God: An imaginary friend for grown-ups?
Have you ever had a conversation with God? Have you ever heard his voice? There was a time when I would have absolutely answered these questions in the affirmative. After all, modern day Christianity is all about having a “personal relationship” with God. As with all good relationships, this relationship includes regular communication.
This “personal relationship” also includes a best friend- Jesus. He will “never leave or forsake you.” In a world when we’re many times betrayed by the ones closest to us, how can we resist having such a friend? You will always have someone to talk to when you’re down or feeling lonely.
In reflecting on my past relationship with God, I have to ask- How is this any different than my daughter’s relationship with her imaginary friend? I recall listening to long conversations between her and “Digget.” Well, the most obvious difference is I am an intelligent adult who can use logic and reason- and she was three. Needless to say, now as a teenager, she no longer talks to Digget.
In a blog entry from his personal blog, HeIsSailing asked the question:
How does God talk to you? Do you hear an audible voice? Does God speak to you by testings and trials? A feeling?
Here’s a sampling of the responses he received:
The written word is more than sufficient – however – I have heard a voice once (but this seems to be quite the exception from my experience). I think the word speaks/interacts with us life experience (’word in the flesh’ idea). – societyvs
I have never heard an audible voice from God. (by audible, I mean passing through my ear). I have heard God speak to me in words, just as people do. When people speak to me, my ear hears a sound, my brain receives the sound, and then it deciphers a meaning. God sometimes speaks to me using words (my brain receives the words, then deciphers the meaning) and sometimes just with meaning. At those times, I am aware that my mind is receiving information rather than generating it. It is often completely unconnected to my thoughts or my perspectives – a “leap” too long to be justified as my own subconscious coming to decision. – jennypo
Often God gives me understanding of things that I didn’t understand. I ask Him and they become clear to me with no other outside influences. One could argue that I “discovered the knowledge I needed inside myself”, but I find that takes as much faith as believing the clarity comes from God. All of my experiences with communication from God are very easy to “explain away” and yet, I am certain they are from Him. – joeyanne
How would you answer this question?
– The de-Convert