Scientists and Religion

I’m passing on what I learned in Wagner and Briggs’, The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in The Slipstream of Ultimate Questions, because they imbue their story with ongoing and persistent beliefs that God created the universe. Their elaborate title hides their straightforward chronicle of Science and religion from, as their first chapter relates, “In the Beginning,” to our present time. They tell us how, during those eons, science evolved and progressed in religion’s “Slipstream.”

Stories of scientists’ discoveries were related beside prevailing restrictions from religious authorities. Scientists danced a cautious tango between their discoveries, religious beliefs and their institutional support. For instance, religious inscriptions were chiseled above the entrances of the first science buildings at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

In my previous posts I have often mentioned this basic ACIM principle:
God has nothing to do with this world.
The following passage from the Clarification of Terms, Part 4, TRUE PERCEPTION–KNOWLEDGE, states that clearly.

The world you see is an illusion of a world. God did not create it, for what He creates must be eternal as Himself. Yet there is nothing in the world you see that will endure forever. Some things will last in time a little while longer than others. But the time will come when all things visible will have an end.
(my emphasis)

Briggs and Wagner prove that we need a miracle (aka, according to the Course definition) to change our mind about creation. Thousands of years of science wandering in “The Slipstream of Ultimate Questions” reinforced creation beliefs. No scientists discussed in this book took the position that God has nothing to do with this world. Nor do any of them now!

One reason why ACIM is difficult to accept is due to the basic Course principle we see in the above passage. But, on the other hand, Jesus’ teaching in ACIM helps us to answer our ultimate questions.
1. How did we get here? We’re not.
2. What are we doing here, and why? We are dreaming caused by our
egocentric perceptions.
3. Where are we going?
Nowhere, because we are still, as spirit, with God in Heaven.

In Jesus’ new Lord’s Prayer (below, and which I discussed at length last June) we find ways to accept and contemplate Heaven. In sentence one we ask for help to accept our true existence as spirit where there are no illusions ─ Heaven. The thoughts throughout the prayer occur in our Minds in our true reality in Heaven.

Forgive us our illusions, Father, and help us to accept our true relationship with You, in which there are no illusions, and where none can ever enter. Our holiness is Yours. What can there be in us that needs forgiveness when Yours is perfect? The sleep of forgetfulness is only the unwillingness to remember Your forgiveness and Your Love. Let us not wander into temptation, for the temptation of the Son of God is not Your Will. And let us receive only what You have given, and accept but this into the minds which You created and which You love. Amen. (my emphasis) [T-16.VII.12]

The final sentence asks that we receive only what god gives us, eternal life as spirit in Heaven.

When I let my mind wander into attack thoughts I use this prayer to change it to loving thoughts. That helps me slip into a calm sleep, and in daily behavior to be as calm as possible in ways I interact with my fellow humans.

Bliss Ninny

Bliss ninny is a term Gloria Wapnick thought up, (now director of The Foundation for A Course in Miracles in Temecula CA).  Bliss ─ being in a state of euphoria, well-being at worst smug, and ninny ─ being just plain silly or irrational.  Bliss ninnies confuse levels of our being by mixing up our activity in the separation with our real being as God’s one Son in Heaven.

If you read my blog yesterday you may think I was one because of how I used Course principles to assuage my dismay over our presidential election.

I tried then to state clearly that the help I got from ACIM was to lead me to think of the election victor as a Son of God ─ as we all are as spirit in Heaven.  But, today I want to add  ─ when we deal with such a person here we will indeed be a bliss ninny if we for a moment neglect to do what we can to lessen their effect on what is going on in this insane world.  Further though, as we do that we must accept that what we see in this world is caused by our projected thoughts.  Here are two important passages from ACIM which will help us today and many to come.  Both are clear so need no “Explanation.”

             Text 21, Reason and Projection.  Introduction

Projection makes perception.  The world you see is what you gave it, nothing more than that.  But though it is no more than that, it is not less.  Therefore, to you it is important.  It is the witness to your state of mind, the outside picture of an inward condition. As a man thinketh, so does he perceive.   

 

     LESSON 155.  I will step back and let Him lead the way.

There is a way of living in the world that is not here, although it seems to be.  You do not change appearance, though you smile more frequently.  Your forehead is serene; your eyes are quiet.  And the ones who walk the world as you do recognize their own.  Yet those who have not yet perceived the way will recognize you also, and believe that you are like them, as you were before.

 

 

My Task

This morning is difficult for me. One of our fellow humans was chosen to lead this country who espouses beliefs so contrary to mine that I am almost physically sick.  It just occurred to me that the first two numbers of today’s date 11/9/17 can be turned around ─ .that was another difficult day.  As I did then, this morning I sat for a moment with my copy of the Course on my lap, held it for another moment, and opened it.

I looked down at the most difficult sections, for me anyway, in the Text. Chapter 30 Section VI The Justification for Forgiveness page 639 in the second edition; T-30.VI.6.1. This is the sentence.

There is no surer proof idolatry is what you wish than a belief there are some forms of sickness and of joylessness forgiveness cannot heal.

I haven’t posted here for some time because during the last month I’ve been amending and edition my book,  There is” …another way, A Companion Guide to A Course in Miracles: Jesus’ Gift To Humanity.

I’m mentioning that, because in my Chapter Titled Variation II Forgiveness, I did my best to use my discourse to explain I the Justification for Forgiveness. section.  It’s a difficult one, and one of the best examples of why the Course is so difficult to accept,

These lines which will help me today, which are further on from where I opened ACIM.

I thank You, Father, for Your perfect Son, and in his glory will I see my own.

Here is the joyful statement that there are no forms of evil that can overcome the Will of God; the glad acknowledgment that guilt has not succeeded by your wish to make illusions real. And what is this except a simple statement of the truth?

Today these words will be my daily help. I will remember my true reality” at home with God in Heaven, as are we all.

This morning I remembered an answer Ken Wapnick gave during one of the workshops to this question.
“What do you think of _____________.” (I can’t remember who, just as well)   Ken answered, “He is a son of God.”

These final words from T-30  challenge me to study T-30 again.

Why should you fear to see the Christ in him? You but behold yourself in what you see. As he is healed are you made free of guilt, for his appearance is your own to you.