**I have reluctantly written some of these articles, yet knowing that it needed to be done. I have no desire to cause controversy or division, my sole purpose is to expose a seduction that is no respecter of persons. Many do not understand the seductive philosophy's they have yielded to. I do not desire to be your guru and I don't want you to follow me. I want you to think for yourself and follow the Lord. It is my desire to rescue rather than condemn.
It should be clearly understood that I am not making a blanket condemnation of anyone, nor questioning motives. Only God can judge men's hearts, and we must leave that to Him. It is every Christian's responsibility, however, to judge teachings and fruit and to accept and follow only that which is clearly according to the Word of God. **
First off I would like to say that I have read the book "A Course In Miracles". It is a channeled book by Helen Schucman over a period of 7 years. The "spirit" that channeled this "new gospel" made contact with Helen to correct errors in her thinking and also correct errors in the Bible. One of these errors in the Bible is that Jesus did not die on the cross for our sins. The entity claims that the book is a "universal curriculum." And that it is just one form of this universal curriculum, there are many others. The entity claims to lead you to God in the end through mind training and a complete thought reversal.
The book claims that you can be "Hindu", 'Christian', 'Buddhist', and still accept the ideas because there is no universal theology, but only a universal experience. This is the same claim made by most all "Secret Occult Societies". This is intellectual dishonesty though, because the actual goal of the book is to change your perception of the world, which if you fully accept the ideas you would certainly replace some ideas and beliefs the Bible would teach. This would be called, 'The Bait and Switch". This is seen right off as dishonest for I would rather have someone of a certain religion or faith tell me, "Look, we have a different belief than this other religion. Here is what it is. Accept it or not."
Some who embrace the Course do so out of rebellion to the perceived dogmatism and blind faith of the Christian faith. Ironically, the Course is extremely dogmatic. It's purpose is "thought reversal". It encourages readers to practice it's ideas without exception, even if they find them unbelievable.
"The Perennial philosophy also referred to as Perennialism, is a perspective in the philosophy of religion which views each of the world's religious traditions as sharing a single, universal truth on which foundation all religious knowledge and doctrine has grown."(wiki) This is one of the ideas A Course in Miracles seeks to enlighten its readers in. And that is why the entity channeled by Helen seeks to change certain beliefs held by Christians, because they do not fit into this Perennial philosophy.
The book uses many Christian terms and symbols but as stated before the entity claims to come to correct certain errors in the Bible. And it seems that only the Bible, and Christianity is the one needing correction. If I were to make a comparison of the thoughts, ideas, beliefs of the Book to any religion/philosophy I would say they are closest to Hinduism, with a touch of Freudian Psychotherapy, while again using Christian terms, with different definitions. Most of the Christian terms are defined in a different way than the New Age defines these terms. Here are some examples:
"For Christ takes many forms with different names until their oneness can be recognized." (Manual, p. 88)
"This is not a course in philosophical speculation, nor is it concerned with precise terminology. It is concerned only with Atonement, or the correction of perception." (Manual, p. 77)
"The Atonement is the final lesson man need learn, for it teaches him that, never having sinned, he has no need of salvation." (Text, p. 237)
These ideas are based upon turning up your vibration. By linking up to this Christ mind you change the vibrations of the planetary consciousness. Any thoughts of "separation" are deemed heretical for they supposedly do not lead to Peace, Love and the coming New World. Meditation, visualization, hypnosis, divination, ESP, Spirit Guides, TM, Yoga and the use of Psychoactive drugs are all accepted means to evolve into our full human potential. The only difference between Jesus and us is that he has attained a higher state of consciousness called "Christ consciousness" and we need to attain this state, tap into it, to become God, like him.
And lets make sure to get this straight, the very Jesus Channeled by the atheist professor who's life did not resemble most of ideas written in the Course is to be trusted more than the very disciples who walked with Jesus? This is a question I think we need to ask and contemplate.
What exactly about the Bible is in error? Is this something new, and maybe the Course truly is bringing correction to Jesus teachings? We will get more into that in a bit, let's first look at some of the claims the "channeled entity" makes,
"The Bible says, "The Word (or thought) was made flesh." Strictly speaking this is impossible, since it seems to involve the translation of one order of reality into another." -Chapter 8, Section VII.
Here we see that this entity of the Course denies that Jesus Christ came to earth in the flesh. Let's compare this with the words of 1 John.
"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit which does not confess Jesus is not of God. This is the spirit of anti-Christ, of which you heard that is was coming, and now it is in the world already." -1 John 4:1-3
The Bible claims that the entity of the Course in Miracles is "Anti-Christ". What does that mean? It means to oppose Christ and exalt oneself into His position. Not being born again of God but making yourself into a god through visualization, meditation, Positive mental attitude, hypnosis, Yoga and many other techniques and practices. All in the name of science. They will call it spirituality, but this is nothing more than works religion. The error of Balaam.
"Woe to the obstinate children declares the Lord, 'to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit." -Isaiah 30:1
"Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God," (2 Thess. 2:3-4).
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils", (1 Timothy 4)
One does find truth in the writings of "the Course." Some of the quotes would be laughable if it were not for the sad ending of Mrs. Schucmans life. From the Course:
"Anyone who elects a totally insane guide must be totally insane himself." -Chapter 9, Section IV
"It would be madness to entrust salvation to the insane." -Chapter 25, Section VII
And totally insane did Mrs. Shucman go. Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel who was an acquaintance of Mrs. Shucman and gave a eulogy at her funeral wrote about Helen in the last few years of her life, "This woman who had written so eloquently that suffering did not exist spent the last two years of her life in the blackest psychotic depression I have ever witnessed." He even states he believes the channeled "spirit" was possibly a true diabolic manifestation.
So is any of what the entity of the Course teaches new? No, because they are "Gnostic" in teaching and practice. GNOSTICISM IS THE TEACHING based on Gnosis, the knowledge of transcendence arrived at by way of interior, intuitive means. One must attain more secret knowledge through mental training or outward bodily practice to reach enlightenment. Many Gnostics also deny the reality of physical creation.
"The world you see is an illusion of a world. God did not create it, for what He creates must be eternal as Himself" (A Course In Miracles)
The world is only a dream, it is a dream of suffering and pain. You are the dreamer of that dream and the Course says it will help you steadily realize this. Once we have completed our path to forgiveness we will awaken from the dream. We awaken into the "Knowledge of God" where we recognize that nothing has ever happened, there is no need for forgiveness, therefore no need for salvation. This is very similar concept to the Gnostics, escape the world, escape the body, escape the pain and suffering, then you will find happiness and peace.
Jesus in the Bible never teaches us to escape the body. While we know this is not our home, we are taught by the Holy Spirit how to live in this world. There is a proper way to live in the world and use the blessings God gives to us. If we want to have the most happy, peaceful, joyful life, we need to be crucified with Christ. Follow the law of the Spirit of life, repenting from all worldliness. Sexual immorality, impurity, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, envy, drunkenness and the like are all things we should turn from. This is part of being crucified with Christ. When we walk in step with Christ, meaning he lives in us, we no longer live by these destructive worldly ways which lead to death, but now we can use the world and the body in the correct manner. A vessel for Gods plan. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and self control. These are not just some special feelings I get for my own personal enjoyment, but these are gifts from God to share with those destined for me to meet.
This is a big difference in that A Course in Miracles does not intend to tell us fully what is of the sinful nature, and what is destructive to ones soul, but leaves that up to the reader to decide, if not at some points in it's spiritual lingo teaching that it does not matter for the world is an illusion anyways. A big playground for one's own amusement. Sin is not real and has no effect.
The Course says that you are Christ Himself because you share the same Self. Christ is the link that keeps you one with God. While there is some truth in this, the course diminishes the crucifixion of Jesus.
"A slain Christ has no meaning." (Text, p. 425)
"Do not make the pathetic error of 'clinging to the old rugged cross." (Text, p. 52)
So what does all of this mean? It means an end to the idea of putting your neighbor first. This is the "Gospel" of self, and recognizing that "I Am God" is the only important task. This is the ascent of the ego into the "Highest Place" the temple of God.
"It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave," (Matthew 20:26)
When Peter rebukes Jesus for expressing to the disciples he will be killed and raised to life was Peter not saying the same thing the Course says? It's not the way of a King, it's not the way of God himself. Come to your senses Jesus. We have so many more good times and happiness to look forward to together. The Course in the same way attempts to eliminate this part of salvation, to make their gospel more acceptable to men.
Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it." (Matthew 16:23-24)
So we see the Jesus of the Bible teaches an almost opposite teaching of the Courses Solipsism. The Cross of Jesus does have value, for it is the teaching of being humble, a servant, NOTHING, which is truly the way to resurrection. In this miraculous work of God where the self dies, we find New Life. The old self has no grasp or concept of what this is, for this old self is always looking for something spectacular, something high, something pretty to the eyes and touch. But they would have missed a poor, common, seemingly uninfluential by the world standards Jesus Christ on his way to the cross in whom the Father was well pleased. A servant, who LISTENED to the Father, and did not think equality with the Father something to be grasped. But this is what A Course in Miracles is all about, attempting to grasp God, and somehow through this knowledge you become "God".
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
"Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness." (Philippians 2:5)
This is truly what makes a people great. This is the Kingdom come, and this is how a group of people flourish in abundance and lack nothing. When the self truly dies, and we follow the true teachings of Jesus the people around you will only benefit because there is real giving, sharing and love.
What salvation does Hinduism offer? That by the practice of Yoga they can achieve a "higher" state of consciousness, where they will "realize" that the physical universe, including their abject misery, is an illusion (maya) and they are really gods. This is the "ancient wisdom" we have received with open arms from the gurus and Yogis who have brought it to America! Hinduism has turned India, in spite of its vast natural resources and manpower, into one of the poorest and suffering countries on earth. It could do the same to America, if we continue down this path.
Suffering is not the will of God, but when you follow the will of God (which may take much suffering in the flesh to enter into), some people through fear of coming to the truth and being exposed will heap abuse and suffering upon you in different forms. imprisonment, beatings, or slander, even death (Jesus Crucifixion). That's what it means to suffer for WELL DOING or suffer as a Christian. To stand firmly in God's will and not back down. We rejoice because we know that any suffering of this type is totally worth it and does not compare to the glory ahead of us.
There is also suffering that comes from living in the flesh and following the common lusts of humans. I am not speaking about that suffering. One suffering comes from making choices out of fear and darkness, the other suffering comes from making choices from love. The latter one could be considered no suffering at all compared to the glory awaiting for that one.
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
Solipsism holds that only ones own mind is sure to exist, knowledge of anything outside one's own mind is unsure; the external world and other minds cannot be known and might not exist outside the mind. (wiki) Short video of solipsism
If there is no such thing as knowledge, and you can't really know anything because sin, evil, and fear come from the ego, therefore they are not real, then you couldn't really know anything by reading ACIM?
In the view of Christianity we are REAL moral individuals in a REAL world awakening to our true nature confronting them with REAL free decisions.
What the Course teaches us is "pie in the sky" metaphysical teachings that leaves us more disconnected from one another and an ego inflated to the max. Everything is such an illusion that it doesn't even matter. There is no such thing as objective truth. Just ACCEPT everything the way it is. No matter how much evil is taking place. Suppress the masculine and worship the feminine. No matter how much evil is taking place in our midst, "Accept It." No judgements allowed. The goal of this is to make you passive and turn you into a coward, all the while your leaders, gurus and masters will not operate by these same principles.
They believe themselves to be evolving to a higher place but in reality they are descending into the depths, into the lowest place of false religion. Sharing is only in the context of what furthers "evolution" and the unfit or those who will not recognize and become god's will need to be eliminated.
The Alpha & Omega
When we come to God in unacceptable worship we will not receive a blessing.
"But Pharaoh's protection will be to your shame, Egypt's shade will bring you disgrace." (Isaiah 30:3
But God is patient, His grace is sufficient.
Ultimately, no matter how much we desire to attempt to come to God through some methodology, we will find our-self in religion. This is God's work and His alone to bring us unto Himself, all we can do is wait patiently, quietly trusting that He will do the work promised. The place we will be led to is the cross, and there we learn to lose our life so that we can have true life! The resurrection life. We learn to love not our own life, even unto death and we will overcome all things by the blood of the lamb and the word our testimony. Worthy is lamb! Thank for the cross Lord.
"Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be delivered"
(For to which of the angels did God ever say, 'You are my Son, today I have become your Father?' But about the Son he says, 'Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.' (Hebrews 1:8
The notion of man working his way to God through religion, techniques or his own will power to attain Godhood is futile. Jesus says about this ego, this automatic internal feature within man:
(“But Jesus looked on them and said to them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26
In this universe there is cause and effect. Like begets like. Sow some wheat and up comes wheat. Simple enough.
When it comes to creation, God says that He created man in His image. Like begets like.
(“And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness. - (Genesis 1:26-27
If like begets like then that means we are One with the Father. There is a mystical union through the Spirit of Jesus Christ. He sent His Spirit for those who are like Him. We are Born Again to become chrildren of God. This is Godhood but in God's way and BY God's will.
“And I have given them the glory which You have given Me, that they may be one, even as We are one…” (John 17:22
The sons and daughters of God will grow to be as God Himself.
(“But as many as received Him, He gave to them authority to become the children of God, to those who believe on His Name, who were born, not of bloods, nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man but were born of God” (John 1:12-13
Here we see that we are marked out by acceptable worship. God's power to make us His children is not dependent on man at all. It's not dependent on who his earthly parents are. It's not dependent upon mans power or will.
The Hebrews writer speaks of Jesus being made a little lower than the angels:
(6) But one testified in a certain place, saying, “What is man, that You are mindful of him; or the son of man, that You visit him?
(7) You have made him a little lower than the angels. You crowned him with glory and honor and set him over the works of Your hands.
(8) You subjected all things under his feet.” For in subjecting all things to Him, He did not leave anything not subjected to Him. But now we do not see all things having been subjected to him.
(9) But we see Jesus, Who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, that He by the grace of God should taste death for all.
(10) For it became Him, for Whom are all things and by Whom are all things, in bringing many sons into glory, to perfect the Captain of their salvation through sufferings.
You see then that we children of God, being men, are placed together with Jesus Christ, and the writer then says:
(“For both He Who sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of One, for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying, ‘I will declare Your Name to My brothers; in the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You’” (Hebrews 2:11-12
Will not that which He perfects in His image be glorious even as He is glorious?
We are in the image of God but are to be marked out by acceptable worship. This shows we are truly of God because we follow His commands.
("Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant... he humbled himself and became obedient to death. Therefore God exalted him to the highest place." (Philippians 2:5
(“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame and have sat down with My Father in His throne” (Revelation 3:21
Hello, my name is Darren. I am dedicated to sharing my life and giving freely as everything has been given to me.