A Course to Avoid About Jesus and the Bible
A Course In Miracles is a book which attempts to redefine Jesus and the Bible. The book is largely promoted by Oprah Winfrey. In a careful comparison of the Bible and ACIM you can discern that ACIM tries to undermine the Bible and the gospel of Jesus Christ. You can avoid being deceive by ACIM, as others have been misled.
A Comparison of the Bible and A Course In Miracles:
Is Jesus Christ the only divinely begotten Son of God?
Bible texts state the following about Jesus Christ: He is “The Alpha and the Omega…the Lord God…the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8). He is declared to be the “only begotten Son” (John 3:16). God the Father has decreed that “every knee shall bow” to Jesus Christ, and “all the angels worship” the Son of God (Philippians 2:10; Hebrews 1:12).
ACIM texts state repeatedly, in different words, that mankind is equal in divine substance to Jesus Christ: “Christ is God’s Son…He is the Self we share…with one another, and with God as well” (Workbook. P431). Jesus is Christ “along with you” (Manual for Teachers p87). “God gave the Sonship to you” (Text, p321). “I am the holy Son of God Himself” (Workbook, p363). “The Sonship is your Self” (Workbook, p22).
What Is sin?
The Bible say “sin is disobedience” and “lawlessness” toward the Word of God (1 John 3:4; Matthew 4:4). Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, sinned in disobeying God in the Garden of Eden (Genesis, chapter 3). However, “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23). “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (John 1:8KJV). “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9KJV).
ACIM quotes say “there is no sin.” (WB, p419). “Sin is the home of all illusions” (WB, 419). “My Self is holy” (WB, p20). “Let me remember there is no sin” (WB, p424). “The Course has its own definition of what forgiveness really is just as it defines the world in its own way” (preface, xi).
What is a Miracle?
Bible scriptures say Jesus performed miracles “which none other man did” (John 15:24). Jesus brought a man named Lazarus back to life after he had been dead “in the tomb for four days” (John 11:41-44). Jesus uses “fives loaves” and “two fish” to feed “about five thousand men, besides women and children” (Matthew 14:19-21). Jesus “was risen from the dead” (John 2:19-22; Mark 16:9-14; Romans 8:11). And Jesus did many other miraculous “signs in the presence of his disciples” (John 20:30).
ACIM speaks of miracles as thinking that occurs in the mind, rather than deeds demonstrating extraordinary supernatural power. “A miracle is a correction…and reminds the mind of what it sees is false” (WB, p473). “It undoes errors [in thinking] (WB, p473).
Comparing guiding principles of the Bible to those of ACIM
The Bible gives guidance on following the Almighty God, and discerning false doctrines.
- Pray to God first: “If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God…and it shall be given (James 1:5 KJV)
- Study the Bible diligently for “All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped” (2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Timothy 3:16-17NIV).
- Hear what Jesus, the only begotten Son of God said: “Search the scriptures for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me (John 5:39KJV).
- Follow the Bible example of the Early Christian Berean Church in Acts 17:11. After the Apostle Paul preached to the Bereans they searched the scriptures to see if what Paul taught was in line with the written Word of God.
- The God of the Bible encourages you to study the Holy Bible Word of God for yourself to avoid falling into false doctrine. “Can the blind lead the blind? Shall they not both fall into the ditch?” (Luke 6:39)
A Course in Miracles offers instructions on how to reverse your thinking about the the world, especially your thinking about the Bible and the gospel. Basic aims of ACIM are stated in its preface:
- Cause a general “reversal” of your thinking
- Especially cause a reversal of your “Christian” thinking
- Assign ACIM “universal spiritual meanings” to “Christian” terminologies
- promote the achievement the aims of A Course In Miracles by teaching its students not to believe their own “errors of perception,” but only believe the knowledge of “truth” taught by ACIM.
Comparing Bible and ACIM authorities
The Bible is written by many writers that are essentially in agreement with each other. They performed unequalled miracles; and made unparalleled detailed prophecies which proved to be true. The Bible states that all biblical “scripture is given by inspiration of God.” And it says you should study and follow these scriptures as God’s “word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:16-17; 2Timothy 2:15).
In contrast, A Course In Miracles was simply written by a psychologist named Helen Schucman, who says she wrote down what an inner “Voice” dictated to her (preface, viii). The Course in Miracles (ACIM/The Course) claims that the knowledge of The Course “is truth” (preface, x). And it instructs you: “do not allow yourself to make exceptions in applying the ideas” and teachings of The Course (preface, ix).
Changing the Bible, the gospel and its meanings as done by AICM are forbidden by “the Almighty”
Jesus personally appeared to the apostle Paul and chose him to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ crucified (Acts 9:15; 1 Corinthians 2:2). Paul said if anyone or even an Angel teaches any gospel or doctrine other than that which has been taught by Bible scriptures let them be cursed by God (Galatians 1:8). “The Almighty” Jesus Christ inspired his disciple John to write Revelation, the last book of the Bible. And the Lord Jesus Christ condemns anyone who adds to or take away from the written words of God in the Bible (Revelation 1:8; 22:18-19)
Why I read and commented on A Course In Miracles as being “anti-Bible”
I read A Course In Miracles, after reading The Light That Was Dark, by Warren Smith. He said ACIM played a major role in his being spiritually deceived in the antichrist New Age movement. But Warren said this was before he read the Bible, and was set free by the blood of the cross of Jesus Christ.
When I came to read A Course In Miracles, I discovered that there was a wide interest in ACIM. This interest would significantly have been sparked by the great influence of Oprah Winfrey and her promotion of the book. However, by my reading ACIM I learned first-hand about the deceptions that Warren Smith said he encountered; and that many people would be subjected to by studying this book. Warren said in The Light That Was Dark, these deceptions are “realities” to those who believe in The Course. However, believing in and studying the Bible as the Word of God enables you to recognize The Course’s deceptions as untruth.
We should believe in the Bible as the only authentic inspired Word of God. Do not put your trust in A Course In Miracle, which opposes the Bible, or any other alleged divine authority. The Bible says it pleased God that through preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ crucified people should be saved from sin ((1 Corinthians 1:18-22). Paul, the apostle of Jesus, said if anyone or even an Angel teach any gospel or doctrine other than that taught in the Bible let them be cursed by God (Galatians 1:8). The Almighty Jesus Christ inspired his disciple John to write Revelation, the last book of the Bible. And the Lord Jesus Christ condemns anyone who adds to or take away from the written words of God in the Bible (Revelation 1:8; 22:18-19).The crucifixion of Jesus Christ