The Greatest Story you have never been told.

Its after 11:00 PM EDT on Christmas Eve.  To Billions of Christians this is a most Holy night, the night when the Christ Child was born, or so the story goes.  The Greatest Story Ever Told is wonderful but has almost no basis in fact.  

Does it matter?  No its still a lovely tale of a miracle child sent to us to bring love and forgiveness to a world operating on “might makes right” and rampant cynicism about religion, civil behavior and the institutions of Judea under Roman rule. 

We have much the same problem in 2017.  It’s as true right now as it was in 3 AD the year that almost all scholars believe that Yeshua Ben Nazareth (Jesus Christ)  was born.  

What is the meaning to a Religious Scientist of the Christ and his teachings?  The Christ was a title given to a most holy man in ancient times.  The word means “the anointed one” in Greek (Kristos);  a perfect description of the man we call Jesus.  Religious Scientists do not believe that Jesus was the literal son of God, but is rather the bringer of light, not God but fully human.  

We believe that every person on this planet is, in a very real sense is a son or daughter of the the Divine.  We are all made of the very substance of the Creator; each of us unique. White, Black, Asian, or mixtures thereof, we all trace our existence to the Divine Mind of God.

Jesus to us is a revolutionary sent to shake up the world, to introduce the ideas of brotherhood and oneness; ideas that affirm we are all thoughts in the mind of God. Thus each and every human is a part of Divinity and is is sacred in the eyes of the Creator. 

We are One in God and One in fact. We must forgive each other because we are all literally brothers and sisters.  Jesus came to introduce the revolutionary  idea that when we “turn the other cheek” we gain the moral high ground and that the Old Testament idea of “an eye for an eye and tooth for tooth” leaves the the world blind and toothless!

We in Religious Science do not see God as a parent.  We see him/her as the Divine Architect; our creator but NOT our parent.  God does not seek to run our lives, that is our responsibility, but God is available 24/7 for inspiration and consultation. 

We may use this connection to God as soon as we learn the rules.  The first rule is: do not judge your brother or sister, we are all equal in the sight of God. 

God made no junk, no lesser species.  He did provide different paint jobs to account for different environments and to provide variety.  However, inner human is exactly the same.  

The next rule is that forgiveness is not optional.  Those who hate, hold grudges, have prejudices, are poisoning themselves and all those around them.  As a person thinks…..so he or she is. 

This is why Religious Science says “as you think, so you are”.   Want a different life?   Change your thinking ( what you talk about, what you believe and what you do).  These are the building blocks of your life.  

Thoughts are creative, they literally make up the fabric of our lives.  Jesus knew this and in all of His works he always asked the afflicted if they were ready to put down their burden; were they ready to change their lives.  Only if they assented would He be able to heal them. Take up your bed and walk” he said to the man at the well. 

Your thought life is the parent of your physical life.  Want to change your life?  Anyone can do it!   Just “change your thinking and change your life”.  

Take care and whatch what  you say!  Thoughts spoken have many times the power of thought because a word exists in the physical world.  It can be recorded, remembered and used for your benefit or your condemnation. 

Does Christ Matter?  Yes I believe that He was the First Religious Scientist.  He stated “As a man thinks, so he is.  It is done unto you ….as you believe. 

What’s the secret of this faith and philosophy called Religious Science;  taught at the Centers for Spiritual Living?    Paul said it best: “think only of things of good report”  Dwelling on what you hate or what you don’t want, brings that very thing into your life. 

Hate kills, it poisons the heart, the body and the soul and it blights your life!

We really do speak the blessing and the cursing out of our mouth each morning and each night  Stop cursing and start blessing and watch your life flower like an English garden. 

Become a 21st Century Christian by forgiving your brothers and your sisters, Black, White, Brown or whatever.   All are made in the image of God.  We must learn to live together as One in God’s Love or die together unforgiven, unloved and all alone.  

What do you think?  Time for a change?  Time to meet the real Christ, the man sent from God to bring Light to the world and love to our hearts and minds.  

Until we meet again, this is Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian saying so long for now.

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!