ACIM Conversations, Part 14
Where Did God Come From?
The following represents a realistic, but fictionalized discussion, between A Course in Miracles student and a more seasoned one we label “teacher,” designed to reveal the truth behind some of the more obscure teachings of ACIM
Student: I’ve got a question I’ll bet you can’t answer. Where did God come from?
Teacher: That is the great mystery, but another question just as intriguing is how is it that anything exists, including God?
Student: I recall the Course stating merely that “God Is” but that doesn’t tell us why or how God is.
Teacher: But the Course tells us more than you might suppose. Read this:
Student: “God is an idea, and so your faith in Him is strengthened by sharing. What you find difficult to accept is the fact that, like your Father, you are an idea.” T-15.VI.4
Teacher: So, what does this tell us about God?
Student: It says that God is an idea. Seems like an odd statement.
Teacher: And what does it say about us?
Student: It says that we are also ideas, like our Father, God.
Teacher: Now read what the Course says about ideas:
Student: “Ideas leave not their source, and their effects but seem to be apart from them. Ideas are of the mind.” T-26.VII.4 “He created you as part of Him, and this must still be true because ideas leave not their source.” T-26.VII.13
Teacher: We are told that we are ideas and ideas do not leave their source. What is our source?
Student: That would be God for he created us as the verse says.
Teacher: And God is also an idea so the big question is, what is His source?
Student: Are you saying that God has a source of creation as we do?
Teacher: I’m just going by what the Course says. But it does seem to say God was created.
Student: This I’ve got to see. Where is that reference?
Teacher: Read this:
Student: “Your will to create was given you by your Creator, Who was expressing the same Will IN HIS CREATION.” T-2.VIII.1
Teacher: Who’s creation is the verse talking about?
Student: Our Creator.
Teacher: And who is our creator?
Teacher: And God is an idea with a creation and a source. What is that source of ideas?
Student: You got me.
Teacher: You were told in the verse we just read. Here read it again:
Student: “Ideas are of the mind.” T-26.VII.4
Teacher: Let us summarize what we have gathered so far. You are an idea who has not left its source, which is God. But God is also similarly a creation and an idea who has not left His source. Finally, the source of all ideas is “the mind.” Is it possible that some type of universal mind created the idea that we call God?
Student: If God is a creation and an idea then something had to create him.
Teacher: To shed further light we must ask this question. What is God?
Student: I’ve always just thought He was the creator of all things, but since the Course says he had a creation – now I am not sure.
Teacher: In an earlier discussion we talked about the purpose of the Son. What was that?
Student: To create like the Father.
Teacher: And what does he create?
Student: More Sons.
Teacher: And when a Son creates a Son what relationship does he have to his creation?
Student: I suppose he becomes a father to the new Son.
Teacher: And read again what your Father does for you
Student: “He extends His Fatherhood to you so that you can extend yourself AS HE DID. You do not understand this because you do not understand Him.” T-8.VI.6
Teacher: So when you extend yourself as your Father did what do you do?
Student: Fulfill my function of creating additional Sons.
Teacher: Think on this. Your Sons will call you Father, Is it not logical that your Father, who created Sons, also has a Father and is himself a Son?
Student: That would seem to be a logical conclusion. So, is God just a created Son then?
Teacher: Remember God is an idea. So, what is the idea we are talking about here?
Student: It seems to be an eternal chain of Fathers and Sons.
Teacher: Yes, and that eternal chain of Fathers and Sons is the idea that we call God. And what is the source of that idea?
Student: We are told it is mind.
Teacher: Therefore, if we follow the Course’s teachings the closest we can come to the origin of all things is mind, or perhaps intelligence would be a good alternative word.
Student: So where does mind come from?
Teacher: The Course doesn’t give us a hint on this, but it does say “If I did not think I would not exist, because life is thought.” W-pI.54.2.
Therefore, without mind neither God nor the Sons could even exist. To go further in understanding you must tap into universal mind yourself wherein lies the answer to all things.
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