This Practitioner Corner is by Rev. Ed Rosenback, R.Sc.P., Staff Minister and Practitioner Core Coordinator at First Church.   
   
   "Thoughts on Existence and Being" 
 
We are not mere reflections of the Divine, but projections of It.  
 
The Sufi mystics said that God was Love, Lover and Beloved.    
 
As projections of the Divine, our natural tendency is to be loving; to express Love as God our Source would express Its own native Self.  
 
Creations of God are expressions of the Divine (I believe intended to project the Love of God into experience).  
 
We are of that Creation (and one with the Creator), as is every living and seemingly unliving thing we behold.  All that we see, hear, touch, taste, smell or imagine is of that Creation, entitled to receive the Love of God from all other expressions of Being.  (As my beloved teacher, Sharon Cross, so often said, "There's only one of us here.")  
 
We may find it difficult at times to be loving toward everything and everyone; no one would dare say otherwise and be truthful.  But it would seem to a rational mind that, knowing (or believing) that we are created to be projectors of Love, that we ought to do our best to be what the Divine intended us to be. (One of my mentors, Dr. Robert Scott, taught me that "you don't have to like everyone, but you do need to love the God that's in them.")  
 
Going against the Divine Intent is neither wise nor prudent.  At the same time, going against an adversary unarmed is also neither wise nor prudent.  This, I believe, is why we are told to "put on the Whole Armor of God."  This may also be what is meant by the scriptural saying that "no weapon formed against thee shall prosper." (Isaiah 54:17)  When we are armed with the "shield and buckler" (Psalm 91:4) of Divine truth, we are protected from any/all untruth or spiritual harm.  Truth is impenetrable and incontrovertible; nothing can oppose It.  
 
God, being One and All, is truly unopposed, for nothing can exist outside of God.  God is infinite, and infinity is the sole entity of existence, the sole Source, the only Life and Intelligence which is or can be.  Nothing is opposed to God, nor can anything oppose God, for God is All, the Source of All, the Presence permeating All, and the Mind conceiving All. God, God-expressing, and God-expressed, is all there is.  This is Truth.  
 
To fully accept and embody this Truth of God-Being-All is to "be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might," to "put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil" (or adversary). (Ephesians 6:10-11)  In Truth, there is no adversary, for there is only God.  As Janelle Scott (wife of Dr. Robert Scott) said, "Either God is infinite or she isn't."  
 
Do we believe in an Almighty God?  If so, there can be nothing else!  
 
Do we believe in an Omnipresent and Omnipotent God?  If so, there is nothing else!   
 
Do we believe in an Infinite and Eternal God?  If so, God is all there is!   
 
But what is this "devil" or adversary we read about in our scriptures and hear of in so many other churches?  
 
It is nothing but an invention of those who do not believe in One God, who for whatever reason cannot conceive of a wholly Divine Goodness at the root of all Creation and potentially being expressed through all in ever-greater measure.   It is the remnant of ancient beliefs pre-dating the modern era, which held that this life we live ends with the grave.  This notion was disproved by many of the Hebrew prophets.  Modern science has disproved this theory as well.  
 
Think of the many instances of "near-death experiences" that people have reported, which indicates that life tends to continue in some form.  I am one of those who has "come back" from "the other side," so I do know of what I speak in this area.  I know for sure, from personal experience, that Life is eternal.  
 
My core belief is that, since Life is of God and God is eternal, so Life is eternal and ongoing. The soul must be a projection of the Holy Spirit, and as such is likewise eternal and ongoing. Death is real only to those who choose not to believe in Eternal Life.  I know I shall not remain in this human form forever, but my soul, my consciousness and my Self will continue on indefinitely, as an ongoing expression or projection of Spirit.  
 
God is ever-expressing, ever expanding Its existence or Being.  We, you, me, each and all of us, are a part of this expanding experience of Divine expression.  We are as Spirit has created us to be: each a unique Divine projection, with a purpose of expressing Love to each and all.  As spiritual emissaries, we are unopposed in this Divine Work.  
 
To paraphrase Dr. Howard Thurman, let us hold fast to this, our High Resolve, and may we live, laugh, love and be happy, giving all praise and glory to God as we proceed!   
 
Blessings of Love and Light,    
Rev. Ed