There are a lot of people who claim to hear from God. Televangelists
will say, “The Lord spoke to me,” or” “God told me to…” But did God
speak? Did they hear him? How do we know if what they heard is
actually from God? The Bible tells us how to figure this out. We know
that God is perfect and true, just like His Word (Psalm 119:89,
119:160; John 17:17). To find out if the message someone else is
saying they heard from God is true, match what they predict against
what actually happens (Deuteronomy 18:21-22). If what they say matches
God’s Word and what they predict happens—that is a good sign.
A second test that will help sorting through the noise that often
claims to be “Christian” is to compare what a preacher, teacher or
religious group says against the Bible. Scripture is contains the full
and complete message of God (Hebrews 1:1-2; Jude 3; Revelation
22:18-19). We are personally responsible to check the messages we hear
against the Word of God, like the Bereans did. Acts 17:11 tells us
that “the Berean Jews were of more noble character” than some others.
Why? Because, when they received the messages being preached by Paul
they “examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was
true.” We should do the same!
Finally, if anyone objects to such a comparison or says the Bible
started out right, but was corrupted by men—be wary. After all, if God
can create the world—He can certainly keep the His Word accurate.
If you comments have please send them to me,
Minister, Valley church of Christ
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