God’s love is all around you, you swim in it as a fish swims in the ocean. Drink, be healed, be whole!
When you move beyond the childish Parent God to the Creator you become free. You now realize that God’s job description is to create the materials needed, draw up the master plan of Creation and deliver the plans and materials to the job site, which is you and I. What we make of the materials and the final plans is in our job description and the tools of the building of this thing called life is our thoughts, our words and our choices day by day. With these three modes of creation (Thought, Word and Deed) we author the Book of Our Life. God has already given you all you need to make a Heaven or a Hell of your life and now its up to you.
No reward, we create the rewards. No punishment, we are experts at it; we need no help in punishing ourselves. We speak the blessing and the cursing each day of our life with what we do, what we say and most importantly, what we think and believe.
Time for us all to leave the God of Childhood, the Theistic God and to understand that God has always been patiently waiting for us to grow up and become a partner in creation rather than a begging supplicant. We were never “weak worms of the dust”, we have always been magnificent expressions of the Infinite Mind, the Divine Intelligence, the Great Architect that we know as God. Time to wake up to our true nature and our true purpose.
I celebrate each one of you for you are made of the very stuff of God. Rejoice and then get to work building the life you were born to live. Only you can do it!
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota Florida (want to know more, pick up my great new book “A Faith and Philosophy for the 21st Century” on Amazon.com)
What is a Christian and how do you know if you are one? Sounds like an obvious question but it is far from obvious or simple. According to the 5 Fundamentals published in 1905 you may only consider yourself a Christian if you believe:
Jesus Christ is God (the Deity of Christ)
Jesus was born of virgin
Scripture is inerrant (without error of any kind)
Jesus died on the cross substituting for us and atoning for our sins.
Jesus was physically resurrected and will personally return to Earth
If you disagree with one of these assertions, then you cannot call yourself a Christian according to the Fundamentalists. Do you think Jesus of Nazareth would agree with any of these fundamentals? I very much doubt it!
Can you be an authentic Christian without believing in any or all of these statements published by 10 old men in 1905?
I would submit that it would be difficult to be an authentic Christian if you did believe these 5 Fundamentals. So what is a Christian according to Rev. Dore’? Please remember that this is my theology; it does not have to be yours.
Yeshua Ben Nazareth, the man we call Jesus Christ, was never a Christian, not for one day of his life. He was born a Jew under the Mosaic Law, ordained a Rabbi by the High Priest Hillel, lived, preached and died a Jew under the Law. As such the idea of being the literal Son of God would be the worst kind of blasphemy, punishable by stoning.
The Master came to bring Light and Love to a world where might always made right, where the powerful exerted their will over the weak and where there was little hope for change or relief. He also came to humanize and bring compassion to Judaism; a noble religion grown arthritic with dogma, cannon law and the insistence on the letter of the Law, not the spirit. He came to save Judaism from itself; not to start a new religion. He did not come to atone for our sins by blood sacrifice but to bring the Love and Light of God to humankind.
The Jesus I know in my heart would never be a Christian today because he would understand that Christianity was just as encrusted with dogma, rules, judgement and an overbearing priestly class as was the Judaism of his day. He despised the High Priests and the Pharisees so we created new ones in Christianity. He despised all Law and no heart but we have excommunications, shunning, condemnation of those who travel their own spiritual path or are different.
The Master cared for the lowest and weakest of the people. He consorted and ate with tax collectors (the most despised people in Judea) , harlots, Lepers and even Roman Centurions; the oppressors of the Jews. Today, Christianity still condemns and ostracizes those God has created with different ways of expressing their humanity.
An authentic Christian cares little for dogma or ceremony or dress codes but cares deeply for his fellow human being. The authentic Christian cares nothing for parsing how many angels can dance on the head of a pin or whether Genesis is fact or creation myth but cares so deeply for a human in pain that when anyone cries out in hunger, pain or oppression they taste the salt of their tears.
The authentic Christian tries as best they can to live the teachings of Jesus. That is the glory and majesty of Christ’s ministry…..the teaching of tolerance, the belief in one Universal God for all humankind, the understanding that as we judge our brother or sister we judge ourselves. The authentic Christian understands that we all miss the mark, we all fall short and that compassion and understanding is far better than Hell Fire and Brimstone.
The authentic Christian walks, as much as possible, in the path of the Master Teacher of the World, Jesus the Christ, who led the first great spiritual revolution in history. That revolution is still going on but not in most Christian Churches today.
If you would understand the authentic Christian think of the congregation of the AME Church in Charleston, SC who watched with horror as their Pastor and 7 of their brothers and sisters were gunned down by a tortured soul. Not a word of condemnation passed their lips, they forgave the shooter and prayed for him.
How many of us could do that? How many Christians that you know could do that? These magnificent Christians suffered terrible horror and loss but would not retreat to the primitive “eye for an eye”; no they “turned the other cheek” and forgave. They did not talk about Christianity; they lived it!
I am a minister and I have done much good work but I cannot carry the shoes of the Pastor of that AME church in Charleston who taught her people the authentic Way of The Master and even in the most dire of situations her people embodied and lived those lessons. That is a true Christian teaching authentic Christianity.
I am a Religious Science Minister and most Christians would deny that I am a Christian because I cannot and do not subscribe to the 5 Fundamentals. But I do subscribe wholeheartedly to the Way of the Master; the teaching of Jesus The Christ and to me that makes me the very best and most authentic Christian.
May you walk in the footsteps of the Master each and every day of your life. God give you peace, prosperity and abundant health.
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida Visit YouTube.com/revdore to enjoy my 125 video podcasts. Have a Dore’ Marathon!
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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Have you ever experienced a time in your life that felt like the roof fell in? Did everything seem to change for the worse almost overnight?
We are great believers in luck or fortune; we hear it every day. “I had a run of bad luck, I experienced a reversal of fortune, I just can’t catch a break”. Is my destiny out there somewhere beyond my control? Does the Goddess Fortuna really spin her wheel; are you a helpless pawn of Fortune?
No, my friends. That is the song of the lost and helpless and it brings nothing but sorrow, decay and waste. Yes, life does seem to take turns for the worse one day and then look rosy the next. Why?
Life is merely a mirror of our Mind. What we think, speak and decide to do each day is the cause of our life experience. As our thinking, our moods, our impulses and our actions ebb and flow from day to day they are planting the seeds of our future in the soil of our subconscious or subjective minds. Our conscious thought programs the subconscious mind. Thus our reality is created.
When the roof falls in on your life you can always trace the cause to something that you did or neglected to do, perhaps years before, that has brought this about. Everything that you think, speak and choose is cause. Cause always produces effects, for good or ill.
The great secret to life is to learn to manage cause. When you learn to do this you will automatically manage the effects or events of your life. Always work on the level of cause and effect takes care of itself.
A simple example is hitting a baseball in the back yard with your son or daughter. You notice that you are facing a large picture window 30 yards away but you hit the ball anyway. Well, you hit a home run! Problem is, the home run shattered the large picture window which will cost several hundred dollars to repair. You caused this to happen, it was not Fortune, luck or fate. You saw the window and decided to say, oh what the heck, and hit the ball anyway. The cause was hitting the ball where you knew you could break a window and the effect was the broken window.
So it is with everything in your life. To get off of this wheel, trace your problem or difficulty back to its genesis and then change the cause. Think a new thought, speak a new word and get a new result.
In 2004 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which came as quite a shock and a surprise because I felt just great. Thank God I had to take an insurance blood test which caught the problem in time. But why prostate cancer? What is cancer? It is not an infection or a contagious disease. It is simply the body turning on itself and beginning to eat itself alive. Scary isn’t it?
Medical science is beginning to understand what we in Religious Science have known for many years. Where you are holding chronic anger, sorrow, fear, feelings of inferiority, that part of the body will be the one attacked by cancer.
Prostate for a man is the site of sexuality, procreation, elimination and intimate relationships. For a woman it might be breasts or the cervical area. I have been a serial monogamist in that I have been married more times than I care to share here today. This caused me great pain, financial lack and feelings of inferiority because I did not sustain a lifelong marriage as I was taught to do. This sorrow, sadness and sense of loss was the cause of this cancer.
I am celebrating my 17th anniversary with my dear wife, Susan and earnestly pray that her sparkling blue eyes are the last thing I see on this Earth. I apparently have learned a great lesson that will profit my soul in future experiences. Thus the cancer has never returned. Yes, I was physically healed by a team of magnificent physicians whose hands and skill were the hands of God, but without my healing of my lifelong relationship issues, the cancer would have soon returned.
You and I are the ultimate creators and healers in our lives; using the power that the Creator has given. We all have that power; every single person on this planet can do what I have done and billions before me have done. It is your birthright but so few understand it or use it.
They look outside for the answers but they have been within you and I all of our lives. This innate power is the Kingdom of Heaven. As the Master said: “Look not up there or over there but look within”.
When the roof falls in in your world, go within! There lies the answer and the cure. From the effect, the wreckage, the rubble; trace back like pulling yarn on a sweater…. back, back, back until you see the cause. Remove that cause and rebuild the roof of your life…. it is simple but not easy. Get going right now!
Even though we are only 3 months from 2016 as I write this, there is still a hot debate over evolution. There are many millions, if not billions, who simply reject the entire idea that species evolve as conditions change and designs prove their efficacy or are rejected by natural selection. I know its true! I can see evolution’s work every day in my back yard!
When I look out my back windows or sit out on my Lanai overlooking our lovely pond surrounded with Maple trees (yes we do have maple trees) I can see our Florida Squirrels scampering up and down the trees doing what squirrels do everywhere. Where Northern or Western Squirrels have big, magnificent bushy tails, their Florida cousins have skinny little tails that have more in common with a rat than the squirrels I knew in California.
Heat and humidity and bushy tails just don’t work in Florida so our squirrels have evolved with just the remnant of the usual tail. Our crows don’t call the way every other crow calls. Our birds have long legs for wading in water. Everything adapts to a new environment or dies.
Why the argument? Well the Creationists believe that if evolution is fact, then God is negated. Why? Could not God, who creates all things, have created the system of evolution? What if evolution is God’s update system, rather like our periodic updates to our computers and tablets? Science and God are not antithetical but are rather complementary.
Let’s agree on one thing: if indeed there is a God, He or She is not stupid. God certainly did not create the world as it is portrayed in the ancient Sumerian myth that we call Genesis. But that does not mean that God does not exist.
I absolutely know that there is a First Cause, a Divine Mind, a Creator of all that exists because the Universe is just too well engineered and planned to be random. DNA is one of the greatest engineering feats of all time.
Could we do that? We can manipulate DNA but we can not design it. We, with all our science and all our technology, cannot even get to Mars much less the stars. This will undoubtedly change as it becomes a priority and moves to the top to the human “to do” list.
We can manipulate that which is already created by the Creator but we do not and can not create. God will still have a job and a place in our hearts as long as there are things to create and people to use them, enjoy them and cherish them.
Yes, Evolution is a fact and so is God. God is the author of Evolution, it is Her update and regeneration system. Without it the Earth would by this time be a barren ball of dust, devoid of life. Life, evolution and the Universe are not zero-sum games.
Think well, speak well and do well. This is really the secret of life
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida Catch all of my 121 video podcasts on YouTube.com/revdore Why not have a Rev. Dore’ marathon?
Picture a psychiatrist’s couch with you reclining upon it while you attempt to describe your problems and emotional issues to your therapist. After you finish the “50 minute hour” with the Doctor he looks at you and tells you that all your problems are really all in your mind. He or She is absolutely right. $225 later you may feel a bit better for having shared your feelings but the solution still lies with you.
It’s all in your mind! Of course it is. Your entire life is in your mind. Your whole existence is in your mind. Your body is just the mobile device to transport the mind. You are your mind! This is obvious to some but many more of us really believe that the body is who and what we are. Even more of us confuse the brain with the mind. They most certainly are not the same.
The brain is an organ of the body, an electro-chemical organic processor and bodily interface for the mind. So where is the mind? Science currently is operating on the theory that it exists in every cell of our body. In other words, the mind is the sum of our parts. Metaphysics and theology tend to see the mind like an aura or magnetic field around the body. This is what cerulean photography captures when auras are photographed.
If you haven’t seen your aura yet, or don’t even know that you have one, get it photographed when the opportunity presents itself. You will be amazed at what you can learn about yourself by understanding the energy that you project through the electro-magnetic field that we call an aura. Every human projects this energy every second of their lives. This is the shadow of the human mind.
The Mind to me is the Divine Spark, the Divinity within each human. It is that part that knows that it knows. It is the self aware part of the human experience. It is the imagination which is unique to humanity; the part of us that has been called the proof of God’s existence. It is what allows you and I to be able to escape the bonds of environment, the shackles of precedent, custom or the “way it has always been”. If we can see it in our mind’s eye, we can create it in form. All thanks to our imagination; perhaps our greatest gift from the Creator.
Imagination is that part of us that can take a mental trip to stars and galaxies never before seen by humankind. It is that part of the builder that sees the Empire State Building and the Golden Gate Bridge long before the first hammer rang or the first girder was welded in place. It is that part of us that sees a world where character, not appearance, is the sole measure of a human. Imagination is the part of us that sees every child safe, loved, going to school, not one hungry and all humanity safe and happy.
Without the fears, ideas, dreams, plans that are “all in our mind” nothing ever comes into form in the “real world” of stuff and things. Not one thing was ever created in the Cosmos or on Earth without first appearing in some sentient being’s mind. In truth, all human life takes place in the mind, aided by the organic computer that we call the brain.
Your therapist was right, it is all in your mind but that does not mean that it isn’t real. There is nothing more real that what is in your mind. Your thoughts and emotions are the building blocks of your life! In truth you are your Mind. When we in Religious Science say that your mind is the Mind of God, your love is the Love of God, your life is the Life of God; this is what we mean: We are all expressions of God, part and parcel of the great Divine Mind, the Universal Intelligence, the Great I Am which we call God. God and each of us are truly one.
If you can conceive it, believe it and see it already done, you can experience it.
Until we are together again…walk in Light and Love each and every day.
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
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.