July 12, 2022
This is one of those books that has forced me to look beyond the world of black-and-white … and into the grey (or is that gray? I never know!) between.
I think it’s so funny (odd, not haha) that Virtue (the author, not the high moral standard) wrote something this wonderful and then denounced it.
I sorta understand– from a devout Christian standpoint … since I was once deeply entrenched in the doctrine myself.
But I also don’t.
I wonder why she couldn’t see God was already right there in her writing? Indeed, her intention was goodness and Godliness.
Of course, once I step back and remember my own experiences in the Church of Christ and fundamental Baptist church… I get it. Yep, I really do.
I just happen to disagree.
I like this book.
Not fond of who Virtue has become. I don’t think she’ll be losing any sleep over it.
The Angel Therapy Handbook by Doreen Virtue is wonderful – you know – if you like this kind of stuff. Turns out, Virtue herself does NOT. Like this kind of stuff, I mean.
Virtue is gorgeous… that’s the first thing I noticed, as I did some research on her. The next thing? She kinda disappeared. There’s an article about that HERE. But that’s not all… Allow me to share another blurb I found that pretty-much lays it out:
On January 7, 2017, Doreen Virtue had a life-changing vision of Jesus that led her to repent from the new age, and to read and study the entire Bible. Since giving her life to Jesus as her Lord and Savior, Doreen has renounced her old work. She asks that people stop buying her cards as they are not spiritually safe. From this link
Now, see… this is how spiritual things get…
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I heard that too!
Thank you, Becki!! 💕 I LOVE this! Excellent tie-in!
I understand Anne Rice got religion too. No more goth parties at the New Orleans castle…
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Hello, my friend! When I read this post, I was reminded of a FB post by a pastor friend of mine, a regional minister and a profoundly kind human being. He posted it immediately following the demise of Roe v Wade. You are right: there is Go(o)d-ness!
For my Grandmother’s Choice: A Parable
Elizabeth married early to a man she was convinced was sent from God to be her husband. They had six children together, rented an apartment and on Sundays, as they filled nearly an entire pew, life seemed perfect. However, as life inevitably moved on, her husband began drinking, became abusive to her and the children, then moved on to committing adultery on a weekly basis. Elizabeth with fear and trembling prayed to God to give her strength to stand up to him in order to protect her children. She decided that, even though it would mean possible societal judgement and likely economic poverty, her only option was a divorce. It was then that she, a faithful church going member, sought the help and support of her pastor and church leadership.
The answer from the pastor was absolute and Biblically supported, “Divorce is wrong” for any reason and if she continued on this path, her very soul would be condemned to hell. However, Elizabeth, my grandmother by the way, believed that God would never have asked her to stay with an abusive and destructive husband, so she divorced him. Then, that “loving church,” arranged with local authorities to have her declared an unfit mother who could not provide economically for her 6 children and then sent her children, my mother and her siblings, to be isolated in a church-based orphanage located over a 100 miles away for nearly a year. This event was and continued to be horrifically devastating to her children, including my mother and even into the lives of the grandchildren.
The Good News of this story came when my grandmother, clawed her way into enough economic stability by starting a restaurant out of her house and brought her children home. However, her trust and belief in the church died that day. When I, decades later, shared with her that I was called to be a minister she made me promise not to use “God” or “Scripture” in ways to harm women like herself.
I know that some may disagree with me but I believe that a woman should have the right to make decisions over her own body. I believe too often society and the church do things/enact laws in the name of morality and righteousness that in actual practical application unfairly burden both women and people of lower income, like the family in which I was raised. I learned early in my life from my grandmother the story from Luke 14 and what gave her the strength to do whatever it takes to protect her children, even if church leaders (Clergy and Lay) used other scriptures to condemn her.
This is my story of why I believe and support a woman’s right to make the difficult decisions around abortion and other issues. And to my Grandmother I say, I will not and I cannot remain silent, for you taught to me well the ways of the God I follow!
Luke 14: On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. Just then, in front of him, there was a man who had dropsy. And Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees, ‘Is it lawful to cure people on the sabbath, or not?’ But they were silent. So Jesus took him and healed him, and sent him away. Then he said to them, ‘If one of you has a child or an ox that has fallen into a well, will you not immediately pull it out on a sabbath day?’ And they could not reply to this.
Rebecca B. Smith
Education and justice are democracy’s only life insurance.
Nannie Helen Burroughs
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