A Course in Miracles Exposed and is New Age Beliefs
Definition: (also referred to as ACIM or the Course) is a book scribed and edited by Helen Schucman, with portions transcribed and edited by William Thetford, containing a curriculum to bring about what it calls a “spiritual transformation”. … Schucman believed that the “inner dictation” came from Jesus. A Course in Miracles is the name of a book that was written by a channeled spirit, who claimed to be Jesus – demonic revelation.
Methods of discernment if fit for Christians or Not
- Who was the founder of this modality?
- What was his/her spirituality?
- What culture did it come out of?
- How does it claim to work?
- What were their beliefs?
- Who is their God or gods?
- What is the occult potential?
- The Biblical / Christian Evaluation / Scriptures
Who was the founder of this Modality?
Helen Schucman and Thetford. It was channeled through a New Age
psychologist over an eight-year period. Dr. Schucman acted as a medium for the spirit that spoke to her. She claimed the “Voice” said it was Jesus and dictated words to her “mentally.” It is not the Jesus we serve, but a spirit guide that goes by the name of Jesus Christ. She believes the spirits redefined to reinterpret the gospel message.
What was his/her spirituality?
The "Jesus" of "A Course in Miracles" is not really the Son of God, never really had a physical body, and hence never really suffered on the cross.
Helen Schucman “inner dictation” of Jesus.
What culture did it come out of?
New Age culture in America
How does it claim to work?
She believes the Holy Spirit is to help you understand the real message of Jesus. This is tapping into another Jesus. The course teaches that: everything you see around you is an illusion and that sin and guilt are not real. The course claims to be
an attitude-changing theory for raising a man’s consciousness from the “guilt” of “thinking he is a sinner”
to accepting the correct attitude about himself.
What were their beliefs?
A personal transformation. While it uses Christian terminology, it is ecumenical in nature and states that “a universal theology is impossible, but a universal experience is not only possible but necessary.” The course presents pantheism, “God is in everything I see” (Course, 2:1), which is contrary to the God of the Scriptures, who is personal (Genesis 1:26) and distinct from
His creation (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16,17).
Who is their god or gods?
The teachings of the Course—a mixture of the mysticism, Gnosticism, and New Age psycho-babble—run counter to Christian beliefs. This New Age belief system uses Christian terminology.
What is the occult potential?
The Biblical / Christian Evaluation / Scriptures
Father Pacwa warns that the course “presents a false Jesus, false Spirit and false Gospel, and therefore it deserves simple rejection.” A Course in Miracles is the “atonement principle,” which states that separation from God through sin did not happen.
The Course is very deceiving, as it uses Christian terminology but gives the words alien meanings. For example, many people may have heard that the Course is “all about forgiveness”, but they’re most likely not aware, that “forgiveness” according to the Course, means saying to yourself, “since no sin ever occurred, no forgiveness is necessary.” Another example: the “Atonement”, according to the Course, is: ” the acknowledgment that I am NOT in this world”, (text, pg. 97) and this “atonement” teaches that: “never having sinned, I have no need of salvation.” (Text, pg. 237)
2 Corinthians 11:4 warns us about things like this A Course in Miracles, you might say it also applies to Mormon so-called later revelations also:
|For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him|
Note below in (Galatians 1:6-9) Paul thought this was so important, he repeated it:
|6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preaches any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.|
The Course claims Jesus’ body was an illusion. The Bible, however, stresses the physical reality of Jesus’ human body: John 1:14
in is an illusion according to the Course, but the Bible warns of sin’s reality and consequences: Romans 3:23, John 1:7-10.
According to the Course, Jesus is not the only Savior. The Bible presents Jesus as the unique and only Savior of the world: John 14:6, Acts 4:10-12, Acts 16:29-31.
Though the Course teaches Man is still in heaven with God, Jesus said He was going to prepare a place for Man. Hence man is obviously not already in heaven: John 14:1-3.
While the Course denies the reality of death, the Bible teaches that every person will die: Hebrews 9:27.