October – 2014
The Wisdom of Albert Einstein
[Our] ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. [One] would indeed be in a poor way if [one] had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
20Then God spoke all these words: 2I am PURE BEING, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 3you shall have no other gods before me. 4You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 7You shall not make wrongful use of the name of your God… 8Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 12Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that your God is giving you. 13You shall not murder. 14You shall not commit adultery. 15You shall not steal. 16You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 17You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
The Wisdom of Daisy Baum
…back of all the visible universe there must be an invisible cause, and perhaps no one has given us a clearer idea of the Omnipresence than Herbert Spencer in his statement : “We are forever in the Presence of an Infinite and Eternal energy from which all things proceed,” which corresponds with the bible statement : “One God and [Source] of all, who is above all, and through all and in you all.”
Since Omnipresence is all-inclusive as Life, Substance and Intelligence, the individual must help to make up that all-inclusive Life, and in so far as [one] is awake to the truth of this statement [one] enjoys the fullness of the Omnipresence.
32When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” 2Aaron said to them, “Take off the gold rings that are on the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 3So all the people took off the gold rings from their ears, and brought them to Aaron. 4He took the gold from them, formed it in a mold, and cast an image of a calf; and they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” 5When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it… 6They rose early the next day, and offered burnt offerings and brought sacrifices of well-being; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to revel. 7The UNNAMABLE POWER said to Moses, “Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; 8they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt! 9The INFINITE said to Moses, “I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. 10Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation. 14And the DIVINE PRESENCE changed Its mind about the disaster that It planned to bring on the people.
The Wisdom of Malinda Cramer
It was early one morning in the year 1885, during an hour of earnest meditation and prayerful seeking, that I asked the following questions in faith…“Is there any way out of these conditions? Is there any power in the vast universe that can heal me?”
The immediate and all-convincing response was not an audible voice, but was an intuitive response by the life-giving spirit, which penetrated the body through and through, and which illumined and vivified its every atom with newness of life…
The answer to my earnest inquiry, as to whether there was any power that could heal me, was an all absorbing realization of a presence not heretofore realized. This presence was more than personal; it was omnipresence, and was so real, and so vivifying and illumining, that I became It. I realized It to be my Life, my Being, my health, knowledge and power. It was as a “consuming fire,” in that all things became It, and were this Presence manifested.
Simultaneous with finding myself in God, I experienced the indrawing of all things; that is, that all are embraced within…One Infinite Source and Cause, and as I looked out over the Infinite’s Creation, I beheld what to me was “a new heaven and a new earth.”
1 Thessalonians 1.1-10
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians…Grace to you and peace.
2We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly 3remembering before our God your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in Christ. 4For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that God has chosen you, 5because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake.
The Wisdom of Fannie James
Since we have learned to know God as spirit, as love, as life, and as truth, it is easy to understand how Love may be everywhere at the same time, for it is not a person or a shape, but a Presence that fills every place—a very great God indeed!
The bible says that “in God we live”; hence we know that we live in love, life, and health every moment… You can see that the only place where evil might be is where God is not—and there is in Truth no such place. We must see that this is true when we know God’s omnipresence. Paul says, “Neither give place to the devil (evil).” For unless you and I give evil, negative beliefs, a place in our thoughts, it has none. Such thoughts cannot touch us except we forget God’s presence and power.
34When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37Jesus said to him, “’You shall love your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38This is the greatest and first commandment. 39And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”