is another point which must be perfectly clear before
any residual fear which may still be associated with
miracles becomes entirely groundless.
crucifixion did not establish the Atonement;
the resurrection did. This is a point that many very
sincere Christians have misunderstood.
the crucifixion is seen from an upside-down point
of view, it does appear as if God permitted, and even
encouraged, one of His sons to suffer because he was
good. Many ministers preach this every day. This particularly
unfortunate interpretation, which arose out of the
combined misprojections of a large number of "would-be"
followers, has led many people to be bitterly afraid
of God. Yet the real Christian would have to pause
could this be?"
it likely that God Himself would be capable of the
kind of thinking which His Own Words have clearly
stated is unworthy of man? (The Bible says "Be
merciful, even as your Father is merciful."Luke
6:36) Persecution is a frequent result,
undertaken to justify the terrible misperception that
God Himself persecuted His Own Son on behalf of salvation.
The very words are meaningless. In milder forms, a
parent says, "This hurts me more than it hurts
you," and feels exonerated in beating a child.
you believe the Father really thinks this way? It
is so essential that all such thinking be dispelled,
that we must be very sure that nothing of this kind
remains in your mind.
Was Not Punished
was not punished because you were bad. The wholly
benign lesson the Atonement teaches is lost if it
is tainted with this kind of distortion in any form.
"Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord" Romans
12:29 is a strictly karmic viewpoint. It
is a real misperception of truth, by which man assigns
his own evil past to God. The evil conscience from
the past has nothing to do with God. He did not create
it, and He does not maintain it.
does not believe in karmic retribution. His Divine
Mind does not create that way. He does not hold the
evil deeds of a man even against himself. Is it likely,
then, that He would hold against anyone the evil that
another did? Be very sure that you recognize how utterly
impossible this assumption really is, and how entirely
it arises from misprojection. This kind of error is
responsible for a host of related errors, including
the belief that God rejected man and forced him out
of the Garden of Eden.
Lamb of God
is a notion totally unknown to God. It arises solely
from fear. This is particularly unfortunate, because
frightened people are apt to be vicious. Sacrificing
another in any way is a clear-cut violation of God's
own injunction that man should be merciful, even as
his Father in Heaven. Luke
6:36 It has been hard for many Christians
to realize that this commandment also applies to themselves.
have been correctly referred to as "the lamb
of God who taketh away the sins of the world."John
who represent the lamb as blood-stained, an all-too-widespread
error, do not understand the meaning of the (lamb)
symbol. Correctly understood, it is a very simple
parable which merely speaks of my innocence. The lion
and the lamb lying down together refers to the fact
that strength (lion) and innocence (lamb) are not
in conflict, but naturally live in peace.
are the pure in heart for they shall see God,"
5:8 is another way of saying the same thing.
pure (sane) mind knows the truth, and this is its
strength. It cannot attack the body, because it
recognizes exactly what the body is. This is what
a sane (pure) mind in a sane body really means.
It does not confuse destruction with innocence,
because it associates innocence with strength, not
with weakness. Innocence is incapable of sacrificing
anything, because the innocent mind has everything
and strives only to protect its wholeness. This
is why it cannot misproject. It can only honor man,
because honor is the natural greeting of the truly
loved to others who are like them.
lamb taketh away the sins of the world,"John
1:29 only in the sense that the state of
innocence, or grace, is one in which the meaning of
the Atonement is perfectly apparent.
is the true state of the mind of His Son. In this
state, man's mind does see God, in the sense that
he sees Him as He is, and realizes that the Atonement,
not sacrifice, is the only appropriate gift to His
Own altar, where nothing except true perfection
belongs. The understanding of the innocent is truth.
That is why their altars are truly radiant!
Resurrection demonstrated that nothing can destroy
truth. Good can withstand any form of evil, as light
abolishes forms of darkness. The Atonement is therefore
the perfect lesson. It is the final demonstration
that all of the other lessons which I taught are
true. Man is released from all errors if he believes
in this. Nothing can prevail against a Son of God
who commends his spirit into the hands of his Father.
By doing this, the mind awakens from its sleep and
remembers its Creator.
There a Physical Resurrection?
body disappeared because I had no illusion about
it. The last one had gone. It was laid in the tomb,
but there was nothing left to bury. It did not disintegrate,
because the unreal cannot die.
that is what "rolling the stone away"Matthew
28:2 means; the body disappears, and no
longer hides what lies beyond.
merely ceases to interfere with vision. To roll
the stone away is to see beyond the tomb, beyond
death, and to understand the body’s nothingness.
What is understood as nothing must disappear.
did assume a human form with human attributes afterwards,
to speak to those who were to prove the body's worthlessness
to the world. This has been much misunderstood.
I came to tell them that death is illusion, and
the mind that made the body can make another, since
form itself is an illusion. They did not understand.
now I talk to you and give you the same message:
death of an illusion means nothing. It disappears when
you awaken and decide to dream no more.
you still do have the power to make this decision
as I did. God holds out His hand to His Son, to
help him rise and return to Him. I can help because
the world is illusion, and I have overcome the world.
Look past the tomb, the body, the illusion. Have
faith in nothing but the spirit and the guidance
God gives you. He could not have created the body
because it is a limit. He must have created the
spirit because it is immortal.
those who are created like Him be limited?
body is the symbol of the world. Leave it behind.
It cannot enter Heaven. But I can take you there
anytime you choose. Together we can watch the world
disappear and its symbol vanish as it does so. And
then, and then… I cannot speak of that ...
body cannot stay without illusions, and the "last
one to be over come is death."