Manual For Teachers
are the Characteristics
of God's Teachers?
centrality of open-mindedness, perhaps the last of the attributes
the teacher of God acquires, is easily understood when its relation
to forgiveness is recognized.
with lack of judgment.
As judgment shuts the
mind against God's Teacher, so open-mindedness invites Him to come
As condemnation judges
the Son of God as evil, so open-mindedness permits him to be judged
by the Voice for God on His behalf.
As the projection of
guilt upon him would send him to hell, so open-mindedness lets Christ's
image be projected on him.
Only the open-minded
can be at peace, for they alone see reason for it.
do the open-minded forgive?
They have let go all
things that would prevent forgiveness.
They have in truth abandoned
the world, and let it be restored to them in newness and in joy
so glorious they could never have conceived of such a change.
Nothing is now as
it was formerly.
Nothing but sparkles
now which seemed so dull and lifeless before.
And above all are all
things welcoming, for threat is gone. No clouds remain to hide the
Face of Christ. Now is the goal achieved.
Forgiveness is the final
goal of the curriculum.
It paves the way for
what goes far beyond all learning. The curriculum makes no effort
to exceed its legitimate goal.
Forgiveness is its single
aim, at which all learning ultimate converges. It is indeed enough.
may have noticed that the list of attributes of God's teachers does
not include those things which are the Son of God's inheritance.
- knowledge and
- eternal truth
do not appear in this
They would be most inappropriate
God has given is so far beyond our curriculum that learning but
disappears in its presence. Yet
while its presence is obscured, the focus properly belongs on the
It is the function of
God's teachers to bring true learning to the world.
Properly speaking it
is unlearning that they bring, for that is "true learning"
in the world.
It is given to the teachers
of God to bring the glad tidings of complete forgiveness to the
indeed are they, for they are the Bringers of salvation.