A professional couple was inquiring into an espresso stand business that was for sell. Emails between the buyers and seller were exchanged, in which details were provided. A lengthy follow-up phone conversation came soon after the emails because the business all sounded quite promising. The location of the business for sale was provided and so the couple drove to the espresso stand site to check it out.
As the espresso stand came into view, the couple looked at one another and started laughing. Seriously, why did the owner fail to mention the detail that the stand’s title is “Lusty Latte”? The Baristas were wearing bikinis.
The couple returned home. That particular business was not for them but for someone else. The wife was not about to wear a bikini to work!
Details are individual parts of a whole. Depending on the situation, details can be important, or not, because the social life and culture in which details embed themselves are in constant flux. Religion is an example. As part of the evolution process, religion transitions as ideas develop according to individual and collective circumstances. The fire and brimstone God of 100 years ago fades in light of the fact that compassion and principle produce sincere results, whereas ruling by fear results in resentment and injustice, hardly a God one can rely on in times of need.
Religious transitions or alterations do not signify altering core values of truth, but actually provide a continual revelation of details that prove pragmatic to humanity and society. Religion is most practical when viewed with balance. I don’t hate religion, and I don’t love religion. I do however, believe in a loveable God and our ability to gain new ideas each day, even if they erase cherished beliefs.
What I am about to do now, can be done with any religion and that is to review religious details with the intent to expand on those details which are pertinent and valuable in everyday life, today.
In the 19th century, Mary Baker Eddy founded a religion for Christian Scientists, and in the Science and Health text, she answered the question as to whether or not Christian Scientists have any religious policy or creed. Eddy said, “No, if by that term is meant doctrinal beliefs.” She then proceeded to give 6 important points, or tenets, of divine Science which I will comment on during my next set of blogs. This process has clarified and validated the rules of divine Science which in turn has exposed spiritual benefits.
The first tenet:
- As followers of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life.
- Spirituality follows Truth primarily. Inspired human beings can be followed, or respected, however it is Truth which is searched for, discovered, understood, and submitted to.
- The Bible (any version) is a “sufficient” (not the only) study tool to assist us to experience ongoing Life and Love.
- We can take the inspired version of anything we see, hear, read, or feel throughout the day and utilize it as a guide to harmony.