Course in Miracles
27 - The Healing of the Dream
asked within this world are but a way of looking, not a question
A question asked in hate cannot
be answered, because it is an answer in itself. A double question
asks and answers, both attesting the same thing in different form.
The world asks but one question.
It is this:
these illusions, which of them are true? Which ones establish peace
and offer joy? And which can bring escape from all the pain of which
this world is made?”
Whatever form the question
takes, its purpose is the same. It asks but to establish sin is
real, and answers in the form of preference.
"Which sin do
That is the one which you
should choose. The others are not true.
What can the body
get that you would want the most of all?
It is your servant
and your friend. But tell it what you want, and it will serve
you lovingly and well.
And this is not a question,
for it tells you what you want, and where to go for it. It leaves
no room to question its beliefs, except that what it states takes
has no answer. It dictates the answer even as it asks. Thus is all
questioning within the world a form of propaganda for itself.
Just as the
body’s witnesses are but the senses from within itself, so
are the answers to the questions of the world contained within the
represent the questions they add nothing new, and nothing has been
An honest question
is a learning tool which asks for something that you do not know.
It does not set
conditions for response, but merely asks what the response should
be. But no one in a conflict state is free to ask this question,
for he does not want an honest answer, where the conflict ends.