How to reconcile CwG with my Christian friends?

How can I lovingly respond to friends who tell me that the only way to access God is through Jesus Christ and that I will be condemned if I don’t accept him as my Lord and Savior? I love Conversations With God and still attend a Christian church, but I am beginning to feel alienated there. Please help!… Patt

Dear Patt… My father, who believes as your Christian friends do, once told me he was worried about my Soul. I told him as earnestly as I could that God and I have a wonderful, loving, close personal relationship and he need worry no more! I think it helped ease his mind.

Living in Nashville, the city some refer to as the Buckle of the Bible Belt, I sometimes find myself in conversations about my CWG work with fundamentalist Christians. When this happens I make an effort to relate to them in terminology that they can understand. I look for common ground in these discussions because the foundational principles of Jesus’ teaching and Conversations With God are not so very different, although CWG offers us a much larger view of Life and how it works. Knowing that each of these discussions is an opportunity to gently introduce people to CWG and to help expand their spiritual awareness, I try my best to be impeccable with my word and as loving as possible.

Since you are being proselytized to, Patt, you may want to suggest setting judgment aside and listening with an open mind when discussing each other’s beliefs. Then speak your truth, but soothe your words with peace and loving kindness. Don’t be surprised, though, if, as time goes on, you feel yourself being pulled more toward other people who share your beliefs. You may even find that a different church or spiritual center more deeply resonates with you, and please don’t feel guilty about it if this happens. You may make wonderful new friends who will support you on your life’s journey and in your spiritual growth.

(Annie Sims is the Global Director of CWG Advanced Programs, is a Conversations With God Coach and author/instructor of the CWG Online School. To connect with Annie, please email her at Annie@TheGlobalConversation.com

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  • What really helps me is this. I’m not attached to whether they agree
    with me or not. I’m not attached to having a resolutions around this
    with them. Finding common ground is nice, but usually is not enough.
    Their rigid dogmatic fear often overrules openness to anything more
    expansive.

    I usually cut fast to the chase which is this. The
    Bible is not the sole or only authoritative book on God, nor is any
    book. They won’t agree with me, but they know where I stand & thus
    any arguments on the Bible as the only way doesn’t get them far.

    I respect where they are & honor their journey. Yet I tell them God
    speaks in many ways in many books, songs, magazines, people, billboards
    etc.

    What I like to leave them with is a feeling that I don’t
    make them wrong for what they believe & honor their path. So while I
    disagree with them on many respects, the honoring & respect even
    while I disagree, leaves them with that respect & honoring energy.

    Thus,
    if there is an openness to new ideas, who will they go to the arguing
    dismissive condemnatory person or, to one like me who respected &
    honored them even while disagreeing?

    Magically,
    -Marko