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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Book Review: Heaven Is Real But So Is Hell by Vassula Ryden

Heaven Is Real But So Is HellPerhaps some of you might be familiar with the work of modern day prophet Vassula Ryden - but I'm betting that most of you live in blissful unawareness of this because the protestant church often doesn't accept modern miracles.

Vassula was a casual Greek Orthodox Christian who had spiritual visions as a child.  I know, I know; you're thinking what I was thinking.  She's got to be a nut or a charlatan or possessed by an evil spirit who makes her to this automatic writing.  Jane Roberts entered into communications with a spirit called Seth who spoke through her while he husband made audio recordings which they later transcribed.  The first book was called ever so aptly "Seth Speaks."  That communication was a bunch of New Age hooey that was pretty hard to swallow but there were many books and many devotees just like Shirley McLaine.  Vassula isn't like this.

Well, maybe a little...  Part of me is cynical.  Vassula is an author who published her Messages from God just like the woman who wrote "Seth Speaks."  There is some money to be made there.  But it's what's actually IN the Messages that is striking.  In Vassula's case, God took a humble sinner and turned her into His mouthpiece to communicate his will that the Church unite and share Holy Communion around one table - an ecumenical vision that involves Cathlolic and Greek Orthodox.  The Messages point to God and Christ - not to the self or to the glorification of any person.  Part of the message is to join the differing Easter dates between Greek Orthodox and Catholic churches.

As a book,  it jumps around a bit topically from telling the story of her early visions and how the Lord transformed her life.  She has some frequently asked questions that she answers in another chapter.  It seems to confirm the divine origin of her Messages because people have been healed, lives have been transformed, people have actually seen Jesus superimposed upon her, and the Lord has been glorified.  She has also suffered persecution for these messages from God.  Isn't this what so many prophets went through in days of old?

Even if you are still skeptical at the end of it, it's a compelling read.  I couldn't put the book down - even when it jumped around. I wanted to know what happened.  She's even had an audience with The Pope and other people at The Vatican.  Her work isn't done.  She encourages people to pray and has prayer groups through her website True Life In God or www.tlig.org.  She also has additional proof of her calling and testimonies of support from Catholic and Greek Orthodox leaders and more about the vision of unity for the churches.

She's done some ecumenical work outside of the Greek and Catholic traditions.  Protestants will have a hard time accepting that some of her visions are of purgatory which generally they do not believe in.  I will allow the scripture savvy to tear it apart of their own accord.  I feel that God allows us to discern some things for ourselves as to whether or we personally can accept that some beliefs might come from tradition rather than only from canonized scripture.  She has definitely born good fruit for "old world" churches. Some might want to take a "wait and see" approach which is also fine.

Matthew 7:15-20 says:
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.




The book is on sale at Amazon.com. Someone sent the book to me after contacting me via email.


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1 comment:

pussyriotfan said...

The eventual conclusion I came to after reading the TLIG messages was that it is pure Vatican ideology. Vatican approved is the kiss of death. Totalitarian,Irrational,misogynistic,it`s a God with no intellect.It`s also a satan with no intellect. It`s not poetry or a `love hymn` but mere repetitive ideology. 50 Shades of Jesus ? If this is best `Jesus` has to say then no wonder so-called Christianity is vanishing. How Christians destroyed Christianity !