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Part II: Section 4. What is Sin?

PART II.  SECTION 4:  WHAT IS SIN

  1. Sin is insanity.  It is the means by which the mind is driven mad and seeks to let illusions take the place of truth.  And being mad, it sees illusions where the truth should be, and where it really is.  Sin gave the body eyes, for what is there the sinless would behold?  What need have they of sights or sounds or touch?  What would they hear or reach or grasp?  What would they sense at all?  To sense is not to know.  And truth can be but filled with knowledge, and with nothing else.
  2. The body is the instrument the mind made in its efforts to deceive itself.  Its purpose is to strive.  Yet can the goal of striving change.  And now the body serves a different aim for striving.  What is seeks for now is chosen by the aim the mind has taken as replacement for the goal of self-deception.  Truth can be its aim as well as lies.  The senses then will seek instead for witnesses to what is true.
  3. Sin is the home of all illusions, which but stand for things imagined, issuing from thoughts that are untrue.  They are the “proof” that what has no reality is real.  Sin “proves” God’s Son is evil; timelessness must have an end; eternal life must die.  And God Himself has lost the Son He loves, with but corruption to complete Himself, His Will forever overcome by death, love slain by hate, and peace to be no more.
  4. A madman’s dreams are frightening, and sin appears indeed to terrify.  And yet what sin perceives is but a childish game.  The Son of God may play he has become a body, prey to evil and to guilt, with but a little life that ends in death.  But all the while his Father shines on him and loves him with an everlasting Love which his pretenses cannot change at all.
  5. How long, O Son of God, will you maintain the game of sin?  Shall we not put away these sharp-edged children’s toys?  How soon will you be ready to come home?  Perhaps today?  There is no sin.  Creation is unchanged.  Would you still hold return to Heaven back?  How long, O holy Son of God, how long?[1]
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Notes and Personal Meditation How does God get his point across to the common Joe who is willing to remain in sin, cherishes his body as his reality, and has no thought for the holy consciousness of God?  He simply allows time to tell the story, to get the point across, to bring His prodigal home to His everlasting love and life, joy and peace.  Sooner or later, it makes little difference to God, Joe comes home.  Tired of the exhausting, futile game of separation, bodies, faulty perceptions, lying tongues, and dashed hopes, Joe lays down separation, thoughts of sin, and fear of God, and returns to the holy Mind of God. 

There must be a better way, Helen Schucman exclaimed back in the 1960s, and Jesus came and showed her the better way.  That’s not how it is, we said as little ones, hearing the perverted gospel of sin and shame and sorrow, the angry vengeful God, the tiptoeing around His bad temper and unholy rages, the condemnation and curse.  We remembered Him then as our Father, loving and kind, and now we return to Him.  Our mistakes corrected, our minds turned from wrong, our hearts full of gratitude and devotion – we put down our thoughts of sin and disgrace and come to Him, our minds renewed in Christ, made one again.  His Son.  


[1] A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Part Two Section Four. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

Audio credit: the friar patch @ http://www.eckiefriar.com

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Coming up on sixty, my love for God, home and hearth, my husband and family fueled my decision to devote the rest of my life only to pursuits which brought love, joy, peace, and purpose. I am a writer, seeker, student, and teacher with experience professional and otherwise from waitressing to teaching the English language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. I hold a BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, which took nearly 30 years to attain while I squeezed courses in between raising my children, journaling, relationships, work, and an assortment of escapades, some of which I would rather forget! An ongoing passion for reading, writing, adventure, food, and fun, eventually led me to the love of my life, James, whom I met in 1996 and married in 1997. Our life together has been an exciting journey of work and travel, spiritual awakening, and domestic bliss ever since. Although we have experienced the tragic loss of family members and friends through death and estrangement, we have managed to turn our special relationship into a holy one by the grace of God and an acute and growing awareness of “there must be a better way!” In 2006, I published my first novel, Luella’s Calling, and am currently working on my second, Grover Good and the Stone Chateau. From 2013 through 2018, I worked as a Prevention Education Specialist for Transitions, a local domestic violence sexual abuse victim’s service agency. My work there, fueled by a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, led me to obtain an MS in Education from Scranton University. In 2018, I resigned to accompany James on his work travels while focusing on my calling to study and teach A Course in Miracles. To that end, I dedicate the rest of my days to writing, sharing, and teaching the message of salvation found within the Course pages. Thank you for your interest in this blog. As I do not respond to comments on the posts, if you care to contact me, please email me at eckief@yahoo.com.

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