“Acceptance of me is acceptance of your Self. Acceptance of me is acceptance of your inheritance. This is nothing new to those of you of the Christian faith. To others it will seem an acceptance beyond your ability, an acceptance that there is no real cause to request. Why must Jesus be accepted? Why cannot the truth be accepted? Why cannot everyone hold their distinct beliefs as long as they are beliefs in the truth?” (ACOL, D:Day1.1)
The chapter that we taking a look at today is one of the most difficult concepts to understand correctly. Jesus is asking us to “accept him,” in much the same way that evangelical Christians ask that Jesus be accepted as one’s personal savior.
What does this really mean for us in studying A Course of Love?
We have been listening to Jesus’s words in ACOL. We have chosen him as our leader in the way back home, the way back to God. He says in this chapter that he does not care in what other gods we believe in, and he says elsewhere that other religions may be accepted. But—for us—those who are listening to what he says in A Course of Love, we do need to accept that he is the spokesperson, and we do need to accept that it is he who is leading us down the pathway that we are on. When we form a relationship to him, we accept him. And that is all that he is asking of us.
Other religions are valid. Others may find a way to enlightenment without Jesus. But for us, the way is clear. We have chosen him. And he asks us, similarly, to accept him.
This is not difficult, if we have followed Jesus’s words throughout ACOL. He is not a zealot; he knows that there are other religions. He asks us to listen to his words, to accept the way that he has pointed out, and this means, in other words, that we do “accept” him.
We need a big outlook about this mandatory statement from Jesus. We need not get caught up in rejecting him now, as it seems that he is asking something that we would disagree with. We, none of us, will disagree that we who have been reading A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love have looked to Jesus for the answers. What he asks now is simply to acknowledge that fact, that truth.
The way is not so long now. We have a good leader.
May my words today be accepted even as I accept Jesus. May I know that there could have been another choice, but I chose him—in the past, present, and if I choose, for the future also.
May my words today fall on sympathetic ears.