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My Take: If you hear God speak audibly, you (usually) aren’t crazy
A woman prays in church. Many Christians say they can audibly hear the voice of God.
December 29th, 2012
10:00 PM ET

My Take: If you hear God speak audibly, you (usually) aren’t crazy

Editor's Note: Tanya Marie (“T.M.”) Luhrmann is a psychological anthropologist and the Watkins University professor in the department of anthropology at Stanford University in Stanford, California. She is the author of "When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God."

By T.M. Luhrmann, Special to CNN

(CNN)—In the Bible, God spoke directly to Abraham. He spoke directly to Moses. He spoke directly to Job. But to your neighbor down the street?

Most people reading the ancient scriptures understand these accounts of hearing God’s voice as miracles that really did happen but no longer take place today, or maybe as folkloric flourishes to ancient stories. Even Christians who believe that miracles can be an everyday affair can hesitate when someone tells them they heard God speak audibly. There’s an old joke: When you talk to God, we call it prayer, but when God talks to you, we call it schizophrenia.

Except that usually it’s not.

Hearing a voice when alone, or seeing something no one else can see, is pretty common. At least one in 10 people will say they’ve had such an experience if you ask them bluntly. About four in 10 say they have unusual perceptual experiences between sleep and awareness if you interview them about their sleeping habits.

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And if you ask them in a way that allows them to admit they made a mistake, the rate climbs even higher. By contrast, schizophrenia, the most debilitating of all mental disorders, is pretty rare. Only about one in 100 people can be diagnosed with the disorder.

Moreover, the patterns are quite distinct. People with schizophrenia who hear voices hear them frequently. They often hear them throughout the day, sometimes like a rain of sound, or a relentless hammer. They hear not only sentences, but paragraphs: words upon words upon words. What the voices say is horrid—insults, sneers and contemptuous jibes. “Dirty. You’re dirty.” “Stupid slut.” “You should’ve gone under the bus, not into it.”

That was not what Abraham, Moses and Job experienced, even when God was at his most fierce.

For the last 10 years, I have been doing anthropological and psychological research among experientially oriented evangelicals, the sort of people who seek a personal relationship with God and who expect that God will talk back. For most of them, most of the time, God talks back in a quiet voice they hear inside their minds, or through images that come to mind during prayer. But many of them also reported sensory experiences of God. They say God touched their shoulder, or that he spoke up from the back seat and said, in a way they heard with their ears, that he loved them. Indeed, in 1999, Gallup reported that 23% of all Americans had heard a voice or seen a vision in response to prayer.

These experiences were brief: at the most, a few words or short sentences. They were rare. Those who reported them reported no more than a few of them, if that. These experiences were not distressing, although they were often disconcerting and always startling. On the contrary, these experiences often made people feel more intimate with God, and more deeply loved.

In fact, my research has found that these unusual sensory experiences are more common among those who pray in a way that uses the imagination—for example, when prayer involves talking to God in your mind. The unusual sensory experiences were not, in general, associated with mental illness (we checked).

They were more common among those who felt comfortable getting caught up in their imaginations. They were also more common among those who prayed for longer periods. Prayer involves paying attention to words and images in the mind, and giving them significance. There is something about the skilled practice of paying attention to the mind in this way that shifts—just a little bit—the way we judge what is real.

Yet even many of these Christians, who wanted so badly to have a back-and-forth relationship with God, were a little hesitant to talk about hearing God speak with their ears. For all the biblical examples of hearing God speak audibly, they doubt. Augustine reports that when he was in extremis, sobbing at the foot of that fig tree, he heard a voice say, “Take it and read.” He picked up the scripture and converted. When the Christians I know heard God speak audibly, it often flitted across their minds that they were crazy.

In his new book, "Hallucinations," the noted neurologist Oliver Sacks tells his own story about a hallucinatory experience that changed his life. He took a hearty dose of methamphetamines as a young doctor, and settled down with a 19th century book on migraines. He loved the book, with its detailed observation and its humanity. He wanted more. As he was casting around in his mind for someone who could write more that he could read, a loud internal voice told him “You silly bugger” that it was he. So he began to write. He never took drugs again.

Now, Sacks does not recommend that anyone take drugs like that. He thinks that what he did was dangerous and he thinks he was lucky to have survived.

What interests me, however, is that he allowed himself to trust the voice because the voice was good. There’s a distinction between voices associated with psychiatric illness (often bad) and those (often good) that are found in the so-called normal population. There’s another distinction between those who choose to listen to a voice, if the advice it gives is good, and those who do not. When people like Sacks hear a voice that gives them good advice, the experience can transform them.

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This is important, because often, when voices are discussed in the media or around the kitchen table, the voices are treated unequivocally as symptoms of madness. And of course, voice-hearing is associated with psychiatric illness.

But not all the time. In fact, not most of the time.

About a third of the people I interviewed carefully at the church where I did research reported an unusual sensory experience they associated with God. While they found these experiences startling, they also found them deeply reassuring.

Science cannot tell us whether God generated the voice that Abraham or Augustine heard. But it can tell us that many of these events are normal, part of the fabric of human perception. History tells us that those experiences enable people to choose paths they should choose, but for various reasons they hesitate to choose.

When the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. sat at his kitchen table, in the winter of 1956, terrified by the fear of what might happen to him and his family during the Montgomery bus boycott, he said he heard the voice of Jesus promising, “I will be with you.” He went forward.

Voices may form part of human suffering. They also may inspire human greatness.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of TM Luhrmann.

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  1. mypathtowalk

    Reblogged this on mypathtowalk and commented:
    It is amazing how God can lead us in the paths that we are to take. As I walk my current path and I feel that I need to adjust, God places words, people, or ideas in my way to keep my straight and guide me. Praise God.

    April 1, 2013 at 8:25 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      You're giving credit where it is not due. By allowing your imaginary friend to take the credit, you no longer have to...what a pathetic way to live.

      April 1, 2013 at 8:44 am |
  2. Religion

    God told Bush to invade Iraq.

    God told Michelle Bachman, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, and Mittens Romney to run for President.

    If God talks to you...if you hear other voices in your head of any kind...... you are crazy.

    March 25, 2013 at 11:49 am |
  3. Dyslexic doG

    Come on people. Leave the primitive voodoo behind and join the 21st century. When you die, that's it. You don't magically rise up into a perfect place where all your dreams come true. The story of your religion is a story to make children less afraid of the dark. Be an adult, move past your safety blanket and explore all the joy and wonder of reality.

    March 20, 2013 at 10:31 am |
    • Juanito

      While fear of death, the unknown, etc may be a factor in some people's conversion to faith, it isn't what maintains it.

      The Scriptures are quite telling in how those closest to Jesus reacted when He was arrested. After a minor fight, they fled. One who was closest even denied knowing Jesus when confronted. Even after they saw all the miracles and heard all the promises, they were wracked by fear. Understandably, no one looks forward to their own demise, so I most likely would've ran too.

      But the thing that stands out most was that each went willfully to their death later, most given the opportunity to live if they recanted their belief in Jesus. They chose to die, most horrifically.

      What changed them? Where did the fear that made them abandon Jesus, go? Perhaps they were afraid of the pain and also the death, but apparently not enough to make them recant their belief in Christ.

      People don't die for lies. They witnessed His Resurrection and knew who and what Jesus really is.

      I know many have risked their lives for varying principles, but I don't think ive ever met a person who would die for steadfastly supporting the Big Bang, Evolution, or any other theory.

      In His Love, Juanito.

      March 20, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Juanito: The Big Bang and Evolution are not theories in the sense you think they are. Unlike your buybull, they are backed with enough evidence to say they are true. Try to educate yourself before spewing about something you know nothing about. Look up the Scientific Method (if it's not too much for your weak mind to handle). If you don't support Evolution then you support the incest story of the buybull (Adam, Eve and 2 sons...explain how the earth was populated if not for incest). Your ignorance of reality and your love of death are pathetic...time to come out of the dark ages.

      April 1, 2013 at 8:32 am |
  4. Upstate Bill

    If the J and the U were not added to the language until the 17th century how do you get the name Jesus, also in Roman and Jewish the were not J and U opp is some thing wrong ?? and if the bible is true then why is it not in the non-fiction section

    March 18, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
    • Juanito

      @Bill:

      Jesus' name in Hebrew is Yeshua, which became later translated through Greek and Latin.

      If the Holy Bible is found in fiction sections of libraries and book stores, it's because a person categorized it as such and physically put it there.

      Regardless of where people put God(out of schools, businesses, discussions, our lives), it doesn't mean that He doesn't exist.

      It demonstrates how far we've 'progessed'(sarcasm). The headlines in CNN demonstrates our 'progress' every day.

      In His Love, Juanito.

      March 19, 2013 at 7:11 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      "Regardless of where people put God(out of schools, businesses, discussions, our lives), it doesn't mean that He doesn't exist."

      What it does mean is that there is NOT sufficient, peer-reviewed, verifiable evidence to say it does (the buybull does not count as evidence). It means that your belief can't dominate society. It means that the end times for your silly belief are in sight. The buybull belongs in the fiction section due to the fact that without using it to validate itself, there is no evidence to support any of it. You would think that if your god were real, we wouldn't have reason to question it but instead your god remains the greatest evasive monster to be invented by man.

      April 1, 2013 at 8:40 am |
  5. muslim2012

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW99U4JWNEc&feature=player_detailpage

    March 16, 2013 at 8:47 am |
  6. muslim2012

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLVnMKQoCcg&feature=player_detailpage

    March 16, 2013 at 8:40 am |
  7. muslim2012

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RNScXzXHLc&feature=player_detailpage

    March 16, 2013 at 8:38 am |
  8. muslim2012

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1nmMuuaCy4&feature=player_detailpage

    March 16, 2013 at 8:37 am |
  9. muslim2012

    (2:255) Allah: the Everlasting, the Sustainer of the whole Universe; there is no god but He. He does neither slumber nor sleep. Whatsoever is in the heavens and in the earth is His. Who is there to intercede with Him except by His own permission? He knows what is before the people and also what is hidden from them. And they cannot comprehend anything of His knowledge save whatever He Himself pleases to reveal. His Kingdom spreads over the heavens and the earth and the guarding of these does not weary Him. He alone is the Supreme and the Exalted.

    This verse is generally known as the 'Verse of the Throne' and it provides in one piece knowledge of God with no parallel.

    There is no god but Allah, the Everlasting, the Sustainer of everything.
    Regardless of ignorant people's worship of false gods, the truth is that godhead in its entirety, belongs exclusively to the Eternal Being, Who is indebted to no one for His existence. In fact, He is not only self-existent, but upon Him rests the entire order of the universe. He alone wields all sovereign authority over His dominion. None shares His attributes or His power and might, and no one has the same claims against the creatures as He does. Hence, if anywhere in the heavens or earth someone sets up anything or anybody as an object of worship and service (ilah), either instead of or in addition to the One True God, it amounts to declaring war on reality.

    He does neither slumber nor sleep.
    This is a refutation of the ideas of those people who, in formulating their concepts of God, are inclined to consider God analogous to their own imperfect selves and hence ascribe to God the weaknesses characteristic of human beings. An instance at hand is the famous Biblical statement that God created the heavens and the earth in six days and on the seventh day He rested (see Genesis, chapters 1 and 2).

    Whatsoever is in the heavens and in the earth is His.
    To God belongs the heavens and the earth and everything therein. There is no one who shares anything with God in governance of the heavens or the earth. Any conceivable being other than God would necessarily be a part of the universe and thus belong to, and be a subject of, God rather than His partner and equal.

    Who is there to intercede with Him except by His own permission?
    This is a refutation of the ideas of those polytheists who consider their saints, angels or other beings to be so influential with God that if they were adamant in demanding something of Him, their demand would prevail. They are being told that, far from anyone having the power to impose his will on God, none – not even the greatest Prophets and the most highly esteemed angels – will dare utter one word in the majestic court of the Lord unless they are expressly permitted to do so.

    He knows what is before the people and what is hidden from them. And they cannot comprehend anything of His knowledge save what He Himself pleases to reveal.
    Here another blow is struck against polytheism. On the basis of the concept of God's unlimited sovereignty and omnipotence, it was stressed in the foregoing verses that no one shares independently in God's governance of the universe, and no one is so powerful with God that his intercession would decisively influence His judgement. The same point is stressed here but in a different manner. It is pointed out that no one possesses the knowledge that would enable him to comprehend the order of the universe and the considerations underlying it, so no one can legitimately interfere in its governance. The knowledge of human beings, of jinn, of angels and of all other creatures is limited and imperfect. No one's knowledge embraces all the facts of the universe. If someone did have the right to interfere even in only a part of the universe, and if his suggestions were of necessity to be put into eflect, the entire order of the universe would be disrupted. Creatures are incapable of understanding what is best for them, and do not have the capacity to know how best the universe should be governed. It is God alone Who knows everything.

    His Kingdom spreads over the heavens and the earth and the guarding of these does not weary Him. He alone is the Supreme and the Exalted.

    March 16, 2013 at 8:33 am |
  10. muslim2012

    Whenever Zechariah visited her in the sanctuary, he found her provided with food. He asked her: 'O Mary, how did this come to you?' She said: 'It is from Allah. Allah provides sustenance to whom He wills beyond all reckoning.' (3:37) Then Zechariah prayed to his Lord: 'O Lord! Grant me from Yourself out of Your grace the gift of a goodly offspring, for indeed You alone heed all Prayers.' (3:38) [Note: Until then Zechariah had no issue. The sight of this pious young girl made him yearn for a child just as virtuous and devout. When he saw that God sent food to her, by dint of His limitless power, he felt hopeful that God might also bless him with issue, despite his old age. ] As he stood praying in the sanctuary, the angels called out to him: 'Allah gives you good tidings of John (Yahya), who shall confirm a command of Allah , shall be outstanding among men, utterly chaste, and a Prophet from among the righteous.' (3:39) [Note: In this verse, the 'command from Allah' signifies Jesus. His birth took place as the result of an extraordinary command from God and in an unusual manner, hence he is designated as 'the command' or 'word' from Allah. Peace and blessings be on all Prophets of God.] Zechariah exclaimed: 'My Lord! How shall I have a son when old age has overtaken me and my wife is barren?' He said: Thus shall it be; Allah does what He wills.' (3:40) Zechariah said: 'O my Lord! Appoint a sign for me.' The angel said: 'The sign for you shall be that you shall not speak to men for three days except by gesture. Remember your Lord and extol His glory by night and by day.' (3:41)

    Then came the time when the angels said: 'O Mary! Behold, Allah has chosen you, and made you pure, and exalted you above all the women in the world. O Mary! Remain devout to your Lord, and prostrate yourself in worship, and bow with those who bow (before Him).' (O Muhammad!) We reveal to you this account from a realm which lies beyond the reach of your perception for you were not with them when they drew lots with their pens about who should be Mary's guardian, and you were not with them when they disputed about it. And when the angels said: 'O Mary! Allah gives you the glad tidings of a command from Him: his name shall be Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary. He shall be highly honoured in this world and in the Next, and shall be one of those near stationed to Allah. And he shall speak to men in the cradle and also later when he grows to maturity and shall indeed be among the righteous.' She said: 'O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has ever touched me?' The angel answered: Thus shall it be. Allah creates whatever He wills. When He decides something, He merely says: "Be" and it is. And He will teach him the Book, the Wisdom, the Torah, the Gospel, and he will be a Messenger to the Children of Israel.' (And when he came to them he said): 'I have come to you with a sign from your Lord. I will make for you from clay the likeness of a bird and then I will breathe into it and by the leave of Allah it will become a bird. I will also heal the blind and the leper, and by the leave of Allah bring the dead to life. I will also inform you of what things you eat and what you treasure up in your houses. Surely this is a sign for you if you are true believers. (3:42-49)

    March 16, 2013 at 8:30 am |
    • Juanito

      @muslim2012:
      Jesus cannot be reduced to Prophet. Through Scripture, His own words proclaimed Himself Son of Man' multiple times, through repeated cross examination He never denied claim as being the Messiah, which enraged the religious and ultimately led to His scourging and His crucifixion.

      And His ultimate proclamation as being the only Way to the Father puts to rest any other way or possibility of salvation.

      The power of His Existance divided time and demonstrated not only God's intense love for us but also our need of redemption
      for what leads us away from Him, our sins.

      Mohammed, or anyone else, did not offer a way to redeem us so that we can stand clean before the Holy God. Jesus did.

      While God loves us beyond the pale of any and all human understanding, His Holiness exceeds His love. Otherwise, Jesus would have been born, suffered through an excruciatingly humiliating and painful scourging and death for absolutely nothing.

      Jesus is the testament of God's love.

      In His Love, Juanito (John)

      March 19, 2013 at 6:59 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Juanito: Your god is the furthest thing from love ever. It demands idolatry; it allows for oppression of women; it supports incest and rape; it allows for child abuse and mass murder...not very loving!
      Your ignorance of the world and your lack of education shows with every post.

      April 1, 2013 at 8:43 am |
  11. muslim2012

    The Story of Jesus and his Mission as in the Glorious Quran

    Truly Allah chose Adam and Noah and the descendants of Abraham and of 'Imran above all mankind, (as His Messengers) – a people alike and the seed of one another. Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing. (3:33-34) [Note: 'Imran was the father of Moses and Aaron, and has been mentioned in the Bible as Amram. ]

    (Allah also heard) when a woman of 'Imran said:

    'O Lord! Behold, unto You do I vow that the child in my womb is to be devoted to Your exclusive service. Accept it, then, from me. Surely You alone are All-Hearing, All-Knowing.' (3:35)

    [Note: In this verse, if the 'woman of 'Imran' is interpreted as the wife of 'Imran, this 'Imran must be different from the 'Imran just mentioned (see the preceding verse). In the Christian tradition the name of the father of Mary is mentioned as Joachim. If this expression, however, is interpreted to mean 'a woman of the house of 'Imran', it would mean that the mother of Mary belonged to that tribe. There is, unfortunately, no definite source of information that would lead us to prefer one interpretation to the other, as there is no historical record either about who the parents of Mary were, or to which tribes they belonged. Were we to accept the tradition that the mother of John (Yahya) and the mother of Jesus were cousins, then it would be valid to interpret the expression as meaning 'a woman of the tribe of 'Imran' for, according to the Gospel of Luke, the mother of John was one of the daughters of Aaron (Luke 1:5). ]

    But when she gave birth to a female child, she said: 'O Lord! I have given birth to a female ' – and Allah knew full well what she had given birth to – ' and a female is not the same as a male. I have named her Mary and commit her and her offspring to You for protection from Satan, the accursed.' (3:36) Thereupon her Lord graciously accepted Mary and vouchsafed to her a goodly growth and placed her in the care of Zechariah

    March 16, 2013 at 8:30 am |
  12. muslim2012

    if you are hearing GOD speaks then you moght be a prophet,but the last one came 1400 years ago ,he said so he is the last,but evil spirit speaks to people all the time,so be very very careful if some says GOD has spoken to him.

    March 16, 2013 at 8:28 am |
  13. Juanito

    My experience was audible as well. I wasn't a believer with a conviction in Him at the time but I would drive to work and talk to Him.

    I finally realized that by virtue of the limitations of our knowledge and language, the fallibility of our math, we could could never fully wrap our minds around Him, and if He did create all this, His knowledge is more vast that all 7 oceans compared to our thimble full in comparison.

    At that very moment, I was completely at peace as I was released from the endevour of trying to figure Him out. He is, and always was.

    The very next moment, He spoke to me, His voice coming from over my right shoulder. His voice was incredibly beautiful. I never heard anything like it in my life. He said 4 words in the form of a question and it was one of the most terrifying experiences I've ever had.

    In an instant, it meant that if God to talk to a measly assistant store manager, then He spoke to all those in the Scripture, and it has to be all true, even if I don't understand it or can make sense of it. And it also meant that I can't spared from what awaited me.

    Unlike others, it was not an instant acceptance of Him. Like Adam, I ran, and buried that experience deep inside, and never told anyone of it. It took almost 6 years of walking away from Him, trying to do everything myself, I finally turned and asked Him to forgive me, and to come in my life.

    I've heard Him in my mind, and on my heart, but never like when He spoke to me. I really want to see the face that goes with that voice!

    There are those who will have encounters with Him and not convert. Sin is incredibly hard to turn from, and without Him, it's impossible.

    He is letting you know at this moment that He is waiting for you to let Him in. His promises are all in His Word, and through the Bible you will know Him.

    In the incredible and beautiful name and love of Jesus, Juanito.

    His blessings to you all, believers and non believers alike!

    March 15, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
    • End Religion

      Juanito, humans have experiences all the time that they can't explain. The simple fact is that if he existed there would be no need, no sense in the game he has supposedly setup.

      There simply is no need for all the shenanigans. He could easily show us all he's real and we could all live in peace and harmony with no evil forever and ever, yet he doesn't. He apparently, according to believers, chooses instead to make a game out of it for thousands of years that only "special" people win. It makes zero sense.

      You were looking for a crutch and you found one.

      March 15, 2013 at 7:03 pm |
    • Juanito

      @ER:

      It is written on everyone's heart to 'look' for something more than what we are. Its why there are more people who believe in higher powers than there are those who dont.

      We have learned that there is much more to life than what we can experience with our senses. We cannot see atoms, much less the protons, electrons and neutrons that comprise them, but we know that if they collectively stop in motion, what they make up will turn to dust.

      Prior to our ability to detect and manipulate atoms, we didn't know what they were or how they behave. Because we don't have the tools to measure or capture things, doesn't mean they don't exist. Ever try looking at an air molecule?

      Somehow, you think that your personal data base of knowledge can irrefutably prove God doesn't exist. Your faith in our knowledge and reason suddenly propels you to the apex of human knowledge to boldly declare 'there is no god', but you dont know how explain how genes that mutate can somehow gain information, when if fact they lose information, causing cells to descend Instead of developing to more complex organisms.

      You lack the humility to even think you could be wrong. You embrace certainty over knowledge, and still you forget that ALL human knowledge is fallible. It's arrogance.

      I used to believe what you do now. And i certainly wasn't looking for a confirmation because the 'good times' was my status quo. And as I said, i didnt rush around telling anyone when it happened. Didn't speak a word of it until I came to Him.

      If you haven't heard Him yet, don't worry. You will. I pray that it's something akin to 'glad you could make it' instead of 'begone from Me as I never knew you'.

      In His Love, Juanito

      .

      March 15, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
    • this place is going to the dog(s) ma

      Between muslim 2012 and jaunito i am beginnig to wonder if it's really the 21st century.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
  14. john reed davis

    In 2004 I heard a booming male voice say, "I AM THE LIGHT!"

    March 11, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
    • End Religion

      Sorry you were séxually abused. Seek professional help instead of shouting about your delusion on an anonymous blog.

      March 15, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
  15. hisgoodteenr

    That's the placebo effect or the mind's power of suggestion at work here. If you want to believe god is talking to you, you will imagine to hear it. But it's just it... imagination.

    March 10, 2013 at 10:05 am |
    • richardmull

      Do you have scientific proof of what you are saying? Just because you haven't experienced something doesn't mean that it is not real. I could list evidence for you that would fill books, just from my own life and experience. The sad thing it even in Jesus' day when people watched him do miracles, they still refused to believe.

      Jesus came to give abundant Life, not a religion. He helped people get rid of those voices that were telling them to kill themselves, hurt themselves and others. Silence the voice of the evil spirits and connect people to the voice of His Father. If hearing Father God is the sign of being schizophrenic, then Jesus was schizophrenic and delusional because He always listened to His Father and would only do what His Father in Heaven told Him to do.

      Nothing made up about hearing God. It what a real Christian should be good at. It is the most foundational part of any relationship. Communication!

      March 11, 2013 at 6:48 am |
    • Science

      richardmull Education works too .....Guess what you might have one .

      Hey Bobie and As-stin Chad/rachel l4h fred Robert Brown loony bethany etc etc All creationists !!!

      Was the bible around back then ?

      Human Y Chromosome Much Older Than Previously Thought

      Mar. 4, 2013 — The discovery and analysis of an extremely rare African American Y chromosome pushes back the time of the most recent common ancestor for the Y chromosome lineage tree to 338,000 years ago. This time predates the age of the oldest known anatomically modern human fossils.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130305145821.htm

      No god(s) needed or required to graduate from public schools in the US

      Remember : Adam had to POKE himself hard with his OWN BONE to create Eve.

      Peace

      March 11, 2013 at 7:06 am |
    • Science

      Update : Thanks you faith

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/11/my-take-gay-christian-is-not-an-oxymoron/#comments

      There is no fairy in the sky..............with his partner the red devil !

      But.....................MOM AND DAD DID IT !!!..................and NOT with the horn-y red devil `

      Scientists Identify Why Some Fathers Are Left Holding the Baby

      Mar. 12, 2013 — A century old mystery as to why, for some animals, it's the father rather than the mother that takes care of their young has been cracked by researchers at the University of Sheffield.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130312121842.htm\

      That red devil with the funky horns...........and his partner the fairy.........did NOT create US !

      The ORIGIN story is bullsh-it...............so is the bible............... nasty !

      From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

      http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2aOriginoflife.shtml

      Scientists have unearthed the first direct signs of cheesemaking, at a site in Poland that dates back 7,500 years.

      Human Evolution

      http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2cHumanevo.shtml

      For all POLITIANS see below!

      For all creationists and ID believers...............IT only takes minutes to figure IT out. No fairy in the sky needed !

      New Device Can Extract Human DNA With Full Genetic Data in Minutes

      May 6, 2013 — Take a swab of saliva from your mouth and within minutes your DNA could be ready for analysis and genome sequencing with the help of a new device.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130506132100.htm

      May 14, 2013 at 6:36 am | Report abuse | Reply

      Science

      But Sara..................the POLITICIANS...............military and police forces should know the information and understand IT !

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/11/my-take-gay-christian-is-not-an-oxymoron/#comments

      May 14, 2013 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |

      faith

      well, that is wonderful. thanks for sharing.

      so what?

      May 14, 2013 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |

      Science

      Maybe they.............the politicians and you faith can learn the truth ..................and everybody around the planet !

      Mom and Dad............created you ............not the fairy in the sky............with the red horn-y devil.

      Peace

      Chad too.............poke.

      May 14, 2013 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |

      Science

      And faith....................they might know already.

      https://www.f35.com/

      Peace

      May 14, 2013 at 7:31 am | Report abuse | Reply

      May 14, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
  16. richardmull

    I love hearing God every day. He gives specific answers to specific prayers and reveals things supernaturally to me all the time. He has been speaking throughout all of history. The problem is not whether God is speaking. The problem is whether we are listening, or whether we would honor and obey Him when He talks to us. I don't talk to people who don't listen, and don't want to hear me. Why would God?

    March 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
    • End Religion

      Just for you: YouAreAnIdiot.org

      March 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
    • richardmull

      Thank you very much. Jesus said, "Blessed are you when men speak all manner of evil against you falsely for my namesake." Keep heaping on the blessings. He also said, "Bless those who curse you." In my quest to be more like Him. I pray that the God of all Creation bless you today with greater peace in your heart, a laughter that brightens your smile and a revelation that He loves you, more than you could ever imagine. When you thought He wasn't there He was calling out your name, singing over you. He created you, loves you and wants to fill you with joy and peace beyond measure. I bless you today. In the name above every name. Jesus, Yeshua, Ha Mashiach

      March 8, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
    • bethany

      end religion is paranoid and schizophrenic and off her meds

      March 9, 2013 at 10:26 pm |
    • plnsfrd

      Relationships require communication. Like the very air we breathe, God is in all places at all times. “For in him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28

      If we don’t acknowledge Him why should He acknowledge us? “In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths.” Ps.3:6

      Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven… On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.” Mt. 7:22

      Therefore, it seems logical to assume that knowing Jesus is not nearly as important as Him knowing you.

      Jesus said, “All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

      Do you want to know God? …Ask Jesus.

      “No one comes to the Father but by Me.” Jn. 14:6

      April 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
  17. David E Norbeck Jr M.D.

    Thanks for writing this! I found it very reassuring. I had a 2 part vision where Christ spoke to me and gave me directions. I asked for it, and it blew me away. It was unlike anything I have ever experienced, and it was not during sleep, but while wide awake in meditative prayer. When it happened the next morning I didn't believe it was real, so I asked God to confirm it in a way that I could not deny. He did twice, unmistakenly and miraculously. Has it changed me? I'd say. I am leaving my orthopedic practice and getting my Masters of Divinity, then going to the mission filed where Christ told me he wanted me to serve. Folks, it is real!!! Or should I say, He is real!!

    March 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
    • Pamela

      Thank you for relaying your story! God be with you in your future endeavors.

      March 12, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
    • kevin

      thank God for people like you!

      March 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
    • Wow. Just wow.

      Thank you for getting out of the medical profession.

      March 15, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
    • End Religion

      Thanks for getting out of the medical profession. We prefer only rational folks practicing medicine. You picked a fine time to join the church as it spirals down into the ground. Enjoy!

      March 15, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
    • plnsfrd

      I'm very proud of you. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ bless your path. How privileged you are to be called like this and how fortunate that you believed just as Mary believed. Bless you in Christ Jesus my brother.

      April 1, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
  18. Rico53

    I don`t believe GOD speaks to men the way he did before Jesus came to teach us. The true son him self has come he taught us what is expected of us , and he prophesied on all things that will come to pass before his return , so we need no more prophets to warn us of things to come until the end times when Jesus told us that the sons and daughters of men will tell prophecies in the end just before the appearance of the Antichrist. I still of course believe that the holy spirit can guide us in our daily lives ,but i don`t think GOD speaks to us directly in these end times.

    March 7, 2013 at 9:33 am |
    • richardmull

      You should check out http://www.GodSpeaksBible.com and everything by Mark Virkler. He guarantees people will hear God who take his courses or use his books. I do the same thing, have for years and people experience hearing God just about 100% of the time. Most of my Christian life I didn't hear God, nothing in Bible College or Seminary taught me how to Hear God. Today I hear him every day. Anyone can.

      March 8, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • End Religion

      Pardon me, friend, is that snake oil ya got fer sale there?

      http://youtu.be/qam1fbQmA_s

      March 8, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • richardmull

      If someone sells you a bad hamburger will you blacklist every hamburger in America? If a plane falls from the sky will you refuse to fly. If a car crashes will you refuse to drive again? If someone shoots someone leaving their house will you stay in your house forever? I've met Charlatans before. Don't buy what they are selling. If you meet the real deal. Jesus was the real deal. Charlatans missed it and so did those who wanted to end religion. It didn't matter if they saw the miracles. The wanted to kill the King.

      March 8, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
    • Pamela

      Not everyone that hears God is a prophet. Also, the Holy Spirit is of God. God will give direction to anyone willing to ask Him for it. Nothing Jesus said should lead anyone to believe that they cannot have a personal relationship with God. Relationships require communication.

      March 12, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
  19. craiglock

    Reblogged this on WHO IS THE "REAL, THE TRUE, THE LIVING" JESUS? and commented:
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    March 6, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
  20. craiglock

    Reblogged this on Sharing Some Thoughts on Jesus Christ.

    March 6, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
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