Originally posted by karoly aczel
So if I were to say to you that I have experienced 'heightened levels of conciousness' several times, and one of these times a voice had identifeid itself as "buddha" that this voice could only be Jesus or the devil (trying to trick me, no doubt)?
You know where I am coming from?
(It is my understaning that people that spoke in tounges (say 100+ year hese days)
BTW thanks for indulging me and answering my questions promptly and simply 🙂
Well, if a mysterious voice did identify itself as Buddha, I could tell you with confidence, according to Buddha's own teachings, that it wasn't really the Buddha's voice. 🙂
Human beings can convince themselves of a wide range of fantastic phenomena, when they aren't fooled outright. I tend not to trust these kinds of experiences, either in myself or others. I don't doubt that God is capable of communicating with us, it's just that there are more counterfeit occasions than real ones.
I've been convinced, in my heart of hearts, that Christianity is the truth, not just because it makes sense to me, but because of the profound enmity I once had toward it. That sounds counter-intuitive, but it was the very resistance to the gospel, my utter horror at surrender to it, that convinced me it had to be true. I recognized that coming to the truth was like coming to the gallows, in a way, except no one would force you to go there. You could turn away, and pretend it wasn't real, even when you knew deep down that it was, and that's exactly what I did for a while. But there's no rest except in Christ. Until the day I finally took the steps necessary to surrender and come to the truth, I didn't know peace.
Life, afterwards, becomes a process of learning how to follow hard after God and mature in the faith. That maturation process is a constant discovery of where God is working, and learning to discipline yourself for service. It is based on a growing familiarity with the move of His spirit, and a progressive growth in humility and malleability in response to His spirit. It isn't always smooth sailing, of course, but that's life—it's messy. God's grace is always sufficient.
Generally, Christians test the spirits against scripture in order to determine whether it is from God or not. Without fail, anything that is not from God will be revealed for what it is against the backdrop of the Holy Spirit inspired text. In this way we protect ourselves against counterfeit experiences. Because, without a doubt, there is an entire aspect of the spiritual world which has fallen into darkness, and the spiritual entities who dwell there would like nothing more than to deceive you and I.
Only the cross of Christ can cut through it. We either die upon it, or run from it. I pray that you, and anyone else reading this, might receive the grace to die upon it.