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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]
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Today the Lord is asking us to give Him our conscience.  Our conscience that seems to guide us through this realm while we are here, has always seemed to stand us in good stead.  It keeps us out of trouble. It shames us when we do things that are unkind, lazy, or downright stupid.  It seems to motivate us to be better people.  And yet today, Jesus tells us that our conscience is a weapon against the truth.  It pits us against ourselves.  It sets one part of us upon a pedestal, and it takes the other part and sits it in a corner with a dunce cap.  Jesus is telling us that this conscience we have developed to constantly judge and motivate ourselves does not know the truth.  It does not have the whole picture.  It does not seem to know that we can never be separated into good and bad, worthy and unworthy.  It does not know who and what we really are! 

Today Jesus sets us free from this constant battle within ourselves.  He asks us to give this judge to Him as a gift.  He said that He has a different use for it!  He will relieve us of all the uncertainty, the striving, the angst which our consciences, the inner judges we have made of ourselves, have inflicted upon us.  When we give this judge to God, our minds are once again at peace for we know we are the Son of God.  There is nothing we can do – right or wrong – that will change the fact that we are as God created us.  This is the Last Judgment.  The chaff is winnowed away; the wheat remains. 

When we revisit my favorite parable, we find once again the story of the young man who wasted his inheritance on riotous living.  Ending up in the pigsty, about ready to eat the slop thrown to the pigs, he decides to return to his father. At least there he will have enough to eat.  It is very interesting to note that in this parable, there is no mention of any great feelings of love or devotion toward his father.  Prodigal sees where his mistakes have landed him.  Prodigal trusts there is a better way for his story to end.  It is clearly more need and not love that drives him to dad.  One could argue that Prodigal’s penitence was not necessarily sincere, since it was brought about by hunger, and a need for survival rather than as a true awakening about his mistaken choices.  Nevertheless, his father has no qualms about welcoming him back with open arms.  He does not cross examine the son to make sure he fully understands what grace has been bestowed upon him. He asks no questions about where all the inheritance got to, or if he has a sexually transmitted disease, or if he is bringing home any addictions to wrongful substances or inclinations.  Dad is so happy to have his son back home, that he throws a party and invites everyone they know.   When the brother who judged himself to be the good son, complained about the joyous celebration, the father corrected his self-judgment of worthiness as well. Essentially, the father said: “If your “good” conscience prevented you from asking for a party, that is neither here nor there.  All that I have is yours.  You have judged all things as you would have them be.” 

Our conscience seems to be our friend.  We are taught to fear those who have none.  Without a conscience, psychopaths coldly calculate agendas of manipulation, coercion, and deceit.  Without a conscience, sociopaths blame others for their wrongs and live blinded, selfish lives with little concern for how their actions affect the outer world. Our conscience gets us out of bed each day and drives us to perform at work, at school, and at play. 

But today Jesus asks us to give this self-made judge to Him.  The judges we made to help us choose right and avoid wrong are not of Him.  They do not see the whole picture.  They would divide us and make us uncertain.  It is their aim to separate us and keep us a part!  When we give our conscience to Him, He gives us a new image of ourselves.  He gives us the Final Judgment – As His Son we see oneness and unity.  As His Son we see that there is no good and bad, right and wrong, truth and lies.  There is only good, there is only right, there is only truth.  All else comes to nothing.  Nothingness deserves no punishment because it is nothing. Nothingness deserves no judgment because it is nothing.  Nothing deserves no rumination or renumeration, because as nothing it can take nothing away.  When we accept the Last Judgment, we know ourselves as His Son and we know each other as His Son.  I have no more need to judge all things as I would have them be and you have no more need to judge all things as you would have them be.  We are whole, we are inseparable, we are one with Him and in Him and with each other.  This is where we find peace. 


[1] A Course In Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 311. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 456.

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