Does A Course in Miracles Say About The Bible?
surely begun to realize that this is a very practical
course which means exactly what it says. So does the
Bible, if it is properly understood.
has been a marked tendency on the part of many of the
Bible's followers and also its translators to be entirely
literal about fear and its effects but not about love
and its results. Thus, "hellfire" means "burning,"
but raising the dead becomes allegorical. Actually,
it is particularly the references to the outcomes of
love which should be taken literally because the Bible
is about love, being about God.
do not understand is that the two voices speak for different
interpretations of the same thing simultaneously, or
almost simultaneously, for the ego always speaks first.
speaks in judgment and the Holy Spirit reverses its
decisions, much as the Supreme Court has the power to
reverse the lower courts' decisions about the laws of
this world. The ego's decisions are always wrong because
they are based on a complete fallacy (about what you
are) which they were made to uphold.
the ego perceives is interpreted correctly. Not only
does it cite Scripture for its purpose, but it even
interprets Scripture as a witness for itself. The Bible
is a fearful thing to the ego because of its prejudiced
judgment. Perceiving it as fearful, it interprets it
fearfully. Having made you afraid, you do not appeal
to the Higher Court because you believe its judgment
would be against you.
cite only a few examples to see how the ego's interpretations
have misled you.
ego quotation is
ye sow, so shall ye reap." Galatians
is mine, sayeth the Lord." Romans
will visit the sins of the father unto the third and
fourth generation," Exodus
wicked shall perish." Psalm
are many others, but if you will let the Holy Spirit
reinterpret these in His own light, they will suffice.
ye sow, so shall ye reap" merely means that
what you believe to be worth cultivating you will cultivate
in yourself. Your judgment of what is worthy makes it
worthy for you.
is mine, sayeth the Lord" is easily explained
if you remember that ideas increase only by being shared.
This quotation therefore emphasizes the fact that vengeance
cannot be shared. Give it therefore to the Holy Spirit,
who will undo it in you because it does not belong in
your mind, which is part of God.
will visit the sins of the fathers unto the third and
fourth generation," as interpreted by the
ego, is particularly vicious. It is used, in fact, as
an attempt to guarantee its survival beyond itself.
Actually, all the quotation means is that the Holy Spirit
in later generations retains the power to interpret
correctly what former generations have thought and thus
release their thoughts from the ability to produce fear
anywhere in the Sonship.
wicked shall perish" is merely a statement
of fact if the word "perish" is properly understood.
Every loveless thought must be undone. Even the word
"undone" is fearful to the ego, which interprets
"I am undone" as "I am destroyed."
The ego will not be destroyed because it is part of
your thought, but because it is uncreative and therefore
unsharing, it will be reinterpreted entirely to release
you from fear. The part of your thought which you have
given to the ego will merely return to the Kingdom,
where your whole mind belongs.
I said, "I am come as a light into the world,"
12:46 I surely came to share the light
the symbolic reference we made before to the ego's dark
glass, and remember also that we said, "Do not
look there." It is still true that "where
you look to find yourself is up to you." The Higher
Court will not condemn you. It will merely dismiss the
case against you. There can be no case against a Child
of God, and every witness to guilt in God?s creations
is bearing false witness to God Himself.
everything you believe gladly to God?s own Higher Court
because it speaks for Him and therefore speaks truly.
It will dismiss the case against you, however carefully
you have built it. The case may be foolproof, but it
is not God-proof. The Voice for God will not hear it
at all because He can only witness truly.
verdict will always be "Thine is the Kingdom"
6:13 because He was given you to remind
you of what you are.
Testament Upside-Down Thinking
brothers slept during the so-called "agony"
in the garden, but I could not be angry with them because
I had learned I could not be abandoned.
swore he would never deny me, but he did so three times.
He did offer to defend me with the sword, which I naturally
refused, not being at all in need of bodily protection.
I am sorry when my brothers do not share my decision
to hear only one voice, because it weakens them as teachers
and as learners. Yet I know that they cannot really
betray themselves or me.
crucifixion cannot be shared, because it is the symbol
of projection, but the resurrection is the symbol of
sharing, because the reawakening of every Son of God
is necessary to enable the Sonship to know its wholeness.
Only this is knowledge.
message of the crucifixion is perfectly clear: Teach
only love, for that is what you are.
you interpret the crucifixion in any other way, you
are using it as a weapon for assault rather than as
the call for peace for which it was intended.
Apostles often misunderstood it and always for the same
reason that makes anyone misunderstand anything. Their
own imperfect love made them vulnerable to projection,
and out of their own fear they spoke of the "wrath
of God" as His retaliatory weapon. Nor could they
speak of the crucifixion entirely without anger, because
their own sense of guilt had made them angry.
are two glaring examples of upside-down thinking in
the New Testament, whose whole gospel is only the message
the Apostles had not felt guilty, they never could have
quoted me as saying,
come not to bring peace but a sword." Matthew
10:34 This is clearly the exact opposite
of everything I taught.
could they have described my reactions to Judas as they
did if they had really understood me. They would have
realized I could not have said,
thou the Son of Man with a kiss?" Luke
22:48 unless I believed in betrayal.
whole message of the crucifixion was simply that I did
not. The "punishment" which I am said to have
called forth upon Judas was a similar reversal. Judas
was my brother and a Son of God, as much a part of the
Sonship as myself. Was it likely that I would condemn
him when I was ready to demonstrate that condemnation
I Am Grateful
am very grateful to the Apostles for their teaching
and fully aware of the extent of their devotion to me.
Nevertheless, as you read their teachings, remember
that I told them myself that there was much they would
understand later because they were not wholly ready
to follow me at the time.
have a lot more to tell you, but that would be too
much for you now." John
time is coming when I won't use examples to speak
to you. Rather, I will speak to you about the Father
in plain words."
emphasize this only because I do not want you to allow
any fear to enter into the thought system toward which
I am guiding you. I do not call for martyrs but for
one is "punished" for sins, and the Sons
of God are not sinners.
crucifixion was a complex of behaviors arising out of
clearly opposed thought systems. As such, it was the
perfect symbol of conflict between the ego and the Son
of God. The conflict is just as real now, and its lessons,
too, have equal reality when they are learned.
man cometh unto the Father but by me” John
14:6 is among the most misunderstood statements
in the Bible. It does not mean that I am in any way
separate or different from you except in time, which
does not really exist at all.
Bible says, “May the mind be in you that
was also in Christ Jesus,” Romans
12:2 and uses this as a blessin. It is
the blessing of miracle mindedness. It asks that you
may think as I thought, joining with me in Christ-thinking.
us not into temptation” Matthew
6:13 means "guide us out of our own
Bible mentions that "a deep sleep fell upon
2:21 and nowhere is there any reference
to his waking up.
are called but few are chosen” Matthew
22:13 should read,“All are called
but few choose to listen. Therefore, they do not choose
right.” The chosen ones are merely those
who choose right sooner.
the separation and the fear are miscreations of the
(ego) mind, which must be undone. This is what is
meant by “the restoration of the temple.”
It does not mean the restoration of the building,
but the opening of the altar to receive the Atonement.
This heals the separation.
and earth shall pass away” Matthew
24:35 simply means that they will not continue
to exist as separate states."