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1奇跡の意味

第1章VII節5:神との直接的な交わりには手段が必要

A solid foundation is necessary because of the confusion between fear and awe to which I have already referred, and which is often made.

I have said that awe is inappropriate in connection with the Sons of God, because you should not experience awe in the presence of your equals.

However, it was also emphasized that awe is proper in the Presence of your Creator.

I have been careful to clarify my role in the Atonement without either over or understating it.

I am also trying to do the same with yours.

I have stressed that awe is not an appropriate reaction to me because of our inherent equality.

Some of the later steps in this course, however, involve a more direct approach to God Himself.

It would be unwise to start on these steps without careful preparation, or awe will be confused with fear, and the experience will be more traumatic than beatific.

Healing is of God in the end.

The means are being carefully explained to you.

Revelation may occasionally reveal the end to you, but to reach it the means are needed.

前段落に続いて、「コース」の前半が後半の基盤(solid foundation)になることが強調されています。後で出てくる神との直接的な交わり(啓示)に、careful preparationが必要です。

恐れと畏敬の混同については、第1章のII節に最初出ていましたね。そこでは、奇跡の方が啓示よりも役に立つので好ましいこと、啓示が神との直接的なコミュニケーションであることが説明されていました。

本段落では、これを”direct approach to God Himself”として、神に直接近づく方法が「コース」の後の方に出てくることを明かしています。ただ、そのためには慎重に準備をしておかなければいけません。そうでないと、畏敬が恐れと混同されるからです。

その準備のための方法に従うことにまず専念しなければなりません。

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