“Remember that I came to fulfill the law by reinterpreting it. The law itself, if properly understood, offers only protection. It is those who have not yet ‘changed their minds’ who have entered the ‘hellfire’ concept into it.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.42.5:6-8)
The ego is responsible for the good vs. evil world in which we live, with many of us having judgmental attitudes about those things in our world that seem to us to be wrong. We are out in left field when we judge at all; judging will keep us from Awakening. We don’t condone those things that we think are wrong, however; we simply turn aside from them, offering forgiveness and love to the people involved. As hard as it may be to believe, everybody is doing the best that he/she can at any given time, given the level of understanding that that person has.
The idea of hellfire is an egoic idea. And it comes from egoic concepts. In this, we turn aside from New Testament understandings. Jesus is giving us in A Course in Miracles a deeper concept to understand and to follow.
Jesus could not have taught about the ego prior to Freud. The ACIM scholar Ken Wapnick made this point in his lectures and books.
Our idea that there to be good, there must be evil, is also a flawed concept. Opposites are not the way of heaven. We think in contrasting ways, but our Father does not think that way. We need a new comprehension, one that will come to us as we step nearer Awakening.
Our glimpses, which have come to all of us on the pathway back to God, those who have “changed their minds,” will show us a heaven on earth that leaves no room for the illusion of evil. When we are living in the ego, we are living in illusion. True reality is something else entirely, and it is to true reality, brought to us by the Atonement, that we are heading.