As we become more aware, it seems the religions of the mind will all morph into the Religion of the Spirit and personal experience. It’s hard to imagine that any of the religions of the mind that are practiced today on this planet would also be practiced on other inhabited planets. We are told there can be up to 10 million inhabited planets in our universe. Jesus gave us his religion because he knew we can be ready to join all the other advanced inhabited planets in their common religion, his religion, the Religion of the Spirit and personal experience. As we become more aware of our Father’s presence in each one of us, we begin to understand that the Father’s presence is in each of all the other people on other inhabited planets. We come to think of ourselves as our Father sees us; all one big happy and loving family. The bottom line is we are all family. As do all families, we have our disagreements. But, like the members in a family, we should always remember that we are family and our parents always love us no matter what. So how many people in our present day thinking can ever realize that fact and have that understanding ?
“A new and fuller revelation of the religion of Jesus is destined to conquer an empire of materialistic secularism and to overthrow a world sway of mechanistic naturalism.” 195:9.2
The religion of the spirit means effort, struggle, conflict, faith, determination, love, loyalty, and progress. The religion of the mind—the theology of authority—requires little or none of these exertions from its formal believers. Tradition is a safe refuge and an easy path for those fearful and halfhearted souls who instinctively shun the spirit struggles and mental uncertainties associated with those faith voyages of daring adventure out upon the high seas of unexplored truth in search for the farther shores of spiritual realities as they may be discovered by the progressive human mind and experienced by the evolving human soul. 155:5.11
The three apostles were shocked this afternoon when they realized that their Master’s religion made no provision for spiritual self-examination. All religions before and after the times of Jesus, even Christianity, carefully provide for conscientious self-examination. But not so with the religion of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus’ philosophy of life is without religious introspection. The carpenter’s son never taught character building; he taught character growth, declaring that the kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed. But Jesus said nothing which would proscribe self-analysis as a prevention of conceited egotism. 140:8.27
In religion, Jesus advocated and followed the method of experience, even as modern science pursues the technique of experiment. We find God through the leadings of spiritual insight, but we approach this insight of the soul through the love of the beautiful, the pursuit of truth, loyalty to duty, and the worship of divine goodness. But of all these values, love is the true guide to real insight. 195:5.14
A new and fuller revelation of the religion of Jesus is destined to conquer an empire of materialistic secularism and to overthrow a world sway of mechanistic naturalism. 195:9.2
“… now have I come to give you a personal religion.“
As Jesus taught in the synagogue this Sabbath afternoon, according to custom he took the first text from the law, reading from the Book of Exodus: “And you shall serve the Lord, your God, and he shall bless your bread and your water, and all sickness shall be taken away from you.