Miracles represent freedom from
fear. "Atoning" means "undoing."
The undoing of fear is an essential
part of the Atonement value of miracles.
To look with the ego's eyes really is
the same as to look with the eyes of fear. We would never try to attack
or hurt others if we were not afraid of them. By choosing the Holy Spirit
instead of the ego, we are really choosing love instead of fear.
"Atoning" means "undoing," which is
another word for "correction." Basically, when we atone for our sin, we
undo the belief in it. We do not make it real and then try to undo it,
which of course is the way the world -- the theological, psychological
worlds, etc. --usually proceeds. There are two sections, "The Unreality
of Sin" (text, p. 376; T-19.III) and "Sin versus Error" (text, p. 374;
T-19.II), that point out that you deny the reality of sin by changing it
to a mistake. As the Course teaches: Sins are punished, mistakes are corrected.
This does not mean that you deny what
you see. You do not deny what you read about in the newspapers or what
people have done. What you do is shift your interpretation from sin, which
is always a projection of our own belief in sin, to a mistake that has
to be corrected, which is our own as well as the other person's. Once again,
sins are punished by the ego; mistakes are corrected by the Holy Spirit.
And, thus, they are undone.