What Does A Course in Miracles Say About The Bible?

You have 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.

There 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.

Bible Re-Interpretations

What you 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.

The ego 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.

Nothing 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.

We need cite only a few examples to see how the ego's interpretations have misled you.

A favorite ego quotation is

"As ye sow, so shall ye reap." Galatians 6:7

Another is

"Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord." Romans 12:19

Still another is

"I will visit the sins of the father unto the third and fourth generation," Exodus 34:7

and also

"The wicked shall perish." Psalm 1:6

There are many others, but if you will let the Holy Spirit reinterpret these in His own light, they will suffice.

"As 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.

"Vengeance 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.

"I 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.

"The 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.

When I said, "I am come as a light into the world," John 12:46 I surely came to share the light with you.

Remember 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.

Appeal 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.

His verdict will always be "Thine is the Kingdom" Matthew 6:13 because He was given you to remind you of what you are.

New Testament Upside-Down Thinking

My 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.

Peter 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.

The 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.

The message of the crucifixion is perfectly clear: Teach only love, for that is what you are.

If 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.

The 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.

There are two glaring examples of upside-down thinking in the New Testament, whose whole gospel is only the message of love.

1

If the Apostles had not felt guilty, they never could have quoted me as saying,

"I come not to bring peace but a sword." Matthew 10:34 This is clearly the exact opposite of everything I taught.

2

Nor 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,

"Betrayest thou the Son of Man with a kiss?" Luke 22:48 unless I believed in betrayal.

The 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 is impossible?

I Am Grateful

I 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.

"I have a lot more to tell you, but that would be too much for you now." John 16:12

"The 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." John 16:25

I 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 teachers.

No one is "punished" for sins, and the Sons of God are not sinners.

The 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.

 

“No 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.

The 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.

“Lead us not into temptation” Matthew 6:13 means "guide us out of our own errors."

The Bible mentions that "a deep sleep fell upon Adam," Genesis 2:21 and nowhere is there any reference to his waking up.

“Many 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.

Both 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.” 2Chronicles24:27 It does not mean the restoration of the building, but the opening of the altar to receive the Atonement. This heals the separation.

“Heaven and earth shall pass away” Matthew 24:35 simply means that they will not continue to exist as separate states."

 
 
 

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