Crucifixion refers to the historical execution of Jesus. However, in A Course in Miracles, we are invited to view that event in a new light. Rather than an act of punishment or suffering in order that our sins might be forgiven, it merely a demonstration by Jesus that what happens to the body cannot affect what we are in truth. Nowhere is ACIM’s emphasis on rethinking – on reinterpreting – traditional Christian themes and images more radical than it is here. The crucifixion is a staple of Christian ideals of suffering, punishment and sin. By essentially rejecting all that, the Jesus of A Course in Miracles, shifts our focus to how minds can choose a teacher who will remove every source of guilt from our memory. We need not be crucified – we need not suffer – we merely need to avail ourself of the same teacher who taught Jesus: the Holy Spirit.
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