Course in Miracles
31 - Simplicity of Salvation
Temptation has one
lesson it would teach, in all its forms, wherever it occurs. It
would persuade the holy Son of God he is a body, born in what must
die, unable to escape its frailty, and bound by what it orders him
to feel. It sets the limits on what he can do; its power is the
only strength he has; his grasp cannot exceed its tiny reach.
Would you be this,
if Christ appeared to you in all His glory, asking you but this...
once again if you would take your place among the Saviours of
the world, or wouldremain in hell, and hold your brothers there.”
For He has come, and
He is asking this.
How do you make the
choice? How easily is this explained! You always choose between
your weakness and the strength of Christ in you. And what you choose
is what you think is real. Simply by never using weakness to direct
your actions, you have given it no power. And the light of Christ
in you is given charge of everything you do. For you have brought
your weakness unto Him, and He has given you His strength instead.
Trials are but lessons
which you failed to learn presented once again, so where you made
a faulty choice before you now can make a better one, and thus escape
all pain which what you chose before has brought to you.
In every difficulty,
all distress, and each perplexity Christ calls to you and gently
He would not leave
one source of pain unhealed, nor any image left to veil the truth.
He would not leave you comfortless, alone in dreams of hell, but
would release your minds from everything that hides His face from
you. His holiness is yours because He is the only power that is
real in you. His strength is yours because He is the Self that God
created as His only Son.
The images you make
can not prevail against what God Himself would have you be. Be never
fearful of temptation, then, but see it as it is...
another chance to
choose again, and let Christ’s strength prevail in every
circumstance and every place you raised an image of yourself before.
For what appears to
hide the face of Christ is powerless before His majesty, and disappears
before His holy sight. The Saviors of the world, who see like Him,
are merely those who chose His strength instead of their own weakness,
seen apart from Him. They will redeem the world, for they are joined
in all the power of the Will of God. And what they will is only
what He wills.
Learn, then, the
happy habit of response to all temptation to perceive yourself as
weak and miserable with these words,
“I am as
God created me. His Son
can suffer nothing. And I am His Son.”
Thus is Christ’s
strength invited to prevail, replacing all your weakness with the
strength that comes from God, and that can never fail. And thus
are miracles as natural as fear and agony appeared to be before
the choice for holiness was made. For in that choice are false distinctions
gone, illusory alternatives laid by, and nothing left to interfere
You are as God
created you, and so is every living thing you look upon, regardless
of the images you see.
What you behold as
sickness and as pain, as weakness and as suffering and loss, is
but temptation to perceive yourself defenseless and in hell. Yield
not to this, and you will see all pain, in every form, wherever
it occurs, but disappear as mists before the sun. A miracle has
come to heal God’s Son, and close the door upon his dreams
of weakness, opening the way to his salvation and release. Choose
once again what you would have him be, remembering that every choice
you make establishes your own identity as you will see it, and believe
Deny me not the little
gift I ask, when in exchange I lay before your feet the peace of
God, and power to bring this peace to everyone who wanders in the
world uncertain, lonely, and in constant fear. For it is given you
to join with him, and through the Christ in you unveil his eyes,
and let him look upon the Christ in him.
My brothers in salvation,
do not fail to hear my voice and listen to my words. I ask for nothing
but your own release. There is no place for hell within a world
whose loveliness can yet be so intense and so inclusive it is but
a step from there to Heaven. To your tired eyes I bring a vision
of a different world, so new and clean and fresh you will forget
the pain and sorrow that you saw before. Yet this a vision is which
you must share with everyone you see, for otherwise you will behold
it not. To give this gift is how to make it yours. And God ordained,
in loving kindness, that it be for you.
Let us be glad that
we can walk the world, and find so many chances to perceive another
situation where God’s gift can once again be recognized as
ours! And thus will all the vestiges of hell, the secret “sins”
and hidden hates be gone. And all the loveliness which they concealed
appear like lawns of Heaven to our sight, to lift us high above
the thorny roads we travelled on before the Christ appeared. Hear
me, my brothers, hear and join with me. God has ordained I cannot
call in vain, and in His certainty I rest content. For you will
hear, and you will choose again. And in this choice is everyone
I thank You,
Father, for these holy ones who are my brothers as they are Your
Sons. My faith in them is Yours. I am as sure that they will come
to me as You are sure of what they are, and will forever be. They
will accept the gift I offer them, because You gave it me on their
behalf. And as I would but do Your holy Will, so will they choose.
And I give thanks for them. Salvation’s song will echo through
the world with every choice they make. For we are one in purpose,
and the end of hell is near.
In joyous welcome
is my hand outstretched to every brother who would join with me
in reaching past temptation, and who looks with fixed determination
toward the light that shines beyond in perfect constancy. Give me
my own, for they belong to You. And can You fail in what is but
Your Will? I give You thanks for what my brothers are. And as each
one elects to join with me, the song of thanks from earth to Heaven
grows from tiny scattered threads of melody to one inclusive chorus
from a world redeemed from hell, and giving thanks to You.
And now we say “Amen.”
For Christ has come to dwell in the abode You set for Him before
time was, in calm eternity. The journey closes, ending at the place
where it began. No trace of it remains. Not one illusion is accorded
faith, and not one spot of darkness still remains to hide the face
of Christ from anyone. Thy Will is done, complete and perfectly,
and all creation recognizes You, and knows You as the only Source
it has. Clear in Your Likeness does the Light shine forth from everything
that lives and moves in You. For we have reached where all of us
are One, and we are home, where You would
have us be.