What about … #43

Dreaming is what we do every time we sleep even if we don’t remember our dreams. there are three stages in sleeping, in the first stage: Our eyes are closed, but it’s easy to wake up. This phase may last for 5 to 10 minutes. The second one: We are in light sleep. Our heart rate slows and our body temperature drops. Our body is getting ready for deep sleep. And the third one: This is the deep sleep stage. It’s harder to rouse ourselves during this stage, and if someone wake us up, we would feel disoriented for a few minutes. This first three stages are called NREM sleep (non-rapid eye movement), during the deep stages of NREM sleep, the body repairs and regrows tissues, builds bone and muscle, and strengthens the immune system, followed by the REM sleep which happens 90 minutes after we fall asleep. The first period of REM lasts about 10 minutes. Each of our later REM stages gets longer, and the final one may last up to an hour. Our heart rate and breathing quickens and it’s the phase where we have intense dreams since our brain is more active. We may experience nightmares among those dreams. But the fascinating thing about nightmares is the reaction of our brain. Research has shown that a lot of dreaming occurs in the visual cortex,  which is linked to the amygdala (an emotional response center). During a nightmare, the amygdala sense the fear in the person and cut REM process, so both of them, the visual cortex and the amygdala, get fired up and trigger autonomic arousal of the body, (the  heart starts beating faster, breathing becomes labored, and we can start sweating profusely) we wake up in a panic. That means that thanks to the amygdala we may come out of a horrible nightmare which we wouldn’t be able without it! How fantastic!

What about … #25

Every serious believer (from any religion) longs to know the voice of God and His plan for every area of his life.

Believers will flock to conferences and queue up so a prophet can reveal or confirm God’s direction to them. So some people want to appear spiritually mature to their audience saying that they hear God.

How do they know it was God? How do they know it’s not just their ego?

For example, I read some time ago the story of a young man who was convinced that the Lord had told him to quit his full-time job and help the homeless with which he was involved in a center. He ended up losing his apartment, there was no open jobs at the time, and he had to take a lesser job to avoid homelessness himself!

There is more to the story that I can say, but I believe that the demonic realm was the author of this plan, not the Lord.  Their purpose was to drive this young man away from the Lord through disillusionment and disappointment. Fortunately, they were not successful, and he did learn some valuable lessons.

If someone really believes that God is talking to him, then he esteem himself a prophet. With this mindset one could commit all sorts of evils, and think nothing of it because God is with him, he is a “prophet,” a mouthpiece for God.

Looking on the internet, I found that much of violence and murders are made by people who think that God told them to, here are a few examples I found:

In 2004, a woman in Texas named Deanna Laney murdered her two very young children by crushing their heads with a rock because “God told her to.”

In Texas a charismatic Christian named David Conley, who is definitely possessed by demons, broke into a home, took hostage an entire family of eight, handcuffed them all, and executed all of them.

A man in California named Shelton Eugene Bradley murdered his mother because “‘God’ told him she was a witch and he had ‘divine’ instruction to kill all witches.”

and so on…..

Each person can read the Bible and perceive his own “truth,” it doesn’t mean it’s right.

As the holy Scriptures say:

If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or wonder that he tells you comes to pass, and if he says, ‘Let us go after other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the Lord your God is testing you, to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him. But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has taught rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you out of the house of slavery, to make you leave the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from your midst. (Deuteronomy 13:1-5)
So I looked for the beginning of this idea and here is what I found:

More often it means that the Christian hasn’t heard from God but wants to elevate his decision into something inviolable, wherein the Christian’s decision can’t be held to account. After all, it was from God.

Other times, the Christian has received a supposed revelation and encapsulates that revelation by saying “God told me.” Many times they have received a dream, or a ‘nudge’ or have heard that ‘still, small voice’ and are basing their decision on this personal revelation from God on those things instead of the word and then trusting to providence.

The ‘still, small voice’ is permeating Christianity, with the result that now most conversations among Christians are peppered with “God told me” as a result. This is partly thanks to Henry Blackaby, who opened the door to personal revelation in his “Experiencing God” workbook and series of lessons published in the 1990s. Baptists especially who had not been prone to mysticism prior to this, fell hard for the method the Baptist Blackaby was promoting. One reviewer of Experiencing God said here,

“many readers will nevertheless find great encouragement in hearing a still, small voice among a vast number of everyday experiences.”

Blackaby taught: God Often Speaks in a “Still, Small Voice” (I Kings 19:11–13). Sometimes God will speak through “the wind or an earthquake or a fire,” but most often He speaks in a still, small voice. Be attentive!”

‘Most often’? Where is that in the bible?

Relying on small voices, impressions, and God told me revelation diminishes the sufficiency of the bible by the fact that someone is adding to God’s revelation. The bible isn’t enough for them, when you hear people say “God told me, it really means:

I really think I should do ______ but I’m forgetting that the canon of scripture is closed and there is no need for further revelation. I want confirmation for my precarious decision, and I’m mistaking intuition for God’s voice. I’m forgetting to follow Proverbs 3:5-6.

Did they forget the Third Commandment, taking the Lord’s name in vain?

One way to take it in vain is to trivialize it, to be swift or short. We have to be careful never to ascribe to Him thoughts He doesn’t have, or things He never said. “God told me” very often does just that though, trivializes His name by ascribing things to Him He never said. It is a serious thing to say “God told me”!

God doesn’t speak with the human being anymore. He said all He had to say in the Holy Scriptures. He sent his messages through an angel; as He did with most of his prophets, through an inspiration; as He did with Jesus or behind a “veil”; as He did with Moses. We’re not as valuable or important as they were. If He wants to tell us something, He does it through a sign or intuition, it isn’t always easy to notice it. Usually it’s a feeling which doesn’t stay long, it’s more like “take it or leave it”. Some people mistake their own thoughts with this light feeling. But the more someone gets  used to it, the more he can tell the difference. But it’s absolutely NOT God talking to someone, I believe the spirit in us, is the connexion to God with which we get some tips when we need it or when we ask for it.

I also think that when we get to meet Him, we’re going to find out that the Lord didn’t initiate lots of journeys we took in His name.