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
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
Every year on January 1st many millions of people around the world look forward to the New Year and celebrate a new start in life; a chance for a “do-over”. We all start fresh, the score is 0-0 and we are filled with hope.
Many of us make New Year’s Resolutions and are sincere in sticking to them….for about 3 days on average! Then too often we fall back into the old thinking and the old habits and nothing really changes in our lives. Why is it so hard to change our lives?
Perhaps its because we are trying to change something outside of us called “our life”. Life is lived within our own minds! It does not exist except in our thinking, speaking and the choices we make. To change our life we must change our minds at a basic subconscious level and thus change how we think, speak and believe. No inner change, no life change. Unless you change you it is just the same old same old!
Our subconscious or subjective mind is the seedbed of our reality and our life. It is like a vast field of consciousness that influences and impels us to think, speak and act in certain ways. Our parents, our genetic makeup to a small extent, our childhood, teachers and friends all planted seeds in the garden of our subjective mind that creates our core beliefs, our likes, dislikes, prejudices and biases and our attitudes about life, money, sex, religion, work, other people and love.
We have the power to accept or reject any and all of this programming if we have the will and the courage to do so. How can we do this?
We change our subjective mind with our objective mind, that part of our mental makeup that we call our conscious mind. This is where change your thinking and change your life comes in. As Paul told us: ‘think and speak only of things of good report’. Your conscious thoughts reprogram your subconscious, indeed they are the plow that tills the soil of your subjective or subconscious.
To begin to build a new Life this January 1st, 2016 you must forget the resolutions; they are only promises you will never keep. Instead, change your mind from the outside in by thinking about what you will allow in your life, what you deserve to have in your life and what can you believe as true about your life. Can you have a clear and real picture of the new life that you will live beginning right now? If not, you will never experience it. You must see it before you can have it!
You are the programmer of the greatest computer in existence….the human mind, your mind. Garbage in garbage out is an old IT saying. Your job is to stop putting negative, fear based garbage into your subconscious and then watch the transformation of your life. If you are writing a tragedy, change to a comedy or a success story. You are the motive force of your life, the driving wheel, the author and editor in chief of your novel.
Want a new life? You will have it the moment you change you and that only happens in your mind. No one, not even God can do the job for you.
Many of us dream, think, affirm, pray and still never seem to see the changes in their lives that we all so desperately desire.
Why? Because, as the great mystic Neville said: too many of us are in a state of constant construction but delayed occupancy! Yes, we build our lives in our mind with visualization, prayer, meditation, but then we neglect to make it real by guts, willpower and intelligence. We need to “move our feet” and take action to bring our desires into our home, our bank account and our life.
Religious Scientists don’t believe in magic, we believe in creative thought followed by directed and intelligent action. This January 1st, begin the New Year with new thoughts only of things that you will allow in your life and the desires of your heart. Begin the New Year speaking only of things that are good, loving and fine. Plant roses in your mental garden and let the weeds starve from neglect.
Turn the Page!
May 2016 be the most wonderful year in your life and may this be the year that you move into your dream and live it!
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Awakened Heart Center for Spiritual Living, Sarasota, Florida. Chech out my 110 video podcasts on YouTube.com/revdore
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?