Question: How can we know what God says without hearing through a human source? How can I know I am really hearing from God and not from a man or from my own imagination?
Answer: You ask one of the most important questions there is, yet it is one to which most people give little thought because they are willing to take the word of some man or church or cult that claims to be speaking for God. You dare not trust your eternal destiny to someone who claims to be God’s mouthpiece, no matter how sincere he seems to be and no matter how large or ancient the church that gives him his authority.
The question you must ask yourself is whether you really want to hear from God, even if He says something you don’t like. Many people claim to be seeking God, but they are not seeking the true God, who will tell them where they are wrong, but a “god” who will tell them what they want to hear and give them their desires.
The Bible claims repeatedly to be the Word of God. We have given proof for that fact in this newsletter many times and in many ways. We would be happy to send you copies of those proofs. Contact us and we will help you: by phone at (800) 937-6638, or at our web site, www.thebereancall.org.
God promises, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart”(Jer:29:13). Seek Him with all your heart (this is the most important search you could ever undertake) and He will reveal Himself to you in His Word and in your heart and conscience. You need have no doubt on this issue.
We recommend that you start your Bible study with John’s gospel and continue on through Acts and Romans, then go to Genesis and carry on. God expects you to study His Word diligently. Of course, you have every reason to do so. Your eternal destiny depends upon knowing Him and believing on Christ who paid the penalty for your sins. My latest book, Seeking and Finding God, deals with the very question you have asked. You may find it helpful.