2012 – THE COURSE IN MIRACLES
The Course in Miracles proposes this Question:
How Will The World End?
Then answers it thus:
Can what has no beginning really end?
The world will end in an illusion, as it began. Yet will its ending be an illusion of mercy. The illusion of forgiveness, complete, excluding no one, limitless in gentleness, will cover it, hiding all evil, concealing all sin and ending guilt forever.
So ends the world that guilt had made, for now it has no purpose and is gone. The father of illusions is the belief that they have a purpose; that they serve a need or gratify a want. Perceived as purposeless, they are no longer seen.
Their uselessness is recognized,
and they are gone.
How but in this way are all illusions ended? They have been brought to truth, and truth saw them not. It merely overlooked the meaningless.
The world will end with the benediction of holiness upon it. When not one thought of sin remains, the world is over. It will not be destroyed nor attacked
nor even touched. It will merely cease to seem to be.
The world will end when its thought system
has been completely reversed.
Until then, bits and pieces of its thinking will still seem sensible. The final lesson, which brings the ending of the world, cannot be grasped by those not yet prepared to leave the world and go beyond its tiny reach.
What, then, is the function of the teacher of God in this concluding lesson? He need merely learn how to approach it; to be willing to go in its direction. He need merely trust that, if God’s Voice tells him it is a lesson he can learn, he can learn it.
He does not judge it either as hard or easy. His Teacher points to it,
and he trusts that He will show him how to learn it.