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About 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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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
This book contains the most exciting news of the past 100 years: Humanity is about to create a new form of spirituality on the earth.
Our civilization stands at the brink of its greatest adventure and its most extraordinary achievement. I want you to commit now to finding your place in that creation.
This book is a look at Tomorrow's God. It is about humanity's future but not some far-off distant vision. Rather, it includes a startling prediction for the next thirty years. It is about our near future, and the role that humans will play in creating it. It is about the role that you can play in creating it. It is about what will happen and how it will happen.
Like the other With God books, this text takes the form of a conversation with God, but it is not necessary to believe that I actually had such a conversation in order to benefit from it. All that is necessary is that you have an open mind and this book even tells you how to achieve that.
But now, fair warning. You will find information in this book that is not new to you. Very little here cannot be found, cumulatively, in the sacred writings of all the world's wisdom traditions. Very little has not already been spoken by all of humanity's master teachers. Very little, for that matter, has not appeared in my own previous writing.
What, then, would be the reason to read this book? I suggest that it is not that it contains wisdom that we have not been given, but that it repeats wisdom to which we have not been listening.
And the problem is, if we do not listen to this wisdom now, we may not have many more chances to have it repeated.
We are at the edge, you see. We have gone as far as we can go in the direction we have been taking. We need now to change course if we wish to preserve life as we know it on this planet.
Humanity cannot afford any more temper tantrums. We have found a way to pack the end of the world into a briefcase. We can seal the death of civilized society in a spore-filled envelope and simply mail it off. Talk about our fate being sealed...
We have trained ourselves to be able to fly airplanes into buildings, killing thousands of people, without flinching. We have talked ourselves into believing that preemptive strike shooting first and asking questions later is a perfectly acceptable means of conducting foreign policy.
We have decided that to have dominion over the earth means to destroy it and to pretend that we don't know we are doing it. We have concluded that altering the basic genetic structure of our food is the way to improve it. We have chosen to allow 20 percent of the world's people to receive 80 percent of the world's income, and to call this the good life.
We are, in short, confused. Yet there is a way out of this confusion, and you can play a role in taking us there. This book talks about your role. It says that the next thirty years will see a paradigm shift within humanity so positive, so upheaving, so reshaping, so utterly inside-outing, that it will alter the course of human history. And it invites you yes, you, the person now holding this book to join in this reinventing of humanity.
That is why this book has been written. It is an invitation directly from God to you.
Think about this.
Now think about how this book came into your hands. How did you come to hear about it? Or, if you never knew about it until just this minute, how did it attract your attention? What made you pick this up and start reading it? For that matter, what makes you keep reading it?
Do you think this is all happening by chance?
It is not. There is no such thing as "chance." The universe does nothing by accident. This book has come to you to tell you that you can change the course of human history.
Not only the people who run governments or own corporations or lead movements or write books or are influential for some other reason. Not only those people.
You can change the course of human history.
This is not an exaggeration. Please believe me. This is not an exaggeration.
This book calls you to that singular undertaking. It invites you now to internalize the wisdom of both ancient and contemporary masters found here; not merely to hear it again, but now to receive it, to take it in, to absorb it at the deepest level of your being, until it becomes the essence of who you are at the cellular level.
Life will be inviting you in the years immediately ahead to act and respond from this level of Deep Knowing. What you place there now in terms of the things you profoundly believe, and how far you spread the messages found here through the living of your life in a new way, will make all the difference in the world to the world.
Yet do not feel that you have to do all this by yourself. Perhaps the most uplifting and exciting part of the message that is brought to us in this book is that now, none of us have to "go it alone." We have teammates, and we can join them and call them to us, to rally around humanity's greatest cause: changing ourselves and changing our world.
I said earlier that you might not find much that is new in this book. I was wrong.
You might find...a New You.
And a way to create a New World.
Copyright © 2004 by Neale Donald Walsch
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Not my favorite from Walsch. Walsch is the author of the Conversations With God series, and this book reads similarly.We need a new God. I knowNo. 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....and so it begins, as God talks his way through our misconceptions about him in part one, and how a new vision of God will help us create a newer, better world in part two. A world where bickering over methods of worship is behind us, where harmony becomes mankind's purpose, and humanity can work together in love. From the back cover: In Tomorrow's God, Walsch offers compelling reasons why adopting this new belief system is in the best interests of humankind--now.God turns out to be a bit long-winded. A hundred pages was enough for me, after which I grew thirsty for more than a spiritual guide. As wonderful as this book's teachings are¿and, honestly, to be fair, they are¿it wore me down to be constantly talking to a being of Walsch's imagination. More facts I could sink my teeth into, less God-talk, and I could happily develop my own "belief system" instead of ¿adopting¿ Walsh¿s. (Does anybody really just select a belief system like a box of cereal at the supermarket?)I'll try reading the book again in a few years and will probably develop an altogether different opinion.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
'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!
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!!!
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.
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...
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).
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.
Portrays ambivalent view of God and condones teachings contrary to the Bible and Christianity.