Q. How does one tell between the voice of God speaking to you and you talking to yourself (thinking)?
Distinguishing between the voice of God and your thought life is nearly impossible until you start memorizing scripture. Scripture is how all voices get interpreted and discerned... we all have many voices if influence that trigger thoughts. We have our own voice, the voice of things spoken over us by people that impacted us... we have the voices of our close peers, the voice of cultural perception based on the environments that impact us etc. etc. These are all “voices” that pop up.
The voice of God is recognized to the extent that we understand God’s personality and values as revealed by every story, command, action, inaction, judgement, and emotion expressed in scripture. There is no short cut. In the same way that we learn who someone is by experiencing how they treat you, seeing how they treat others, paying attention to what comes out of their mouth and why they do what they do; God reveals himself as you read how he interacted with others in the bible, and you learn the reasons why God does what He does.
It is thru scripture that we get meanings to specific symbols words and numbers and these “signs” are ways that God communicates with us but if we don’t have a relationship with studying scripture to learn about God and what these things mean, as defined by him, our ability to discern His unique voice is a hit or miss. Sometime you get it sometimes you don’t. But this is not God’s intent for us.
Just like you can make a decision and say to others with certainty, “I know that I know that I know, my mom will not let me keep this stray cat because she despises all animals” you will be able to discern God’s voice when you have a relationship with how God has interacted with humanity throughout scripture.
God uses signs, symbols and numbers but there are occult applied interpretation to these things and even people can superstitiously apply erroneous meaning to signs, symbols and numbers, which is not of God and leads to confusion at best.
We test everything with the word of God. That is the rock of our foundation upon which we build and trust.
God is the perfect Father-God, who desiring children of His own, created a stage and mankind both male and female, in HIS image, for the purpose to “breed” for Himself a people/children who will love and worship Who-God-Is in a genuine way (in spirit and in truth).
A father God willing to fully adopt any and all who dare to have a relationship with Him and follow in the footsteps of his Holy Spirit. A Father who desires to pass down the family business of pro-creating family, love, healing, justice, and holiness to faithful, responsible and mature sons and daughters.
A Father God who is not a weak passive pushover but is all powerful and with a Mighty and Just hand, is willing and able to annihilate that which hurts, pollutes, and defiles HIS family!.
A God whose holiness is like an all consuming fire that prohibits anything unclean to see him and live; yet is so passionately desiring communion with us that He devised a plan that enables unclean humans to be covered, with something holy, so we can experience today a relationship with a living holy Father God. This holy covering is the innocent sinless blood of Jesus, voluntarily shed on a cross as he took upon himself the justified punishment of all who hurt and defile what Father God Creator King loves.
A Father God King who long suffers the foolishness and ignorance of rebellious humans hurting themselves with sin so that those who become sick of the dysfunction, pain, and filthiness of our own sin, might rationally choose to follow His kingdom rules and leadership here on earth as it is in heaven.
Adam and Eve sinned because they were given 1 rule that they knew about and were informed about the consequences if they ever decided to eat: “In the day you eat of it you will surely die”. So with full knowledge of the consequences Adam and Eve, used their freedom to “transgress”/disobey the one rule God gave and test whether God was a liar.
Knowledge of good and evil by itself is not bad. In fact, after God created everything including the tree of knowledge, God said it was all “very good”. It is the creative ways we use knowledge that makes any act good or evil. And it is action that incurs consequences. Death was actually a secondary consequence of their disobedience.
In life there are some rules we break that have a lasting impact beyond what seems reasonable. Example. I hit the streets when I was 12 and by the time I was 14 I got pregnant. I “repented” and stopped doing drugs and sleeping around but I could not reverse the fact that I had a life in my womb that I was now responsible for. Or take the example of people living recklessly who contract a incurable disease, or commit a serious crime and are then sentenced to prison for life.
The direct punishment of God on Adam and Eve for their sin was,
I encourage you to read Genesis chapter 2 & 3 over with this lens. God cut access to the tree of life in order to put a time limit on evil. Death was a secondary consequence that was both necessary and good or else God would be permitting evil to live forever.
"Original sin" is a doctrine created from a manipulative paraphrased view of the "fall of humanity" story. The wrath of God on babies due to Original sin is NOT and was NEVER affirmed in scripture.
The difference between the One True God and every other pagan religion (including all the fake distorted manipulated variations of "Christianity”) is that God did not establish a kingdom here on earth that you can see with your eyes and tell someone ... 'look! there is the real religion'... no. God established his kingdom WITHIN the hearts of men. Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world. [John 18:36]
And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. [Luke 17:20]
People have it all wrong when they embrace Christianity as a means to attain a "positive final resting place"… Jesus defines eternal life in John 17:3: And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. At the crux of true Christianity is a relationship. Knowledge of the only True God who is HOLY. and knowledge of Jesus Christ - aka- God with us who sacrificially saves his people. - Jesus is defined as "God with us and Savior" and Christ is the picture-perfect human role model of a life lived in selfless passion to radically love others by serving, uplifting and setting others free so they may prosper in their God ordained destiny. All who miss this understanding have a vain worthless religion that will profit them nothing in the end. This is why Jesus also said: Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. [Matt.7:21-23]
There is a True Faith and a True way of expressing a religious devoted life before God, but no one can teach YOU what that looks like. Just like our relationships with our children can look different because their needs wants and abilities differ. So is God, the Father of our Spirits, with us. God seeks those who worship Him from their own human spirit in their own genuine holy way of expression. No established individual religious institution can give that to everyone. [hence the outrageous divisions]. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. [John 4:23-24]
We recommend you do not seek to understand God through religion, but question God directly on the logic of scripture. Not how people interpret it, but how you interpret the personally. God is not far from those who seek truth.
I am a love addict. At face value you might think that sounds attractive, but I have suffered greatly for my obsession. An obsession born out of being raised in a love-deprived vacuum of emotional neglect, verbal abuse, and physical assaults. An incessant hunger birthed out of… prolonged starvation. Who is to blame?
In addict-mode I have been a glutton for pain, a masochist for heart break. My body mind and soul has been raped pillaged and plundered since I was 12, and many times with my consent. Yeah… I said it… many times I consented… I admit. But I consented to be loved… I consented to make-love. Not to be sexed and left… not to be used, then abandoned… ravished and later despised! What happened?! Was it all a lie!? I consented to love… I did not consent to deception! There is a difference, is there not?
Evil is cunning and its ways are deception, but The-Truth sets free!
What I have learned is:
Love is not made, so you can NOT “Make-love”. “Making-love” is a deceptive term used to manipulate the mind. Do not let this term manipulate you! Having sex with someone You-Do-Not-Love will not magically produce love in-you for-them. Having sex with someone who Does-Not-Love-You will not magically produce love in-them for-you. The act of sex alone is-not loving! Selah.
Sex can NOT create love… so love is NOT produced by sexual activities.
Sex can NOT increase love… so love does NOT grow as a result of sexual acts.
Sex can NOT generate love… so love is NOT the effect of sexual performance.
Sex was designed to be experienced within the boundaries of (1) A man and woman already in-love with each other and apart from having had any sexual experience with each other, and (2) a couple who have made a legally binding commitment of loyalty to each other for a lifetime.
In this context:
All deviations from this God-Instituted Design is hurting humanity: mentally, physically, emotionally, sexually, romantically and spiritually!!!
Too many sexual encounters (sexual promiscuity) diminishes sexual satisfaction; diminished sexual satisfaction produces intrigue into sexually deviant behaviors; and embracing sexually deviant behaviors imprisons you and greatly limits your ability to find a naturally productive, healthy and fulfilling sex life and partner.
Sexually deviant behaviors include obsessive pornography, masturbation with objects, pedophilia, Bondage sex, painful/abusive sex, orgies, gang bangs, sex with animals, exhibitionist, etc. The sexual arousal behind all these sexual practices are complete deviations to what is naturally productive and healthy for a human sexual relationship. Sexual deviance is a bi-product of dysfunctional views of intimacy and unhealthy sexual experiences.
Relationship breakups hurt, but Relationship breakups that have experienced sexual intimacy can be traumatic to a person’s psyche, producing insecurities, trust-issues, low self-esteem, diminished self-worth; and it can callous individuals emotionally, making them lack empathy and remorse; all of which are serious road blocks to meaningful relationships in general.
Sexual intimacy activates a soul-tie or subconscious bond designed to sustain hope for a lifetime partnership through better or worse. This is why people stay with an abusive partner for unreasonable amounts of time, and endure unreasonable amounts of abuses in the name of “love”. This sometimes blind and persevering hope is a natural result of sexual intimacy designed to help a marriage commitment last. It is the violation of this soul-tie/subconscious-bond that is the motivation behind “crimes of passion”. Never has there been a crime of passion where there was no sexual intimacy exchanged. Never.
Bottom line is:
Understanding Humanity & Christianity
There is logic behind all human behavior. Christianity was never intended to be above rational thought; and what is good & evil, right or wrong, is best understood by what we have individually seen, heard and experienced. So how can we discern the difference? What is the logic behind some of the most atrocious acts of violence or crimes against humanity? What logic or "good" could there be to evils like murder and war? How real is spirituality and what role does it play in human behavior? Follow us here as our Visionary attempts to explain and expand awareness to the powerful and painful complex realities of the human experience and biblical controversies.