Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Conversations With God?

I received an email from a friend of ours making us aware of the book "Conversations With God". This is the first time I've heard of this book and don't know much information, that is for true. According to snopes this email has been circulated since October 2002 and they considered it undetermined. Below is a copy of what these emails are saying:

If you have children or grandchildren, work with children at church, or you have neighborhood children whose parents you know, please take note of the information below and pass it along to others. Schools are distributing this Book to children through the Scholastic Book Club. The name of the book is Conversations with God.. James Dobson talked about this book twice this week. It is devastating. Parents, churches and Christian schools need to be aware of it. Please pass this information on to Church/e-mail addresses, Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, friends. Please pay special attention not only to what your kids watch on TV, in movie theaters, on the internet, and the music they listen to, but also be alert regarding the books they read. Two particular books are, Conversations with God and Conversations with God for Teens, written by Neale D. Walsch. They sound harmless enough by their titles alone. The books have been on the New York Times best sellers list for a number of weeks, and they make truth of the statement, "Don't judge a book by its cover or title." The author purports to answer various questions asked by kids using the "voice of God". However, the "answers" that he gives are not Bible-based and go against the very infallible word of God. For instance (and I paraphrase),When a girl asks the question "Why am I a lesbian?" His answer is that she was 'born that way' because of genetics (just as you were born right-handed, with brown eyes, etc.). Then he tells her to go out and "celebrate" her differences. Another girls poses the question "I am living with my boyfriend. My parents say that I should marry him because I am living in sin. Should I marry him?" His reply is, "Who are you sinning against? Not me, because you have done nothing wrong." Another question asks about God's forgiveness of sin. His reply "I do not forgive anyone because there is nothing to forgive. There is no such thing as right or wrong and that is what I have been trying to tell everyone, do not judge people. People have chosen to judge one another and this is wrong, because the rule is "'judge not lest ye be judged." Not only are these books the false doctrine of the devil, but in some instances quote (in error) the Word of God. And the list goes on. These books (and others like it) are being sold to schoolchildren through (The Scholastic Book Club), and we need to be aware of what is being fed to our children. The children of our nation are under attack.. So I pray that you be sober and vigilant about teaching your children the Word of God, and guarding their exposure to worldly mediums, because our adversary, the devil, roams about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). We know that lions usually hunt for the slowest, weakest and YOUNGEST of its prey. Pass this on to every Believer you know. And, if you are in doubt, check out the books yourself.

I've tried to do some research online about the above information and I just can't find anything that confirms this statement. I even checked out The Scholastic Store and it doesn't show on their list of books for sale. I'm going to keep my eyes and ears open. If you have any other information, I'd be interested in hearing it.


thekeyes said...

so i did a little research and i coldn't read the whole book or anything.. but.. sounds not great to me.. on the book cover it says that god took over his hand and started answering his questions or something like that. I believe god can work in whatever way he so chooses but the whole book just seemed weird. Talking about listening for god in the next song you hear or the next breeze or whatever. i'd stay away from that book for sure.

Anonymous said...

Here is a link to info on Neale D. Walsch, we must all be oh so careful to discern what is out there in the name of our God.

I also emailed this link to you incase this one doesn't work.

Anonymous said...

It is funny how today we choose what is from God and what is not. As I recall from my lessons growing not judge.