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1. WHO ARE GOD'S TEACHERS?
M-1.1. A teacher of God is anyone who chooses to be one. 2 His qualifications consist solely in this; somehow, somewhere he has made a deliberate choice in which he did not see his interests as apart from someone else's. 3 Once he has done that, his road is established and his direction is sure. 4 A light has entered the darkness. 5 It may be a single light, but that is enough. 6 He has entered an agreement with God even if he does not yet believe in Him. 7 He has become a bringer of salvation. 8 He has become a teacher of God.
M-1.2. They come from all over the world. 2 They come from all religions and from no religion. 3 They are the ones who have answered. 4 The Call is universal. 5 It goes on all the time everywhere. 6 It calls for teachers to speak for It and redeem the world. 7 Many hear It, but few will answer. 8 Yet it is all a matter of time. 9 Everyone will answer in the end, but the end can be a long, long way off. 10 It is because of this that the plan of the teachers was established. 11 Their function is to save time. 12 Each one begins as a single light, but with the Call at its center it is a light that cannot be limited. 13 And each one saves a thousand years of time as the world judges it. 14 To the Call Itself time has no meaning.
M-1.3. There is a course for every teacher of God. 2 The form of the course varies greatly. 3 So do the particular teaching aids involved. 4 But the content of the course never changes. 5 Its central theme is always, "God's Son is guiltless, and in his innocence is his salvation." 6 It can be taught by actions or thoughts; in words or soundlessly; in any language or in no language; in any place or time or manner. 7 It does not matter who the teacher was before he heard the Call. 8 He has become a savior by his answering. 9 He has seen someone else as himself. 10 He has therefore found his own salvation and the salvation of the world. 11 In his rebirth is the world reborn.
M-1.4. This is a manual for a special curriculum, intended for teachers of a special form of the universal course. 2 There are many thousands of other forms, all with the same outcome. 3 They merely save time. 4 Yet it is time alone that winds on wearily, and the world is very tired now. 5 It is old and worn and without hope. 6 There was never a question of outcome, for what can change the Will of God? 7 But time, with its illusions of change and death, wears out the world and all things in it. 8 Yet time has an ending, and it is this that the teachers of God are appointed to bring about. 9 For time is in their hands. 10 Such was their choice, and it is given them.