Course in Miracles
25 - The Remedy
And if the Holy
Spirit can commute each sentence that you laid upon yourself into
a blessing, then it cannot be a sin. Sin is the one thing in all
the world that cannot change. It is immutable. And on its changelessness
the world depends. The magic of the world can seem to hide the pain
of sin from sinners and deceive with glitter and with guile. Yet
each one knows the cost of sin is death. And so it is.
For sin is
a request for death, a wish to make this world's foundation
as love, dependable as Heaven, and as strong as God Himself.
The world is
safe from love to everyone who thinks sin possible. Nor will it
change. Yet is it possible what God created not should share the
attributes of His creation, when it opposes it in every way?
It cannot be the
"sinner's" wish for death is just as strong as is God's
Will for life.
Nor can the basis
of a world He did not make be firm and sure as Heaven. How could
it be that hell and Heaven are the same? And is it possible that
what He did not will cannot be changed? What is immutable besides
His Will? And what can share Its attributes except Itself? What
wish can rise against His Will and be immutable? If you could realize
nothing is changeless but the Will of God, this course would not
be difficult for you. For it is this that you do not believe. Yet
there is nothing else you could believe if you but looked at what
it really is.
Let us go back to
what we said before and think of it more carefully.
It must be so that
either God is mad or is this world a place of madness.
Not one Thought of
His makes any sense at all within this world. And nothing that the
world believes as true has any meaning in His Mind at all. What
makes no sense and has no meaning is insanity. And what is madness
cannot be the truth. If one belief so deeply valued here were true,
then every Thought God ever had is an illusion. And if but one Thought
of His is true, then all beliefs the world gives any meaning to
are false and make no sense at all. This is the choice you make.
Do not attempt to see it differently nor twist it into something
it is not. For only this decision can you make. The rest is up to
God and not to you.
To justify one
value that the world upholds is to deny your Father's sanity
For God and His beloved
Son do not think differently. And it is the agreement of their thought
that makes the Son a co-creator with the Mind Whose Thought created
him. And if he chooses to believe one thought opposed to truth,
he has decided he is not his Father's Son because the Son is mad,
and sanity must lie apart from both the Father and the Son. This
you believe. Think not that this belief depends upon the form it
takes. Who thinks the world is sane in any way, is justified in
anything it thinks, or is maintained by any form of reason believes
this to be true.
Sin is not real because
the Father and the Son are not insane.
This world is meaningless
because it rests on sin. Who could create the changeless if it does
not rest on truth?
The Holy Spirit has
the power to change the whole foundation of the world you see to
something else; a basis not insane on which a sane perception can
be based, another world perceived. And one in which nothing is contradicted
that would lead the Son of God to sanity and joy. Nothing
- to death and
- to separation
- to differences,
here is everything perceived as one, and no one loses that each
one may gain.
Test everything that
you believe against this one requirement. And understand that everything
that meets this one demand is worthy of your faith. But nothing
else. What is not love is sin, and either one perceives the other
as insane and meaningless. Love is the basis for a world perceived
as wholly mad to sinners who believe theirs is the way to sanity.
But sin is equally insane within the sight of love, whose gentle
eyes would look beyond the madness and rest peacefully on truth.
Each sees a world immutable, as each defines the changeless and
eternal truth of what you are. And each reflects a view of what
the Father and the Son must be to make that viewpoint meaningful
function is the special form in which the fact that God is not
insane appears most sensible and meaningful to you.
The content is the
same. The form is suited to your special needs and to the special
time and place in which you think you find yourself and where you
can be free of place and time and all that you believe must limit
you. The Son of God cannot be bound by time nor place nor anything
God did not will. Yet if His Will is seen as madness, then the form
of sanity which makes it most acceptable to those who are insane
requires special choice. Nor can this choice be made by the insane,
whose problem is their choices are not free and made with reason
in the light of sense.
It would be madness
to entrust salvation to the insane.
Because He is not
mad has God appointed One as sane as He to raise a saner world to
meet the sight of everyone who chose insanity as his salvation.
To this One is given the choice of form most suitable to him; one
which will not attack the world he sees, but enter into it in quietness
and show him he is mad. This One but points to an alternative, another
way of looking at what he has seen before and recognizes as the
world in which he lives and thought he understood before.
Now must he question
this because the form of the alternative is one which he cannot
deny nor overlook nor fail completely to perceive at all. To each
his special function is designed to be perceived as possible and
more and more desired as it proves to him that it is an alternative
he really wants. From this position does his sinfulness and all
the sin he sees within the world offer him less and less. Until
he comes to understand it cost him his sanity and stands between
him and whatever hope he has of being sane. Nor is he left without
escape from madness, for he has a special part in everyone's escape.
He can no more be left outside without a special function in the
hope of peace than could the Father overlook His Son and pass him
by in careless thoughtlessness.
What is dependable
except God's Love? And where does sanity abide except in Him? The
One Who speaks for Him can show you this in the alternative He chose
especially for you. It is God's Will that you remember this and
so emerge from deepest mourning into perfect joy. Accept the function
that has been assigned to you in God's Own plan to show His Sons
that hell and Heaven are different, not the same. And that in Heaven
they are all the same, without the differences which would have
made a hell of Heaven and a heaven of hell, had such insanity been
The whole belief
that someone loses but reflects the underlying tenet God must
For in this world,
it seems that one must gain because another lost. If this were true,
then God is mad indeed! But what is this belief except a form of
the more basic tenet, "Sin is real and rules the world"?
For every little gain must someone lose and pay exact amount in
blood and suffering. For otherwise would evil triumph and destruction
be the total cost of any gain at all. You who believe that God is
mad, look carefully at this and understand that it must be that
either God or this must be insane, but hardly both.
Salvation is rebirth
of the idea no one can lose for anyone to gain.
And everyone must
gain if anyone would be a gainer. Here is sanity restored. And on
this single rock of truth can faith in God's eternal saneness rest
in perfect confidence and perfect peace. Reason is satisfied, for
all insane beliefs can be corrected here. And sin must be impossible
if this is true. This is the rock on which salvation rests, the
vantage point from which the Holy Spirit gives meaning and direction
to the plan in which your special function has a part. For here
your special function is made whole because it shares the function
of the whole.
Remember all temptation
is but this: a mad belief that God's insanity would make you sane
and give you what you want.
That either God or
you must lose to madness because your aims can not be reconciled.
Death demands life, but life is not maintained at any cost. No one
can suffer for the Will of God to be fulfilled. Salvation is His
Will because you share it. Not for you alone but for the Self which
is the Son of God. He cannot lose, for if he could, the loss would
be his Father's, and in Him no loss is possible. And this is sane
because it is the truth.