Hebrews 1:1-2 – God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son…
God has communicated with man over time in dreams, visions, direct revelation, etc. If we are to believe His word, God now speaks to us through His Son.
Matthew 17:5 – God said…Hear Him (Jesus).
How do we hear today? Through the Word of God…the Bible. No dreams, visions,direct revelations, etc…
God is NO RESPECTER of persons, so why would He pick and choose who He appears to give additional comfort, directions, or instruction? God has “given to us ALL THINGS that pertain to LIFE and GODLINESS, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3), and Jude 3 tells us “to contend earnestly for the faith which was delivered ONCE for all.”
We have everything that we need in the Bible.
Yes, God speaks to us today, but only through His Word!
You are wrong brother! There is no new revelation beyond the Word of God, but He does indeed speak to us.
Are you saying you are NOT guided by the Holy Spirit? If you answer yes then you are not born again.
While it is true that God does not give new revelation today, that is NOT the same as giving comfort and guidance to a child (and believers ARE His children). You say that God now speaks through His Son; well and good. Then it was JESUS who spoke to me one morning some 40 years ago when I was in the throws of self loathing to the point of being unable to say my own name. He said, "God likes your name. Jesus likes your name. WHO ARE YOU TO NOT LIKE YOUR NAME???" That's it. 16 words. One time. No blinding revelation, no angelic host, no trumpets. Never repeated. But He changed my life. It was not new teachings for the Church, not some fancy treatise on scripture or theology, just a simple wakeup call from a loving Father to a wayward son. To me God is ALIVE. He speaks to whom He wills, when He wills. Maybe He wants YOU to grow without hearing directly from Him, and that may well be - but don't confuse revelation with comfort or protection, and don't put an Omniscient, Omnipotent and Omnipresent GOD in a box because someone else's reality doesn't match up with your philosophy. JMnsHO, YMMV.
I agree Troll.
God does in fact still speak to His children, He just does it through the Holy Spirit. Jesus told his disciples he had to leave so the Holy Spirit could come and teach them all things.
I have had spiritual dreams that came true.
I have had visions that were 100% verified.
I have been woken up in the middle of the night and spoken to directly.
I have been given revelatory prophecies, that came true.
But, mostly God speaks to us through the revelation of his word.
Just as a follow-up, in re-reading your post I note where you ask, "...so why would He pick and choose who He appears to give additional comfort, directions, or instruction?". PLEASE tell me, HiHoRando, that your god is not so small that he can't do anything you don't understand or approve of. Personally, I would have argued against the Holocaust ... but His ways are not man's ways. Remember, the promise of God to the Hebrews that He (paraphrasing) knew the plans He had for them, plans for good and not ill, plans to prosper them etc., ... that promise was given as they were basically going out the door for 70 years of exile in Babylon. Would YOU have told them that, or would you have told them that they were in for a time of chastisment/punishment for their rebellion?
May it never be that I am one who trys to decide what *GOD* can and cannot do. That's DEFINITELY above my pay grade!
Oh ok and if these same individuals indicated that they heard other voices or mental presence they would be diagnosed as mentally ill. I had a roommate in college that felt such a need to speak in tongues that he blurted out nonsensical jiberish within 1 month of becoming a born again. Yes I have no doubt people can convince themselves of pretty much anything. Some even convinced themselves that Sarah Palin was intelligent and is doing something other than parlaying her 15 secs. of fame into as much money as she can. So much for a great citizen seeking to serve her country.
If your jebus is speaking to you then you need to seek professional help because you are a danger to yourself and to others.
You are way off base my friend. God truly does speak to and reveal Himself to people still today. He certainly has revealed the end times to us through His word. But He still reveals things to people in their personal lives. You must be from a denomination that preaches that miracles happened long ago but not anymore. I was in one of those faiths once. I thank God he led me to a real church that preaches His word. You are correct that you need to read His word. You certainly won't connect with God if you aren't reading and studying his word regularly.
No - not just through HIs word. He talks directly to us on occasion. HE's helped me out directly on two occasions that I can recall on the top of my head, one of which could be considered a miracle.
Twice HE spoke directly to me. Once when I was really down and once when I was really happy and contented and just passing the breeze with HIM.
NOGOD...member since January 29, 2013. Read: Lefty troll.
What a show of conviction and bravery to hide behind so many screennames right troll?
Yes. God guides my every move (when I'm humble and faithful enough to let him).
He guided me when I SHUNNED THE REPUBLICAN "BETTER" EVIL Romney to support Christian, Constitutionalist Ron Paul. He's helped me to understand what a FUTILE, FAITHLESS MOVE "better" evil republicans are. He's given me the strength to BOLDLY STAND FOR CONSTITUTIONAL LIBERTY... and leave the consequence in His hands.
What say you, Glenn Beck?
Boy! If you believe that, then your sure gonna miss the dinner bell !!!! - so long!!!
If He does not speak to you, then you must have made up your mind that He has said all you want to hear. The five-fold ministries, one of which is the Prophet, brings fresh revelation continually. He (God) listens for His words, spoken through his Prophets and declared by us, to act. (Why this is so is a whole other ball of wax - suffice to say angels learn of the things of God by listening to us.)
Without revelation, there is no move of God. That's biblical, as in Israel when there was no Prophet, there was no favor, and wickedness arose, and they pretty much got their butts kicked by just about everybody. Such times as these are when you should seek out a Prophet, and hear what God is planning for America, for example. Unless, of course, you have your mind made up.
HIHORANDO- some people see the God's Word as part of the trinity: The Father, the Son and the HOLY BIBLE... It's a bit like constantly reading a love letter from your wife, yet never interacting with her in a personal way. What a joy it is to converse with God with intimacy and depth... and use scripture to confirm that what He speaks to us is genuinely from Him.
to all the people who claim to have heard God speak to them: what'd He sound like?
KAOS - the trinity is not the Father, Son, and Bible... you better just get back in the kool-aid line with all those rapture theorists. The trinity is the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is never called the Word of God, it's the will of God.
It is strange to me to hear so many people say that God speaks to them personally, but that new revelation is not given. That is contradictory.
Prayer = man speaking to God,
Revelation = God speaking to man.
In the ancient times such as with Moses, or Abraham God spoke to them. They in turn taught all who were around that would listen. In those days, not many people believed what they would say. For Example, Noah. He was mocked and scorned by all. There were only seven souls who lived. If we believe that God is no respector of persons, then why did he pick those men? He picked those men because they would listen, not because they are better than any one else.
Today God is the same, He has chosen men today to speak to, why? because they listen to him. They in turn teach all who are willing to listen. Let all who have ears to hear, God has chosen 12 Apostles. He has restored his gospel, along with all the truths that have been lost for hundreds of years. Many have found this to be true. I am one who knows it is true, not by any man do i know it is true, but by the whisperings of the Holy Spirit.
Unfortunately many will read what i have said and will consider it foolishness. I am sorry for you if you are one, please go to Mormon.org and read for yourselves.
Old Testament God could not dwell with man. Gods spirit dwelt in the Holy of Holies inside the Temple. Upon the Death of Christ the curtain into the inner chamber was torn open.
The Holy Spirit was poured out on the Church in Acts. That is Gods Spirit residing in the Hearts of Born again Christians. That being said baptism of the Holy Spirit is separate event so you CAN be saved and not have the Holy Spirit therefore not hearing that still small voice.
If you are a Christian and are not hearing God speak to you. Seek Him and you will find, ask for his baptism.
He sent me a post card once--no seriously.
God answers prayers. One beautiful moonlit night I was feeling so lost. Many of you have probably felt the same for the past few years, wondering why the people of our beloved country have chosen to go down a path that we cannot follow. Feeling hopeless, I begged God to please send me a sign. I asked to send a shooting star. That very second, the same second that I asked for the sign, a shooting star appeared in the sky, exactly where I was looking. It was so beautiful and amazing, and I was and am so very thankful to God. I thank him for the beautiful world he has created, the wind, the sun, the rain, cold and heat, summer and winter, spring and fall, all so very beautiful. Thank you for my life.
"Has God Ever Spoken to You Directly?"
Yes! And He's said quite allot actually.
Read it all ... in the Holy Bible (yes, it's said "directly to you").
Okay, so maybe you were thinking of some ... LOUD THUNDERING? Kind of like Charton Heston's "Moses"?
11 - ... And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind;
. and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake;
12 - and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire;
. and after the fire a still small voice.
13 - So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
- 1 Kings 19, Holy Bible
Or maybe it's more like ... a George Burns in "Oh, God"?
JERRY LANDERS: "Uh ... sometimes ... uh ... now and then ... couldn't we just ... talk?"
GOD: "I'll tell you what. You talk, I'll listen."
I see you have left out a verse in which it states that The Almighty still speaks from heaven. Then you quote, that we are spoken to though the Son, but go on to describe being spoken to through balck ink on whate pages.
You might be self-deceived, but we all are not!
November 12, 2012 at 11:02pm
Time for me to watch “No Way Out” again.
November 8, 2012 at 5:48pm
So much for the old saying.
It’s always right to do right,
It’s always wrong to do wrong.
It’s never right to do wrong
and it’s never wrong to do right.
Humanism has been taught in our schools since at least the 60′s to get us to this point where situational ethics has taken the absolute truth out of our society. Go read the Humanist Manifesto II and you will have no doubt as to what the plan was.
“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”