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From God Or Mentally Sick

If a person says that they hear from God a lot, do you think they have a mental problem or do you think they really hear from God? I'm not talking about the occasional message from God. I am talking about someone who says that they constantly hear God's voice.

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It could be God, it could be mental illness, it could be a delusion or wishful thinking (hearing one's own subconscious and thinking it's God).

They can't ALL be right. There are a lot of people out there who genuinely believe that God is speaking to them - but because he seems to be telling them a lot of different things, either God is schizophrenic, or at least some of these people are mistaken.

Cult leaders are cases in point.
---StrongAxe on 4/15/08

God speaks for reasons of His own.
---deb on 4/14/08

I don't believe that God speaks in the fashion that he did at one time. If God speaks he does so through a prophet and there are too many false ones that claim to speak with no evidence to show for their claims. However I do believe that the Holy Spirit will guide us in all truth concerning the Gospel other than that, ''Christian mediums'' are on the increase and impressive to ichy ears decieving and giving in to seducing spirits.
---Carla5754 on 4/14/08

God is constantly counceling me. I am constantly asking Him stuff. Yes, if a person is truly saved and walking close to God it is possible that God will and can carry on a conversation throughout the day. And it does take a lot out of the believer. I will put it another way. God talks if He deems fit to do so. An unbeliever will never here from God. You must be born-again.
---catherine on 4/14/08

Carla,God speaks to everyone differently. Mom, He drops into spirit something's going to happen,she doesn't know what but prays for everyone,her "knowing" and prayers kept my son from being killed in accident,totaled his pickup. Me,God speaks in words in my spirit, & shows me pictures in spiritual mind. Last Friday I prayed for son's friend,in a coma,on lifesupport,doctors were thinking of removing lifesupport,after I prayed God showed me,man was sitting up in bed talking,he is!.
---Darlene_1 on 4/11/08

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I'm looking forward to the prayer line. I see you're still running for President. Do you think you'll win?
---Ted on 4/11/08

I hear God's voice. I had myself checked for mental illness. I'm as sane as you are.

God does not speak incessantly. I'd never get my work done, I'd never want to sleep.

This gift has changed me in so many ways. Speaking to God is like speaking to the kindest, most loving, caring person you've ever met times a billion. That still doesn't describe Him. I didn't earn this, He loves us equally. Why me? I have NO idea.
---deb on 4/10/08

If someone can hears and tune into that still small voice then yes. But anything else watch out for the manifestaion of what or who was talking if you wait long enough you'll hear out of the persons own mouth whether it be from God or devils.
---Carla5754 on 4/10/08

Without the Holy Spirit, they're listening to the mind or soulish realm.

The mind is always running. When God speaks through the Holy Spirit, He speaks to our spirit. You can tell the difference from the mind speaking, or from the enemy's influence. Those that deny the Holy Spirit and try to prophesy will be coming from a much lower realm of witchcraft. There will be pride, flattery, selfishness, envy, strife, division, unforgiveness and prognostications of death.
---Monique on 4/10/08

John 10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
---scripture on 4/10/08

I believe hearing voices is a mechinisim used by the human brain to only confuse issues.whether christian or otherwise,certainly christians are more susceptable to this than the unsaved.Only three gifts of the Holy Spirit could fall under this phenomenom, that of Speaking in tongues,word of wisdom,and word of knowledge.Ihave heard them all used in abody of believers and alone.Bearing witness with the validity of each is another gift of Gods,that of discerning of spirits.
---John on 8/28/07

Good answer Leslie it is so very true, couldn't have said it better..mary4964
---mary4964 on 3/6/07

In this respect, I shall be like Paul. "If I am crazy that is between God and myself".
---catherine on 3/4/07

Others suppose it to be the Son of God, the angel of the covenant. ex. CH. 23 20-23. Church's redeemer--Before His incarnation. Oh my GOD, MY GOD, What a GOD.
---catherine on 2/28/07

Just remember, no one is perfect. Just because someone is not perfect does not mean they do not hear from God. Yes, God's voice is very powerful and you cannot stand in His presence. Exodus 23:20-21 tells us that He sends angels also and we are to obey the angels voice because God is in him.
---faye4464 on 2/27/07

You will know if they hear from God by their fruit. If they are in tune with God, they will produce good fruit. Test everything against what scripture has already stated.
---Ben on 2/21/07

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Leslie, Way to go. I loved what you said. And so true.
---catherine on 2/11/07

God can speak to someone anywhere or anytime, even everywhere and everytime. This is NOT being mentally sick, but being in tune with God.
---Leslie on 2/11/07

I hear God speak to me everytime I read his word. I only know a few people that has actually heard the voice of God. Me, I haven't heard the voice of God, but yet have gotten messages from him through other people. If someone hears God's voice constanly, either they are really, really close to God or they're hearing demons thinking it is God.
---Rebecca_D on 2/11/07

A Righteous person is sensitive to God's voice. And will obey.
---catherine on 2/11/07

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I doubt that God talks audibly a whole lot to His people. His voice is a voice that you will never, ever forget. After you learn more, then God starts speaking in any number of ways. To really hear from God on a regular bases you must ,I say you must, get close to God.[I was really upset with God when He stopped speaking to me audibly. Finally I got over it.] Appreciate what God gives you, it could end.
---catherine on 2/10/07

Should be from God or Satan. What makes me boiling from head to toe is, when someone is standing in front of A judge claiming that God told me to kill my six kids. And they blab it on tv for the whole world to hear it, mind you. [A flash from God] The Devil, would never say that He is the culprit. OH NO. He will tell you it's GOD.
---catherine on 2/10/07

That's true, Catherine. Without a heart, the mind doesn't matter, or the matter doesn't mind.
---Cindy on 2/9/07

Donna...I agree with you that the Holy Spirit will prompt you in situations where it is needed. However, God does not need to tell us every little step to take as we mature in the Lord. It took the Hebrew children 40 years to learn that and they never saw the promised land.
---Susie on 2/9/07

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fayre4464== All that I want to say is==AMEN. Pray about everything. Whether you have a mind or not, it is out of respect to God to check with God first. You might be surprise when He saids-- NO,NO.
---catherine on 2/9/07

If you are going to trust God, you need to trust him for everything. From the time you wake up in the morning to the time your head hits the bed, you should be asking God what he wants you to do or say. If we are to pray without ceasing we should ask what he wants us to wear, eat, read,etc... We should turn to him every minute of the day. We are not to rely on our own understanding. Jesus said his sheep hear his voice. Are we listening?
---faye4464 on 2/8/07

If you have the Holy Spirit abiding in you, HE will lead you and guide you into all truth. If you're out buying tires and the Holy Spirit knows there's a brand that isn't good, His unction will quicken you NOT to buy that kind of tire. "Apart from me you can do NOTHING." Nothing in the Greek means Nothing. "Abide in me and I in you." "In Him we live and move and have our being."
---Donna9759 on 2/8/07

"I am not smart enough to take care of the smallest details in my life."

Catherine...If you are smart enough to use the computer, you can make some decisions on your own. God make us that way. As "mature" Christians God shouldn't have to tell us every step to take in our life. If you haven't grown past the baby steps, there is something very wrong.
---Susie on 2/8/07

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tom2...You are absolutely correct. God gave us a mind to make our own decisions. We don't need to bother him about every little detail in our lives as long as our lives are measuring up to His Word. Anybody who seeks God on every little detail of their life has too much time on their hands. Although I am nothing with out the Lord, He trusts me to make some decision myself without consulting him.
---Susie on 2/8/07

catherine ,thers nothing in scripture about whether to choose goodyear or michelin point is ti be grateful that you are able to choose.
---tom2 on 2/8/07

Tom2 Understand, you do as you please, but I pray about everything. I am not smart enough to take care of the smallest details in my life.
---catherine on 2/8/07

as a believer you should hear from God everytime you amke a not the ones like whether to have chicken or pork for supper,or what tires to put on your car.The decicisions I speak of are spiritual,and the ones that control the flesh,and the mind to align with Gods word. now as A human these occur very often,soI wouldsay whether you realize it of not God is always trying to speak ,problem is most of us aren,t listening
---tom2 on 2/7/07

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no he has not turned away" He loves all man,and women. God lets u know by signs and wonders, if and what he has for you to do.. Jesus loves,all!! +
---servant4Christ on 2/7/07

You have to test the spirits to see if they really are of God, but beware today for man has done great evil with drugs of spiritualism.
---anonymous on 2/7/07

If what they're saying lines up with what the word of God says, then yes, by the power of the Holy Spirit that works within us, they hear the voice of God through the HS. Also, if it comes to pass, that's another way you can tell if what they're saying is from God. But remember God rebuked the people in Jeremiah and he said, "Woe to those who are saying thus saith the Lord when I did not say that." It has to line up with God's word, and it should come to pass in a reasonable amount of time.
---Anonymous on 2/7/07

How lonly it would be, if God could not talk. I have known His SILANCE, AND I don't like it. And He has turned His face away from me, and I didn't like that. It is the sorest affliction placed on a believer.
---CATHERINE on 2/7/07

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I know that I have personally heard from God on a couple of occasions. It wasn't orally, but in my Spirit. However, I keep seeing the same persons in here talk about what God has told them over and over and they say it is orally. This is why I asked this question.
---Susie on 2/7/07

When God saves you, He gives you a sound mind.
---CATHERINE on 2/7/07

When God does things=== unique things,to make Himself known. we need to appreciate them. So often it may be the only time or it will come to a cease. I didn't appreciate, or reflect, heed, like I should have. And I regret that.
---CATHERINE on 2/7/07

I would not want to serve a God that could not talk. Would you? UNBELIVERS are just that, unbelievers. and REMEMBER===God's sanity is not ours and our sanity is not God's. One more thing. "When you depart from evil, you are accounted as MAD."
---CATHERINE on 2/7/07

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Isn't hearing from God what we are supposed to be doing? What a shame if hearing from God frequently would be considered a mental problem. Now there's one mental problem I would love to have more of.
---john on 2/7/07

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