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Chapter 1: The Greatest Blasphemy
We need a new God.
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.
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.
You can't produce lasting joy.
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.
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?
"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
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.
Copyright © 2004 by Neale Donald Walsch
Posted September 24, 2006
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 21, 2003
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