Difficult ACIM Questions (for Some)

Difficult ACIM Questions (for Some)


[1] Why does ACIM tell us that there are four different lives in heaven if there are not really four lives?  These are the Father, The Sonship, the Holy Spirit and angels.

[2] Why does it confirm the statement from Jesus in the Bible that the Father is greater than the Son since one cannot be greater than one?

I and my Father are one, but there are two parts to the statement in recognition that the Father is greater. T-1.II.4

Then we read in the unedited version:

“the original statement was “are of one kind.” The Father and the Son are not identical, but you can say “Like Father, like Son.” UR T 1 B 22l.

[3] Why does the Course use the term “Sons of God” (plural) dozens of times if the united Sonship has no parts?

[4] We are told that part of the Sonship separated from heaven and part did not and the ones remaining in heaven, along with angels, tried to prevent the separation. How could this happen in a Sonship with no parts.

[5] And speaking of parts why does the Course often speak of parts if there are no parts in heaven?

“So do the parts of God’s Son gradually join in time, and with each joining is the end of time brought nearer.” T-20.V.1

The Son “is part of the Holy Trinity.” T-3.II.5 “all living things as part of him.” M-23.2

“Any part of the Sonship can believe in error or incompleteness if he so chooses.” T-2.VII.6

[6] How is it that we were “created ABOVE the angels” UR T 1 B 30y&z and have a different function if there is only one with no parts as in pure non dualism?

[7] How could God be alone as one life with no parts when it is clearly stated several times that “God Himself did not will to be alone.” T-11.I.1

[8] We are clearly told that “You were created only to create” T-14.I.4 Creation is your Source and your only real function. T-3.V.6.

Then we will create children “as like the Sons as they are like the Father.” T-7.XI.7

How will heaven be extended with additional Sons in a universe of one with no parts?

[9] The Course emphasizes numerous times that sharing among the Sons of God is an important ingredient of heaven and “all talents will be shared by all the Sons of God.” T-1.V.3

If all there is, is one with no parts, then how could sharing or even love be possible?

[10] We are told that “Existence as well as being rest on communication.” T-4.VII.4 and being in heaven “is a state in which the mind is in communication with everything that is real.” T-4.VII.4

If all that is real is one life with no parts, then why would we even need to communicate when there is no one with whom to communicate?



There is a strange belief by many students that we are reliving the entire separation. It is as if we were watching a movie that is already made and the next frame or script is just being replayed and there is nothing we can do to change it. Even these words you are reading now were written long ago and you are just watching them be repeated.

This has never made sense to me and from my studies it is not in harmony with ACIM.  Here are questions that such believers have never answered in any way that makes sense to me.

[1] We are told that the separation took “many millions” of years to get us to this point and may take even longer for a return.  That span of time would involve thousands of lifetimes. Are we committed to relive them all with no free will to change anything?

[2] This separation period is described by the Course as a nightmare full of pain, suffering and fear.  If it is all over and we could be enjoying heaven, then why are we repeating the separation of our own free will? Wasn’t once enough? Why would we voluntarily enter the nightmare of millions of years and make it real to us?

[3] If the film or script of our lives has already been made, then why cannot even one person out of billions do some fast forwarding and produce tomorrow’s newspaper today? Why has no one been able to name who the president will be or who will win the Superbowl 50 years in the future?

[4] The Course stresses we always have free will and “You are not free to give up freedom” T-10.IV.5 How is this reconciled with the idea that we are repeating a script that cannot be changed? Are we really free, as ACIM says, if we are doomed to repeat painful experiences?

[5] How many times are we going to enter the dream state and relive the nightmare? Are we living in a Groundhog Day situation, but with no power to make changes?

[6] How is reliving the script in harmony with this passage?

“When the Atonement is complete and the whole Sonship is healed THERE WILL BE NO CALL TO RETURN.” T-5.I.5

If we are watching a film and making it real then we have returned to the dream. Does not compute.

[7] We are told that “Nothing that you remember now (in the dream) will you remember.” T-19.IV.D.6

So, in heaven we leave the nightmare behind as if it never happened. How is this reconciled with the idea that we have returned to heaven but are reliving the dream and making it real?

[8] The Course tells us this:

“All your past except its beauty is gone, and nothing is left but a blessing. I have saved all your kindnesses and every loving thought you ever had.” T-5.IV.8

If the only thing God saves from the separation are our thoughts of kindness and love then how can we be reliving the pain and fear which has not been saved in any film or script?

[9] If we have really awakened and in heaven watching a movie, and we have free will, then why cannot we put it on pause, take a break and return, if we wish to punish ourselves?

[10] The Course says this:

“Only what God creates is irreversible and unchangeable. What you made can always be changed because, when you do not think like God, you are not really thinking at all.” T-5.V.6

If the movie or script is written and we are reliving it, then how is this reconciled with the teaching that “What you made can always be changed?” T-5.V.6.

This reliving the movie idea is expanded in this post:

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