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.