Tomorrow's God: Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge

Tomorrow's God: Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge

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by Neale Donald Walsch
     
 

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Something extraordinary is about to happen on this planet.
Humanity is about to create a new form of spirituality. This New Spirituality will allow humans to express their natural impulse toward the Divine without making one another wrong for the way in which they are doing it, and without killing one another in the name of it. When the New

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Something extraordinary is about to happen on this planet.
Humanity is about to create a new form of spirituality. This New Spirituality will allow humans to express their natural impulse toward the Divine without making one another wrong for the way in which they are doing it, and without killing one another in the name of it. When the New Spirituality is embraced by humanity, it will, of course, change everything. And that is exactly what is needed now.
This book contains an astonishing prediction. And that prediction comes from an astonishing source. Author Neale Donald Walsch says it comes directly from God. Whether you believe that or not, you will find it difficult not to be swept up in the startling and profound vision of our near future contained here.
Tomorrow's God says, point-blank, that humanity will soon re-create its experience of God in such a way that our experience of one another will be healed at last. You may agree or disagree with the contents of this book, but you will never forget having read it.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The author of the Conversations with God series writes another "dialogue" between two voices on the subject of who God is and how the human understanding of God makes a difference in choices and behavior. Walsch writes candidly that "very little here cannot be found, cumulatively, in the sacred writings of all the world's wisdom traditions," as he retells the life story of the Buddha and insists on the divinity of Jesus Christ. Yet, he continues, in much the same way a more traditional theologian would, humans "have not been listening." His objection is to a God made in the image of humanity that has justified violence and exclusivity. The alternative he proposes is an immanent process rather than a super being who demands allegiance. For Walsch, this "expanded view" of God and spirituality engenders improvements in human institutions. The second half of the book imagines practical applications based on a utopian world in which this new spirituality reigns. Chapters envision changed relationships, sex, politics and education, and Walsch even speculates about a cash-free future society in which there will be no mandatory taxation. Walsch is consistent in the concerns throughout his dozen-plus books and speaks simply-some would say too simply-about great questions of purpose, peace and happiness that haunt humanity. (Mar. 2) Forecast: In addition to the books that have made Walsch virtually a franchise, the author and this new title will have visibility from a seven-city tour and a print run of 135,000 copies. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The author of the "Conversations with God" books focuses here on how the current God needs to be modified and how we should begin to believe in a different variation of Him that is less needy, less punishing to those who do not believe in Him, and is part of all of us. Walsch discusses the differences in this God from the one that is currently held in high regard. He tells how "tomorrow's God" will change the many institutions in our society, from government to schools and educational communities to marriage, and will help us deal with conflict, environmental concerns, discrimination, and the treatment of the world's children. Dialog is provided alternately by Edward Asner and Ellen Burstyn. Asner is perfect in the role of God; his voice is both grandfatherly and bombastic. Burstyn is less successful and doesn't provide the heft that Asner brings to the part. Walsch goes overboard in his reading, which can be quite annoying. He provides some very radical ideas, and listeners will have to review sections to make sure they understand the recommendations. Libraries where the "Conversations with God" series has been popular may wish to purchase this.-Danna Bell-Russel, Library of Congress Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743489157
Publisher:
Atria Books
Publication date:
03/02/2004
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SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
585,218
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Chapter 1: The Greatest Blasphemy

We need a new God.

I know.

No. I'm serious. We need a new God. The old God isn't working anymore.

The old one never worked.

Some people think it did.

They were not looking at the world around them.

They weren't?

Not honestly. Not comprehensively. They were seeing only what they wanted to see.

They were not seeing the cruelty and the fighting and the killing that was going on in God's name. They were not seeing the separation and the oppression and the fear and the utter dysfunction. Or, worse yet, they were seeing it and they played into it. They used it as a means of controlling the people.

In truth the old God, Yesterday's God, might have made individual lives work here and there — perhaps even many of them — but that God was never able to create a just society or a joyful, harmonious civilization, to say nothing of a peaceful world. And that God can't do that even today.

Even today, with all your powers of instant communication and total connection and advanced comprehension and increased awareness and sophisticated technology and marvelous miracles, you can't produce the simple, humble experience for which humanity has yearned from the beginning of time.

You can't produce peace.

I know.

You can't produce lasting joy.

I know.

And the God in whom you believe can't, either.

Why? Why? Why can't all the best efforts of humanity and all the help we've begged for, and received, from God, produce this result?

Because the God in whom you believe isn't real. The God in whom you believe is made up. It is a God you created out of thin air, having nothing to do with Ultimate Reality.

Well, there's a challenging thought. That's just about the greatest blasphemy.

All great truth begins as blasphemy.

The time to challenge your most sacred beliefs is at hand. If you don't challenge your beliefs soon, your beliefs are going to challenge you.

This book is meant to be challenging.

This book is meant to save the world.

Will it?

That's up to the world.

Why? Why isn't it up to you? If you're God, why isn't it up to you?

Because my function is not to save the world. My function is to create it.

And after you create it, you don't care what happens?

I care what happens as much as you do.

No, you don't. If you care what happens as much as we do, you won't let the world destroy itself.

You mean if I care what happens more than you do. If I care what happens as much as you do, I will let the world destroy itself, because that's exactly what you are doing.

Since I care only as much as you do, the world in which you live may very well be destroyed. At the very least, life as you now know it could be irrevocably altered. And if that's what happens, I will let it happen.

Why? Why won't you do something to stop it?

Because you won't.

We can't. You can. You're God. You can do what humans cannot.

Your statement is inaccurate. I can, and YOU can. But I will not, unless you do.

Why not? What kind of a God are you?

The best kind there is. The only kind there is. The kind who gives you free will, and who will never, ever interfere with that.

Not even to save us from ourselves?

If I saved you from yourselves, then you wouldn't BE "yourselves," but only a slave to me. You would not have free will. Your will would be free only until you did something that I did not want you to do. Then, I would stop the exercise of your free will and make you do what I want you to do.

Of course you would. If you were half the God that humans think you are, you would stop us from destroying ourselves. You would do what is best for us. You would make us do what is best for us.

By whose assessment, and by whose definition?

What?

"Best" by whose assessment, and "us" by whose definition?

By yours. By your assessment. By your definition. You would define what is meant by the term "us," you would decide what is "best" for us, and then you would make what is "best" happen for all of "us." We depend on you to do this. That's what God is for.

Really? Is that what you think?

Copyright © 2004 by Neale Donald Walsch

Author's Note

While the conversation transcribed here took place as one continuous progression, this book is offered in two parts.

Part One deals with humanity's current conception of God and the new ideas about Deity that will characterize God in our not-too-distant future.

Part Two examines how these new ideas will be put into place, how they will impact our lives, and how they will help us create a newer world.

If they do not help us in this way, they will, of course, mean nothing.

NDW

Copyright © 2004 by Neale Donald Walsch

Meet the Author

Neale Donald Walsch devotes his
time to sharing the messages of his books through writing, lecturing, and facilitating spiritual renewal retreats. The creator of the School of the New Spirituality and founder of The Group of 1000, a nonprofit organization supporting global spiritual awakening, he lives in Ashland, Oregon, and may be contacted through www.nealedonaldwalsch.com.

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Tomorrow's God: Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this might be the most mature book of the CwG series. Here's Walsch calling to action - to embrace revised God and 'New Spirituality' (with perhaps him as its leader). As a more philosophical book than book1, it pays the price by being less of a seller. But with 10M books sold, he can afford it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In his latest addition to the Conversations with God series, author Neale Donald Walsch writes all about humanity¿s inevitable need to re-experience God. There is no greater experience we need to revisit and expand upon and no more incredible potential than that of God, so Walsch entitles this contribution Tomorrow¿s God. In it, he dialogues about new ways to experience God through what he coins The New Spirituality. He discusses kids and God, money and God, and my favourite topic, sex and spirituality, amongst such huge topics as changing the world and a new look at religion. If you¿re ready for it, then this book is ready for you. It¿s as simple as that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kudos to Neale Donald Walsch for providing solutions to the divisive insanity of 'what doesn't work' in our religious/spiritual understandings. A must-read for everyone who wants to usher in peaceful possibilities to age-old divisions based on religion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry but I cannot believe that there are people who actually think our world is working when people are still being slaughtered like cattle and we do nothing. If you read this book and cannot see the good it will bring, I would assert that your life cannot be one filled with peace, love and freedom. You keep going Neale... Keep writing what is in all of our hearts just waiting to spill on paper!
Guest More than 1 year ago
At this time in a world where the violence seems to be geeting out of control and corruption is spreading, a wake-up call is needed. This book is that wake-up call. A book like this has come along to get people to think. Some say this book is of no value yet it speaks of values almost every society strives to instill. At the least this book will get the wheels turning. An idle mind is definitely not a devils playground. Where some teach to have a fear of God, Walsch shows through all of his books that you can have a love for God and an actual friendship where you are not unworthy of Gods grace. If you like to think about the mysteries of life and maybe are tierd of certain institutions telling you what to believe, or are searching for your own answers, this book is for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Tomorrow's God' suggests that there may be something we don't yet know about God and about Life, the knowing of which could change everything. How might the world change if our spiritual leaders could stand before us and say, 'This is what I believe, but I don't know for certain. I can't prove that I'm right, and I can't prove that you're wrong. I'm willing to explore all of the possibilities.' 'Tomorrow's God' does not promote the idea of a new religion, nor does it ask that we replace the beliefs we already hold dear. Rather,it asks that we explore the possibility that we might still have things to learn about God and about Life. Every single day, people are dying because of their spiritual beliefs. The need to be 'right' is so strong, and so ingrained in the human consciousness, that we're willing to die for it. 'Tomorrow's God' asks us if we are finally tired of dying to be right. No matter what your beliefs may be, I encourage you to at least explore the concepts put forth in 'Tomorrow's God' and see what resonates with you. At some point, we as a society must have the courage to say, 'Maybe I don't know everything.' God bless!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is truly a masterpiece. To anyone that is familiar with this series, my statement shouldn't come as a surprise. Words can't describe the intensity and power of this newest volume. It must be experienced to be believed!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent. If every child in the world was raised on these concepts, peace and abundance for everyone could be achieved in thirty years or less. Read it and teach your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, and/or neighbour about this God. It could save the planet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How anyone could presume to change God to fit human needs is beyond me, (any god for that matter.) No true believer in the Lord could take this book seriously... but if you are in for a good laugh...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the jacket of this book and it claims that this book may be the 'salvation of the world'! Why would God need to speak through Walsch to save the world if His son, Jesus Christ, was already sent to the world to save it? 'For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.' John 3:17 (NIV).
Guest More than 1 year ago
The sales of the books of this modern-day 'savior' of the world are a reminder how we can ignore facts when we want to. His never ending style of 'Oh, I did not know that', and 'Whoa! That's incredible' to the words of god he has been hearing for years is truly a 'Whoa!'. Walsch might have confused shame with integrity. You may not have one, but what about the other? Every concept of his books was published prior to his Conversations and Revalations. Nothing he ever wrote was new or novel. In this book some physics was taken almost to the letter from the words of a cosmologist and put in the mouth of his god. Walsch violates the most fundamental principal 'The end does not justify the means'. The message of his god comes on the wings of fundamental dishonesty. Thus, it has no value.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Portrays ambivalent view of God and condones teachings contrary to the Bible and Christianity.