“The Atonement must be understood as a pure act of sharing. (T-5.IV.2)”
How did Jesus, in the Atonement which he fulfilled, share with us? He shared an example of someone who overcame death. Never does he say in what form he arose. He leaves that a mystery, for our faith to decipher in whatever way we choose. But he does say in A Course in Miracles that his part in the Atonement was fulfilled by the resurrection, not the crucifixion—and this is a departure from the doctrine of traditional Christianity.
Likewise, the Holy Spirit shares with us; we share with others. So the line of giving is complete, and giving and receiving, as we have previously learned in A Course in Miracles, is the same.
Jesus set the example; indeed, he says elsewhere (A Course of Love) that his is the example life. He reached out to all of humanity with his great gift of teaching and, most of all, his God-granted right to resurrection, a gift that would let us know that eternity is ours.
Few of us have ever known “pure” acts. But when we listen to guidance, we will understand that what the Holy Spirit shares with us, we will want to extend to others in a pure act of sharing.
And Jesus says that he is with us also, when we ask. He says to imagine that he holds our hand, and that this will be no “idle fantasy.”
Some aspects of traditional Christianity are not interpreted differently by A Course in Miracles, and the Trinity is certainly portrayed similarly. The plan of salvation includes our openness to God, and His to us; our relationship to the Holy Spirit, our Teacher and Guide; and our brotherhood with Jesus, who says he has nothing that we cannot also have. Let us take these reassuring words and walk with them in our everyday life.
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