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  • G-d (Intelligence, Power, Spirit) is Absolute Good, everywhere present.
  • Every human being is an expression of the divine; the Christ Spirit, by whatever name, indwells all people. Their very essence is of G-d, and therefore they are also inherently good.

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Weekly Message for May 15, 2022

 

                From Ernest Holmes' Science of Mind & Spirit: We, therefore, arrive at the conclusion that while bondage is an experience, there is a Reality to which bondage is not real. To that Reality bondage is not even an illusion or hallucination; there is a part of us that is never fooled. That is why, in the midst of the greatest trial, death, or any human suffering, something rises from within and says with Job: “Though I die, yet shall I live.”
                Freedom of will means the ability to do, say, and think as one wishes; to express life as one personally desires, to be able merely to think and dream of freedom would not be liberty. A prisoner under a life sentence can do that. To imagine, without the power to manifest such imagination, would be to remain in a dream world which would never come to self-realization; this is not the world in which man lives at all, for man’s world is one of self-expression, even though this expression appears to limit him.
                We are in an Infinite Mind and Infinite Mind is also in us. It is by this Mind that we think. This Mind is eternal, therefore, we are eternal. This Mind is complete, therefore, we are spiritually complete, though we do not appear to be so. This does not alter the fact that potential man is just as perfect as is the inherent God. As Jesus said: “Fear not, little flock, it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom;” if it is the Father’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom we should learn how to receive and use It.
                A freedom under compulsion would amount to the worst kind of bondage. The Bible says: “If there had been any law whereby this freedom could be compelled, then verily by the law would that freedom have been given.” If there had been a way by which the Divine Creative Principle could have compelled man to suddenly appear on the scene of experience full-orbed with all his freedom — and still be an individual — then verily by the law would this have been done. But even God could not do this. The only way God can evolve a spontaneous individual is to let him alone and allow him to awaken to himself. “Behold I stand at the door and knock...”
            So man must be created with the possibility of limitless freedom and let alone to discover himself. <>

            I believe these are the most important teachings from Dr. Holmes' classic. Freedom to choose is the greatest of gifts from our Creator. It places us in tune with the Infinite and although there are those who would restrict our freedom, those who do will not enjoy their seeming power for long.

             Life is too short to live in the bondage of other people's ideas and judgments. This life is our gift and we are to live it to the fullest of our unique, individualized choices. Yes, every choice has a consequence, but that is not a negative thing but a caution we should consider with each choice we make. Choose love first, and we shall never regret our choices.       

    
Keep the Faith!
Rev-Bates
(Reverend Dr. Henry Lee Bates)


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