When Pontius Pilot handed Jesus over to the Pharisees he asked, “what is truth.” Before then and since, philosophers pondered the same question. During one of Jane Roberts’ Seth Classes in the early 70s, Seth, via Jane said, “When you find someone who says they have the truth run as fast as you can.” In a later class Jane posited an idea as true. I called her on that and she responded, “Run.”
Recently I read an article about J.D. Ramsey, a young English Math and Philosophy genius who lived and wrote in the 1930s and19 40’s. His take on what is truth? “It was the wrong question”
Ramsey used an example about believing that someone was murdered.
”It is easy to believe that. The real question is what it is to believe that someone was murdered,” as opposed to believing something else about what happened, or believing something else. Ramsey thought that when we answer those questions, “we shall thereby also, have solved the problem of truth.” *
What does this have to do with a Course on Miracles? A great many things because the Course is all about mind and what we make our mind believe.
When I searched my E version of ACIM I found scores of passages in the Course which use the word truth or true. But I did not find one which states anything like, this is true, or truth is ——–.
Nevertheless, the Course infers the following about true and truth: God in Heaven is true, and truth is how and when we reflect God’s love which created us as spirit.
The word true is occurs early in ACIM in Miracle principle number 50,
The miracle compares what you have made with creation, accepting what is in accord with it as true, and rejecting what is out of accord [our made up illusory world] as false. [T-I.1.50] (my emphasis)
In the above Jesus clearly tells us what is true: creation, and what is false, the separation.
In the following passages from Chapter 14, Teaching for Truth, he shows that Heaven is true and our made up illusions are false.
The contrast between what is true and what is not is perfectly apparent, yet you do not see it. The simple and the obvious are not apparent to those who would make palaces and royal robes of nothing, believing they are kings with golden crowns because of them.
All this the Holy Spirit sees, and teaches, simply, that all this is not true. To those unhappy learners who would teach themselves nothing, and delude themselves into believing that it is not nothing, the Holy Spirit says, with steadfast quietness:
The truth is true. Nothing else matters, nothing else is real, and everything beside it is not there. Let Me make the one distinction for you that you cannot make, but need to learn. Your faith in nothing is deceiving you. Offer your faith to Me, and I will place it gently in the holy place where it belongs. You will find no deception there, but only the simple truth. And you will love it because you will understand it. [T-14.Teaching For Truth, II.2.6-7+3.1-9]
To highlight this, following is my oft quoted from Text Chapter 3.
God did create spirit in His Own Thought and of a quality like to His Own. There [is] nothing else. [T-3.V.7.3]
Following are two other passages which emphasize the above.
!. God created His Sons by extending His Thought, and retaining the extensions of His Thought in His Mind. All His Thoughts are thus perfectly united within themselves and with each other. The Holy Spirit enables you to perceive this wholeness [now.] [ T-6.II.8.1-3]
6. What Is the Christ?
Christ is God’s Son as He created Him. He is the Self we share, uniting us with one another, and with God as well. He is the Thought which still abides within the Mind that is His Source. He has not left His holy home, nor lost the innocence in which He was created. He abides unchanged forever in the Mind of God. (my emphasis) [W-pII.6.I:1.3-5]
These passages speak to our reality on the level of spirit where we are eternally united in spirit with God. God’s extended creative thought, His one Son, is true. As Jesus states in the Chapter 3, ”There is nothing else.” Our dream/illusion of separation is false, and truth is our mind remembering that God gave us our Mind which is still with God in heaven.
The Clarification of Terms Section 5, Jesus –Christ, tells us how Jesus as a man was a teacher who knew what is true.
The name of [Jesus] is the name of one who was a man but saw the face of Christ in all his brothers and remembered God. 2 So he became identified with [Christ], a man no longer, but at one with God Jesus remains a Savior because he saw the false without accepting it as true. And Christ needed his form that He might appear to men and save them from their own illusions. [C-5III.1-2+5-6] (my emphasis)
Jesus knew that the world was an illusion – thus false. His appearance was meant to save us from our illusions.
This except from Text Chapter 18 shows how we can choose to remember our true reality, our Home with God.
Let not the dream take hold to close your eyes You are so used to choosing among dreams you do not see that you have made, at last, the choice between the truth and [all] illusions. [T-18.II.8.1+6]
So choose to remember our true reality in Heaven. Reject some version or another of what happened, is happening, or we think might happen here in this illusory separation as truth. When things begin to be difficult here know we are in spirit still one with God in Heaven.
*The Browser, August 2016, from Psychology 70, 243-62.