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Godís law canít be broken

February 19, 2014

"One sabbath he was going through the cornfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, 'Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?' And he said to them, 'Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.' Then he said to them, 'The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.'" Mark 2:23-28

We love to make rules, some we call laws or regulations or codes or guidelines, legislation, commandments, etc.; but rules are made to be broken, otherwise there would be no rules. Someone is doing something you don't like so you make a rule to stop them or to punish them if they don't stop.

Some of this is necessary in a civilized society. We define the boundaries of civilized behavior. Lying, cheating, stealing, etc., are not to be tolerated; unless, of course, you are a talk show host or politician or religious leader and you are telling us what we want to hear.

The other day I heard someone attacking a political leader and a program they instituted. Having studied the issue, I knew that their comments had no factual basis. I asked if they knew whether what they were saying was true or not. They informed me that they had heard it on TV so, of course, it must be true.

Politics and religion are two areas where we are always going to have disagreement. They are inventions of man, constantly changing and evolving. They are reflections of our personalities and our understandings of reality which are constantly changing and evolving. What doesn't change is God.

God doesn't make rules, God's absolute laws cannot be broken. Like gravity, we cannot break the law of gravity, we can learn to work with it to fly above the worldly limitations we have set for ourselves. God, by whatever name you choose to call it, is ever propelling us upward when we open ourselves up to it.

Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, once wrote, "We are not punished for our sins, but by our sins."

If you step off the roof of a ten story building you are going to suffer the consequences of your action. If you lie, cheat and steal you will reap the rewards of that action which includes guilt and fear. If you are angry with another you will feel the burning waste this life consuming emotion brings. If you choose to be patient, loving and kind you will realize the peace, wholeness and abundance that is ours to experience.

Jesus repeatedly challenged the religious authorities of his day: regarding the Sabbath in the example above as well as in the healing of the man born blind, etc.; the healing of the official's son, a non-Jew; the cleansing of the Temple; cavorting with harlots and tax collectors; etc.

Moses, Mohammed, Buddha, Lao Tse, Confucious, Luther, Calvin, Smith, etc., all challenged the religious authorities of their day. For, religion is a poor substitute for spiritual awakening. And rules are a poor substitute for Spiritual Law.

It is just as illegal for a rich man to sleep on a park bench as it is for a poor man; we all have an equal right to petition a politician or religious leader, but a sizeable donation will get you a personal audience; the golden rule: whoever has the gold rules, is all too true in our republican democracy. And, Spirit has a better idea.

Spiritual Law transcends, or rises above, man-made laws. As Abraham Lincoln once said, "Most people are as happy as they make up their minds to be."

Outer circumstances do not dictate our happiness and satisfaction with living. Our inner awareness does.

Conscious contact with the Divine aligns us with Spiritual Law allowing us to soar above the inevitable conflict of worldly existence to realize peace, wholeness and abundance as our ever present reality. So it is and so it shall be.

The Rev. Matthew E. Long, Peace Unity Community