Manual for Teachers: 19. What is Justice?
1. Justice is the divine correction for injustice. Injustice is the basis for all the judgments of the world. Justice corrects the misinterpretations to which injustice gives rise, and it cancels them out. Therefore, when you have a misinterpretation stemming (as they all do) from an injustice, then justice (or the correction of the misinterpretation) will cancel out the injustice.
Neither justice nor injustice exists in Heaven, for there error is impossible and thus correction is meaningless. In the world, however, forgiveness depends on justice, since all attack can only be unjust. Justice is the Holy Spirit’s verdict upon the world. Except in His judgment, justice is impossible in this world, for no one in the world is capable of making only just interpretations, and no one can lay all injustices aside. The world’s knowledge is simply not that comprehensive to enable you to do that. If indeed God’s Son were fairly judged, there would be no need for salvation. The thought of separation would then be forever inconceivable. With the Holy Spirit, then, this is your aim, and you will get better and better at fairly judging as you listen to Him.
2. Justice, like its opposite, is an interpretation. It is, however, the one interpretation that leads to truth. (It is like forgiveness in that.) This becomes possible because, while it is not true in itself, justice includes nothing that opposes truth. There is no inherent conflict between justice and truth; one is but the first small step in the direction of the other. The path becomes quite different as you go along. Nor could all the magnificence, the grandeur of the scene and the enormous opening vistas that rise to meet you as the journey continues, be foretold from the outset. Yet even these, whose splendor reaches indescribable heights as one proceeds, fall short indeed of all that waits for you when the pathway ceases and time ends with it (called the completion of the Atonement – correction of all error/undoing of all fears). But somewhere one must start. Justice is the beginning; forgiveness depends on it. And forgiveness is your function.
3. As concepts of your brothers and yourself, all fear of future states and all concerns about the past stem from injustice. Here is the lens which, when held before the body’s eyes, distorts perception and brings witness of the distorted world back to the mind that made the lens and holds it very dear. Selectively and arbitrarily every concept of the world is built up in just this way. “Sins” are perceived and justified by careful selectivity in which all thought of wholeness must be lost. Forgiveness has no place in such a scheme, for all “sin” seems forever true.
4. Salvation is God’s justice. It restores to your awareness the wholeness of the fragments you perceive as broken off and separate. And it is this that overcomes the fear of death, for separate fragments must decay and die, but wholeness is immortal. Wholeness remains forever and forever like its Creator, being one with Him. God’s judgment is His justice. Onto this – a Judgment wholly lacking in condemnation, a Judgment based entirely on Love – you have projected your injustice, giving God the lens of warped perception through which you look. Now it belongs to Him and not to you. Now you are afraid of Him, and do not see you hate and fear your Self as enemy . . . so what is The Answer?
5. The Answer is to pray for God’s justice, and to not confuse His mercy with your own insanity. Perception can make whatever picture the mind desires to see. Remember this. In this lies either Heaven or hell as you elect. God’s justice points to Heaven just because it is entirely impartial. It accepts all evidence that is brought before it, omitting nothing, and assessing nothing as separate and apart from all the rest. From this one standpoint does it judge, and this alone. Here all attack and condemnation become meaningless and indefensible. Perception rests, the mind is still, and light returns again. Vision is now restored. What had been lost has now been found. The peace of God descends on all the world and you can see. You can see!
MANUAL FOR TEACHERS
19. WHAT IS JUSTICE?
1. Justice is the divine correction for injustice. Only in the Holy Spirit’s judgment is justice possible, for no one in the world is capable of making only just interpretations and laying all injustices aside.
2. In the world forgiveness depends on justice, since all attack can only be unjust. Justice is the Holy Spirit’s verdict on the world. Look to Him to see justice for you by inviting Him to make all interpretations for you.
3. Justice is the one interpretation that leads to truth. Justice includes nothing that opposes truth. One is but the first small step to the other.
4. When interpretations lead to truth, the path becomes quite different as you go along. There will be indescribable joy, magnificence, grandeur, and enormous opening vistas that rise to meet you as the journey continues. Even these fall short of all that waits for the SOG (Son of God) as the journey ceases and time ends.
5. Yet you must start somewhere, and justice is the beginning.
6. All fears of future states and all past concerns stem from injustice, which includes all misinterpretation and distortion, which are separations from truth.
7. Salvation is God’s justice. It restores wholeness, overcomes the fear of death, and frees you from warped perception resulting in misinterpretation. You WILL find your way to truth, to God, to Heaven, at last. It is God’s promise.
8. Perception can make whatever picture the mind desires to see. Remember this. In this lies either Heaven or hell, as you elect. Elect God’s justice, choose the Holy Spirit’s verdict, and be free. ☺
9. Pray for God’s justice and do not confuse His mercy with your own insanity. God’s justice points to Heaven where all attack and condemnation become meaningless and indefensible. Perception rests, the mind is still, and light returns to it again. The peace of God descends on all the world, and you can see. And you can see!