God Alone Is Infallible
If you read "Conversations with God", you may have been uncomfortable like many others with the ideas presented; including the statement that they should not be accepted as “gospel." Afterall, if you cannot believe the word of God, what else is there? As such, it appears that that one sentence contradicts everything the author wrote. To make it even more confusing, God said that one of our problems is that we don’t believe Him.
For me, I took everything I read very seriously until I came upon where God says, "The mistakes Hitler made did no harm or damage to those whose deaths he caused." Excuse me? After all, Hitler did cause many thousands to be unmercifully tortured, used for incredibly painful medical experiments, and separated young children from their mothers. To me, that would be unbearable mental anguish. Perhaps had he chosen to immediately shoot everyone, one might be able to make an argument that it was merciful, but as we know, that most certainly was not the case.
And what about those who lived after such suffering? Not to mention the fact that he significantly reduced specific populations (i.e., Jewish). Obviously, like many of you perhaps, I was missing a very important lesson. Unfortunately, when something is encountered with which we disagree, or which we do not understand, so many of us tend to turn and run from it, rather than question it or inquire about it.
First, the author Neale Donald Walsch makes it very clear in all his books that he is an imperfect filter. He doesn't pretend to be able to bring through the wisdom of God in perfect form and at will. It is important to understand that he is not a prophet of God ... a man who speaks the word of God without flaw or error and can only wish that his books were flawless, but of course, they are not. Even though there are many who take every word literally and as being flawless, the same is true of the Bible. LIkewise, that the Talmud was flawless, but it is not ... that the Bhagavad Gita was flawless, but it is not ... that the Koran was flawless, but it is not.
There have been many books claiming to contain "the word of God" ... and they certainly do ... but this "word" too has been brought through the imperfect filters ... the not fully evolved minds of men and women. We should not take any of it as "gospel." That is, we should not assume that any of it is infallible.
Don't you see? The moment anyone makes a claim that a book is infallible, is the moment that they become dangerous. So, whether it is "Conversations with God" or the "Bible", don’t try to make them the infallible word of God. Yet, on the other hand, you shouldn’t lose faith in every single word of the book simply because some of the words may be imperfect. Rather, take from the text whatever resonates in your heart ... whatever feels good and valuable and true and real to you ... and bless it for bringing you that.
Now, regarding Neale's words on Hitler. I believe that this is the most challenging passage in the entire "Conversations with God" material, and I, myself, have struggled to understand its deepest meaning.
I certainly do not believe that God meant to say or to imply that, in the human sense, the actions of Hitler caused no damage or hurt to anyone. I believe that God was speaking in the spiritual sense of all those souls involved. The book makes the point elsewhere that there is no such thing as death, and that, as divine beings (souls), we cannot, any of us, be damaged or destroyed. It is within this context that I believe this statement should be considered.
Likewise, like myself, I'm sure that many others have been offended by certain other statements in the "Conversations with God" material surrounding this subject, particularly the assertion that "Hitler went to heaven."
Certainly, taken on its surface, this could be deeply wounding to many. I believe that only those who have had the opportunity to study the CwG books thoroughly and examined the entire cosmology from which the statement emerges could find it non-offensive. They may still disagree with its theology, but they would see clearly that there's no trivializing of the holocaust that takes place in these books.
While "Conversations with God" does say that Hitler went to heaven, it does not say that he, or anyone else, ever escapes the consequences of actions while on Earth. Indeed, the books make exactly the opposite point. They indicate clearly that all souls, after death, undergo a process in which they are allowed to experience every moment of the life they have just lived, but from the point of view of every person who was impacted by their decisions. In other words, they experience what they have caused others to experience.
The point of this, however, is not to "judge" and bring a soul to "justice," but to bring it to awareness ... not to provide punishment, but to provide insight. Thus, the experience does not last forever. It is not about eternal damnation in a fiery Hell ... it is about the soul's evolution.
There is no such thing in the Realm of the Absolute (God's kingdom) as eternal damnation. Hell, it says, does not exist as a place where we are sent to endure everlasting torture. Thus, Hitler could not have gone there. Yet, one thing is very certain ... it is a universal law ... "Whatever we cause another to experience, we will one day experience" ... what we put out is what we get back! It is made clear that this is part of a process by which souls become fully evolved ... or, as we might put it ... "go to Heaven."
The most important point the dialogue makes on this topic, however, is that the Hitler experience was only possible because of group consciousness. "Hitler could do nothing without the cooperation, support and willing submission of millions of people," the books say. "Hitler seized the moment, but he did not create it." The dialogue says that "it is important to understand the lesson here. A group consciousness which speaks constantly of separation and superiority produces loss of compassion on a massive scale, and loss of compassion is inevitably followed by loss of conscience. A collective concept rooted in strict nationalism ignores the plights of others, yet makes everyone else responsible for yours, thus justifying retaliation, ‘rectification,’ and war."
The book goes on continues by saying: "The horror of the Hitler experience was not only that he perpetuated it on the human race, but that the human race allowed him to. The astonishment is not only that a Hitler came along, but also that so many others went along. The shame is not only that Hitler killed millions of Jews, but also that millions of Jews had to be killed before Hitler was stopped."
Finally, it says that "the purpose of the Hitler experience was to show humanity to itself." The dialogue makes the point that there is a little bit of Hitler in all of us, and it is only a matter of degree. It argues that "wiping out a people is wiping out a people, whether at Auschwitz or Wounded Knee." And, I might add here, Kosovo and Iraq.
“Hitler was not sent to us ... he was created by us. That is the lesson. The consciousness of separation, segregation, superiority ... of 'we' versus 'they' ... of 'us' versus 'them' ... is what created the Hitler experience.”
The dialogue concludes: “Hitler thought he was doing good for his people. And his people thought so, too! That was the insanity of it. The largest part of the nation agreed with him." It therefore observes, "If you float out a crazy idea and ten million people agree with you, you might not think you're so crazy," and thus it asks us, "who, then, to condemn?” Does this not sound like some of the things that are happening today? Have we learned from history ... or do we need to be shown it all over again? ... and again ... and again ... until we do get it!
The books also do state that life is eternal, that death is nothing to fear, and that returning to God is joyful, I do not believe that any reasonable interpretation of the material could fairly portray God as condoning the killing of human beings ... or brushing it off as if it were of no importance or consequence. The books do not make light of the acts of Hitler, or seek to justify them. The author seeks only to explain those acts, and the lessons that we can all learn ... must all learn ... if we are to create a better world.
And so, let the exploring go on. Let the questioning continue and always seek clarification ... always seek correction when you believe the wrong course has been set ... always seek guidance when another says they are taking you to where they say we want to go .... always beware of those who use fear or nationalism (patriotism) as a way of motivating you to action ... and always know that God is there to guide us, to nurture us, to love us ... always ... in all ways.