Q: Hello. The Course is clear that God created the Sonship and that we are not God. If we were God, then the dream would be forever, since God is the Prime Creator and thus whatever He Knows is Reality.
Here are some quotes from the Course that make the plurality of Sons obvious:
God, Who encompasses all being, created beings who have everything individually, but who want to share it to increase their joy. (T-4.VII.5:1)
God created His Sons by extending His Thought, and retaining the extensions of His Thought in His Mind. All His Thoughts are thus perfectly united within themselves and with each other. (T-6.II.8:1-2)
Creation is the sum of all God’s Thoughts, in number infinite. (W-pII.11.1:1)
God knows His children with perfect certainty. He created them by knowing them. (T-3.III.7:9-10)
In the creation, God extended Himself to His creations and imbued them with the same loving Will to create. (T-2.I.1:2)
A: One is an extension of God’s Love with the freedom to create “as imbued by God”, which is to extend His Love unconditionally, or mis-create within a world of impermanence as dictated by the “tiny mad idea”. The dream of death is a miscreation that does end, because God would have it so; God created only the eternal. Only God’s Thought extending continues. The illusion of the perishable is resolved by Knowledge of the eternal.
There is Absolute Thought that God extended to His Son (pre-separated state), and there seems to be the plurality of sons that occurred by the belief in separation. The separation is a perceptual illusion, “at no single instant does the body exist at all” but life in a body is believed to be reality when perception is given reign over the Absolute. The Sonship forms a classroom with learning tools for the Son to remember Oneness with Source, by looking past duality/plurality and joining in Oneness with all of the Sonship.
“Without the idea of death, there is no world”. Without the idea of death, plurality/duality dissolves into the Oneness of God’s Absolute Thought (though “individuality” or the “I” of the Son’s Awareness remains intact, without perceptual partitions – in the Absolute state, ideas to partition never were).
May I suggest you read Walter and Lao Russell’s 12 Part Home Study Program on Universal Law, Natural Science and Philosophy; it will answer your questions about how Undivided Oneness seems in God’s Cosmic Play to become divided by two, “male and female”, to come back together as One and simulate Oneness. Russell describes the metaphysics of ideas in the Mind of God completing in a very illuminated, detailed manner, and the info has been around since 1950’s. Please feel free to return if you have more questions. Thank-you.