Dec 27, 2008

Beware of Conversations with God

All should seek God, and as Rambam (Maimonides) said, the more you seek God the more you find Him. The seeking of God would involve having personal conversations with God, but you all should beware of Conversations with God (CwG)

Conversations with God (CwG) is a sequence of nine books (now coming in movie form) written by Neale Donald Walsch as a dialogue in which Walsch asks questions and God answers. In effect Walsh is claiming to be a prophet. Sadly, these answers do not correlate with the Bible, with the catechism of the Catholic Church, or with Christianity. They basically say anything goes, and are a false gospel and a powerful excuse for lapsed Catholics and Christians to stay lapsed. The answers in Walsh's books, including the the concept that there is nothing we are required or obligated to do in this life, are clearly from Walsh, not God: By their fruits you shall know them.

"And thus did He send prophets prior to the transmigration to Babylon, and after that event others again in greater number than the former, to seek the fruits, saying thus to them: Thus says the Lord, Cleanse your ways and your doings, execute just judgment, and look each one with pity and compassion on his brother: oppress not the widow nor the orphan, the proselyte nor the poor, and let none of you treasure up evil against his brother in your hearts, and love not false swearing. Wash you, make you clean, put away evil from your hearts, learn to do well, seek judgment, protect the oppressed, judge the fatherless (pupillo), plead for the widow; and come, let us reason together, says the Lord. And again: Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips that they speak no guile; depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. In preaching these things, the prophets sought the fruits of righteousness."
Against Heresies (St. Irenaeus [~120-195AD]) Book IV, Chapter 36

We cannot save ourselves, which is why it is not only a good idea to seek God, but in effect we are obligated to seek God, not seek our own self-worship. Those who do not make a genuine effort to seek God will have some explaining to do at their Particular Judgment. It is clear to us Christians that God sent His only begotten Son out of Love for us so that we may believe[Jn3:16], and according to Catholic teaching only those who's ignorance of Jesus is invincible (i.e. not their own fault, not willful ignorance) will have an excuse at their Particular Judgment. As I have summarized before, the only unforgivable sin is to not ask for forgiveness, because by refusing to ask forgiveness you are blaspheming the Holy Spirit. And the only excuse for this is invincible ignorance.

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