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II.  SECTION 10.  What is the Last Judgment?

  1. Christ’s Second Coming gives the Son of God this gift: To hear the Voice for God proclaim that what is false is false and what is true has never changed.  And this the judgment is in which perception ends.  At first you see a world that has accepted this as true, projected from a now corrected mind.  And with this holy sight, perception gives a silent blessing and then disappears, its goal accomplished, and its mission done.
  2. The Final Judgment on the world contains no condemnation.  For it sees the world as totally forgiven, without sin, and wholly purposeless.  Without a cause, and now without a function in Christ’s sight, it merely slips away to nothingness.  There it was born, and there it ends as well.  And all the figures of the dream in which the world began go with it.  Bodies now are useless, and will therefore fade away, because the Son of God is limitless.
  3. You who believed that God’s Last Judgment would condemn the world to hell along with you, accept this holy truth:  God’s Judgment is the gift of Correction He bestowed on all your errors, freeing you from them, and all effects they ever seemed to have.  To fear God’s saving grace is but to fear complete release from suffering, return to peace, security and happiness, and union with your own Identity.
  4. God’s Final Judgment is as merciful as every step in His appointed plan to bless His Son and call him to return to the eternal peace He shares with him.  Be not afraid of love.  For it alone can heal all sorrow, wipe away all tears, and gently waken from his dream of pain the Son whom God acknowledges as His.  Be not afraid of this.  Salvation asks you give it welcome.  And the world awaits your glad acceptance, which will set it free.
  5. This is God’s Final Judgment: “You are still My holy Son, forever innocent, forever loving, and forever loved, as limitless as your Creator, and completely changeless and forever pure.  Therefore awaken and return to Me.  I am your Father and you are My Son.[1]
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When Christ is reborn in our hearts, we begin to recognize the Voice for God in our minds.  Jesus tells us in the Course, that all of us have Holy Spirit within us, but the ego has cast its shadow over it, obscuring who we are and what we are, making us believe that we are the bodies that were given to us in place of God’s limitless.  Now Christ is reborn, and we are aware of Holy Spirit and as we listen to the Voice for God, we learn to tell the difference between what is real and what is false, what is reality and what is illusion.  This is the last judgment for this is the judgment where the perception of the ego’s world as real is brought to end.  We can no longer accept the world as true, as real, or everlasting.  When our minds have been opened to the reality of Christ, our perception is first healed and then given a silent blessing and then put to rest forever.  Perception is no longer needed; the mission is complete.  We now enter into the real Creation, no longer limited by the body and with no need for perception. 

Jesus tells us in the Course that there is no condemnation in the Final Judgment – the world as we know it is forgiven simply because it has no more purpose.  It slips away into nothingness.  The Separation is corrected.  We learned all we had to learn from our departure from God and everything of the world, including all the characters it made and all the wars, dramas, and struggles for survival and pleasure go with it.  Bodies are no longer necessary. We have no more use for them as learning tools or communication devices because as God’s Son we are limitless. 

We have believed in a terrible false doctrine of condemnation, revenge, and spite when it comes to the Last Judgment.  God’s Judgment is Correction of our mistaken identity, freeing us from ego, and all the effects that the separation seem to have upon us.  To fear God’s Judgment is to fear our saving grace, to fear the end of suffering, to fear peace, invulnerability, and becoming one with our true Identity as His Son. 

God is merciful and His Judgment blesses us and calls us to return to the eternal joy and peace that He shares with us.  Picture the father of the prodigal son, going out each day to watch the road for his son’s return. He did not whip his son or burn him at the stake.  He did not chastise him for running through all that money. taking up with good-time Sallies, drinking and drugging and pleasing himself with lures of the world.  He welcomed him home.  He said all that I have is yours.  That is what God says to us.  Do not be afraid of God’s Judgment – it is love, it wipes away our guilt and sorrow, wakes us from the stupor and confusion of the world, and brings us to the realization of our Sonship.  All that He has is ours.

This is God’s Final Judgment:  We are still His holy Son, forever innocent, forever loving, forever loved.  We are as limitless as our Creator, completely changeless and forever pure.  He urges us not to be afraid.  This is not some trick to woo us into bondage and despair.  This is not some trick to send us screaming and cowering into an eternal lake of fire.  God loves us! 

Wake up, our Father calls, and return to Me, because I am your Father and you are My Son.

[1] [1] A Course In Miracles, Workbook for Students, Section 10. What is the last…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 455