The above is a title of a book series that author Neale Walsch wrote. What are these books about? It is essentially a series of answers written from “God’s point of view.” Or in other words, if you were to walk up to God and directly ask Him a question, here are the answers He would give you. Walsch claims these are not just his thoughts and ideas but they came directly from God Himself. In an interview with Larry King, Walsch said:
“It started in the darkest moment of my life, Larry, when everything was going wrong in my life. My career was reaching a dead end…So I called out in the middle of the night…I really began screaming out silently inside myself, what does it take to make life work? Somebody tell me. What are these rules?…And, Larry, I heard a voice clearly as I am hearing now, right over my right shoulder, so clearly, I turned around and thought someone had come into the room. It was 4:30 in the morning, and the voice said, Neale, do you really want answers to all of these questions or are you just venting, and I can recall my response after I got over the shock of not finding anyone there, I thought, well, I am venting, but if you’ve got answers, I’d like know what they are. And with that, I received the answers to most of the most astonishing questions and the most extraordinary answers, and as they began coming to me and literally filling my mind, I thought I’ve got to write this down…” (Larry King Live, April 7th, 2000).
And with that Walsch began writing “Conversations With God” and giving God’s “answers” to many of life’s tough questions. But before we look at some of “God’s answers,” let’s be reminded of a few of points about these books. First, this series of his was on the “New York Times” best-sellers list for over 130 weeks. Second, Oprah largely supports this book and even had Walsch on her show. Third, his books are being sold and distributed in schools through the Scholastic Book Club and probably other means as well. So, why is this book so terrible and sickening? Here are some of Walsch’s questions and answers from “God.”
- A girl is wondering why she is a lesbian? “God’s” answer is that she was “born this way” because of genetics. Then “God” tells her to go out and celebrate her differences.
- Another girl asks, “I am living with my boyfriend. My parents say I should marry him because I am living in sin. Should I marry him?” “God” answers, “Who are you sinning against? Not Me, because you have done nothing wrong.”
- Another question is about the forgiveness of sins and how God handles this. “God” answers this question by saying, “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.”
If you are anything like me, this is about a profane and irreverent as a person can get. His book series is jam packed with question and answer sessions just like these. And to make matters worse, everyone from 10-year-old kids all the way to 90-year-olds are thanking him and being influenced by his works. To be honest, there is so much wrong with this entire book that it seems ridiculous to even give it the time of day. The problem is, there are several honest and sincere people, including children, who are being deceived by false teachers like Neale Walsch.
Ironically, we don’t need to have a “conversation with God” to know that Neale Walsch is wrong. Scripture, the authentic “conversation with God,” warns us about people like Walsch (Galatians 1:6-10; 1 Peter 2:1-3; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 2 John 7-10; etc). So, let’s boil this down; what should we do about this? Let me concluded with 2 suggestions. (1) Let’s spread the word about this false teacher and the trash his books are endorsing. (2) Let’s keep watching out and guarding our children and ourselves from such repulsive teachings.