TOPICS: Vicarious atonement cannot be understood without karma – Jesus has carried humankind’s karma for the past 2,000 years – this is not a permanent escape from karma – Jesus did not pay for future sins – Jesus would not take away our lessons – delaying negative karma helps you make positive karma – our karma must now descend – individual erasing of karma – increase in prophecies –
Question: What does it really mean that Jesus has taken upon himself the sins of the world?
Answer from ascended master Jesus through Kim Michaels:
The question of vicarious atonement has caused much confusion among Christians. I desire to set the record straight.
The only way to fully understand this concept is to understand the law of cause and effect, including the concepts of reincarnation and karma (see this answer). When the universe returns your karma to you, you will be burdened by that karma. Returning karma can manifest in many different ways, but all of these ways will be a burden to you. Your karma will often limit your ability to walk the spiritual path and raise your consciousness above the level of the dualistic mind.
When I came to earth 2,000 years ago, humankind was severely burdened by returning karma created in past ages. It became clear to me that people would have little chance of following my true teachings while they were so burdened by this karma. Therefore, I petitioned my Father in heaven to be allowed to bear humankind’s returning karma for the next 2,000 years. I was granted that petition, and therefore I have carried the burden of humankind’s karma for the past 2,000 years.
Bearing the burden of someone’s karma is not the same as permanently removing that karma. Therefore, it is not true to say that Jesus Christ has taken upon himself the sins, or the karma, of the world. I have given people a temporary reprieve from the burden of their karma. I have not given them a permanent escape from that karma.
When you consider the idea of vicarious atonement, as it is preached by some Christian churches, it is not difficult to see that there are certain aspects of this idea that simply do not make sense. First of all, we have the idea that I have taken upon myself not only the sins that were committed up until my embodiment as Jesus, but also all of the sins that could possibly be committed after that time.
How could I possibly take on sins that have not yet been committed? Because I am not caught up in the dualistic mind, I completely fail to see how anyone can make any sense out of such an idea. This would be giving humankind a blank check and allowing them to do whatever they wanted without ever having to face the consequences. How could people possibly learn from this?
I am a spiritual teacher. I desire to help human beings learn their lessons and to learn them as quickly as possible. However, the very essence of being a teacher is that you cannot learn someone’s lessons for them. It simply isn’t enough that I learn that human actions have consequences. You must learn that lesson for yourself, or the lesson will have no impact on your life.
NOTE: The rest of this answer is avbailable in the book: The Mystical Teachings of Jesus.
Copyright © 2003 by Kim Michaels