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Weekly Message for Sunday, February 23, 2003

                                                            I receive lots of e-mail messages on a daily basis; prayer requests, jokes from friends, inspirational messages and sometimes .... messages that stir up the "spirit" within me.  This week I received a message with quotes from a prominent religious leader, a Christian..... filled with judgment, biased opinions, and disturbing remarks aimed at one of my favorite authors, Neale Donald Walsch.

            I have read
"Conversations with God" in its entirety and re-read many pages more than a couple of times.  The single statement, "either we go within or we go without," can change anyone's life for the better.  This book is a masterful dialogue between Neale Donald Walsch and God ... maybe not your God or my God, but the God that Is Present and Alive to Neale.  I have also read "Conversations with God Books 2 and 3" and paragraphs from "Friendship with God."  I don't have the same relationship with God that Neale Donald Walsch has ... but I know without a doubt that his books are sincere, inspiring and do not take anything away from the teachings of Jesus.  The messages in the books can be reduced to four sentences:
            1. We are all one.
            2.There's enough.
            3. There's nothing we have to do.
4. Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way.

Simple enough ... as simple as the teachings of Jesus ... and in truth are the same as the teachings of Jesus ... so simple that little children can understand them .... sometimes more easily than adults.  Neale has a book titled "Conversations with God for Teens:  The New Revelations" and this book in particular has the prominent Christian all upset.  What an abomination that someone teach that our sins are just mistakes and do not define us .... that we can live life free of judgment and that no matter what we have done, there is a God that loves us ... unconditionally .... "He knows no iniquity" ... it states in scripture.... and the Master Teacher Jesus stated, "it rains on the good and the bad alike" .... in other words God's Love is not a game of reward and punishment ... teaching teens to be free of the cultural guilt and shame that most of us have experienced is completely in alignment with the teachings of Jesus .... but the prominent Christian, of course, would disagree with me completely...... guilt and shame benefit no one..

  It is no surprise that fundamentalist ministers would attack the work of Neale Donald Walsch ... most of them jump back and forth from the Old Testament to the New Testament as if they were one and the same..... totally disregarding the teachings of the Master Mind Jesus.  The words of Jesus were words of Love and Understanding ... forgiveness and compassion... about understanding our individual relationship with God.... He instructed us to "go into the closet" and listen to God ..... not to depend on the opinions of religious leaders or anyone else ... but listen to God for our guidance and help.

        Neale Donald Walsch has listened to God ... shut out the distractions of the world's false religious teachings and has shared his communion with God to the world in his wonderful books.  These books can change the world that we live in ... a world on the edge of war ... a world that continues to repeat its mistakes rather than learn from them ... a world guided by both religious and secular leaders that give "lip service" to the teachings of Jesus but yet identify themselves as Christians .... in the words of the Masterful Jesus ... "you know every letter of the law ... but you have no love in your hearts" ...... thank you Neale Donald Walsch for sharing your truth and the love in your heart with the world .... it is much needed.


 And So It Is! 
Letting Love Use Me In Its Own Good Way,
Henry Lee Bates                          

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