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A Course in Miracles

Is ‘A Course in Miracles’ (ACIM) inspired by God?

© by drs Piet Guyt alt

Introduction

In November 1999, the Dutch translation of ‘A Course in Miracles’ (hereinafter called ‘ACIM’) appeared, namely ‘Een Cursus in wonderen’. In various newspapers and magazines attention was paid to this fact. It consists of a textbook (689 pages), a workbook with 365 exercises (491 pages) and a manual for teachers (114 pages), which summarizes the ideas of ‘ACIM’, and answers frequently asked questions, and gives a glossary. Each of the three parts is divided in a certain way: in chapters, sections, paragraphs and sentences. The whole, about 1350 pages, consists of a mixture of Christian-like spirituality (for example, the by the Bible condemned Gnosticism), Hindu philosophy and beliefs of modern humanistic psychology. The book uses many biblical concepts as guilt, redemption, forgiveness and Holy Spirit, but with contents, which are fundamentally different from those given in the Bible.

Worldwide, hundreds of books are published, which have taken ‘ACIM’ as source of inspiration. As an example may be mentioned the book ‘Conversations with God: an uncommon dialogue’ by Neale Donald Walsch. Many thousands of copies were sold. Several people said to have received inspiration by reading the book, for example Marianne Fredriksson (writer of among others ‘According to Mary Magdalene’) and in The Netherlands the author Lulu Wang. Also some theologians believe they have learned lessons by ‘ACIM’. Some people even speak of the third testament, while others see it as a correction to the New Testament. Many clinics, training- and psychotherapeutic centers work according to the guidelines of ‘ACIM’.

‘ACIM’ has been translated into several languages. A team of seven people has been working eleven years for the Dutch version. The Foundation for Inner Peace, located in California, is the holder of the copyright of ‘ACIM’, and maintains oversight of the translations of ‘ACIM’. The publication rights are sold to Penguin. The Board of the Foundation consists of Judith Skutch Whitson, Robert Skutch and Kenneth Wapnick. This formerly Jewish agnostic, and now Roman Catholic monk (lit. 11) writes with his wife many articles about ‘ACIM’. Worldwide, millions of copies of ‘ACIM’ are in circulation in The Netherlands more than 20,000.

Below I shall explain why I’m sure that ‘ACIM’ is a misleading book, in spite of the enthusiastic views of New Agers and others. The argument concerns: 1) the origin of the book, 2) an analysis of the contents of the book, and 3) and seeing why this book was created.

Origin

‘ACIM’ came into existence in the years 1965-1972 because the American Jewish (atheistic) clinical psychologist Helen Schucman received the contents of the book by inspiration through an inner voice (which announced itself as ‘Jesus’). Something similar was the case with the creation of the books that Jacob Lorber (previously discussed in the journal Promise) wrote under the inspiration of an inner voice. The author serves as a medium for an inner voice which dictates a text. This channeling, where one opens himself to disembodied beings, called entities or spirit guides, is a familiar concept in New Age circles. In addition, there are two possibilities. Either man takes the initiative and sets itself through yoga, hypnosis or a spiritualistic way in connection with the spiritual world, or the entity takes the initiative and makes contact with a man, who apparently is seen appropriate as a medium. As an example of the first may be mentioned the fact that the Dutch hypnotherapist Rob Wilk recently "put himself in touch with" the French physician Nostradamus (who died in 1566), and then wrote the book ‘Nostradamus The Truth’. An example of the second possibility is the case with the Norwegian oil painter Rita Eide. She recently wrote the book ‘Diana's spiritual message’ based on the fact that ‘the deceased princess’ (read: a demon) has used this Norwegian woman as a spiritual channel.

Channeling is seen by the Bible as reprehensible. Indeed by channeling, man makes (knowingly or through ignorance) contact with demons. In the case of spiritualism one seeks contact with the spirits of deceased persons, but man comes in contact with evil spirits, who present themselves as spirits of the dead. The Bible expressly forbids, and with reason, to have contact with demons (Deut. 18), not with the intention to curtail the man, but to protect man against evil influences. For in the spiritual world there are not only good spirits (angels) but also evil spirits (demons), which can represent themselves as very nice. In the case of Helen Schucman inspiration was given by a deceiving spirit, because the so-called Jesus, that dictated the messages to the (already from childhood) mediumistic Schucman (lit. 12), cannot be the Jesus of the Bible. Therefore, the source of ‘ACIM’ is not correct.

Someone might object, that e.g. John on Patmos also received revelations from Jesus, and that what happened to Schucman need not be wrong. It must be remembered, however, that John had known Jesus during His life on earth, and was a follower of Jesus, and knew well Scripture (the Bible). Helen Schucman was after researching different religions a militant atheist (lit. 12), who rejected the Bible and Jesus as Savior. Would Jesus use this woman to improve or adapt the Bible? That is absolutely unthinkable. Furthermore, a difference with Schucman is that John was not hearing a prescriptive voice like Schucman, but he wrote in his own words, what he saw in pictures.

Basic thoughts of ‘ACIM’

An element that one must remember well, is the fact that ‘ACIM’ has a completely different view of reality than one normally has, and also unlike the Biblical view. On one hand, the presence of misery in the world is not denied, because it is precisely for these problems a solution has to be found, but on the other hand, everything that is not good, what is not love, is denied, and thus labeled as illusion. This is due to the fact that this denial is seen as a means to cope with existing problems (in this respect ‘ACIM’ looks like Christian Science). Of course this aim is sympathetic, but leads to very strange beliefs. ‘ACIM’ states that love is the only reality, and that death does not exist. Later, we will go into this in more detail. With the use of an alternative view on reality, as will be seen, a very subtle element is introduced, that wants to propose the biblical gospel as incorrect and unnecessary.

As indicated in the introduction, ‘ACIM’ uses concepts from the Bible with a partially or completely different content. From the Glossary Terms (lit. 13) I mention the descriptions of some terms. The ‘Holy Spirit’ is God's answer to the separation between God and His separated sons. The ‘last judgment’ is the ability to distinguish between truth and illusion. The ‘resurrection’ is the awakening from the illusion, the death dream. The ‘rescue’ is being freed from the belief in the reality of sin. The ‘return’ is the collective return of the consciousness of our reality as the one Son of God, which we were at our creation.

Before I will discuss some ideas from (circles) ‘ACIM’, I will briefly describe the analysis of the situation in which man exists according ‘ACIM’. It should be noted that the ‘theory’ is exposed otherwise by the various promoters of ‘ACIM’. It appears the mixing up of ideas from ‘ACIM’ itself, and the interpretations of the disciples, which are sometimes at odds with ‘ACIM’ itself.

Man feels himself guilty and anxious as a result of separation from God. To get rid of that feeling, he projects the debt on the other (which is seen as a threat) by which he feels relief. Then there is guilt again and follows a vicious circle of being caught in guilt and fear. Opposite to blaming others is the mechanism to propitiate the other for the self. However the motive is wrong. The core of the concept of ‘ACIM’ is that we are caught in a dream, because we perceiving everything wrong by our twisted defenses. We therefore see what is not there. The perceived reality is actually an illusion that is maintained by the ‘I’. Only with the help of the ‘Holy Spirit’, that is God's answer to the separation (because God sees through our dream world), the misperceptions are corrected and is it possible to see the (real) reality (= God) by liberation from the dream world of the ‘I’. Relationships with other people will become sacred relationships and man can escape the vicious circle, namely by following three steps of forgiveness. Step 1 is the recognition that the debt, so the problem, is not caused by the other, but by yourself (T-28.II.12: 5). Step 2 is the recognition that the cause of the problem lies in our choice to be self (‘I’)-oriented, so willing to be and to remain separated from God. If we make this second step, then step 3 follows, which is done by the Holy Spirit at our invitation. "Never attempt to overlook your guilt before you ask the Holy Spirit's help. That is Hisfunction. Your part is only to offer Him a little willingness to let Him remove all fear and hatred, and to be forgiven"

(T-18.V.2 :3-5). Then the miracle (hence the title of the book) occurs, namely a change of perspective from ‘I’ to God, and we see ourselves as we are created, and the result is an expression of love, also to other people.

The above sounds great, and those who know the Bible well, will recognize some things, namely that this reality is not the reality intended by God, and that we are not dealing with one another, as God wanted. God wishes reconciliation and love, and therefore we need to let go of our old self, and to serve God and others in love. By the fact that in a certain sense the Biblical message and vision of ‘ACIM’ look similar, is it easy to confuse truth and falsehood. In ‘ACIM’ even Christ is still associated with the Holy Spirit, but this has nothing to do with the content of the biblical concepts as will be further explained below. Texe Marrs says on page 87 of his book ‘New Age Cults and Religions’ (1990) the following: "A Course in Miracles has decidedly hellish origins. A Course in Miracles claims to be a legitimate revelation of the true Jesus Christ, but the truth is, this is one of the most heretical courses and the most diabolical seducing that I have ever personally come across ". "Indeed we see a New Age Bible misusing Christian terms as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with the meanings of these words reversed in order to present another gospel and another Jesus to present" (lit. 2, p. 95).

Some ideas from (circles of) ‘ACIM’ and my comment on it

1. We are not asked to judge the ideas of ‘ACIM’. We are only asked to apply the ideas as they are commanded. The course would also work if you would not agree with it (Workbook, p. 2).

Comment: It is rather strange to have to consider that the course would work even if you do not agree, if you only would apply. What right-thinking person would do something if he does not believe in it?

2. ‘ACIM’ encourages the reader to let go and to forget everything he ever learned, and to be open for what ‘ACIM’ teaches (lit.1).

Comment: This is reminiscent of yoga through which one tries to eliminate his thoughts, so to be empty and to be open for the spiritual world, read: demon world. If one releases Biblical truths, as ‘ACIM’ recommends, so disposing the sword of the Spirit, the evil can seize its chance. The above theorem is also contrary to the view of ‘ACIM’, that there are more roads, so that ‘ACIM’ only is one of the versions of the universal program (lit. 10). Why should you have to let go other ways if those are useful as well?

3. Jesusis seen as a symbol of love. What is important is not whether it is about the historical Jesus, but if we accept the message of love and forgiveness, the message that transcends all symbols and any limitation of time and space" (lit. 12, p. 5 and 6). The handbook for teachers says that you can have benefit of His words without accepting Him in your life (C-5.6:6-7).

Comment: Of course you can learn by the words of Jesus, but without accepting Jesus Christ as Lord of your life, a man does not reach his destination intended by God.


4. According to ‘ACIM’ ‘Jesus’ would say that it is absurd that He should have died for our sins. For a God of love does not need sacrifices? Moreover, God does not need to forgive because He has not convicted us for our wrong deeds (lit. 5). For sins only are dreams, mistakes, illusions, and so we are not sinners really (lit. 12).

Comment: That Jesus would not have died for the sins of mankind is diametrically opposed to the biblical message, which says that Jesus is the Lamb of God, who has taken away the sin of the world (John 1:29). It is also contrary to the impressive letter to the Hebrews, in which Jesus is described as the High Priest forever, who has redeemed mankind from sin debt. In this context, many texts can be mentioned as, for example Ef. 1:7; Hebr. 9:12; 1 Petr. 1: 18 and 19; Revelation 5:9. It is good to think about the fact that immediately after the death of Jesus, when He had fulfilled all, the veil of the temple rent in two from top to bottom (Mark 15:38). That meant that the way to God had come free again, and that man again had access to the holy of holies in the temple, so to God Himself.

It seems very positive if you read in ‘ACIM’, that a God of love needs no sacrifices. However it ignores the fact that God had no other option to redeem mankind from the power of satan. Indeed, in the spiritual world there are laws, to which God Himself had to hold, otherwise God Himself would have become lawless, and He would not be faithful to His Word. Furthermore, the statement is not true that God does not need to forgive, because He has not convicted us. It is precisely so that God no longer condemns us, because He has forgiven us in Jesus Christ!

That we would have no sin have done is contrary to 1 John 1: 8-10 which says: "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. "In this connection it is interesting to mention the definition of sin, as applied by Kenneth Wapnick, a promoter of ‘ACIM’: "Essentially sin is the false belief that we are separated from God". Here we see the well-known New Age idea that evil is: lack of understanding, not being enlightened.

5. Jesus does not have the monopoly on the truth. He is just a symbol of love, and only one manifestation of the Christ, like many other teachers (lit. 12).

Comment: Here we see kinship with anthroposophy, which speaks of the Christ-spirit. In this view also we recognize the New Age character of ‘ACIM’. Indeed, in New Age circles Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed and others are seen as enlightened masters. One is blind to the fact that only Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Son of God, who Himself said He is the truth.

6. "Love is the only and eternal reality. All the rest belongs to the world of illusion (lit. 7). There is no death, because that is not the will of God (163.9 W) (lit. 7), and therefore death not has to be seen as fearful (lit. 7).

Comment: Once again we see the familiar pattern of ‘ACIM’, which is the negation of what is wrong in the present reality. What ‘ACIM’ mixes up, is what God in the beginning intended with the creation on the one hand, and what it actually is on the other hand. With the statement "All the rest belongs to the world of illusion" there seems to be an agreement with the Hindu thinking, which speaks of maya (lit. 11).

‘ACIM’ forgets that God has given man a free will, by which man even can choose death, which is separation from God. Of course, God regrets a wrong choice of humans very much, hence, that He calls man (whom He loves) to accept Jesus as Savior, and to be reconciled with God. Only those people who will take up Gods call will live with God in eternity (1 John 5: 11 and 12), and only for them is true that "death no longer inspires fear."

7. "Why you would not overflow with joy as you are assured that all the evil that you think to have done, never has been done, that all your sins are nothing, that you are so pure and holy as you were created, and that light and joy and peace live in you? "(W.163.4.1).

Comment: Here is an example showing the denial of the sin problem. Indeed it is true that man was originally created sinless (see Genesis 1). However, it is quite wrong to think that sin never has been done. Unfortunately in this reality sins are a fact. There has been a fall. But sins can be forgiven, the Bible says. The dark origin of the ‘ACIM’ appears from the fact that forgiveness would be possible without the blood of Jesus Christ. The deception of ‘ACIM’ is that what it says seems true, but it has no foundation. The view of ‘ACIM’ is based on imagination, and is therefore self-deceptive. At most, people can boost themselves temporary with ‘ACIM’, but sooner or later the imagined ‘reality’ will collapse, because it has no real basis.

8. "Christ's vision is the Holy Spirit's gift, God's alternative to the illusion of separation and to the belief in the reality of sin, guilt and death. It is the one correction for all errors of perception; the reconciliation of the seeming opposites on which this world is based" (lit. 10).

Comment: It sounds very nice, and it also seems to be Biblical, because of speaking about God, Christ and the Holy Spirit. Who would not want that everyone would be happy, and that there would be peace between people? Unfortunately, the separation between God and man is not an illusion, and also sin is not an illusion. Only the death of Jesus Christ on the cross on Calvary could take away the sin of the world. Only man, who is redeemed from sin and justified and who wants to follow Jesus, can receive the Holy Spirit. Someone who does not accept the sacrifice of Jesus, may be talking about the Holy Spirit, but has no part in it. For the Holy Spirit is (at Pentecost and afterwards) only poured out upon believers in Jesus Christ.

9. In the vision of the Holy Spirit, sin only is a mistake that must be corrected. By that man is freed from the illusion of separation and the illusion of faith in the reality of sin.
If man sees sin as real, this makes forgiveness impossible, since humans forgive others for what they have not really done. "When you are tempted to believe that sin is real, remember this: If sin is real, Both God and you are not. If creation is extension, the Creator must have extended himself, and it is impossible that what is part of him is totally unlike the rest. If sin is real, God must be at war with himself. he must be split, and torn between good and evil; partly sane and partially insane. For

he must have created what wills to destroy him, and has the power to do so. Is it not easier to believe that you have been mistaken than to believe in this?”(T-19.III.6 :1-6).

Comment: In a sense sin seems to be a mistake indeed, because afterwards sinning appears to be an unwise action. However, the separation between God and man is not a result of a mistake but a result of a conscious, moral choice of man not to be obedient to the good laws (intentions) of God. It is an act of rebellion against the authority of God.


Indeed, the fall of man is rebellion against God's purposes. However, this fact does not mean that God no longer has the creation in His hand. Moreover, evil does not have the power to destroy God. God is not split, for He is not part of creation, but He is exalted above. Man has been given a free will, by which he can choose between: a) obeying God with love, or b) rejecting God (s love). God did not want puppets that slavishly would do what God wanted.

 

10. The real problem lies not in the physical situation, but in spirit. So, the mind has to cure, and not the external situation. The healing of the mind, namely the change of mind, is the miracle. This man can love and be a channel of love. The spirit is immortal; the body really does not live, and therefore cannot die. It is only laid aside when it has served its purpose on earth.

Comment: Indeed, the degradation of creation was originated in the mind of man. So the core of the recovery is also in the spirit of man, namely in becoming reconnected with God. However the way that ‘ACIM’ teaches, has no real basis. Only the Bible points to the only true foundation, Jesus Christ.

Indeed, the spiritual is more important than the visible, but ‘ACIM’ goes too far in denying the physical reality. As a result, the body is considered to be insignificant. But God created man with a spirit, and a soul and also a body! In the Bible the body is even mentioned a temple of the Holy Spirit. And in eternity we will, just like Jesus Christ had after His resurrection from the dead, have a glorified body.


What also is striking is that ‘ACIM’ only speaks of spiritual miracles, namely the change in perception. Indeed, this is important. Also the Bible focuses on the inner, the spiritual. Indeed we may know God and Jesus. And this is life eternal, the Bible says. But, as a consequence of the forces of the Kingdom of God, there are also supernatural signs and wonders in the physical world. Jesus healed sick, blind and deaf people by the power of the Holy Spirit, and freed the possessed. Even dead people were raised. Jesus commanded the storm to lie down, he could walk on water, and after His crucifixion He rose from the grave. Jesus drove out demons. Consider the story of the demoniac of Gadara, who was freed from a legion of demons, which did collapse the swine into the sea. How can ‘ACIM’ interpret this? Another question is how, according to ‘ACIM’, people can be delivered from addictions, disease, and demonic bondages. ‘ACIM’ does not give solutions, simply because these problems are not seen as real problems. The Bible is far more comprehensive, and has as foundation the truth revealed by God.

Some modern theologians deny the supernatural facts mentioned in the Bible, because it does not fit in their limited scientific framework. But they forget that outside that context other laws exist, by which the supernatural miracles are quite normal. The only point is that we as people do not grasp it with our minds. Compared to the Bible, ‘ACIM’ is nothing more than a humanistic vision on man and life, disguised in a ‘Christian’-like jacket.

Those who take ‘ACIM’ seriously as inspiration, I would like to ask whether it is not very remarkable, that Jesus only after almost 20 centuries would make a correction on the Bible. For millions of believers in the former centuries would have lived and died with a false confession on their lips.

Who has an interest in the release of ‘ACIM’?

Who knows the Bible well, knows that the devil is the enemy of God and man. The devil wants to thwart God's plan of redemption. That is what the devil is doing with cunning, guile, deceit and surrogate. In this connection The Bible speaks about the devil as an angel of light. The devil, the father of evil and the father of lies, that man deceives and subtracts from God, is not mentioned in ‘ACIM’ at all. He just does not exist and is completely held unaffected by ‘ACIM’. But Jesus just has come to expose the wicked, to break his works, and to liberate humanity, which had come under the influence of the evil.

 

Who thinks for a moment, will understand that it is the devil's interest to have to deny that Jesus died for the sins of mankind and rose from the dead. That had been the death-blow for the devil and his angels, the demons. For Col. 2:15 says: "And having stripped rulers and authorities of dominion, He (Jesus) made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross". If the devil can fool people, who could find the truth of God in the ‘ACIM’, he can keep people off from reading the Bible, which is the sword of the Spirit, the weapon, for which the devil just is so afraid.

 

It is not for nothing that the apostle Paul uses very stiff language in Galatians 1:8 and 9: "But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any gospel to you other than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have told you before, I tell you again, If anyone preaches any gospel to you other than the one you received, let him be accursed”. A book like ‘ACIM’, which implicitly claims to know the Biblical truth better than the Bible itself, and proclaims lies about Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word and the Incarnate Truth, such a book cannot be otherwise than cursed, despite the fact that there are beautiful statements in it. But the latter is precisely the misleading of ‘ACIM’. Moreover, there are two conceivable options with respect to the background of ‘ACIM’. One is that the inspiring spirit behind ‘ACIM’ did not correct understand the Bible, the other is that the Bible is correctly understood, but that it deliberately has twisted the Biblical message by a so-called new gospel (i.e. ‘ACIM’). Both options lead to the same final conclusion that the origin and the essence of ‘ACIM’ are false.


It is also very remarkable, that precisely ‘Jesus’ is mentioned as the inspiration of ‘ACIM’ and that ‘ACIM’ uses Biblical concepts. Why not another religion that has entered the scene? The answer is obvious.

Conclusion

‘ACIM’ seems to be a good book, because there are lofty statements in it, and here and there you can read correct statements (which also applies to other spiritual books, such as for example the Vedic scriptures and books of Sufis), but it appears to be an extremely deceptive book, not only because it is passing the true Biblical message, but even suggests that man does not need the Biblical message. There is only one, who has an interest in that, namely the devil, who has been conquered by Jesus Christ. The devil must let go his prey, the fallen man, if that man recognizes Jesus as his Savior. If ‘ACIM’ actually should be a reformulation of the New Testament, and truly would be a beneficial ‘correction’ of a number of traditional Christian dogma (as one of the translators of ‘ACIM’, namely W. Glaudemans said), then there should be established a clear link between the Bible and ‘ACIM’. And that did not happen. On the contrary, there are (deliberately?) concepts with a totally different content, creating a huge confusion.

‘ACIM’ appears to have no foundations at all. The whole thing is actually a philosophical system of thought, which is based on denial on the one hand, and visualization on the other hand. Well-meaning people would wish that ‘ACIM’ is true, but it's not true. People are occupied with a system that pretends a solution, but turns out to be no solution. Some already have experienced (lit. 11) and many will follow.

Asimple example can show the meaningless of ‘ACIM’. Suppose that I have destroyed a windowpane of my neighbor by shooting the ball during a game of football. The ‘solution’ of ‘ACIM’ is to pretend that nothing has happened and to imagine that the glass is intact again.

 

Only the biblical vision, inspired by God Himself, appears to have a solid foundation, namely Salvation by Jesus Christ. The deception of ‘ACIM’ is situated in the fact that this salvation fact is avoided, even though there is spoken about salvation, even mentioning the Holy Spirit (in the step 3, mentioned above). The Bible is very honest. The Bible asks recognition and confession of sins made, but gives the solution in the liberation work of Jesus Christ. God wants to be my Father, and He wants me as a child of God grow to spiritual maturity and perfection through the power of the Holy Spirit that God wants to give to those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. And why should man not accept Gods love offer?

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Annex

 

The biblical view of creation and the destiny of man


After discussing the contents of ‘ACIM’, it is good to display essentially the message of the Bible about the meaning of life. God created heaven and earth, and as the crown of creation, the man with whom God wants to build up a spiritual love affair. Everything was good (Genesis 1). Because man believed the lie of the serpent (the fallen angel Lucifer = the devil), namely that man himself can be like God, the relationship between God and man was broken (the Fall). Sin was introduced into human existence and the separation from God was the result, in other words: a situation contrary to what God had intended with man. By the Fall man came in misery, which etymologically is associated with being outside the kingdom of God. The Fall also had its disfiguring effect on the creation.

In the fullness of time, God supernaturally has begotten His Son Jesus Christ, who 33 years later died as Savior on the cross of Calvary, in order to raise man to allow himself to be reconciled with God. God, a God of love, was longing for reconciliation. The only condition that God had to make was that man recognizes that he / she was divorced from God by sin (= disobedience to God), and that man could be reconciled with God by accepting the sacrifice of the sinless man Jesus Christ to God, and know God as Father. On Golgotha ​​Jesus conquered every demonic power from the kingdom of Satan (Col. 2:15). By faith in this offering and accepting Jesus Christ as Lord, man is redeemed from the power of Satan, and through the Holy Spirit the justified man can have spiritual communion with God.

At the end of the (grace) time, Jesus Christ will return to earth, and the judgment will take place. Those who subject themselves in faith, in love and in dependence on God, will inherit eternal life in bliss. That is the God-intended destiny of man. Those who refuse to accept God's loving grace, will end up in a horrible situation of remorse, loneliness, hunger and pain. The Bible calls this the lake of fire, where demons and all who had the evil rather than the good, will be cast. From that situation is no escape. Hence it is extremely important for people today to hear the gospel (the good news) and to know the possibility to be saved from hell by accepting Jesus' redemptive work.

The devil is the one that hates man and all the good things of God. The devil does not want that man learns to know the truth, and will experience the supreme happiness through to its full destiny, living in dependence on God. With lies and deception, the devil tries to deform the truth of the gospel. His meanest weapon born from pride (by which he himself felled to fall), is the lie that man does not need God, and also does not need the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.

© by drs Piet Guyt


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