The Fear of God - Obstacles to Peace

Here is a very reasonable question from Jesus;

"What would you see, WITHOUT the fear of death? What would you feel and think, if death held NO attraction for you?"

He is saying that you are attracted to death. Well of course! It’s your final solution. If things don’t work out you actually think you can die and everything will be better. Hmmm, the problem is YOU CAN’T DIE! What is so funny is the thing that you fear the most is actually what attracts you. The human condition is very strange.

So do you want to know the answer to Jesus'question?

"Very simply, You would remember your Father. The Creator of life, the Source of everything that lives, the Father of the Universe, and of the Universe of universes, and of everything that lies even BEYOND them, would you remember. And, as this Memory rises in your mind, peace must still surmount a final obstacle, AFTER which is salvation completed, and the Son of God ENTIRELY restored to sanity. For here your world DOES end."

"The fourth obstacle to be surmounted, hangs like a heavy veil before the face of Christ. Yet as His face rises beyond it, shining with joy because He is in His Father’s Love, peace will lightly brush the veil aside and run to meet Him, and to JOIN with Him at last. For this dark veil, which seems to make the face of Christ Himself like to a leper's, and the bright rays of His Father's Love which light His face with glory, appear as streams of blood, fades in the blazing light BEYOND it, when the fear of death is gone."

"This is the darkest veil, – upheld by the belief in death, and protected by its attraction. The dedication to death and to its sovereignty is but the solemn vow, the promise made in secret to the ego, never to lift this veil, not to approach it, nor even to SUSPECT that it is there. This is the secret bargain, made with the ego, to keep what lies BEYOND the veil forever blotted out and unremembered. Here is your promise never to allow union to call you OUT of separation; the great amnesia in which the memory of God seems quite forgotten; the cleavage of your Self from you; THE FEAR OF GOD, the final step in your dissociation."

Wow, the fear of God has to be the strangest idea you could ever come up with. But I guess if you still carry the intense guilt, of your failed attempt to exclude God then being afraid would be justified. But you have never been able to be separate from God or Reality. God doesn't judge and He is not waiting to punish you. He loves you, now and forever. So beyond fear, beyond the veil is a surprise that will take your breath away.

"See how the belief in death would seem to 'save' you. For, if this is gone, what can you fear but life? It is the attraction of death that makes life seem to be ugly, cruel, and tyrannical. You are no more afraid of death than of the ego. These are your chosen FRIENDS. For, in your secret alliance with them, you have agreed never to let the fear of God be lifted, so you could look upon the face of Christ, and join Him in His Father. Every obstacle that peace must flow across is surmounted in just the same way; the fear that RAISED it yields to the love beneath, and so the fear is gone. And so it is with this." ACIM ~ The Obstacles to Peace – The Fear of God

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