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Lesson 301: The Second Coming: Wipe Away Tears and Show God a Good Time

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Today’s ACIM lesson, #301, And God Himself shall wipe away all tears, is the reassurance that there is indeed a better world than the one we think we see.  I am away this weekend, on a spiritual retreat at a Benedictine Monastery where the theme for the weekend is surrender.  The traditional Christian perspective on the Second Coming (what this section is about that) is different than the Course’s and different, no doubt, from what this monastery believes.  None of that matters.  God isn’t upset or angry because we don’t understand.  God is only Love.  I am here this weekend to surrender to that.  And today’s lesson reassures me that it’s all good because “God’s world is happy.”

From last year’s writing:

And God Himself shall wipe away all tears. ACIM Lesson 301

Wipe Away Tears

As a child, for a couple of years, each week  in the summertime, I attended Bible School.  It’s where I memorized the few Bible versions I still know.  Mrs. Test, a former missionary and local do-gooder corralled the neighborhood kids in her basement where we read from the Bible, sang songs about how Jesus loved the little children, and munched on cookies chased with Kool-Aid (or Funny Face packed with cyclamates, before Ralph Nader denounced them as evil and got them banned).   We were taught that we needed to ask Jesus into our hearts to be saved.  The Second Coming was a big thing and you didn’t want to screw up by having sins on your heart or you’d go to hell.  Jesus may love the little children but if you were too stubborn or stupid to straighten up and fly right, you’d be eternally damned.  You had better ask for forgiveness and be good little chillens, or you would suffer.  We were Christians.  Jesus was an important piece (the piece I would argue with Mrs. Test over).

This section of A Course in Miracles takes a different look at the Second Coming, one anchored in love rather than fear – a Holy Spirit perspective rather than an ego-based perspective (funny how once you understand that stuff, it’s easy to notice the difference).  It “is merely the correction of mistakes, and the return of sanity. It is a part of the condition that restores the never lost, and re-establishes what is forever and forever true.”   Whereas what I was taught as a child excluded those who didn’t toe the mark, the Course speaks of “all-inclusive nature of Christ’s Second Coming,”  Instead of telling us that only the “good enough” will be saved, it tells us that because we are all One, salvation is the reuniting of everyone.  No exceptions.  “For every one who ever came to die, or yet will come or who is present now, is equally released from what he made. In this equality is Christ restored as one Identity, in which the Sons of God acknowledge that they all are one.”

This lesson, And God Himself shall wipe away all tears, is the recognition that God wants us to be happy.  It is only the ego’s version (fear-based) that keeps us from the joyous world of God.

This works for me.  Whereas as a child, I felt horrified by the idea that I wouldn’t make the cut (or maybe someone I loved wouldn’t!), in the Course’s scenario, the Second Coming is when everyone recognizes who they are and we all get to rejoice in the love together.   Total inclusion.  I’m starting to really love inclusion.

Today’s lesson and the explanation of this section:

Lesson 301

Section 9. What is the Second Coming?

Christ’s Second Coming, which is sure as God, is merely the correction of mistakes, and the return of sanity. It is a part of the condition that restores the never lost, and re-establishes what is forever and forever true. It is the invitation to God’s Word to take illusion’s place; the willingness to let forgiveness rest upon all things without exception and without reserve.

It is the all-inclusive nature of Christ’s Second Coming that permits it to embrace the world and hold you safe within its gentle advent, which encompasses all living things with you. There is no end to the release the Second Coming brings, as God’s creation must be limitless. Forgiveness lights the Second Coming’s way, because it shines on everything as one. And thus is oneness recognized at last.

The Second Coming ends the lessons that the Holy Spirit teaches, making way for the Last Judgment, in which learning ends in one last summary that will extend beyond itself, and reaches up to God. The Second Coming is the time in which all minds are given to the hands of Christ, to be returned to spirit in the name of true creation and the Will of God.

The Second Coming is the one event in time which time itself can not affect. For every one who ever came to die, or yet will come or who is present now, is equally released from what he made. In this equality is Christ restored as one Identity, in which the Sons of God acknowledge that they all are one. And God the Father smiles upon His Son, His one creation and His only joy.

Pray that the Second Coming will be soon, but do not rest with that. It needs your eyes and ears and hands and feet. It needs your voice. And most of all it needs your willingness. Let us rejoice that we can do God’s Will, and join together in its holy light. Behold, the Son of God is one in us, and we can reach our Father’s Love through Him.
Lesson 301

And God Himself shall wipe away all tears.

Father, unless I judge I cannot weep. Nor can I suffer pain, or feel I am abandoned or unneeded in the world. This is my home because I judge it not, and therefore is it only what You will. Let me today behold it uncondemned, through happy eyes forgiveness has released from all distortion. Let me see Your world instead of mine. And all the tears I shed will be forgotten, for their source is gone. Father, I will not judge Your world today.

God’s world is happy. Those who look on it can only add their joy to it, and bless it as a cause of further joy in them. We wept because we did not understand. But we have learned the world we saw was false, and we will look upon God’s world today.

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My latest library book find is The Purpose-Guided Universe: Believing in Einstein, Darwin and God.  In it,  author, Bernard Haisch proposes this theory of God.

*“We are the means whereby God experiences his own potential, and this is why the Universe has some of the amazing properties conducive to life that it has. Making the analogy of God as a vast bonfire, we are candles whose tiny flame is the same fire. We are sparks of God living in a physical universe of matter and energy in which we are able to experience things, make things happen, live and love and climb up or ski down mountains and enjoy operas or rock concerts, take your pick. The adventures we literally live out were merely possibilities existing pregnantly in the infinite intelligence that is God prior to the creation of the Universe. You might think of the Universe as some of God’s thoughts, his daydreams.”

I like this.  It dovetails nicely with the Course’s teachings. “God’s world is happy.”

As Rev. Patrick used to say, “I’m here to show God a good time.”

In a sense, this lesson is a plea for us to wake up, love one another and have a good time.  I like that so much better than trembling in fear that I might get left behind because I didn’t make the cut.

God’s world is happy. Those who look on it can only add their joy to it, and bless it as a cause of further joy in them. We wept because we did not understand. But we have learned the world we saw was false, and we will look upon God’s world today.

It’s time to celebrate life.  Are you with me?

Namaste, my friends, Namaste

 

 

*Bernard Haisch. The Purpose-Guided Universe: Believing In Einstein, Darwin, and God (Kindle Locations 136-140). Kindle Edition.

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