It is here escape
from fear begins, and will be made complete. Here is the real world
given in exchange for dreams of terror. For it is on this forgiveness
rests, and is but natural.
You are not
asked to offer pardon where attack is due, and would be justified.
For that would
mean that you forgive a sin by overlooking what is really there.
This is not pardon (forgiveness). For it would assume that by responding
in a way which is not justified, your pardon will become the answer
to attack that has been made. And thus is pardon (forgiveness) inappropriate,
by being granted where is it not due.
Pardon is always
It has a sure
You do not forgive
the unforgivable, nor overlook a real attack that calls for punishment.
Salvation does not lie in being asked to make unnatural responses
which are inappropriate to what is real. Instead, it merely asks
that you respond appropriately to what is not real by not perceiving
what has not occurred.
If pardon were
unjustified, you would be asked to sacrifice your rights when you
return forgiveness for attack. But you are merely asked to see forgiveness
as the natural reaction to distress which rests on error, and thus
calls for help. Forgiveness is the only sane response. It keeps
your rights from being sacrificed.
is the only change that lets the real world rise to take the place
of dreams of terror. Fear cannot
arise unless attack is justified. And if it had a real foundation,
pardon(forgiveness) would have none.
real world is achieved when you perceive the basis of forgiveness
is quite real and fully justified. While you regard it as a gift
unwarranted, it must uphold the guilt you would “forgive”.
Unjustified forgiveness is attack,
and this is all the world can ever give. It pardons “sinners”
sometimes, but remains aware that they have sinned. And so they
do not merit the forgiveness that it gives.
is the false forgiveness which the world employs to keep the sense
of sin alive. And recognizing
God is just, it seems impossible His pardon could be real. Thus
is the fear of God the sure result of seeing pardon as unmerited.
No one who sees
himself as guilty can avoid the fear of God.
But he is saved from
this dilemma if he can forgive. The mind must think of its Creator
as it looks upon itself. If you can see your brother merits pardon,
you have learned forgiveness is your right as much as his. Nor will
you think that God intends for you a fearful judgement which your
brother does not merit. For it is the truth that you can merit neither
more nor less than he.
recognized as merited will heal. It gives the miracle its strength
to overlook illusions. This is how you learn that you must be forgiven,
be no appearance that can not be overlooked.
For if there
were, it would be necessary first there be some sin which stands
beyond forgiveness. There
would be an error that is more than a mistake; a special form of
error which remains unchangeable, eternal and beyond correction
would be one mistake which had the power to undo creation, and
to make a world which could replace it and destroy the Will
Only if this
were possible could there be some appearances which could withstand
the miracle, and not be healed by it.
There is no
surer proof idolatry is what you wish than a belief there are some
forms of sickness and of joylessness forgiveness cannot heal. This
means that you prefer to keep some idols and are not prepared, as
yet, to let all idols go. And thus you think that some appearances
are real and not appearances at all.
Be not deceived
about the meaning of a fixed belief that some appearances are harder
to look past than others are. It always means you think forgiveness
must be limited. And you have set a goal of partial pardon and a
limited escape from guilt for you.
What can this
be except a false forgiveness of yourself and everyone who seems
apart from you?
It must be true
the miracle can heal all forms of sickness, or it cannot heal.
Its purpose cannot be to judge which forms are real and which
appearances are true. If one appearance must remain apart from
healing, one illusion must be part of truth. And you could not
escape all guilt, but only some of it.
You must forgive
God’s Son entirely.
Or you will keep an image of yourself
that is not whole and will remain afraid to look within and find
escape from every idol there. Salvation rests on faith there cannot
be some forms of guilt which you cannot forgive. And so there
cannot be appearances which have replaced the truth about God’s
on your brother with the willingness to see him as he is.
do not keep a part of him outside your willingness that he be
To heal is to make
whole. And what is whole can have no missing parts that have
been kept outside.
rests on recognizing this and being glad there cannot be some
forms of sickness which the miracle must lack the power to heal.
Son is perfect, or he cannot be God’s Son.
will you know him, if you think he does not merit the escape
from guilt in...
its forms and
is no way to think of him but this, if you would know the truth
thank you, Father, for your perfect Son. And in his glory will
I see my own.”
is the joyful statement that there are no forms of evil that
can overcome the Will of God; the glad acknowledgment that guilt
has not succeeded by your wish to make illusions real.
what is this except a simple statement of the truth?
on your brother with this hope in you, and you will understand
he could not make an error that could change the truth in him.
It is not difficult to overlook
mistakes that have been given no effects.
what you see as having power to make an idol of the Son of God,
you will not pardon. For he has become to you a graven image
and a sign of death.
this your Savior?
his Father wrong about His Son?
have you been deceived in him who has been given you
to heal, for your salvation and deliverance?