“The evolution of humankind is merely a process by which you proceed from one degree to the next. You correct your previous missteps by stepping forward. This represents a process which is actually incomprehensible in temporal terms, because you return as you go forward. The Atonement is the device by which you can free yourself from the past as you go ahead. It undoes your past errors, thus making it unnecessary for you to keep retracing your steps without advancing toward your return.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-2.V.6:1-5)
We can understand evolution. It is harder, though, to imagine that we actually “return” as we go forward. We are getting back to the time before we left God in the separation. And the Atonement principle makes all of this possible. We know that we are forgiven, and so we can forgive ourselves. Our forgetting has merely been temporal; we will remember what has always been, true reality. And this is the means by which we are saved from all past errors.
Jesus fulfilled his role perfectly. He now stands ready to assist us if we falter. We cannot ever be alone, for we have helpers galore. The Holy Spirit was created to be just such a Helper.
As our errors are corrected, we move forward in time. And as we forgive others for what they did not do, in true reality, we know that we too have been innocent, children who took false steps because we didn’t make the right choices.
Would we condemn a child? So God does not condemn us.