August 12, 2007

What Is Forgiveness? What Is Sin?

What is sin? What is forgiveness? These are key ideas in the Christian faith as taught by this world. Yet what do they mean? Is it possible to forgive sin? Where is God in this concept of sin, even of deadly sin?

Are you willing to take a look at the fundamental implications, and maybe change your mind about what you may have taken for granted or, on the other side, rejected based on a limited notion of a God in judgment and limitation?

I offer you to read part of the transcript of two videos that were done by Master Teacher back in 2004. You can order them under the title "Now is The Time of Prophecy Fulfilled" at the Miracles Communication Center at Endeavor Academy. Text in blue is quoted from the Workbook of A Course In Miracles.

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What is Forgiveness?

Forgiveness recognizes what you thought your brother did to you has not occurred. It does not pardon sins and make them real. It sees there was no sin. And in that view are all your sins forgiven. What is sin, except a false idea about God’s Son? Forgiveness merely sees its falsity, and therefore lets it go. What then is free to take its place is now the Will of God.

An unforgiving thought is one which makes a judgment that it will not raise to doubt, although it is not true. The mind is closed, and will not be released. The thought protects projection, tightening its chains, so that distortions are more veiled and more obscure; less easily accessible to doubt, and further kept from reason. What can come between a fixed projection and the aim that it has chosen as its wanted goal?

You listen.

An unforgiving thought does many things. In frantic action it pursues its goal, twisting and overturning what it sees as interfering with its chosen path. Distortion is its purpose, and the means by which it would accomplish it as well. It sets about its furious attempts to smash reality, without concern for anything that would appear to pose a contradiction to its point of view.

Look.


Forgiveness, on the other hand, is still, and quietly does nothing. It offends no aspect of reality, nor seeks to twist it to appearances it likes. It merely looks, and waits, and judges not. He who would not forgive must judge, for he must justify his failure to forgive. But he who would forgive himself must learn to welcome truth exactly as it is.

Do nothing, then, and let forgiveness show you what to do, through Him Who is your Guide, your Savior and your Protector, strong in hope, and certain of your ultimate success. He has forgiven you already, for such is His function, given Him by God. Now must you share His function, and forgive whom He has saved, whose sinlessness He sees, and whom He honors as the Son of God.'

And there, for all of us to enjoy, in the entirety of our concepts that we have about ourself in regard to the apparent intense need being fostered by those of us who have occupied body forms, is as good a description, within what we term ‘a course in the miracle of the conversion of your conceptual identity about what you’re not,’ [of] the manner in which forgiveness is accomplished.

Obviously you understand conceptually somewhere within your own mind that there’s nothing to forgive. The reason you can understand it conceptually is that, if there is a whole universe, if there is a single power in all of reality, in an eternal extension of itself, if there is a truth that is contained in all of life, it’s impossible that you’re not sharing it within the containment of yourself.

Look with me. Why is it then that you appear to have a dilemma of who you are and where you are in this location? The simplest answer that I can give you within your own conceptual mind is the idea that it must be reasonably an apparent separation from what everything is.

Let’s share together our solution: I appear to be separate from what everything is. I appear to be – these are the justices of the truth of the Love of God, taught by my savior Jesus Christ in this Workbook of A Course In Miracles that says: It is impossible that the justice that you employ in which to keep yourself in the conflict and the sin of your idea of separation and loss and pain, that is then justified within your own mind as a form of justice, in which we appear to practice together our need to find equanimity in the idea that our associations with each other, in what appear to be separate body forms, find ideas of a pertainment of mercy contained within the totality of the idea – and let’s use a term here; if I intend to teach this through Jesus – of sin. It’s the basic idea, sin, or the idea of guilt, or the idea that somehow your mind is separate. It’s a fundamental idea that once the consequences of separation within space/time have occurred – now I'm using a dimensional re-association of a formulation of location in space/time – it’s impossible for you to see that the reflection of light that you receive back from yourself in body form is not a misplacement of yourself in the moment where you projected the apparent solution to yourself from yourself that now returns to you, with evidence of an old memory of you that you hold in your mind that’s now over and gone.

That’s as close as you’re going to get in the New Testament of Jesus, if you want to practice it with me, as what sin is. It’s very simply the idea that you are momentarily ‘off the mark’ in the identity of your body formulation. Do you see that with me?

We begin to practice these last lessons that occurred after Lesson 220, and they will be ideas of expressions of, What is a miracle? What is a body? Where am I? Do you see that? The continuing needs on your part to find solutions to the justice of God that we seek in our association with each other. Certainly we want to be fair. Certainly we want to judge each other somehow in what can give us some sort of peace and happiness within our own formulation, but we apparently search in vain, because the structure of our mind, in the invention of life as representing temporal ideas of location in time, will always deny us somewhere within time an access to the idea that the formulation of the thought that I just had about that body form, now becomes a separate body in my own mind, and I now attempt to reformulate with you a new body formulation, even though with any aggregation of thought about myself I can see that I am now constituting myself as a body form within a reflection of light in which, when I appear to look at you, the truth of the matter is, I have absolutely no idea about who you are in that body form. Shall I tell you why? I'm in sin!

This is the ‘katha.’ That is the word in Aramaic that Jesus loves to use in the idea of ‘bisha’, the idea that I'm ‘off the mark,’ so that every time I get a reflection, I'm not quite sure that’s yours. So I hold a grievance against you, because I can’t recognize you. Now, at that point I decide to forgive you, but, as I read you at the beginning of this lesson, I need do nothing to be forgiven if it is in fact true that somewhere, not necessarily within the fabric of space/time, but certainly not excluding it, I must be the Love of God.

Doesn’t God love us all? Would you like to practice with me the idea that you consider yourself to be very sinful? That you consider yourself – in the recognition of yourself you’re filled with all of the regret that you feel about the things that have appeared to happen within your body. And here I am, coming along, and I practiced with you the idea that you’re not a body. But if you’re not a body, why is it that you’re so completely occupied with the idea within your formulation of self that you are? Shall I tell you why? You’re in sin! Because sin is an idea of being separate from what everything is. Shall we give it a better definition? Let’s look at it. Listen with me.

What is Sin?

Sin is insanity. Oh, oh! It is the means by which the mind is driven mad, and seeks to let illusions take the place of truth. And being mad, it sees illusions where the truth should be, and where it really is. Listen. Sin gives [gave] the body eyes, for what is there the sinless would behold? What need have they of sights or sounds or touch if they are sinless? What would they hear or reach to grasp? What would they sense at all? To sense is not to know. And truth can be but filled with knowledge, and with nothing else.

The body is the instrument the mind makes [made] in its efforts to deceive itself. Its purpose is to strive. Yet can the goal of striving change. And now the body serves a different aim for striving. What it seeks for now is chosen by the aim the mind has taken as replacement for the goal of self-deception. Truth can be its aim as well as lies. The senses then will seek instead for witnesses to what is true.

Sin is the home of all illusions, which but stand for things imagined, issuing from thoughts that are untrue. They are the 'proof' that what has no reality is real. Sin 'proves' God’s Son is evil; timelessness must have an end; eternal life must die. And God Himself has lost the Son He loves, with but corruption to complete Himself, His Will forever overcome by death, love slain by hate, and peace to be no more.
Listen with me.
A madman’s dreams are frightening, and sin appears indeed to terrify. And yet what sin perceives is but a childish game. The Son of God may play he has become a body, prey to evil and to guilt, with but a little life that ends in death. But all the while his Father shines on him, and loves him with an everlasting Love which his pretenses cannot change at all.

Question: How long, O Son of God, will you maintain the game of sin? Shall we not put away these sharp-edged children’s toys? How soon will you be ready to come home? Perhaps today? There is no sin. Creation is unchanged. Would you still hold return to Heaven back? How long, O holy Son of God, how long?

How long, O holy Son of God, how long? How long? Thank you for 'How long?'

The practice of this idea of the Workbook of the mind training of the Course In Miracles have placed you in a place in space/time where 'how long?' becomes a very real avenue of escape from the idea of sin, or separation, within your own mind.

Will you share with me why that is true? The idea of space/time, the idea that you could be separate in this little place of location within a factoring of yourself is what we just read is what sin is. It’s as though {that} in all the universe for just that moment, at what we term ‘the speed of light’ – since you believe in the relativity of the power of light association; in the longevity of distances between beginnings and ends – that 'how long?' is a valid question. The obvious problem that you have, if you’d like to share it with me, that the place that you now have come into in the idea of separation is being maintained by you as though somehow – now you’re really in sin – that you have no control over the factoring of the place and time in which you find yourself. This is the occurrence of the vital need – say to me: Salvation – of salvation.

I love to teach the teaching of Jesus Christ. Obviously, the reason then that you would be a savior of the world – are you going to hear it with me, from Jesus? – when he appears here as traveling in time with you, undergoes a transformation of his body identity – we use the term ‘baptism’ – he’s baptized in the fire of light, in the conversion of his body. Water uses hydrogen and oxygen, and a power of light that’s a billion times greater than your body formulation. And he now appears clothed in an entirety of you in a new light factor that – say to me – is sinless. Well, of course, because the reflection that he receives back from himself is nothing but a momentary true reflection of what he is within the body association.

Practice: What is resurrection?
Answer: You are.

Your body reformulation, in what was previously demonstrated to you as your necessity to be guilty within a fabric of space/time, can be instantly relieved by the simple recognition that the body formulation of you, within the science idea that there is no distance between causation and its effects – important that you heard this – that there is no distance between what appears the cause of you in the universe and the result you’re getting, allow you, in the forgiveness idea that we just read about, to momentarily release the defenses of the fear that is contained in the fundamental sense of your sin in the idea that you are separate from Eternal Love, because you’re not.

That re-identity of you in 'What is Salvation?' and 'What is the Resurrection?' now become an important factor, because if what we’re offering each other is true – look with me now. Come on, Passion of the Christ! – that the mind of Jesus reappeared here momentarily, that you recognize him and departed this association, is as true a matter as in which I can instruct you in the curriculum of our Course In Miracles.

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