“Non-judgment Day Is Near”
The following story is from the Bible. It is about some religious leaders who caught a woman engaged in adultery. At that time, their society had a law that such people should be killed by having stones thrown at them.
The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” (John 8:3-11 ESV)
Now, there are some questions we could ask about this story. If Jesus did not condemn her at that time, and he told her not to sin anymore, what would happen if she did sin again? Did Jesus believe she would never sin again, or was he waiting for her to sin so he could condemn or judge her for her actions? Did Jesus have a “three strikes and you’re out” approach to sin? Or, did Jesus represent God when he said, “Neither do I condemn you”? Is God a God of condemnation, or not?
Different societies have different rules about morality, and good and bad, and right and wrong. However, the people in these societies have one thing in common: they all feel guilty and practice self-condemnation. Even if people are not religious, they feel that something is wrong with their inner self.
The book A Course in Miracles teaches that God’s creation made a “detour into fear” when it accepted the idea that it could contradict God’s will, and “sin.” Ever since that moment, God’s creation has been driven mad by the ideas of sin, guilt, and fear. Sin is what God’s creation believes happened in the past, guilt is the “proper” feeling of the sinner in the present, and fear is about the fear of future punishment.
The salvation of the world consists in undoing (or forgiving) the ideas of sin, guilt, and fear. Either God is real or sin is real. They cannot both be real because they contract each other. Either God is all-powerful and all-good, or sin has destroyed God’s will and goodness and God does not exist. If we think of sin as an illusion in a bad dream, then the idea of God can be what remains real. If we see sin as real, then God becomes an illusion.
The book A Course in Miracles teaches that God knows that his creation is still like Himself–holy, guiltless, sinless, and eternal. However, God’s creation has accepted sin as real and is now in a dream-like state and having nightmares of future punishment. God’s creation feels guilty, so it punishes itself and expects God to hand out the final punishment at the end of the world.
The way out of this mess is to realize that God’s will cannot be contradicted in reality, sin does not really exist, and God has no need to condemn His creation at all. God’s creation needs only to forgive or overlook all ideas of sin and accept God’s judgment that His creation is still holy and guiltless. Non-judgment day is getting nearer because the suffering caused by the belief in sin and condemnation is becoming so intense that an alternative way of thinking is being sought. The alternative to self-condemnation is self-forgiveness. When forgiveness of self has been completed, God’s creation will wake up and realize that it is, and has always been, safe in heaven.