Creator, or Parent?

It seems that there are as many concepts of God as there are people.  Just who is this all powerful Spirit, Being or Intelligence that is the architect and engineer of all that exists?

I have narrowed the God Concept to 2 main ideas.  Parent or Creator

The Parent:  

This is the most prevalent idea of God in Western Judaeo/Christian/Islamic civilization.  Since we all have or had a mother and a father, it is only natural that we should internalize God as our heavenly parent.  Like our own parents, God gave us life by creating all that exists, including Mom and Dad.

This parent God not only created us but acts as our Heavenly parent; punishing us when we are bad or “sin” and rewarding us when we are good.

Often our own parents acted as judge, jury and jailer, (I must have served 2 years total during my childhood and adolescence “on punishment”).  If God puts us on “punishment” its not a couple of weeks, its for all eternity.

Whew, talk about tough love!  But that’s not all the “Parent God” does for us. He/ She also helps plan our life and direct our path, rather like having a perpetual mother-in-law or ethnic Mama (Jewish, Italian, Armenian, Greek, Irish)

People who believe in the “Parent God” often ask:”What is God’s Plan for Me” as if we came with a life road map at birth.  This can even extend to buying a car or house; getting married, having a child, taking a new job or moving to another city. Any salesman can tell you of customers who would not decide on a home or car unless “it was God’s Plan”.

I often wondered how God could possibly have time to deal with the minutiae of 10 billion people and that is just our one little planet out of millions more in the Universe!

Belief in this Parent God is called Theism.  

The Creator

My personal favorite God is the Creator God, the God of the 17th and 18th Century Enlightenment.  This is the historical period when fear based belief and the old medieval ideas gave way to science and the philosophy of Rousseau, Locke and Montesquieu.  This is the God of our Founding Fathers, including Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin and virtually every major player in the founding of our nation.  This idea of God is called Deism, the idea that God is the Creator of all that exists but rules by natural laws, both physical and spiritual. 

God’s gifts to us are life and what Deists call “Providence”, meaning that God has provided all that is needful for humanity to thrive and be successful on this Earth.  To a Deist, God is not a parent or nanny but a Creator and Law Giver. 

Does this seem a bit cold and detached compared to the Parent God?  There is no denying that if you want Big Daddy or Mommy in the Sky, you will not find them in a Deistic Universe.  This Creator Deist God does not get involved in your love life, what car you drive or where you live.  The only “plan” that the Deistic God has for you is what you think, speak and choose.  YOU are the author of the “plan”.

A Deistic God has endowed his creations with all they need to live happy lives and succeed.  It is their choice, however, to live their lives wisely and well or foolishly and badly.  By our thoughts, words and choices WE are the authors of our lives. The Book of Life that we write is neither right or wrong to a Deist… it just IS.  The Law returns measure for measure back to us exactly what we have thought, done and believed. 

A Deistic God does not punish or reward. Your life and after life is created by your thought, word and deed. Law gives back what you put out so no Divine intervention is necessary.  No need for reward, for virtue is its own reward, no need for punishment for we do a fine job of punishing ourselves . 

Before you conclude that the Deistic God is just a Divine Clock Winder who began the Universe and all that is in it and then left us alone, you should know that this concept of God is open 24/7 for consultation and inspiration.  It will encourage you, love you, and inspire you you at every turn of your life….If you are open and listen to the voice within, which is the presence of the Divine in you. 

The Deistic God is the best friend you could ever have for he/she never rewards or punishes, he or she merely is and always will be. 

This is a God that you can talk to and get answers; clear answers that human beings can use and follow.  Yes, you can talk to God for God is not up in Heaven, or down in Hell.  No these places are merely constructs of the human mind and have nothing to do with God.  

God is everywhere present at all times, including in you and I and every person on this planet and many more beyond our imagination.  God lives and moves and has it being in you and I and in every living thing.  We swim in God as a fish swims in the sea but we persist in believing that God is a stern and distant parent, beyond reach and reason. 

Religious Science is very God centered but ours is the Deistic concept of Emerson, Descartes,  Thoreau,  Swedenborg, Quimby and the philosophers of the Enlightenment.  

If he were alive today George Washington would be a Religious Scientist.  

There is no mystery to God, He or She is as close as a prayer and stands ready to give you strength when it all seems hopeless, inspire you when all roads seemed closed to you and warm your soul with Her Eternal, Unconditional Love. If you want a faith and philosophy that warms your heart and soul and still makes sense in this 21st Century then log on to CSL.ORG  and see if Religious Science just might be the answer you have longed to find.  You will be most welcome!

And So It Is 

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida

 

When It All Falls Apart!

Some people call “when it all falls apart” a reversal of fortune.  Well, I have had too many of these to count and “fortune” had little or nothing to do with my condition.

Those who are honest with themselves know that on some level they created every one of those “reversal of fortunes”.  Often they are “sins of omission”, things we knew we should do but failed to do.  Failure to act as your intuition pleads with you to do is the #1 cause of things falling apart in our lives.  Our inner voice warns us, tells us what to do but we refuse to listen.

Do you not know that the what we call intuition is the voice of God within us?  Yes, God does not live way up in the sky but is everywhere present, especially in us.  Call it the Holy Spirit, Gnosis, The God within; it all adds up to the same power that created the Universe and all that exists; giving us constant help and advice.

Rule number 1 of surviving a “reversal of fortune” is to be still and listen to the voice within.  You will find the strength you need to survive this crisis and the advice and directions to repair the damage.

A technique that I used when I was diagnosed in 2004 with advanced prostate cancer is the technique I call “pulling the thread”.   Have you ever pulled on the thread of a sweater and saw it start to unwind into a ball of yarn?

To find the cause of your trouble you will unwind the thread of your consciousness.  Everything begins in your mind and the cause of your “reversal of fortune” lies within you.  “Pulling the Thread” will help you to discover the root cause and how to repair the damage.

First be aware of the location of your trouble. The location of your problem will tell you what issues you need to address as you begin the repair work.  Remember it all begins and ends with YOU.  Nothing outside created my cancer or your reversal of fortune.

Cancer is a sickness of the spirit, mind and heart.  It is your own body turning against you.  The cure lies in finding out why you have turned against yourself. 

Where did the cancer appear in my case?  In the reproductive and sexual area!  That was my first clue as to what threads to begin to pull.  The female equivalent is breast or cervical cancer.  The illness is located in the area of your biggest life challenge,  

Mine has been women.  I loved them dearly but often I could not sustain the relationship.  Happily my dear wife Susan and I just celebrated our 18th Anniversary and I am confident that her lovely blue eyes will be the last thing I see when my journey is done.  

In short, a lot of women wanted to marry me (guess I looked like good husband material) and I said yes too often. After the glow wore off, my insecurity and  angst began to wear on them and yet another failed relationship ensued; leaving the anger, guilt and bitterness that eventually  poisoned my body and almost killed me.  

This is when I learned to “pull the thread”. 

As I began to “pull the thread” to unearth the real cause of the cancer I found a common thread in each my previous relationships.  I did not feel that I was good enough to be with that woman.  Oh, I was outwardly charming, confident and, of course good looking.  

To my surprise Dore’ did not like Dore’.  I was judgmental, sometimes prickly and hard to live with and just overflowed with a feeling of being “damaged goods”.

Feelings of inferiority are prime causes of illness; as are constant sorrow, bitterness or anger.  These are mind and body poisons and are the real cause of cancer.  Medicine is beginning to understand this as well, at long last.

“Pulling the Thread” is not fun. It is brutal self examination that lays bare many of the things that we have been keeping buried for a lifetime.  The more you trace the cause, the more you look at the issues you have in the area of the cancer, the more you are removing the cause of that cancer.  

Read Louise Hay’s book, Heal Your Body, and get a good understanding of how each area of our physical body relates to our Mind and Spirit.  This understanding will be your road map to recovery.

Pulling the thread takes courage and an iron will to be healed.  You may hang your head and cry as the truth of each thread you expose becomes so obvious.   You may be even loathe what comes up.

That’s OK, its all part of the purging and healing that will cure your illness of Spirit that is out picturing as cancer or other illness and ensure that it never returns.

Until we are together again, be well, be happy and listen to the God within.

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL and I am a Religious Scientist.  

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God and “New Thought”

New Thought is a term given to the religious philosophy born in the 1790’s that came to full fruition in the 19th Century with the work of Phineas Quimby, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mary Baker Eddy , Nona Brooks , Emma Curtis Hopkins, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, the Founders of Unity and with the great work of Dr. Ernest Holmes in the early 20th Century; the Founder of Religious Science (The Science of Mind); Neville Goddard and many, many others.  

From this flowering of New Thought arose the Christian Science movement, the Church of Divine Science, The Unity Church of Practical Christianity and the Church of Religious Science, founded by Ernest Holmes (now called the Centers for Spiritual Living)

What do these New Thought denominations have in common?  Perhaps the hallmark of New Thought is a Deistic view of the Divine.  God is seen as Divine Mind, Divine Intelligence, the Great Architect, First Cause or The Ground of all Being.  God is not your meddling mother in law, does not plan every detail of your life, or chart your future in some great book in the heavens.  

No, God is the Creator of all that exists on this world and all others.  God is the author of the Big Bang, the creator of natural and spiritual law and the thinker behind all that is.  Call God the Great I AM as Moses was told in Sinai.  

God’s language is mathematics, It’s nature is love and the joy of creation for creation’s sake.  God creates out of love from its own substance everything that exists including you and I.  Therefore every human being is a living expression of this Godhead.  

God is not up there or over there or down here.  God is everywhere present…..all at the same instant.  As the Bible puts it so well:  We live and move and have our being within the great body of God, much as a fish swims in the ocean but is not part of the ocean. 

Modern Christianity conceives God as a meddling parent and humanity as a weak worm of the dust.  New Thought conceives God as a loving creator, open 24/7 for consultation and inspiration but not the ruler of our lives.  We lead a life, we do not follow it.  We are the motive force of our lives; responsible for every thought, every word and choice.  No blame but responsibility. 

We are empowered by this philosophy and this symbiotic relationship between God and humanity.  We are created by God and given imagination, will and intellect and in return God experiences the lives of its creation.  If we are the authors of our lives then we may re-write our story any time that we can muster the will, the courage and the intelligence to do so.  No victims here in New Thought.  Rather, we are magnificent creations of the Architect of the Universe.  

Stay Tuned!

Next time we shall discuss the role of The Law, that gift of God that enables humanity to create whatever we can conceive. 

Until we are together again, be well, be happy and listen to your inner voice, its God calling!

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian