If God spoke to us audibly

There is disagreement about how God wants us to live.  If God would just speak to everyone in an audible voice that would eliminate all questions about God and enable us to serve him without any doubts or disagreements.

Or perhaps it wouldn’t.  The Bible records a time when a crowd of people did hear God speak.

“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour.  Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”

 John 12:27-28

Everyone present heard the sound of the voice but not everyone understood it.

The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”

John 12:29

The Bible tells us that Satan blinds the eyes of unbelievers to keep them from understanding the gospel.  This shows that he makes them deaf as well.

There were two groups of people who didn’t realize that God was speaking, those who thought the sound was thunder and those who thought that an angel spoke.  The first group represents the materialists, those who deny the existence of God or any other supernatural beings.  Some of them are scientists who study the creation without seeing any evidence that there was a creator.  The second group is those who acknowledge the existence of the supernatural but who don’t worship the true God.  Some of them even profess to be Christians but don’t really know Christ.

God has already provided evidence of his existence and has promised that any who believe that evidence and try to learn more about him will find what they seek.  Those who reject God would continue to reject him if he provided more evidence.  If God spoke from heaven the only ones who would hear and understand him would be the ones who already believe him and have put their faith in Jesus Christ.

 

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Posted on February 24, 2017, in Bible study and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Much of the Old Testament was God’s proof that his literal, visible presence does not engender faith. The Israelites in Moses’ time, in the judges’ period, in the kingdom days – they all forgot what had been done for them, even if it was yesterday, and turned to idols. People say “If he just showed up, I’d believe.” God says, “No, you wouldn’t.” Our capacity for unbelief is too great.

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  2. A very insightful post, Clyde.

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