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3. What Is the World?

W-pII.3.1. The world is false perception. 2 It is born of error, and it has not left its source. 3 It will remain no longer than the thought that gave it birth is cherished. 4 When the thought of separation has been changed to one of true forgiveness, will the world be seen in quite another light; and one which leads to truth, where all the world must disappear and all its errors vanish. 5 Now its source has gone, and its effects are gone as well.

W-pII.3.2. The world was made as an attack on God. 2 It symbolizes fear. 3 And what is fear except love's absence? 4 Thus the world was meant to be a place where God could enter not, and where His Son could be apart from Him. 5 Here was perception born, for knowledge could not cause such insane thoughts. 6 But eyes deceive, and ears hear falsely. 7 Now mistakes become quite possible, for certainty has gone.

W-pII.3.3. The mechanisms of illusion have been born instead. 2 And now they go to find what has been given them to seek. 3 Their aim is to fulfill the purpose which the world was made to witness and make real. 4 They see in its illusions but a solid base where truth exists, upheld apart from lies. 5 Yet everything that they report is but illusion which is kept apart from truth.

W-pII.3.4. As sight was made to lead away from truth, it can be redirected. 2 Sounds become the call for God, and all perception can be given a new purpose by the One Whom God appointed Savior to the world. 3 Follow His light, and see the world as He beholds it. 4 Hear His Voice alone in all that speaks to you. 5 And let Him give you peace and certainty, which you have thrown away, but Heaven has preserved for you in Him.

W-pII.3.5. Let us not rest content until the world has joined our changed perception. 2 Let us not be satisfied until forgiveness has been made complete. 3 And let us not attempt to change our function. 4 We must save the world. 5 For we who made it must behold it through the eyes of Christ, that what was made to die can be restored to everlasting life.