From the book “Mountains in Heaven” …
‘My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me’. (John 10:27)
All Christians have the ability to hear the voice of God. The fact that you have heard the voice of God at least once is the definition of what it means to be a Christian. All Christians have experienced a moment when something inside clicked. The light bulb turned on and you forever believed that there is a God and that Jesus Christ is God incarnate.
To some, the moment came as they listened to a speaker. To some, it was as they were reading a book. To some, it was a dramatic or even traumatic event in their life. For whatever the reason, the epiphany occurred and their belief system was changed forever.
The amount of drama associated with such an event is not as important as the lasting impact it makes on the person’s life. Sure, everyone likes a dramatic story. But the real miracle is in how the event fundamentally changes the person going forward.
I believe that in many ways the moment after such a moment is of more importance than the moment itself. The moment after the moment can determine your belief system for the rest of your life. If you believed that you reached your epiphany on your own, then you are likely to become a humanist, believing mainly in the power of the human intellect. If, however, you believe that your new found enlightenment came from God, then this hopefully set you on a path of learning about and discovering the God behind the revelation, the God who has shown Himself much bigger and wiser than yourself. Since you are reading this (Christian) book, you most likely fall into the latter category.
The human intellect is certainly capable of great things. God has given it the ability to imagine and learn amazing things, which includes learning about the nature of God. Through reading God-inspired books and through the study of Church history, you can clearly trace the interaction of God in the affairs of men and learn much about the nature of God. But the human intellect has its limitations. People learn by associating new information with old. Such association gives the information context. To remember a fact, people need to categorize it.
Receiving revelation creates entirely new categories.