No Need to Evangelize

“This is why it has long been stated that you are not called to evangelize or convince anyone of the merits of this course of study.  This is just a course of study.  Those whom you would seek to evangelize or convince are as holy as your Self.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.19)”

Affirmation:  “We are not called to evangelize this course of study.”

Reflections:

This passage is very important.  Unlike the New Testament, when we were called to evangelize the world, we are not called to do so now.  I think that the difference is that our world has changed.  The Internet, for one thing, brings us closer together.  We read more, either on the Internet or in books.  We are not led to try to convince anyone of anything.  The people who are meant to find A Course of Love will find it; there is no better way.

It is also assumed by Jesus in this statement that many will find other pathways, even though he has said elsewhere in ACOL that this is a  mandatory curriculum.  In the Twenty First Century, many are coming to new understandings, because many are awakening to real life for the first time.  We are healing the separation from God.  We are living in a blessed time, despite the turmoil of this world.

If one is not drawn to A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love, perhaps there is a better way for him or her.  Jesus says in ACIM that perhaps some will benefit only from a smile, being unready yet for more.  I think that this is what he is saying in this quoted passage.  If we try to proselytize, we risk turning  people off.  They must be turned on through their own heart–the “wholeheartedness” that the first volume of A Course of Love makes clear.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

It is reassuring to know that people will find their way to You without awkward proselytizing on my part for either A Course in Miracles or A Course of Love.  May those who are ready for these writings find them.  May my life be a good example of what following the words of these courses can accomplish.

Be with me today as I seek not to be defensive about anything, especially not these courses from Jesus.  May I simply do Your will, as Your will is made known to me.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 218:

I am not a body.  I am free.  For I am still as God created me.

Only my condemnation injures me.

2 Replies to “No Need to Evangelize”

  1. acim doesn’t call us to evangelize. it says that a universal theology is impossible but a universal experience is necessary. …

    sometimes though, we might be called to evangelize. you do not have to worry about what to say or what to do because he who sent you will direct you.

    1. Dear Sue,

      You are so right! When I wrote the reflection to which you replied, I was not thinking then of the statement in “A Course in Miracles” that says that we do not have to worry about what to say, because he who sent us will direct us. ACIM and ACOL agree, as you imply, but the “universal experience” is necessary. If a universal theology were necessary, perhaps we would think that we needed to evangelize.

      Thank you for responding! You know ACIM well.

      Most cordially, Celia

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