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On Being Right

In our last meditation, I used a quote from Neale Donald Walsch's book, "A New Revelation." It was from a section entitled "The Nine Statements," and the one that seems to have attracted the most attention was one dealing with the concept of right and wrong.

7) There is no such thing as Right and Wrong. There is only What Works and What Does Not Work, depending upon what it is that you seek to be, do or have.

[Comment #1] I would have to agree. Not to agree is to disregard the theory of Yin and Yang, as we know it. We would not know happiness if we did not know what sadness was, etc. etc.

{Comment #2] This can be very misleading to the average person - a ready made rationalization. This knowledge comes from deeper understanding and should not be a teaching in itself. It's better to start with more basic truths and let this one unfold of its own.

The concept of right and wrong is deeply ingrained in the human psyche. On pages 5-6 of the conversation between Walsch and God, we read this:

G - You have turned the source of the greatest joy into the source of your greatest pain.

W - That's crazy. Why is that? Why have we done that?

G - Because there is one thing for which human beings seem willing to give up everything. They will give up love, they will give up peace, they will give up health, harmony, and happiness, they will give up safety, security, and even their sanity, for this one thing.

W - What?

G - Being right.

Further on [p. 19] "God" says, "Your species does the same thing over and over again because your species has not changed its basic beliefs - about God and about Life - in millennia. Beliefs are taught in virtually every school on your planet, in nearly every culture, in one form or another. Often you present beliefs as 'facts.'…This would not be so bad…if what you believe, if what you taught, was what is so. But it is not what is so. You teach your children what is not so, and tell them 'this is what's so.'"

How do we change these circumstances in a religious environment which refuses to think new thoughts? The church has brainwashed its people to believe that no modern prophet is able to reveal new spiritual truth which is on a par with the Bible. It is obsessed with ancient versions of truth, because new light, a new approach to God, would undermine and eventually destroy its authority. According to God, there is no right or wrong. But if there were, in this regard, the church, and organized religion in general, is wrong.

Posted 9-15-05