How do you know that God is speaking to you?

@troyburns (1466)
New Zealand
October 14, 2015 6:35am CST
A simple question really, considering that so many people seem to have this happen to them at least once. Studies and surveys from the past 15 years consistently suggest that, among Americans at least, somewhere between 52 and 67 percent of the adult population claims a personal relationship with God. Although most say that communication is generally through scripture or 'signs', almost one quarter claim to hear God speaking in an audible voice, or at least one they can hear in their head. These are amazing numbers, although I suppose if we take out the instances where God told Creflo Dollar to buy a new jet and George W. Bush to invade Iraq the percentages drop a shade. Complicating matters is the fact that hearing voices isn't unusual. In secular studies not limited to the U.S., around one in 10 of us reports hearing a disembodied voice at one time or another. Nor is the phenomenon limited to Christianity, or even the broader Abrahamic tradition. Direct communication to and from the gods is pretty commonplace across all times and cultures. Not that any of this has anything to do with the personal relationship you have with God, although I do have to wonder if the messages you are getting are anything like the ones being passed on to believers in those booming Christian regions of sub-Saharan Africa. From my extensive Googling on the subject, it does seem that communication with God can take many forms and that personal messages can range from mundane to revelatory. So what's it like for you? And if it ever happens to me, how will I know its not just a trick of the mind?
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@PhredWreck (6079)
14 Oct 15
Me and G have coffee together some mornings, but He doesn't seem to like the way I make it because I end up having to drink it all. His voice sounds strangely like mine, although His ideas are normally things I wouldn't consider.
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@troyburns (1466)
• New Zealand
14 Oct 15
Maybe He's a tea drinker? Now you have me wondering what things you wouldn't normally consider. Eating an oyster? Riding a moped? Voting Republican?
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14 Oct 15
@troyburns I've ate snails. I've owned a moped. But I draw the line at voting Republican.
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@valmnz (13143)
• New Zealand
15 Oct 15
I never listen to what anyone tells me to do anyway, so this doesn't apply to me I have my own mind and make my own decisions.
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@troyburns (1466)
• New Zealand
15 Oct 15
I bet you do! But surely you'd make an exception for God..?
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@valmnz (13143)
• New Zealand
15 Oct 15
@troyburns (1466)
• New Zealand
15 Oct 15
@valmnz - Oh, good grief. You're really asking the wrong person! But "I don't know, therefore God" seems to work in other situations, so I'll go with that.
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• Austin, Texas
20 Nov 15
I'm more concerned with God turning a deaf ear to my prayers. Hello God! Are You listening?
@troyburns (1466)
• New Zealand
21 Nov 15
He has ears? It's a valid point though. It's important to know whether we are being ignored if we are being answered in a way we do not yet understand, or if we are simply talking to ourselves.
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• Austin, Texas
21 Nov 15
@troyburns - Come December I'll be 60 years on this earth, He hasn't failed me yet.
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• Vellore, India
22 Nov 15
Unless the existence of God and methods of communication with him (or her, or it) are established, which is highly unlikely, I would say that hearing voices and seeing things that are inaudible and invisible to people around you should result in one thing and one thing only, a trip to the doctor to get yourself cured. To quote Dr. House (not very mature, but anyway) "You talk to God, you're religious. God talks to you, you're psychotic."
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@troyburns (1466)
• New Zealand
22 Nov 15
@PatlaPanther - I'd be tempted to believe that too, if it weren't for the fact that so many people claim to have had first hand experience of it. I wonder about the Biblical story of Abraham and Isaac - I don't care who is talking to me, I wouldn't consider sacrificing my son. Now that is psychotic.
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@joylol (149)
• Austin, Texas
14 Oct 15
I don't believe I can hear God with an audible voice. I believe I hear Him with the blessings in my life like a family, home, nature, etc. As for how if God was talking to you and whether it was a trick or not, God loves us all enough to have freedom of choice in your interpretation. So, only you will know not me or anyone else.. That is if you choose to believe this response.
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@troyburns (1466)
• New Zealand
14 Oct 15
@joylol - I guess it does all come down to faith. Receiving a message is one thing,but understanding where it came from is quite another. All the best.
@jaboUK (51932)
• United Kingdom
14 Oct 15
If people get comfort from believing this sort of thing, then fine, but it's not for me.
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@troyburns (1466)
• New Zealand
14 Oct 15
Comfort and guidance are rarely bad things so I reckon that, overall, it's probably beneficial to have an invisible friend. I'm open to it, but I may not have the right type of brain. It seems that intuitive thinking is linked to this sort of personal relationship, and that's not one of my strong suits.
• Lucknow, India
14 Oct 15
According to me, the talk about "Hearing God's voice" is just a way of people believing in their faith, and also that no matter what happens, God is there to help them out. The part where they actually heard something is a bit outside the lines of reality but yeah hearing something in the head seems likely. Like if I am trying to decide something what can a bit tricky, I kind of hear my mind conflicted and I can actually talk like two different persons in my head.
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@troyburns (1466)
• New Zealand
14 Oct 15
@Rationalwriter - I know what you mean about those different voices in your head - I sub-vocalize a lot when I'm thinking about things. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.