July 20, 2008

The Bible and A Course In Miracles

Today I opened A Course In Miracles and found something I have never read. It's about the idea that the Course means what it says. Often Christians who know the Bible much better than I do, reject the idea that A Course In Miracles and the Bible say exactly the same thing. They even go so far as labeling A Course In Miracles as nothing but another cult.

I found a reference that helps us to look deeper into what is said in the Bible. For some reason it was taken out of the second edition of A Course In Miracles. It is found only in the original source text and the edition done by William Thetford. The later edition misses the first paragraph of the following. I find it contains a very helpful answer to the idea that what the Bible says is to be taken literally. I love the Bible, but with many ideas I have struggled. They did not seem to speak to me of a God of love and light.

While teachers like Emmet Fox helped me to come to a deeper and more consistent understanding of what is said in the New Testament, I never found the issue expressed better than here, by Jesus himself. Thank you, Jesus.

"You have begun to realize that this is a very practical course, because it means EXACTLY what it says. So does the Bible, if it is properly understood. There has been a marked tendency on the part of many of the Bible's followers, and also its translators, to be entirely literal about fear and ITS effects, but NOT about love and ITS results. Thus, 'hellfire' means burning, but raising the dead becomes allegorical. Actually, it is PARTICULARLY the references to the outcomes of love that should be taken literally because the Bible is ABOUT love, being about GOD.

The Bible enjoins you to be perfect, to heal ALL errors, to take no thought of the body AS SEPARATE, and to accomplish all things IN MY NAME. This is not my name alone, for ours is a shared identification. The name of God's Son is One, and you are enjoined to do the works of love BECAUSE we share this oneness. Our minds are whole BECAUSE they are one. If you are sick, you are withdrawing from me. But you CANNOT WITHDRAW FROM ME ALONE. You can only withdraw from yourself AND me.

I would not ask you to do things which you CANNOT do, and it is impossible that I could do things YOU cannot do. Given this, and given this QUITE LITERALLY, there CAN be nothing which prevents you from doing EXACTLY what I ask, and EVERYTHING which argues FOR it. I give you NO limits, because God lays none upon you. When you limit YOURSELF, we are NOT of one mind, and that IS sickness.

And once again, if you haven't seen the trailer for the upcoming feature length documentary about A Course In Miracles and what it means and does for some 120 teachers and students, please watch it, spread the word. It will be released and published shortly.

Update: The documentary film, A Course In Miracles Unleashed, was released in Septermber 2008, and is available on DVD.

Thank you.


Yomismo said...

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Goodness gracious said...

when is the documentary available? This Course of Miracles has been a miracle for me through so many struggles, husband with leukemia, father with lung cancer, own cancer scare and so many challenges thrown at me by an Ego wanting me to be tossed into the sea of chaos of the dream, the illusion, but the Ego is thwarted and being moreso every day.

Alban, Teacher of God said...

Thanks for sharing and asking, Goodness Gracious. There will be an official release in October connected with a healing retreat and celebration at the Miracles Healing Center. I will post details soon.

Evita said...

You have an amazing site dedicated to one of the most valuable things in our world today.

As for the Bible, I completely agree with what you are saying but there is still all those books that have not been included due to human choice and the translations that occurred that still for me leave a little to the imagination.

As for the Course in Miracles - it is great to hear there is a movie coming out - I will definitely promote it on my site too! Thanks.