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Read A Course in Miracles, Chapter 25, Section V. (pages 527-529)
Sinless means not separated from Love, not separated from God, our Source. Being sinless means that our eternal state of being is not separate from Love. It means that we are still are united with Love and share all of God’s Love with All of our one Self. We see sinlessness everywhere when we are willing to see every Son of God as he truly is — the pure extension of God’s Love and nothing else.
The ego’s (false mind) replacement for what God knows is to see different and unique bodies, separate and alone. We see the ego’s replacement for Love’s oneness when we look through the body’s eyes (the ego’s vehicle to see separation) and believe that what we see is true.
The Course tells us at the beginning this section: The state of sinlessness is merely this: The whole desire to attack (destroy the truth) is gone, and so there is no reason to perceive the Son of God as other than he is. The need for guilt is gone because it has no purpose, and is meaningless without the goal of sin (to separate from Love).” (1:1-2)
Attack means to attempt to kill or destroy. Sin means to be separate from Love, our Source. In our false mind we attack or try to deny Love’s oneness in order to see the illusion of separation (the state of trying to exist as a separate being, different and outside of God’s oneness).
Jesus explains how, in order to experience separation from Love’s oneness, we must attack Love’s oneness and see It as our enemy: “Attack makes Christ your enemy, and God along with Him. Must you not be afraid with ‘enemies’ like these? And must you not be fearful of yourself? For you have hurt yourself, and made our Self your ‘enemy.’ And now you must believe you are not you, but something alien to yourself and ‘something else,’ a ‘something’ to be feared instead of loved. Who would attack whatever he perceives as wholly innocent.” (2:1-6)
Jesus tells us again and again in the Course that the way to return to God, or the awareness of Love’s Presence, is to see the Christ in every brother. He says, “Christ stands before you each time you look upon your brother. He has not gone because your eyes are closed.” (2:9-10)
He tells us this because seeing the truth — the Christ — dissolves the ego’s premise that separation is real. The ego only holds the idea of separation in our mind by projecting the guilt that comes with believing in separation onto everyone who we perceive as ‘outside’ us. When we are willing to let go of projecting guilt, the ego’s chief weapon against your true Self is disabled. Seeing innocence replaces seeing guilt. As seeing guilt falls away and dissolves, the ego thought system dissolves and falls away. As the ego falls away, our one Self, which has always been there, returns to our awareness. We see that God’s Son is one and not separate. We see that nothing has really happened, but only seemed to happen. We see past the illusion of separation to the eternal truth of Love’s oneness. The peace and joy of our one Self replaces the fearful dream of being separate and alone.
Every brother is really asking to be seen as the innocent Son of God he is. When we join with the ego’s focus on guilt and limitation instead, we have forgotten our true function. When we do not see the Christ, we are not answering his call. “Nor do you hear his plaintive call, unchanged in content in whatever form the call is made, that you unite with him, and join with him in innocence and peace. And yet, beneath the ego’s senseless shrieks, such is the call that God has given him, that you might hear in him His Call to you, and answer by returning unto God what is His Own.” (3:4-5)
Jesus gives us a very clear answer: “But think not Heaven is lost to him alone. Nor can It be regained unless the way is shown to him through you, that you may find it, walking by his side.” (4:9-10) … “And as you see him, so do you define the function he will have for you, until you see him differently and let him be what God appointed that he be to you.” (5:8) …“In your brother you see the picture of your own belief in what the Will of God must be for you. In your forgiveness will you understand His Love for you; through your attack believe He hates you, thinking Heaven must be hell. Look once again upon your brother, not without the understanding that he is the way to Heaven or to hell, as you perceive him.” (6:3-5)
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