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Was what Jesus did in the temple (turning over the tables) just a teaching device?
Question: Please talk about the gospels and the Course. Are they the same?
Answer: You might say that "A Course in Miracles" is a further clarification and illumination of the gospels. The gospels were written down by apostles who still believed in the ego. They were not able to understand many things that Jesus taught. Their ego ideas of sacrifice tainted their perception of the crucifixion. They perceived that God had an innocent son suffer and die for the good of mankind. Jesus did not suffer, and the Christ cannot die! The resurrection was a small symbol pointing to a very great lesson: that you cannot kill the Christ.
"A Course in Miracles" reinterprets some sayings from the Bible and gospels. Jesus says he could never have said: "Betrayest thou the son of man with a kiss?" because Jesus did not believe in betrayal. Jesus could never have been angry in the temple. That would have contradicted all his teachings. And he could never have said,”I do not come to bring peace but a sword".
Question: I read Ken Wapnick's idea that what Jesus did in the temple was just a teaching device, because it was a very public place. What are your thoughts on this?
Answer: Yes, yes. That's how I see it, that turning over tables of commerce in the house of God was a demonstration that commerce and the ways of God do not mix; just as the crucifixion was an extreme teaching device, an extreme way of teaching love.