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God Is Not a Christian, Nor a Jew, Muslim, Hindu...: God Dwells with Us, in Us, Around Us, as Us Hardcover – March 30, 2010
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If you were raised similarly and you have been wondering about, looking for, or finding, your way out of a know-it-all Christian sect of smug certainty, then you will find great encouragement from this book. Time and again, I have read a passage from the book and exclaimed, "that is just what I said twenty (or thirty or forty) years ago! I am not the only one!"
Pearson obviously knows well the smug hell of blind fundamentalist belief in which many of us were raised. He knows well one of the paths out of that hell. If you are interested in his story of his path, this book is for you.
However, if you were never raised in that kind of religious culture, this book will likely seem rather shallow and obvious. After all, Bishop Pearson does not claim to know all about Catholicism, the liberal or liturgical churches, Zen, Buddhism, or many other paths.
And, if you still happily live in the belief that true believers go to heaven and nonbelievers go to eternal torture, you may find this book obscene or blasphemous. To really value this book, you must already wonder for yourself how a God who is Love could create a powerful Satan and an eternal Hell. As Pearson might say, every sane and loving parent loves better than that.
I really admire this man and his commitment to God, to go through all the challenges his life-long indoctrination put before him as he was deeply spiritually awakened and called to a much higher place in order to really serve mankind and be a true channel of God. This book and the one before tell of a very important and very human journey that many are making right now as we awaken to a higher calling on this planet and our work to transform it.
His books offer much and should be savored. This is a great book for all seekers of Truth--enjoy!
He wrote in the Preface to this 2010 book, "This book is not necessarily about believing in God, just a discussion of WHAT you believe about God and why you believe it." (Pg. ix) He adds, "For the first time in my life, I don't feel an obligation to literally know God. In a sense, I'm getting in touch with the God I perceive to be with me, for me, in me, and perhaps as me... I also felt for many years that the only way you could know God was through Jesus Christ as your professed Lord and Savior... I no longer believe such religious nonsense, though I love and believe in God and feel as close as ever to Christ as a person and a principle. However, I am, for the first time in my life, willing to admit that the most certain thing I can say about God is that I don't know much about Him, or It, at all." (Pg.Read more ›
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GOD IS NOT A CHRISTIAN, NOR A JEW, MUSLIM, HINDU... by Bp. Carleton Pearson (2010) ~
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The author has created his own interpretation that lacks a solid indepth study to support it.Published 2 months ago by Lori D. Frazier
Well worth reading more than one time. This book gives one a different perspective on religion.Published 10 months ago by Roberta R.
1 TIMOTHY 4:1: Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2 through the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Christopher Boyce
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An eye opening read that will dramatically change your viewpoint about world religions. I highly recommend both of Bishop Pearson's books to enlighten people of all faiths to the... Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by RSK