ACIM Workbook Lesson 163 – for Sunday, June 12, 2011
Affirmation: “There is no death. The Son of God is free.”
“The idea of the death of God is so preposterous that even the insane have difficulty in believing it. For it implies that God was once alive and somehow perished; killed, apparently, by those who did not want Him to survive. Their stronger will could triumph over His, and so eternal life gave way to death. And with the Father died the Son as well. (WB310)”
“Death of God” theologians were a phenomenon, briefly, in the sixties, when A Course in Miracles was scribed. It was considered in colleges and universities across the nations. But it didn’t last long, and it never took hold even in congenial atmospheres. It did not make intuitive sense.
But A Course in Miracles says that there is no death, not for God nor His children. Death is like walking through an open door (a statement taken down by Ruth Montgomery in automatic writing from her Guides).
And we are free, if our will has not been imprisoned by failing to realize that the Will of God and our real will are actually the same. If we are hurting, perhaps we need to realize that pain is not necessary. We do not need to suffer for salvation. We learn better through rewards, because these, Jesus says, are lasting.
It is sometimes difficult for those of us caught too often in the ego to believe that God’s Will and our real will are the same. But we are trapped in illusions, the maya of this world, when we do not make an effort to understand. And our way out of this maze will become clearer the farther along the pathway to God that we go.
I would like to recognize myself as truly “free” today. I know that this can only be when my will is not imprisoned, when I am not following the ego. I thank you for the immediate way in which guidance is coming to me from the Holy Spirit. I will to be a channel for Your grace. Help me to flow through my days with You in charge.
May I revel in the thought that there is no death. We live eternally, and while on this plane we cannot know how or what we will do in that eternity, we are assured that our future will be good. Thank You for taking away my natural fear of death.