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Who Forgives?

Who exactly is it who forgives? Is it you? Is it your intellect? Is it your ego? Is it the Holy Spirit? Robert attempts to answer what can be a vexing question for Course students.

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Should we regard hurtful and deceitful acts as good because good can come out of them?

It is a common tendency, especially in the spiritual arena, to justify hurtful or unethical behavior by pointing to the good that can come out of that behavior. What does the Course say about this? Does hurtful behavior become good simply because good may come out of it?

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How could perfect beings make the imperfect decision to separate?

I have some problems with A Course in Miracles. My biggest problem with the Course is this: It says God is perfect, and He created a perfect Son. However, we made a highly imperfect decision when we chose to separate. How could perfect beings have possibly made such an imperfect (and candidly quite stupid) decision? In fact, such a decision should have been, by definition, impossible.

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How would the Course look at the miracles of the historical Jesus?

How would A Course in Miracles look at the "miracles" that Jesus performed as reported in the New Testament: healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, raising the dead, etc.? My impression is that his ability to "perform miracles" was what drew many people to him.

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How does the Course view animals?

We get asked this question, in one form or another, a lot. And the answer we usually give is that animals are included under the class of "all living things," which means that they are parts of the Sonship. Like us, they are formless, timeless creations of God who have fallen asleep and are dreaming that they are living in bodies—in this case, animal bodies (which, after all, aren't so different than human bodies).

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What is the Course's process for healing our minds?

What is the Course's process for healing our minds? What is our part and what is the Holy Spirit's part?

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Do all holy relationships start out as conflict-filled special relationships?

Question: I've heard that all holy relationships start out as special relationships. And from the descriptions in the Text, it sounds like the relationship that eventually becomes a holy relationship is a difficult, conflict-filled relationship with major forgiveness issues. Is it possible for a relationship to start out as a holy relationship? Answer: It is true that […]

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Do we really manifest all of our life events, as Lesson 152 seems to suggest?

I do not agree with the idea in A Course in Miracles that we totally manifest our lives through our thoughts. It just doesn't pass what Ken Wilbur calls the Auschwitz test. Is it really a part of the hardwire of the Universe that millions of Jews, because of their thoughts, were murdered in prison camps? Did all those children in China manifest the earthquake that took their lives? We are, to a very large extent, what we think. And we have the power to decide what we think. But we are also subject to the vagaries of the Universe. We can't change the weather with our thoughts but we sure can practice learning to enjoy it — rain or shine. Is that, then, what Lesson 152 is saying?

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How can my judgments be real if my mind is factually blank?

I have been repeating the thought from Review IV: "My mind holds only what I think with God." It has reminded me that we are incapable of judging. When we think without God, the Course tells us our minds are blank and this is a fact of What we are. So is it really judging, if the mind itself is "blank"? How can illusory pollutants within our minds exist if factually our minds are blank?

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Should we be guided by the words of the Course or directly by the Holy Spirit?

Should we try to graduate from studying the Course to getting what we need directly from the Holy Spirit? Or should we focus on the words of the Course and downplay receiving guidance from within? Robert offers his perspective on this pertinent and controversial issue.

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