A Course in Miracles Lesson 177

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

Most of our fear cashes out in our fear of death, supplemented from time to time in our fear of eternal suffering. So long as we dread the body’s end, and associate it with our won, then we cannot be happy and we cannot share that happiness with our brothers and sisters.

Therefore, A Course in Miracles is given to help remove from our thinking the darkness and distortion the fear of death inevitably introduces.

All things but death are seen to be unsure, too quickly lost however hard to gain, uncertain in their outcome, apt to fail the hopes they once engendered, and to leave the taste of dust and ashes in their wake in place of aspirations and of dreams. But death is counted on (W-pI.163.3:1-2).

All of life is hostage to death – there is no aspect or element of living that does not fall under the cruel shadow of death (W-pI.163.3:4).

Yet ask: can God die? Go into this! However you define God, understand God, imagine God – can it end? Be destroyed? Can God really and truly be confined to a body to suffer the fate all bodies suffer?

If God cannot die, and if you are God’s Creation, then how can you die? The body, yes. Bodies come and go. Does God? And if God does not, how in the name of whatever you deem sacred, can you?

It is not essential that we believe this. It is essential that we are willing to consider it. When we give it space – when we allow the inquiry and the response to unfold in us, to blossom in us, then eventually we reach the second half of this lesson: “We are one with God Who is our Source” (W-pI.177.2:1).

And it is this remembrance which liberates us to create like unto God.

The Son’s creations are like his Father’s. Yet in creating them the Son does not delude himself that he is independnet of his Source. His union with It is the source of his creating. Apart from this he has no power to create, and what he makes is meaningless (T-21.II.12:1-4).

Thus our living becomes a creative act that extends from our Source in Creation unto Creation Itself, forever bringing forth the Love that is our inheritance.

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