Ask: What is your take on the Second Coming?
“…what is your take on the second coming? I have often thought of it as fundamentalist bunk to police the converts. I must confess the ACIM 's explanation, page 449 # 9, quite loses me . Is it something like a ‘grand enlightenment for all people’ or what?...” – ES
My “take on” the Second Coming as described in A Course in Miracles’ Workbook, Part II.9, is in my translation of the Workbook, Practicing A Course in Miracles, Part 2.9:
What is the Second Coming of Christ?
1. The Second Coming of Christ, which is as sure as God, is merely the correction of your mistakes, and the return of Sanity to your mind. It restores to you What you never lost, and re-establishes What is Forever True in your mind. It is your invitation to God’s Word to take the place of your illusions, and your willingness to forgive all things, without exception or reservation.
2. The all-encompassing nature of Christ’s Second Coming embraces all that you perceive, and holds you safe within it. There is no end to the release that Christ’s Second Coming brings to you, because God’s Extension is Limitless. Your forgiving lights the way for Christ, because it shines on everything as one. This is how you recognize the Oneness of your mind at last.
3. Christ’s Second Coming ends the Holy Spirit’s lessons for you, making way for the Last Judgment, in which your learning ends in one last summary that extends beyond itself, reaching up to God. It is the time when your entire mind is given to Christ, to be returned to Spirit in the name of God’s Extension and Will.
4. Christ’s Second Coming is the one event in time which time itself cannot affect. All that you ever made, or imagined for the future, is wholly released from your mind in it. Christ is restored as the One Identity of your entire mind, and God smiles upon you, God’s Extension and Joy.
5. Pray that the Second Coming of Christ is soon, but do not rest there. It needs your eyes, ears, hands, feet, and voice. Most of all, it needs your willingness. Rejoice that you can do God’s Will, and join together in Its Holy Light. God’s Holy Extension is One in you, and you can reach God’s Love through It.
From The Message of A Course in Miracles: A translation of the Text in Plain Language:
The ‘Second Coming of Christ’ simply means the end of your perception of separation from God, and the healing of your mind. (MACIM-4.4.10)
The Second Coming of Christ is not the return of Reality, but merely your awareness that It is always here. (MACIM-9.4.11)
(For those of you who do not know, I have translated ACIM into plain, everyday language. The translation of the Text is The Message of A Course in Miracles. The translation of the Workbook/Manual for Teachers is Practicing A Course in Miracles/The Way of A Course in Miracles. You can find both books at www.amazon.com as traditional bound books or for Kindle. You can find them as a PDF at www.acimstore.com).
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