Jesus' Crucifixion

For teaching purposes, let us consider the crucifixion again. We have not dwelt on it before because of its fearful connotations. The only emphasis we laid upon it was that it was not a form of punishment. Nothing, however, can be really explained in negative terms only.

The crucifixion is nothing more than an extreme example. Its value, like the value of any teaching device, lies solely in the kind of learning it facilitates. It can be, and has been, misunderstood. This is only because the fearful are apt to perceive fearfully.

While we emphasized only the resurrection before, the purpose of the crucifixion and how it actually led to the resurrection was not clarified at that time. Nevertheless, it has a definite contribution to make to your own lives. And if you will consider it without fear, it will help you understand your own role as teachers.

Your Role as Teachers

You have reacted for years as if you were being crucified. This is a marked tendency of the separated ones, who always refuse to consider what they have done to themselves. Projection (of responsibility) means...

anger,
anger fosters assault, and
assault promotes fear.

The real meaning of the crucifixion lies in the apparent intensity of the assault of some of the Sons of God upon another. This (assault), of course, is impossible (in Reality), and must be fully understood as an impossibility. In fact, unless it is fully understood as only that, I cannot serve as a real model for learning.

Assault can ultimately be made only on the body. There is little doubt that one body can assault another, and can even destroy it. Yet if destruction itself is impossible (in Reality), then anything that is destructible cannot be real. Therefore, its destruction does not justify anger. To the extent to which you believe that it does (justify anger), you must be accepting false premises and teaching them to others.

The message which the crucifixion was intended to teach was that it is not necessary to perceive any form of assault in persecution, because (in Reality) you cannot be persecuted. If you respond with anger, you must be equating yourself with the destructible (the body), and are therefore regarding yourself insanely.

I have made it perfectly clear that I am like you, and you are like me, but our fundamental equality can be demonstrated only through joint decision. You are free to perceive yourselves as persecuted if you choose. You might remember, however, when you do choose to react that way, that I was persecuted as the world judges, and did not share this evaluation for myself. And because I did not share it, I did not strengthen it. I therefore offered a different interpretation of attack, and one which I do want to share with you.

If you will believe it, you will help me teach it.

We have said before, "As you teach, so shall you learn." If you react as if you are persecuted, you are teaching persecution. This is not a lesson which the Sons of God should want to teach, if they are to realize their own salvation. Rather, teach your own perfect immunity, which is the truth in you. And know that it cannot be assailed.

Remember always, that what you believe, you will teach. Believe with me, and we will become equal as teachers. You are not asked to be crucified, which was part of my own teaching contribution. You are merely asked to follow my example in the face of much less extreme temptations to misperceive, and not to accept them falsely as justifications for anger. There can be no justification for the unjustifiable (anger & assualt). Do not believe there is, and do not teach that there is.

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"If you will listen to His Voice, you will know that you cannot hurt or be hurt, and that many need your blessing to help them hear this for themselves."

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You Cannot Hurt or Be Hurt

I am the model for rebirth, but rebirth itself is merely the dawning on your minds of what is already in them. God placed it there Himself, and so it is true forever. I believed in it, and therefore made it forever true for me. Help me to teach it to our brothers in the name of the Kingdom of God, but first believe that it is true for you, or you will teach amiss.

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, and that it is still on them that I must build my church. There is no choice in this, because only you can be the foundation of God’s church. I must found His church on you because you, who accept me as a model, are literally my disciples.

I elected both for your sake and mine to demonstrate that the most outrageous assault, as judged by the ego, did not matter. As the world judges these things, but not as God knows them, I was...

betrayed,
abandoned,
beaten,
torn, and
finally killed.

It was perfectly clear that this was only because of the projection of others, because I had not harmed anyone and had healed many. You are not asked to repeat my experiences because the Holy Spirit, Whom we share, makes this unnecessary. To use my experiences constructively, however, you must still follow my example in how to perceive them.

You are not persecuted, nor was I. My brothers and yours are constantly engaged in justifying the unjustifiable (anger and assualt). My one lesson, which I must teach as I learned it, is that no perception which is out of accord with the judgment of the Holy Spirit can be justified. I undertook to show this was true in a very extreme case, merely because it would serve as a good teaching aid to those whose temptations to give in to anger and assault would not be so extreme.

Remember that the Holy Spirit is the communication link between God the Father and His separated Sons. If you will listen to His Voice, you will know that you cannot either hurt or be hurt, and that many need your blessing to help them hear this for themselves. When you perceive only this need in them, and do not respond to any other, you will have learned of me, and will be as eager to share your learning as I am.

 
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"Death is a human affirmation of a belief in level confusion (belief physical level is reality). That is why the Bible says, "there is no death," Proverbs 12:28 and why I demonstrated that death does not exist."

 

 
 

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