VIII. The Meaning of the Last Judgment, P 2
2 The Last Judgment is one of the most threatening ideas in your thinking. This is because you do not understand it. Judgment is not an attribute of God. It was brought into being only after the separation, when it became one of the many learning devices to be built into the overall plan. Just as the separation occurred over millions of years, the Last Judgment will extend over a similarly long period, and perhaps an even longer one. Its length, however, can be greatly shortened by miracles, the device for shortening but not abolishing time. If a sufficient number become truly miracle-minded, this shortening process can be virtually immeasurable. It is essential, however, that you free yourself from fear quickly, because you must emerge from the conflict if you are to bring peace to other minds.
Jeepers! The last judgment will last for millions of years unless we do something to speed it up. Only miracles will help. If enough of us become miracle minded we can really shorten the time. All along Jesus has been asking us to allow our mind to be healed and to allow him to direct our miracles so that we can help awaken our brothers. This is the reason. But to do this we must free ourselves of fear quickly so that we can be at peace and bring that peace to others.
The first fear to let go if we want to be part of this chain of Atonement is the fear of the Last Judgment. This fear is really the fear of God, the fear that finally, our misdeeds are catching up with us, that finally we have been backed up against the wall and there is nowhere to run, no way to get away from God. He has seen what we have done and now we will be punished, annihilated for our temerity. We tried to leave God and He is finally and forever through with us.
Jesus says there is no truth to this. He says that judgment is not in God’s nature and that before the separation there was no such thing as judgment. Actually, judgment was made just so that we would have a way out of the impossible situation we put ourselves in when we made up separation. We have looked on judgment as a frightening thing, and in reality, when used correctly it is it is our way out as we shall see when we read further. (I peeked ahead to see what was coming. ~smile~)
Right now, our job is to free ourselves of fear so that we will be useful to the awakening. Not to lose sight of how this is done, I remind myself that all I need do is notice the fear thoughts (remembering that fear is everything that is not love), ask for healing and accept the Atonement. So simple, so easy to do.
This is my goal while I am here, my purpose, the only thing I do that really matters. This is the way I undo fear for myself and for all of us, for all time. This is the way I return my mind to God. I will not become distracted from my holy purpose today. Yes, I will continue to do what seems to need to be done in this life I dream, but it will all be used to undo fear. This is the part I will not forget.