II. SECTION 11. What is Creation?
Lesson 327 I need but call and You will answer me.
- I am not asked to take salvation on the basis of an unsupported faith. For God has promised He will hear my call and answer me Himself. Let me but learn from my experience that this is true, and faith in Him must surely come to me. This is the faith that will endure and take me farther and still farther on the road that leads to Him. For thus, I will be sure that He has not abandoned me and loves me still, awaiting but my call to give me all the help I need to come to Him.
- Father, I thank You that Your promises will never fail in my experience if I but test them out. Let me attempt, therefore, to try them and to judge them not. Your Word is one with You. You give the means whereby conviction comes, and surety of Your abiding Love is gained at last.
Today Jesus teaches us that our salvation does not hinge upon our belief in it. Salvation is for all. God promises to heed our calls and answer us when we are ready to come Home. We do not have to take anybody else’s word for it. We learn to have faith in Him because our faith and trust comes to us through personal, visceral experience. We call; He answers. We ask for guidance; He guides us. We ask for reality; He reminds us of Creation. When we develop this kind of faith in Him, we are no longer afraid to call upon Him. We do not care who knows where our affections lie. We are not ashamed to call Him Father nor are we ashamed to be His Son. We understand God’s love and devotion toward us and how respectful the plan of salvation. In other words, we are not threatened or coerced, we are not robbed or tricked, He plays no cruel games or goes to war against the world we made in substitute of Creation. He simply awaits for us to come to the end of the lessons that separation teaches us.
In our A Course in Miracles study group, we extend welcome to anyone who wants to study the Course. However, we do make it clear from the start that this is not a study group designed for debate, for doubt, or for challenge. This is not a study group created to convince others of the validity or the efficacy of the Course. When we gather together, we have already ascertained through our personal studies and application that this is the means through which we find the path to God. We are already under the conviction that this is the path in which Holy Spirit leads us to seek truth. We gather together because we do not learn alone. We gather together, not to convince one another of truth, but to support one another’s seeking with this particular curriculum.
This same principle applies to this blog. As much as I enjoy hearing from readers and encourage such communication through email, if this blog does not speak to your heart, by all means seek another path to truth. Nobody benefits from arguments, from judgment, from perceiving attack or defending a belief system. I share my process of surrendering the ego and the ego’s belief systems on a public forum because this is what Holy Spirit has called me to do. As much as I appreciate having followers from all over the world, whether you follow me or not is none of my business. I do not do this as a means to gain fame and fortune! In the process of relinquishing the ego, I make mistakes, I go on rants, and I share what seems to be real struggles while I test and prove what Jesus teaches in the Course. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I trust you who are sincerely called to study A Course in Miracles to understand, to withhold judgment, to forgive me when I make mistakes or express myself in a loveless manner just as I trust that God does! When I use language that offends you, when the quality of the podcast interferes with the lesson, when I mispronounce words or offer illustrations that leave you all the more confused, please accept that this is not by design. I share my process to encourage others to share, because it is only when we get past our fear and shame of imperfection that we come together as one – certain of God’s abiding love at last.
A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 327. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 465.
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