Many Christians assure themselves that there is real virtue in trying to see all the good they can in everyone and that in so doing they are showering Christ’s love. After all, isn’t love the most important virtue (1 Corinthians 13)? But love is meaningless without truth. Showing the influence of Eastern mysticism, a recent poll revealed that 71 percent of Americans, 64 percent of those who claim to be “born-again,” and 40 percent of self-described evangelicals do not believe in absolute truth.
That denial of God’s truth is promoted in all communications from entities claiming to be spirits of the dead, Ascended Masters, space brothers, “Jesus,” or whoever is most appealing to the particular recipient. Judith Skutch, the publisher of A Course in Miracles, attests to the fact that “the same perennial philosophy or ancient wisdom” is expressed consistently through “different voices.” The message of the 500,000-word A Course in Miracles is no exception. Dictated to an atheistic psychologist by “Jesus,” the Course reflects the same promotion of Eastern mysticism that Edgar Mitchell embraced on his moon journey:
“The world you made…is only in the mind of its maker…by recognizing [this] you gain control over it…. The oneness of the Creator and the creation is your wholeness…your limitless power…it is what you are. God would never decide against you, or He would be deciding against Himself…. Forgiveness…does not pardon sins…it sees there was no sin. All guilt is solely an invention of your mind…in understanding this you are saved…how simple is salvation! It is merely a statement of your true identity.”
The lie is so obvious that it requires no explanation. Every child has conscience enough to know that he is morally accountable for his deeds and that sin has separated him from God. Yet the lie is so appealing that intelligent adults by the millions embrace it in their desperate flight from truth and God.