Saturday, April 27, 2019
Today's lesson, number 101, "God's will for me is perfect happiness."
If salvation is when everybody loves everybody all the time, why are people afraid of salvation?
People are afraid of salvation because they have been taught that it requires pain and suffering as penance for sins committed. "Revenge is mine," says the Lord comes from the Old Testment in Deuteronomy and rationalizes a belief in punishment and vengeance. This idea is based on the Hammurabi code of "Eye for eye and tooth for tooth."
Christians are told that Jesus was crucified and died on the cross to attone for humankind's sins. Jesus tells us in A Course In Miracles that his idea of blood atonement is a misinterpretation of the lesson He was trying to teach with his crucifixion. The real lesson is that torture of His body had no impact on His Spirit. He forgave his torturers saying with a laugh, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."
In our fear we fixate on the torture, suffering, pain as death and are told that Jesus gave His life for our sins. If this is what salvation consists of, who would want it?
Today, in lesson 101, from A Course In Miracles, we are told something quite different about salvation. We are told that God's will for us is perfect happiness not suffering. How can this be? A Course In Miracles tells us that sin is not real. It is merely a mistake. And our biggest mistake is to take our mistakes seriously. Why is taking our mistakes seriously our biggest mistake? Because we have forgotten who we are and think that the drama on the path of the ego is real. We come to realize that reality is the Unconditional Love of the Universe, what some people call "God."
We are encouraged to wake up from this bad dream full of special relationships based on conditional love which give us such pain and suffering.
Today, it is suggested that we recognize and acknowledge that this life is but a dream and that God's will for us has nothing to do with suffering, pain, vengeance, and sacrifice, but rather a growing awareness of our natural inheritance which is Unconditional Love. This is something the Universalists have been telling us for a couple of centuries now, and something which is very hard to believe without support and encouragement. Consider this brief article, part of the support and encouragement you have been searching for.
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