Sunday, April 27, 2014

Insight Into The Crucifixion Problem

"… The crucifixion did not establish the Atonement. The resurrection did. This is a point which many very sincere Christians have misunderstood … If the crucifixion is seen from an upside-down point of view, it does appear as if God permitted and even encouraged one of his Sons to suffer because he was good. Many ministers preach this every day.

This particularly unfortunate interpretation, which arose out of the combined misprojections of a large number of my would-be followers, has led many people to be bitterly afraid of God. This particularly anti-religious concept enters into many religions, and this is neither by chance nor by coincidence. Yet the real Christian would have to pause and ask, “How could this be?” Is it likely that God Himself would be capable of the kind of thinking which His own words have clearly stated is unworthy of man?

… Persecution is a frequent result, undertaken to justify the terrible misperception that God Himself persecuted His own Son on behalf of salvation. The very words are meaningless.

… In milder forms a parent says, “This hurts me more than it hurts you,” and feels exonerated in beating a child. Can you believe that the Father really thinks this way? It is so essential that all such thinking be dispelled that we must be very sure that nothing of this kind remains in your mind. I was not punished because you were bad …

“Vengeance is Mine sayeth the Lord,” is a strictly karmic viewpoint. It is a real misperception of truth by which man assigns his own "evil" past to God. The "evil conscience" from the past has nothing to do with God. He did not create it, and He does not maintain it. God does not believe in karmic retribution. His Divine Mind does not create that way. ..."

From A Course in Miracles, Chapter 3, Part III, "Atonement Without Sacrifice"