Who Is The Author of A Course in Miracles?

By Diane Berke 

The "author" of the Course, the first-person Voice of the Course, is Jesus. In the Course he refers to himself as our "elder brother,” one who completed and fully accomplished the learning process we all must undertake.

He is the symbol for us of egolessness, and thus of pure Love. In the Course he is referred to also as "the manifestation of the Holy Spirit," because even while in this world he learned to "hear only that Voice and no other."

That Voice—the Voice for God, the Voice of Love—calls us from beyond space and time, yet speaks to us from nearer than our own hearts and breathing. It calls us to remember and return. Learning to listen to and trust that Voice as our guide and teacher is, at the heart, what our journey of healing is all about. Our goal is basically, as St. Paul expressed it, to learn to "let the mind be in us that was in Christ Jesus."

 

 

How can we know if this really is Jesus?

By Robert Perry

No one has shaped our world more than Jesus of Nazareth. Two billion people claim to be his followers. Imagine if a contemporary message could somehow be authenticated as coming from him. That message would have monumental significance for a third of the world’s population.

How could such a message ever be authenticated? 

Here we face one of the more controversial aspects of A Course in Miracles, for the Course claims to be just such a message. It does not emphasize this claim, but there is no question that it does make it. The author speaks of his birth, his miracles, his Apostles, his experience in Gethesemane, his crucifixion, his resurrection, the way he is portrayed in the New Testament, and the way he has been characterized by Christianity.

How can we know if this really is Jesus?

This issue is just like the dilemma that early Christians grappled with in identifying Jesus as the Messiah. Such an identification could never be proven. Hence, their conviction had to come from within. When Peter proclaimed Jesus to be the Messiah, Jesus responded, “Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” 

Students of the Course are in much the same position. The only way they can come to believe that Jesus authored the Course is through an inward recognition, through the same perhaps still, small voice that spoke to Peter.

 
 

 
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"These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; an hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the Father." John 16:25

"I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now." John 16:12

 

 

 
 

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