“The New Spirituality is a civil rights movement for the soul, freeing humanity at last from the oppression of its belief in a separate, angry, violent, and fearful God. Human beings have always been free. They simply have not known it.” –Neale Donald Walsch
So, when was the last time you read a dangerous book?
Hang on to your seats, because author Neale Donald Walsch challenges the sacred cows of every major world religion by daring to examine what God (truly) wants. An equal opportunity offender, his singular, simple answer to the question “What does God want?” will surprise most, offend the inert close-minded, and thrill those who are already (all ready!) riding the wave of New Spirituality.
1.Who and What is God? 2.What does God want, and why?
Declaring that fear and guilt are the real enemies of humanity (and differentiating them from caution and remorse) Walsh traces war, world hunger, violence, sexism, racism and more directly to humanity’s belief about God and what He wants.
On June 23, 2004, the fascinating results of a scientific survey conducted by Harris Interactive hit the wire services: 69% of adult Americans believe religious differences are the biggest hurdle to global peace. This overwhelming percentage is evidence that individuals are starting to wake up and realize that humanity’s beliefs about God and what He wants is the biggest problem in the world today.
For many nations, entire social and judicial structures are built upon beliefs about various interpretations of sacred scriptures. The major religions, without exception, advocate an “us versus them” Separation Theology. In the 19th century, Americans sincerely accepted the biblical story of Noah’s son Ham to justify slavery. In that time, to raise one’s voice in protest to enslavement would have been met with persecution, accusations of heresy, and possibly death.
Yet, even now, many followers of religions such as Islam, Christianity, and Judaism justify discrimination, superiority (“specialness”), indifference, hatred, and violence based on what the “sacred scriptures” say. At the risk of being labeled an infidel, subversive, or “lost sinner”, Walsch sounds a clarion call that now is the time to ruthlessly examine what humanity believes about God, and what Deity wants from humanity.
“When it comes to its most sacred beliefs, our society will not tolerate new ideas that violate doctrine—or even question it. Thus, we are trying to build a twenty-first-century reality with first-century moral, ethical, and spiritual tools. This would be akin to a surgeon stepping into a modern-day operating room with a very sharp stone. It is not necessary to build our tomorrows with such primitive tools. The prohibition against new ideas and new thoughts about God can and must be lifted. A new discussion about God and What God Wants must begin.”
Fortunately for humanity, Walsch (and Atria Books) had the courage to open the discussion by asking difficult questions, presenting the global consequences of centuries of religious assumptions, and offering a compellingly simple solution to mankind’s greatest challenges. Walsch examines ideas on morality, suffering, free will, death, male and female, money, sex, and so on through the lens of Separation Theology (which is what we’ve had up until now), and how those same ideas look through the lens of Unity Theology.
While humanity is in some deep do-do right now, the good news is that we can choose today to make different choices—including how we choose to see God, life, and our fellow man.
Indeed, our very lives—and the life of the planet—may depend on it.
As Walsch succinctly puts it: “We human beings do not need to be saved from the ‘snares of the Devil’, we need to be saved from ourselves. We are threatening to condemn ourselves to Hell right here on earth. We can yet create Heaven on earth, but we must choose now very wisely…That new understanding can launch the Thousand Years of Peace of which it has been written. It can give birth to a Golden Age of Glory.”
Amen and Amen.
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