Part 2:2 WHAT IS SALVATION
Lesson 240 Fear Is Not Justified In Any Form.
- Fear is deception. It attests that you have seen yourself as you could never be, and therefore look upon a world which is impossible. Not one thing in this world is true. It does not matter what the form in which it may appear. It witnesses but to your own illusions of yourself. Let us not be deceived today. We are the Sons of God. There is no fear in us, for we are each a part of Love Itself.
- How foolish are our fears! Would You allow Your Son to suffer? Give us faith today to recognize Your Son and set him free. Let us forgive him in Your Name, that we may understand his holiness and feel the love for him, which is Your Own as well.
Jesus tells us in the Course to not look upon this world, this body, or anything we see with our physical eye or experience in our physical bodies as real. Jesus asks that we recognize it as the impossible world – a world separated from truth, from love, from the Kingdom of God. So it only makes sense that fear in any form is unjustified. Fear, the ego’s counterpart to love, is a pet ploy to keep us from knowing what and who we really are – Sons of God, invulnerable and everlasting.
Fear God, Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14 says, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. Perhaps there are those who can love and fear God at the same time. Perhaps there are those who can serve a God who would waste his time sitting in judgement of our every little deed, both good and bad, sorting through that hot mess, nitpicking while we stood before him trembling in our bare feet waiting for his verdict. Will our good outweigh our bad or will the bad outweigh the good? Do we get to burn forever, or do we get to stay and worship this overgrown bully for the rest of eternity while all those others burn forever?
In the 1960s and 70s, while Jesus was dictating to Helen, He was calling on many of us, helping us see through the fear traps of religion. The only comics allowed in our Pentecostal home, Chick comics like the one pictured above, illustrated the ongoing battle over the souls of boys and girls everywhere. As much as we enjoyed the little gospel tracts, we knew, my friend and I, that our Heavenly Father would never allow a one of us to burn in the hellish torment that the cartoons depicted. So on tract-passing days we threw them away, and we went traipsing about town, meeting older boys, riding around in cars, and having adventures! Perhaps not the wisest thing, but what fun.
Now several decades later, students of the Course, we look back on that and have a good laugh. However, what would have happened if we had been taught to love God instead of fear Him? While confusion, projecting, and substituting the things of the world for the pleasures of God are all part of the process, overcoming our fear of God and judgment is what allows us to truly advance towards our holy Selves.
And so we pray: Let us experience invulnerability and everlastingness, Father. Let us know that we are not these fleshy animal bodies, driven by our lust and fear and pathetic vanity. That we may know our real Selves, far removed from scary fables and repetitive sorrows of this dicey world. Let us forgive the Sonship for the separation, for the rebellion, for the ego’s arrogant and insipid religions of fear and specialness, so that we may understand our holiness and experience Your Love. In Jesus name. Amen.