how do i know when God speaks to me?

>be me, pentecostal christian
>seen a lot of spiritual manifestation in church (speaking in tongues, prophecies, etc)
>sometimes God speaks to me through people, telling me stuff about my future life, etc

i try not to be skeptical at church, but lately i cant help but think at least one person there HAS to be lying and/or making stuff up. how can i tell its actually God's spirit manifesting through someone?

to add to this, ive been struggling with something for many years, and i dont know what to do about it, ive prayed to The Lord many many times in the past, and sometimes i ask for a sign, and some time later He answers me, or at least i think its Him. how can i tell its not just my mind playing tricks on me or some evil spirit or stuff like that? especially when the answers i get supposedly contradict the scripture? i dont know what to believe in anymore. my mental health has been declining a lot lately, i feel desperate, sometimes i want to indulge in the occult or divination to get answers, but i know i shouldnt do that. i really need some guidance and ive seen some people here have good intentions, i hope someone can help me. thanks in advance and God bless you.

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >protestant
    God weeps

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      why is that so bad

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        because God wants us to worship cathedrals and grand works of "religious" art

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          If Luther saw what you fricks did to his church he'd fricking die again form cringe

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            what exactly did they do

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            American protestant/evangelical mega churches and their practices alone almost completely shit all over his ideals, not ot mention how they just continue to fracture as every new church finds something new to frick up or ignore.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            oh im not american though, idk what they do in there

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >mega churches
            are probably the least spiritual places in existence idk what Americans see in them

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Many have been tricked into thinking its just how it is sadly.

            https://i.imgur.com/PPZ05hX.jpg

            um anyways, not to be rude but can we keep the thread on topic? i really need some help. thanks

            On topic, there's a good reason most of that shit has always been seen as horseshit anon, only started really being a thing after the evangelical churches started getting real popular, just another part of the song and dance these types put on for donations most of the time, that or people getting worked up and thinking God is touching them while they're just acting like fools. Yeah God is there and Im sure hes listening, but given the track record of fraud with this shit its better to just ignore it entirely and focus on your own journey.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            You wont be able to unless its pretty frickign obviously like stigmata or some shit like the burning bush, which doesn't really happen very often, anyway its not worth worry about it in the end, find peace with God in your own way.

            i really wish i could just focus on my own journey or find peace with God, but its so hard considering what im going through, i dont want to share many details, basically just need an answer from God.

            im too dumb to do stuff like praying or meditated in the word on my own, i always need people to help me or guide me, but i also dont want them to judge me or answer in a biased way. idk if im being clear

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >I'm too dumb to do stuff like praying
            There's no such thing as someone whos too stupid to pray anon.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            i mean, i feel like my prayers arent efficient, also i get distracted easily and sometimes i dont even know what to say

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            THe whole point is just simply connecting with God, theres no wrong way

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            youre right fren, i think i expect too much while i do too little. thanks for your words

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Ye, remember, your connection with God is personal, He isnt gonna judge ya for the way you connect to him.(unless its some fricked up shit like human sacrifice, thats a joke.)

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            thank you 🙂

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Kingdom of god is not this world

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          what does that have to do with being protestant? genuine question

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    um anyways, not to be rude but can we keep the thread on topic? i really need some help. thanks

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Larping isn't a spiritual manifestation

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      thats why i asked how can i tell when something comes from God and its not just people pretending, i truly cant tell

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        You wont be able to unless its pretty frickign obviously like stigmata or some shit like the burning bush, which doesn't really happen very often, anyway its not worth worry about it in the end, find peace with God in your own way.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >I'll give you a thought: why do you think I've combed entire bookstores searching for books on druidry
          because the Romans destroyed most of what little they did write down and destroy their entire culture?

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            whoops

            Christian larpers are called larpers for a reason.

            I'll give you a thought: why do you think I've combed entire bookstores searching for books on druidry? Simple, meditation took me there, I experienced union with God like books on hindu religion say, but the God said I was a Druid.

            Makes sense to me that the true religion is old and forgotten, why would it be a civitas oriented greek adaption of israeli thought?

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            There have been bardic schools running up to the 18th century, but still it vanished.
            It's like it survived but it's been removed from sight.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Well yeah some traces obviously survived but just as a ghost of what was.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Christian larpers are called larpers for a reason.

        I'll give you a thought: why do you think I've combed entire bookstores searching for books on druidry? Simple, meditation took me there, I experienced union with God like books on hindu religion say, but the God said I was a Druid.

        Makes sense to me that the true religion is old and forgotten, why would it be a civitas oriented greek adaption of israeli thought?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          i dont know, i dont think i should get involved with those kind of things

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            You should be a larper like you were being

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            i wasnt 🙁

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Have you not seen enough larpers to see you're being conned?

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            im not being conned, i not only believe because of the experiences ive had in church but also my own personal experiences

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >pentecostal

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      im not from a mega "charismatic" church though, im just from a relatively small town in south america, things are different here than in america

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Some spiritual free will violations that Christians partake in on a daily basis;

    * Cultic Manipulation:
    Manipulative practices within certain spiritual or religious groups that coerce individuals into specific behaviors or beliefs.

    * Divine Determinism:
    Belief systems that assert a predetermined divine plan, potentially constraining the perception of individual free will.

    * Prophecy as Constraint:
    Intrpretations of prophecies that may lead individuals to believe their actions are predetermined.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    AtheistBlack folk should kill themselves.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      We arent atheist, you however are.
      We're people of OTHER religions, and we're tired of the typical Christian who doesn't believe the bible at all and doesn't keep his behaviour in check biblically, you deserve to be culled

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      thats rude 🙁

      >For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

      think about that

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >especially when the answers i get supposedly contradict the scripture?
    Examples?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      i didnt want to say this, because i didnt want to get judged, but im a homosexual. ive struggled about this for many years, and ive asked God many times through prayer to cure me. lately ive been doubting about gay acts being a sin, and ive asked God about that, and ive gotten answers, through scripture and other things, that tell me its okay for me to be this way, that it is not sinful, but that would contradict the bible, and that makes me believe that maybe many things in scripture were mistranslated, possibly intentionally. but idk what to believe in anymore, thats why i need to know how to know when its God speaking to me and not some evil spirit or my mind.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >ive asked God about that, and ive gotten answers, through scripture and other things, that tell me its okay for me to be this way, that it is not sinful, but that would contradict the bible, and that makes me believe that maybe many things in scripture were mistranslated, possibly intentionally.

        This is accurate. The OT is at best useless and at worst actively malicious. Jesus did not come to create a new testament but to clarify the actual testament.

        There's another thread on here that backs this argument up with actual scripture so I won't bother posting any. Just search the catalog for Yahweh.

        Paul's work has been translated to be against gays but he had a unique way of creating words that didn't actually exist, and when you look into them it's more like "don't be a fricking bawd"

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          yes, ive done my research about the words that paul supposedly made up but theres no actual consensus over what they actually mean. i sometimes ask God to give me an answer himself and not through people, because i want the answer to be "raw" and not filtered by another persons ideas or biases

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Yeah I can't help you there bud. I don't have much knowledge in the whole "ordering god to do shit" department. You asked for help, and you've gotten your answer. Take it and accept it, or don't.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            i'll think about that. thank you

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >pentecostal
    Yo tengo una mente, con cuatro computadora, que mientra te toy oservando, ya hace rato que las uñas de lo pie te la depegué y tú no te ha dado cuenta
    Serious answer? Pray and fast more. Fasting is good to silence the mind. Or notice when its the mind thats speaking

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      thanks, ive been wanting to fast for a while but i take medication and i need to eat to take them, if i dont then i get dizzy and puke.

      also, what did you mean by that message? i mean i understand it because i speak spanish, but i have no idea what its supposed to mean

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Arent you from republica dominicana? Its a meem from one of their preachers i see on tiktok. Just look up that quote
        Also, thanks for clarifying your problem
        See, people think only homosex is disliked by the bible(or any other scripture). But straight sex is too when it is used for fornicating instead of procreation. The reason homosex is frowned upon is because... it cannot produce children.
        And this is just a personal belief, but, when scripture says gays shall not enter heaven, i think its because, homosexuality only happens here in this material world, when the soul and body are mixed up. This material world is imperfect by nature, so you see people with different bodies, actually none of us are perfect. But thats just what i think

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          nah im not dominican. i'll look that meme up. and thanks for sharing your point of view, fren. im glad people hear what i have to say

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    How do you know that God has ever spoken to you? Do you have any hard proof, or are you relying on astrology-levels of "based on your chart, you need to drink more water, sleep better, and brush your teeth" universal advice.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      i dont have any solid proof, but when God has spoken to me through other people, He can read my mind, He knows what im thinking and answers me. people cant read minds, so i know its Him speaking. also, Hes spoken to my family before, prophetising specific stuff that have come true. i dont need any more proof to know its him, but i have a hard time telling if its Him when he doesnt speak through people

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        The problem is that you can't know for sure if any given "prophecy" is actually true. You have to compare the "hits" with the "misses".

        Let's say you are thinking of a number between 1-100. Throughout the day, random people come up to you and tell you a random number. At some point, it stands to reason that someone will, at some point, tell you the number you are thinking of. Does that mean they are reading your mind, or they just got lucky at some point?

        Remember, other people are... well... people. They choose what they do, how they act, and what they say.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          i see what you mean, and i dont wanna sound stubborn or delusional, but of the few times God has spoken to me through ppl, all of them have been "hits", i dont have any doubt its Him

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Do you consider every time that someone talks to you as "God speaking through them"? Do you only define the "hits" as God speaking through people?

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            ok so, every time God has spoken to me through someone, He has let me know its Him speaking and not the person, like i said, He answers to my thoughts. also, something ive seen is that He always ends the message saying "This was given by The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit" He also speaks with a certain intonation different than how people normally speak, not sure how to explain it or if im actually answering to your question, sorry if im being confusing

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You're just a normal person , do something else that's productive and cool to occupy your mind

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You can be only one, so pick wisely

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    It was the Devil
    Don't listen to him

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      why do u say so

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >God's spirit manifesting through someone
    He doesn't. God shows and doesn't tell. Higher beings and deities communicate with you using your conscience, gut feeling and subtle wordless feeling. That is because they speak with a voice that is so subtle that your waking mind cannot really hear it unless you truly work your way up.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      are you sure?? i know God can speak in subtle ways too, but i dont doubt my experiences, i truly know it was Him

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      thats the problem, like some anon said, God sometimes speaks in subtle ways, so i dont know when its Him speaking or just my mind, unless he speaks through someone

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