This post is part of a series of posts entitled: Reflections from A Course in Miracles. This is the first post from Chapter 3 of a course of Miracles: The Innocent Perception I. Atonement without Sacrifice.
The entire idea behind this section of chapter three is to break us free of the popular Christian Belief that we must suffer in order to find atonement. This is outlined right out of the gate in sentence 2:
“The crucifixion did not establish the Atonement; The resurrection did.”
It is essential that we remove the idea that suffering creates freedom, because it is the exact opposite which is true.
“Is it likely that God Himself would be capable of the kind of thinking in which His Own words have clearly stated is worthy of His Son?”
“Sacrifice is a notion totally unknown to God. It arises solely from fear, and frightened people can be vicious”
Again, we must be reminded here that We are one with spirit, spirit is eternal and perfect. The body is nothing more than a learning lab for the spirit to learn and experience life in the human form. Spirit has nothing to fear and fear is a creation of the mind.
It is here that we are introduced in the text, to the idea of innocence. Innocence, in this equation can be defined as a mind that does not judge, like a child, the innocent mind just sees things as they exist, but does not categorize them as good or bad, as having to be punished or not.
We have talked previously of the idea of non-duality, and the convergence of the ideas of light and dark, good and bad, happy or sad, heaven and hell to become simply parts of the whole.
“The lion and the lamb lying down together symbolize that strength and innocence are not in conflict, but naturally live in peace.”
Just because we have the ability to cause mass destruction does not mean that we should act on it. You see, we create hate and destruction by choosing to believe that one thing should be labeled as good and one should be labeled as bad or evil.
“Only the attempts to shroud it in darkness have made it inaccessible to those who not choose to see. The Atonement itself radiates nothing but truth.”
“innocence is wisdom because it is unaware of evil does not exist”
Recognizing that something exists is different than judging it as good or bad, right or wrong, heaven or hell, good or evil. It is merely the recognition that something exists without passing judgment.