“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)”
1 – Freeing Concept
Not feeling led to evangelize is a very freeing concept. We rest in our faith. We don’t bend the ear of anybody else who is not drawn to the readings to which we are drawn.
2 – Not to Proselytize
I have never been interested in proselytizing. My mother’s family actually, in their church denomination, discouraged this, and so the assertion by Jesus in this quotation is very reassuring me. Maybe I have had it right all along.
3 – Sharing
There is a difference in sharing what we have learned to those who are interested, and sharing what we have learned in an effort to “save a soul.” The souls of other people are precious in God’s sight, but He would have all come to Him in the best way possible for them.
4 – A Way
God would not have me insistent that my way is the only way, I believe. This means that many traditional religions are misguided in this tenet.
5 – Evangelizing
This quotation 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.
6 – ACIM / ACOL
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.
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.
May I be led to say the things that will be helpful today. May I be only truly helpful. And may others feel the same way.