Manual for Teachers: Section 15 . . IS EACH ONE TO BE JUDGED IN THE END? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 38 paragraph 1

Section 15

IS EACH ONE TO BE JUDGED IN THE END?

page 38, paragraph 1

IS EACH ONE TO BE JUDGED IN THE END?

IS EACH ONE TO BE JUDGED IN THE END?

IS EACH ONE TO BE JUDGED IN THE END?

1. Indeed, yes! ²No one can escape God’s Final Judgment. ³Who could flee forever from the truth? ⁴But the Final Judgment will not come until it is no longer associated with fear. ⁵One day each one will welcome it, and on that very day it will be given him. ⁶He will hear his sinlessness proclaimed around and around the world, setting it free as God’s Final Judgment on him is received. ⁷This is the Judgment in which salvation lies. ⁸This is the Judgment that will set him free. ⁹This is the Judgment in which all things are freed with him. ¹⁰Time pauses as eternity comes near, and silence lies across the world that everyone may hear this Judgment of the Son of God:

¹¹Holy are you, eternal, free and whole, at peace forever in the Heart of God. ¹²Where is the world, and where is sorrow now?

Readiness

Jesus is describing a day of judgment that is very different than the one I learned about in church. He assures us that this day will come for each one of us, but it will not come until we are ready for it. It will not come until we can face it without fear.

It seems odd that we would have to let go of fear and prepare to be judged holy, eternal, free, whole, at peace and forever in the Heart of God. And yet, that is exactly what must happen. There is in us a deeply hidden reservoir of guilt, which expresses as anger, loss, depression, sickness, and death. This guilt and the fear that is part of it, prevent us from hearing, understanding and accepting God’s Final Judgment.

Burdening Thoughts

Here are some thoughts I used to be burdened with. I would think about what would happen if I was unable to work. How would I live? Would my children be burdened by my care? Sometimes I feel fuzzy headed and then I would wonder if I was going to get Alzheimer’s like my mom did. Is this how it started for her? I would hear an ambulance and have a stab of fear as I wonder where my kids are.

Attack Thoughts

These fears were the effect of not knowing that I am holy. I have been told that I am. The Course tells me over and over that I am very holy. It tells me that I am loved by God. It tells me that even in this world, it is I who rule my destiny. For a long time, I found this hard to believe when I would think of myself as ego, when I identified with the ego self that I made to take the place of my true holy Self.

It is that very thing, that I seemed to have made a self different than my true self, that is the source of the guilt that keeps me from accepting God’s final judgment. I am afraid of God because I think I have attacked Him. My ego meets attack with attack, and identifying myself with the ego, I also identify God with ego. This leaves me with a belief in an ego god that will attack me because I attacked him.

Atonement

As long as I turn from my Self and pretend that I cannot be that One then I will be afraid to accept God’s judgment. God will not give me what I do not want. God’s Final Judgment waits on me to prepare myself to hear it and I prepare for that judgment through accepting the Atonement even though I cannot use my ego to convince me that I am not my ego.

The only way out of this quandary is to undo the ego altogether and that is done, not by me, but through me, and only with my permission. The Holy Spirit does not need my unqualified desire for healing. The slightest invitation will be met with His wholehearted efforts on my behalf. As my mind has been healed, that is, as the ego is being undone through the Atonement, I have begun to lose my fear of His judgment and I look forward to it with relief instead of dread.

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