What if God wanted to talk to us?

Posted on February 7, 2006
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god-and-man.jpg If God had something to say, how do you think he would communicate his message? How would we know that it was God who was talking to us? If you heard a mystical voice, would you be skeptical? Some sort of trick or a mind game you might reason. The skeptic might dismiss it as a case of wishful thinking. As a result, if God did want to talk to us, he would have to say it in a very convincing manner. After all, if God has all power, he could communicate with us in a way that we could understand.

God could even choose to speak to humanity by taking the form of a person. Maybe an illustration would help explain what this might look like. Say that you noticed an ant colony sitting directly in the path of an oncoming steam roller. Because of your concern for the ants, you decide to warn them of the approaching danger. You could try to talk to the ants, shout at them, or even use hand signals but they would not understand you. To truly communicate with the ants you would have to become like an ant (if that were somehow possible) and communicate as ants do with one another. Surely an infinite God, if he chose to, could take on the form of a human being and speak our language.

What if God actually did that? How would we know that it was truly God speaking? That person would have to do something so unique, even supernatural, so that it would give distinction to his message. The messenger would have to be just as clear as the message. What would that kind of life look like? Flawless? Perfect? His teaching would have to show greater wisdom than the world has ever known. He would have to live a perfect life in keeping with his perfect character. He would also need to demonstrate supernatural powers. I imagine that we would all like to see a miracle or two before we would be ready to believe him. Maybe he could heal people from serious illnesses. He could certainly demonstrate his authority over nature by controlling natural events like say, calming a storm. Something else that might be convincing would be if he accurately predicted specific events that would take place in the future. The ultimate demonstration would be if he could bring a dead person back to life.

What if God not only did these things for other people, but he even applied them to himself in order to distinguish himself from all other people? He would have to live a perfect life, predict what would happen to him in the future, die and then return to life in some dramatic fashion.

If God did speak to humanity in a way we could understand and made it clear that it was God who was speaking, any sane person would be compelled to listen. The big question is, has God ever done anything like that? A good place to begin answering that question is to evaluate religious leaders who have claimed to represent God and see if they measure up. One person who became convinced that God had spoken to humanity in this manner through Jesus Christ wrote, “At the beginning God expressed himself. That personal expression, that word, was with God, and was God … So the word of God became a human being and lived among us. We saw his glory (the glory like that of a father’s only son), full of grace and truth.” I welcome your thoughts regarding this topic.

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