II.  SECTION 10.  What is the Last Judgment?

Lesson 311.  I judge all things as I would have them be.

  1. Judgment was made to be a weapon against the truth.  It separates what it is being used against and sets if off as if it were a thing apart.  And then it makes of it what you would have it be.  It judges what it cannot understand, because it cannot see totality and therefore judges falsely.  Let us not use it today but make a gift of it to Him Who has a different use for it.  He will relieve us of the agony of all the judgments we have made against ourselves and re-establish peace of mind by giving us God’s Judgment of His Son.
  2. Father, we wait with open mind today, to hear Your Judgment of the Son You love.  We do not know him, and we cannot judge.  And so we let Your Love decide what he whom You created as Your Son must be.[1]
Audio credit: http://www.eckiefriar.com Lesson 311

Today Jesus tells us that judgment is a weapon against the truth.  When we lift ourselves against another in judgment, we are separating ourselves from our brother and using our opinions about him and his actions or his past as a way to avoid being one with him.  We make up all manner of things against our brother when we judge him.  We tell ourselves stories, perverting them with our own dirty imaginations in some cases, and never do we judge truthfully – no matter how smart, fair, and just we believe ourselves to be.  Jesus assures us in today’s lesson that we never have the complete story!  We never know everything we would need to know in order to judge our brother and to build a case against him, Jesus says.  Because if, like God, we knew the whole story, we would love our brother and see ourselves as one with him.  Our stony hearts would melt and all we would want for him is correction. 

This is God’s Judgment on the world, on ourselves and on our brothers.  He forgives us in our separation.  Nothing we do here can possibly matter to Him – our lives in this realm are the lives of wastrels, each and every one.  There is no good amongst us, for we are in a separated realm and there is no place for our bodies, our accomplishments, our possessions, our goodness or our badness in the Kingdom of God. 

When we give our ridiculous judgments to Holy Spirit, we are not only relieved of the judgments that have been cast upon ourselves, our renewed peace of mind lifts us from the ego-world, the small and petty, blind and ignorant pigsty where we feed upon slop to a room with a beautiful view and a feast for kings.  There we have no choice but to forgive.  There we have no choice but to overlook, for we are far away and the bliss that surrounds us wipes the silly grimace from our face.  Until we can judge from that place, let us give our judgments to the Lord and let Him translate them into love. 

[1] A Course In Miracles, Workbook for Students, 311. I judge all things as…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 456