NO SACRIFICES ARE REQUIRED IN ORDER TO PLEASE GOD # 15113

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King David said, “For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise.” Psalm 51: 16-17. We have always had a tendency to buy our return to Heaven and to feel acceptable to God. In exchange for that, we want to give Him something that causes us suffering, and we think that the greater our sacrifices, the more pleased God will be with us. But we don’t realize that we are offering Him what we want to give Him, not necessarily what He is asking of us. If we asked, Lord, what do you want me to do; He would tell us what He told King David. What God wants from us it is a change of heart, or mind. Changing our way of thinking changes our attitude and our behavior accordingly. Then we will be of one mind with Christ and with the Father, which is all it takes.

It is common for a lot of individuals to offer God their pain and suffering due to their sickness. If we analyze it, all diseases are symptoms that our mind is sick; therefore, it does not make sense to offer God our suffering. The body itself is neutral; it cannot get sick or heal on its own. The body is only the reflection of what we have in our mind. It could be the effect of a mistake we made or a sense of guilt or resentment for offenses that we have not been able to forgive. These negative emotions are now reflected as a disease. What we would be offering God would be the effects of our mistakes.  What God wants is for us to return to Him with the healed and pure mind He gave us. When the prodigal son realized his mistake, he had the humility to accept that fault, and he returned home, ready to tell his father how he felt and how sorry he was.  That is all it took to be accepted with open arms. There was no need to do purification rites, just to change his way of thinking.

We make mistakes out of ignorance, but let us remember that only truth is real, and what is false is false. Acting with good intentions is not enough; it won’t transmute the false into truth. It requires the right action. We were created free; therefore we can live in our own way and live with the consequences, or we can use our freedom to ask God to guide us. The Apostle Paul said, “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” 1 Corinthians 6:12. Besides being free, we have common sense and forecast the consequences of our actions. We are free beings with self-control. We can conclude beforehand whether it is good or not to do something. God is not asking sacrifices from us. That word is always associated with suffering, and God wants only happiness for His children.

“Sacrifice is a notion totally unknown to God.  It arises solely from fear, and frightened people can be vicious.  Sacrificing in any way is a violation of my injunction that you should be merciful even as your Father in Heaven is merciful. It has been hard for many Christians to realize that this applies to themselves. Good teachers never terrorize their students. To terrorize is to attack, and this results in rejection of what the teacher offers. The result is learning failure. I have been correctly referred to as ‘the lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world,’ but those who represent the lamb as blood-stained do not understand the meaning of the symbol. Correctly understood, it is a very simple symbol that speaks of my innocence. ‘The lion and the lamb lying down together symbolize that strength and innocence are not in conflict, but naturally live in peace. ‘Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.’ is another way of saying the same thing. A pure mind knows the truth and this is its strength. It does not confuse destruction with innocence because it associates innocence with strength, not with weakness.”  ACIM T-3.I.4-5.

In God there is no duality. He cannot be good and also cruel. He would have to be cruel to demand suffering and sacrifices in order to give us His love. All God is giving us is His love and compassion, and us as His children, love and compassion is all we should offer our fellowman.

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all."  2 Corinthians 13:14

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