Comments from visitors:
Have you read Conversations with God? Someone
bought me two copies. One for each of my children about to become teens.
Obviously she didn't read the book or she wouldn't have given the books to them.
As I read the book to make sure it was ok I couldn't help but get nearly hysterical. If you haven't read it. I hope that you will and then help me to warn parents about it's deceptive title. The god it purports to be conversing with is not God but ourselves. Oh you just have to read it. It's every bit what is being taught to our children in public schools.
It is what my oldest child embraced and the reason why he gave us such a horrible way to go with raising him. I am happy to report that my prayers for his salvation have been answered most recently.
This book tells our teens that to be obedient is not to be free. That the words Freedom and God can be used interchangeably. God is freedom. God created us in His image therefore we are creators. He doesn't want to tell us how to create (ourselves) for that wouldn't be freedom. That we have a open line of communication to Him that we are not separated from Him. That we were not born with original sin but with an Original power. Our gifts are not from him but our own to create. They have the choice to not to obey their parents to not give parents their power. p99 "Remember always: obedience is not creation".
p. 95 "do not renounce sex, nor any of the good and wonderful and fun things that I have given you in life. Simply renounce any addiction you may have of them." p. 94 "When you deny a part of yourself, you deny an aspect of yourself that I created."
p.62 "Almost everything you do, you do because at some level you can see your own interest being served. It is not just about the interest of the person "making you do it." they tell the kids not to give the parents their power by doing what they say but find a benefit in it for you.
I think that's enough example to get you concerned if you haven't already read it. I didn't see a review of it on your page so I thought maybe you hadn't read it. The title is deceptive. The writer Neal Donald Walsch is telling the reader this is what God told him. Never does he tell the reader to read God's word for the answers. He instructs them to listen to their own voices as though they were their own gods.
The forward was written by Alanis Morissette which is what set off alarms to begin with. Then on page 3 when I read, " The last thing you need is someone else giving you the answers. The hope is that this book will place you in touch with your own answers." Then I knew what I had in my hand.
The writer spends a lot of time telling the reader he knows they are this and they are that. Pumping up and feeding the ego. p 24 for example reads like,"you called this book to you...you want changes...you want them now...you're ready...you are anxious...you know that...that's obviously you.
you, Missy, for sending this information. I knew Neale Donald Walsch' books were
occult. His early books came closest to Theosophy. But Walsch' new book for
teens almost sounds more like pop psychology than theosophy.
You may want to read our comments on "Conversations with God" at http://www.crossroad.to/text/Exerpts/Neale1.html
From Tamara L. Murray (quoting from our report on the bestseller, Conversations with "God"):
quotes below reflect the mystical teachings of the "New Thought Movement."1 Each
is part of a dialogue between author Neale Donald Walsch and a spiritual entity
that calls itself "God." The result is a seductive occult message spoken with
"Apparently, millions of people believe these twisted messages came from God. That's not surprising, since Walsch's books have been listed on the New York Times bestsellers list more than 120 weeks. Nor should we expect to be immune to the timeless pattern of deception that caused the decay of ancient Israel."
completely astounded to read such a harsh observation! Having studied the bible
in its entirety, as well as reading all of Mr. Walsch's books, I cannot
understand how such judgement could be disseminated to your readers.
The message of the Conversations books is "WE ARE ALL ONE". Where's the mystical teaching in that? Didn't Jesus try to teach that as well?
Not really, Tamara, but I appreciate your question. The key is the word "we." When Jesus talked about oneness, He was referring to those who believed in Him, had been "born again" and filled with His Spirit, and were following His way -- in other words, His committed disciples who knew Him as their Lord. (See John 17).
As for oneness with the rest of the world, the Bible is very clear: "
"Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
"I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people."
"Therefore, come out from among them and be separate," says the Lord. "Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters." 2 Corinthians 6:12-18
News flash~God didn't stop talking 2000 years ago, and what a blessing, as it seems religion still hasn't received that message! The world will never know unity until we understand this basic truth: We are all one in spirit. And if we are truly interested in enlightenment and evolution on our planet, perhaps our energies (and webspace) would be better spent by spreading this teaching, rather than judging the truths of others, should they be different from your own. Did we forget...Judge not, lest ye be judged yourself...? Love & Light
Tamara, I am not judging you, I am evaluating a particular book that is deceiving many people into thinking that God actually authored its occult teachings. Since you read our review of Conversations with God, you probably also read the Scriptures I used to point out the errors. Please remember, those Scriptures don't change with the times and cultures. Here are some more Scriptures that clarify the problem: Col 2:8