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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for July 5, 2015

           What a couple of weeks of drama it has been in the United States as the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the state bans on same-sex marriage and made marriage available to all genders nationwide.  Even the Supreme Court Chief Justice's dissent was far-reaching, if not out-right ridiculous in its reasoning.  Pastors, priests, preachers and politicians all used this Court decision to unleash their dissatisfaction with the decision.  We had a chance to witness history and at the same time to witness hysterical ignorance of the teachings of the great mystics of the Old Testament of the Holy Bible and the straight-forward teachings of the Master Mind Jesus found in the Gospels ... and they are not called the "Good News" for lacking in a major shift in the consciousness of mankind's realization of our relationship to G-d and to each other.  But too many of the religious folks and the transparent-panderers of politics will not be stopped in their steadfast rants about their "Christian beliefs."  Have they forgotten the Christ in Christian?  I think perhaps they have.

           Tullian Tchividjian, Billy Graham's grandson and nephew of Franklin Graham was forced to resign from his mega-church position for having an adulterous affair.  (Adultery is a choice.) However, this did not stop Franklin Graham, from becoming livid with the Court for its decision and even angrier when President Obama allowed the White House to be covered in light with rainbow colors in celebration.  His threat that we are in the "last days" seemed more than a little obnoxious when if looked at in the "Light of Love" ... Love triumphed over religious dogma and political power.  I never thought of Franklin as an "apostle of hate" but the more I read and hear his outrageous rants the more I think perhaps he is on his way to earning the title.  Franklin made the decision for Billy Graham Ministries to move its bank accounts from Wells Fargo Bank because they ran an advertisement that was a little too gay-friendly for him and then he called for a boycott of all companies that support same-sex marriage.  But, as things will be, Billy Graham Ministries bank accounts ended up in an even more gay-friendly bank than Wells Fargo.  Don't any of these folks realize that same-sex marriage has been legal throughout Canada for almost ten years and they are our neighbors?

         Franklin Graham, however, is mild compared to some of the preachers who said they would leave the United States if same-sex marriage was affirmed by the Court.  One even went so far as to say he would set himself on fire!  It makes one wonder at just what the qualifications are for someone to be a preacher ... or a politician!  These are the people who are encouraging us to be good boys and girls so we can end up in "heaven" with them!  

        I am reminded of these mystical words from the Master Mind Jesus: 
"The kingdom of heaven is within you, not lo here or lo there."
  And we can thank G-d that this is so.  Everything is consciousness ... everything.  The Law of our mind is in our own control and no one else's not even G-d.  It takes little effort to find the essence of G-d Intelligence, Spirit, Power and Love in the writings given to us in the form of the Holy Bible; both the Old Testament and the New Testament and especially the Gospels.  Who cannot understand these simple, yet profound truths of Spirit revealed through the mind of mankind:
“... For the LORD sees not as mankind sees: mankind looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
"You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one."  - The Master Mind Jesus, John 8:15

         There are so many opportunities for people of faith to work for the good, to make the world a better place for everyone.  There is no good to be gained by seeing people as inferior or superior.  To place a lesser value on someone based on their race, their gender, their religion, their nationality, their sexual orientation or their legal status, is childish and reveals an undeveloped consciousness.  When the Master Mind Jesus stated,
"I and the Father (Spirit) are One" ... he made this statement for all of us ... no matter what label the world has given us.  It is perhaps his most mystical statement of Truth.  The kingdom that we create within our mind based on our beliefs, our judgments and our relationship to G-d and others, determines whether it is a kingdom of heaven or a kingdom of hell.  Seeing someone as inferior is just low-energy hate and no good thing can come of it.  

         This past week it was reported in the news that there were hecklers in Joel Osteen's audience.  They were "shaming" him because they feel his sermons, which stress the positive, are leading people astray.  These people are but an example of a Christian mentality that clings to beliefs in both God and a Devil, an actual heaven and a hell.  Joel Osteen has created a worldwide ministry due in part to his expanded consciousness that shames no one but calls on everyone to realize that G-d is for everyone.  He truly believes that Jesus' message is for us to develop a consciousness of love for G-d and for life.

           I believe in the hereafter and the hereafter that.  I believe that we all go back to G-d who gave us life and are transitioned into a new life.  I believe too that we are Spirit having a human experience and that the Spirit lives within each of us whether we choose to be conscious of It or not.  I believe too that if Franklin Graham and others like him are going to heaven it must be a most unattractive one.  But, I really don't believe this for I believe in the deepest part of my soul that we move into the next life with the consciousness we attain in this one ... that is to the degree of our conscious union with G-d.  As the Master Mind Jesus stated,
"in my Father's house there are many mansions" ... and I believe there is a place for all of us ... just like here on planet Earth.

    For G-d so loved us that the Spirit remains a part of us no matter where we may be ... on Earth as it is in heaven, the Great Unseen.


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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