I will substitute for your ego if you wish, but never for your spirit. A father can safely leave a child with an elder brother who has shown himself responsible, but this involves no confusion about the child’s origin. T-4.I.13:1-2
A Course in Miracles . Foundation for Inner Peace. Kindle Edition.
Jesus, in A Course In Miracles, compares himself to an older brother and denies that he is God. Jesus says that we will help, protect, and serve. He says that he has provided an example of how the ego can be overcome and living in the spirit can be achieved. He says that his example puts an end to tribulation and allows his younger brothers and sisters to live in good cheer.
In Alcoholics Anonymous it is suggested in step three that we make a decision to turn our ego over to the will of God. If we would like, Jesus’ example can help us, or perhaps we have another way. Older brothers can be disregarded as younger siblings prefer to search and find their own way.
In Unitarian Universalism we covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. We need not use the teaching of Jesus as an example if we prefer another way.
Today, it is suggested that we reflect on the many paths to God. No matter which path we choose, it will involve the eschewing of the ego.