After reading Ask and it is given by Esther Hicks/Abraham i was convinced ( finally ) that the book was indeed inspired to some extent by God/Source.

I then pondered how the many seperate books later gathered by the Catholic Church into the bible were received in their day.

Were the writings of the early prophets received with scepticism by the people of the day.

Just what is the difference between these various man written articles.

The Mormon church claim there later book IS indeed inspired and is worthy to be added to the current cannon of scripture. Is this book also inspired.

Can we just boldly claim that some books are a little more inspired than others.

Thoughts please.


asked 18 Jan '11, 09:04

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I look at all of these books just like good friends.

I will listen and take a lot of pointers and advice from them. But it would be quite silly to believe everything they say.



answered 18 Jan '11, 12:49

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What is it about something that makes it inspired or inspiring?

Isn't it the expression of something "divine" in a form that makes a part of us resonate with it and remember itself, and thereby give us that feeling of truth?

These days the term used for that inspirational expression of the "divine" is channelling and people point to books like Ask & It Is Given as an example of that process.

In older days when the terminology was different, people spoke of prophets instead of channellers and used phrases like, for example, "touched by the hand of God" which just means the same as channelling.

It's always been the same process and always will be because these underlying universal principles that are being utilized never's only human beings that keep interpreting them in different ways with different words.

All the truly inspirational religious literature was channelled (to use today's term) because that's the natural way human beings bring forth inspiring information, whether they admit it to themselves or not :)

And it's always been up to the channeller to accurately decipher the information being presented from non-physical. Not all of them get it right, because the information is being translated by human beings with differing physical perspectives and translations are always a matter of personal judgement and skill.

But there are some broad guidelines for discernment regarding any form of channelled material that is offered to the public domain, whether cloaked in religious terminology or otherwise.

Just because something like the Bible is older doesn't make it more inspired (or less inspired) - it's just a different perspective using different language concepts to what would be channelled by people in today's modern world.

So it's up to the reader to figure out what their current belief system allows to work for them and what doesn't.

But, I would say, the best of all would be to just practice that process of inspiration (channelling) for yourself and get the information you want directly without the need for any intervening third parties at all.


answered 22 Jan '11, 09:46

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Good answer.Im very much into the idea of spiritual independance. To many people take their leaders word for many things.

(22 Jan '11, 11:10) Monty Riviera

Well said Stingray :)

(22 Jan '11, 13:53) Michaela

Thank you, Michaela and Graham

(22 Jan '11, 19:13) Stingray
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I'd say every book comes from the same Source of creation but each reflects differing aspects of All that is.

I don't think one is more inspired than another - each of us as individuals will discern from the texts what resonates with us, at the moment, and garner inspiration from that. Since we are all individuals and may be at different points on our journey of expansion, what inspires one at the moment may not inspire another.

This again is why I think different strokes for different folks. One text is not better or worse than the other and at different moments in time we may garner inspiration from both. Without a doubt, they are both inspired by something beyond the human intellect.


answered 18 Jan '11, 12:58

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Unfortunately, they've all been tampered with; however, read them and take only what resonates within you. This is advisable for all things you expose yourself to.

Thank you, namaste


answered 19 Jan '11, 15:40

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I could not agree more. If Dr Seuss inspires me as much as the bible then that too should be in the same category. It is from the perspective of the reader not the writer.

(19 Jan '11, 16:42) jim 10

Your right Daniele ,the bible has been tampered with. But right again,much of it still resonates with me.

(19 Jan '11, 18:30) Monty Riviera

Ask & It Is Given was published in 2001...not sure how your "tampering" comment relates to that book. The second edition did have a different cover so I guess they tampered with that :)

(22 Jan '11, 09:12) Stingray

@stingray no offense intended but considering the paradigm we live in and who controls what is being published/not published... I choose to assume all is tampered with and take only what resonates within :)

(22 Jan '11, 10:07) daniele

@Daniele - So how do you know that your resonation-detector has not been tampered with? :)

(23 Jan '11, 09:24) Stingray

@stingray isn't this whole thing about trusting your within?

(25 Jan '11, 07:21) daniele
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I agree with Micahela. I believe that people are drawn to different literature for whatever reason and that what inspires one may not inspire another. I have never read the entire Bible but maybe one day I will just to make a comparison.


answered 19 Jan '11, 00:27

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All Books are inspired, but my question is: inspired by whom and what, and should we be comparing any of these other books with the Bible?

Consider: Who wrote the Bible, and where did all the information in the Bible came from? Was all the information in the Bible written by the hands of man, and where did the inspiration came from for man to write the Bible? Was the Bible the first Book written by man, in what year, and is it the word of God to man? And if the Bible is the Holy Book of all Books, then, is fair to compare it to any other books that were written after it?

The book “Ask And Shall Be Given” is spiritually inspiring, and resonates well with my soul! And the 23 Psalms from the Bible, “The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want,” is anointing, and healing, in ways that not even words can describe!

So, each inspired book will have it owns influences, upon its reader!


answered 19 Jan '11, 04:58

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Nice answer Vee. There are times when i read Ask and it is given and phrases from the Bible spring into my mind.When Esther talks of Joy i remember Jesus saying " ask and you WILL receive that your joy may be made full"

(19 Jan '11, 09:13) Monty Riviera
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