II.  SECTION 10.  What is the Last Judgment?

Lesson 313.  Now let a new perception come to me.

  1. Father, there is a vision which beholds all things as sinless, so that fear is gone, and where it was is love invited in.  And love will come wherever it is asked.  This vision is Your gift.  The eyes of Christ look on a world forgiven.  In His sight are all its sins forgiven, for He sees no sin in anything He looks upon.  Now let His true perception come to me, that I may waken from the dream of sin and look within upon my sinlessness, which You have kept completely undefiled upon the altar to Your holy Son, the Self with Which I would identify.
  2. Let us today behold each other in the sight of Christ.  How beautiful we are!  How holy and how loving!  Brother, come and join with me today.  We save the world when we have joined.  For in our vision it becomes as holy as the light in us.[1]
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Jesus teaches us today to look upon the world with the eyes of Christ.  When we see the world with love we are no longer afraid of the dark shadows, the bloody fangs, the haunting howls, the torn flesh, the slobber and mucous that otherwise fill our minds with dread.  The vision of Christ is God’s gift to us while we are in the nightmare realm – without it we are adrift in a sea of madness.  Without Christ’s vision, folks, our lives are in constant jeopardy and we are at the mercy of our own bodies and the bodies of all other creatures.  

We do all kinds of things to protect ourselves and our special relationships from the shadow – we come up with all kinds of ways to appease an angry, spiteful god, we make bargains, we strive to amass a fortune to protect us and ours, we collect benefits, we devise systems – and our bodies still hurt, they get sick, they grow old, they die.  No matter how lovely we try to make the world of separation, no matter what we do to keep the stark truth away from our awareness – it is a scary dream, a dreadful vision, and the only way to escape it is through it.

Our awakening begins when we ask God to enlighten us.  When we say, “There must be a better way.”  When we grow so disconsolate with the separated world and cry out for the Real One!  All of us get there sooner or later.  Let us get there sooner rather than later.  Let us not linger in a world of wrongful deaths, lawless laws, and unjust justice.  Our prayer today promises that love comes when it is welcomed.  When Christ comes to us and gives us His Vision of Love, we accept His gift and His final judgment.  We begin to understand that truth can be the only thing that is!  We begin to see that He Who is Everything leaves no room for anything less.  We begin to understand the world of fear as a mirage that would obscure the real world beyond. 

When we behold one another through the eyes of Christ, we are beautiful, holy, and pure.  Our minds are lit from within – we no longer have to confer with darkness to assess reality.  We no longer sort through lies and illusion for truth.  We put aside our flesh eyes which are designed to see blemish, sin, competition, comparison, and corruption and we stand for and with the Vision of Christ, where all of that disappears. 

Just as the return of Christ takes place in our hearts and minds as we invite Him to set up His Kingdom within us, so the Last Judgment.  With Christ we have a new perception.  We no longer judge this and judge that within a corruptible world because the purpose of the dream ends in time. When we set our eyes upon the incorruptible there is no need to tremble and be afraid and wish the Last Judgment upon future generations.  We welcome the Last Judgment with open minds and happy hearts.  All that is not true fades away; all that is true remains standing – forever. 

In our holy practice, with complete trust in God’s Gift to us, we ask for the new perception.  We ask God to take our fear and we welcome His Gift of Christ’s Vision of Love.  We accept our sinlessness as we accept the sinlessness of all we look upon.  God is not asking us to pretend we do not see unpleasant happenings.  He is not asking us to deny that the nightmare realm is a place of terrible suffering, agonizing pain, and seeming helplessness.  He is asking us to stand with Christ, to ask for a new perception that sees beyond the darkness to the vision Christ has for the world.  There we walk in peace and harmony.  We love one another.  We tell the truth.  We depend on each other in perfect trust and trustworthiness. 

Brother, come and join with me.  We save the world when we have joined with one another in Christ!

[1] A Course In Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 313. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 457.

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