What is justice? Those of us running around in the ego’s world tend to view justice as the rebalancing of the scales. In the world’s eyes, justice occurs when the perpetrator has paid for the sin of victimizing another – an eye for an eye. But part of why I so love the Course is it takes a different perspective – one that is free of guilt and heartache. The Course understands that an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind and so its goal (peace) is to lead us back to Heaven. “Neither justice nor injustice exists in Heaven, for error is impossible and correction meaningless. In this world, however, forgiveness depends on justice, since all attack can only be unjust.” Justice is not retribution but forgiveness. It corrects the idea that attack is justified, and since God is Love, this correction is done gently. The correction of illusion need not be harsh.
“ Salvation is God’s justice.“ Nothing ever happened. There is no separation and illusions are not real. It returns us to true perception.
“3 Knowledge is not the remedy for false perception since, being another level, they can never meet. The one correction possible for false perception must be true perception. It will not endure. But for the time it lasts it comes to heal. For true perception is a remedy with many names. Forgiveness, salvation, Atonement, true perception, all are one. They are the one beginning, with the end to lead to Oneness far beyond themselves. True perception is the means by which the world is saved from sin, for sin does not exist. And it is this that true perception sees.”
In true perception then, we find justice.
1 Justice is the divine correction for injustice. Injustice is the basis for all the judgments of the world. Justice corrects the interpretations to which injustice gives rise, and cancels them out. Neither justice nor injustice exists in Heaven, for error is impossible and correction meaningless. In this world, however, forgiveness depends on justice, since all attack can only be unjust. Justice is the Holy Spirit’s verdict upon the world. Except in His judgment justice is impossible, for no one in the world is capable of making only just interpretations and laying all injustices aside. If God’s Son were fairly judged, there would be no need for salvation. The thought of separation would have been forever inconceivable.
2 Justice, like its opposite, is an interpretation. It is, however, the one interpretation that leads to truth. This becomes possible because, while it is not true in itself, justice includes nothing that opposes truth. There is no inherent conflict between justice and truth; one is but the first small step in the direction of the other. The path becomes quite different as one goes along. Nor could all the magnificence, the grandeur of the scene and the enormous opening vistas that rise to meet one as the journey continues, be foretold from the outset. Yet even these, whose splendour reaches indescribable heights as one proceeds, fall short indeed of all that wait when the pathway ceases and time ends with it. But somewhere one must start. Justice is the beginning.
3 All concepts of your brothers and yourself; all fears of future states and all concerns about the past, stem from injustice. Here is the lens which, held before the body’s eyes, distorts perception and brings witness of the distorted world back to the mind that made the lens and holds it very dear. Selectively and arbitrarily is every concept of the world built up in just this way. “Sins” are perceived and justified by careful selectivity in which all thought of wholeness must be lost. Forgiveness has no place in such a scheme, for not one “sin” but seems forever true.
4 Salvation is God’s justice. It restores to your awareness the wholeness of the fragments you perceive as broken off and separate. And it is this that overcomes the fear of death. For separate fragments must decay and die, but wholeness is immortal. It remains forever and forever like its Creator, being one with Him. God’s Judgment is His justice. Onto this,-a Judgment wholly lacking in condemnation; an evaluation based entirely on love,-you have projected your injustice, giving God the lens of warped perception through which you look. Now it belongs to Him and not to you. You are afraid of Him, and do not see you hate and fear your Self as enemy.
5 Pray for God’s justice, and do not confuse His mercy with your own insanity. Perception can make whatever picture the mind desires to see. Remember this. In this lies either Heaven or hell, as you elect. God’s justice points to Heaven just because it is entirely impartial. It accepts all evidence that is brought before it, omitting nothing and assessing nothing as separate and apart from, all the rest. From this one standpoint does it judge, and this alone. Here all attack and condemnation becomes meaningless and indefensible. Perception rests, the mind is still, and light returns again. Vision is now restored. What had been lost has now been found. The peace of God descends on all the world, and we can see. And we can see!
Justice returns us to Heaven where “all attack and condemnation becomes meaningless and indefensible.” As crazy as it seems (to the ego), justice is found in defenseless, in understanding and forgiving what is illusion. The eternal is not threatened by our misperceptions. God’s justice “restores to your awareness the wholeness of the fragments you perceive as broken off and separate.” It restores Christ’s vision. For only if the separation were real would the ego’s ideas matter.
“True perception is the means by which the world is saved from sin, for sin does not exist. And it is this that true perception sees.”
As it says earlier in the Manual, “It is necessary for the teacher of God to realize, not that he should not judge, but that he cannot. “
When we let go of seeking justice and return to our roles as God’s teachers, we find ourselves guided to the holy instant, where love heals and the balm of forgiveness soothes. We become miracles workers. We are led by God because we have chosen to be His teachers.
That doesn’t make us better than or special, it merely indicates that we are ready to learn. “As you teach so shall you learn.”
What I am learning is that in every situation where I think justice (in the world’s terms) is called for, what is really needed is forgiveness. Not because someone did something wrong but because I have misperceived. What I am learning is that I am hearing a call for love.
And it is in answering that call with love that I begin to remember who I am.
The same as you – the holy Son of God Himself.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.