On any given congregational gathering, numerous ministers across the world fervidly speak the words God said or God told me to tell you in their motivational speeches. Or, as Pastor Kearney has expressed in the video below, God is downloading some sort of telepathic visual behind his eyes so that he can see a person being healed in their home. After reading this post, I hope you will see why we must stop saying God told me.
Often times what comes after these phrases are statements of inspiration or encouragement. On the contrary, sometimes it’s a message that promotes material hoarding/material prosperity.
Although some believers mean well, these spoken words can be malevolent to a believer who is adamant about the idea of God speaking to a person’s mind. When believers hear those words coming from the mouth of a person they put all of their trust in, this gives the listener an ultimatum to believe what that leader says or else be damned! And it’s even more persuasive when believers are taught that this Pastor or Bishop was given authority over the church to give instructions from God.
I will use a few examples that I have heard in my lifetime from evangelists or firm believers……
“God told me to tell you not to go to South America.”
“God said you’re going to be….”
“God wants…….for your life.”
“God told me to tell you to do this….”
When I was a new believer, I was guilty of saying these words as well. I was programmed to spread the Gospel and assumed it was okay to say God said to strike ‘conviction’ a.k.a. FEAR into a person’s heart. It was easy for me to say God said for bible verses that could be searched out. But I remember waking up from dreams and sending texts to people that read, God wanted me to tell you…
I really felt these things were being done with good intentions. But instead of saying God said, it should have been “Tish said,” LOL, because these things could ONLY be confirmed by the person who is saying it, which was me in this case. No one else heard those thoughts or saw the dream.
Even the passages in the Bible that says, God told..or God said, I always wondered how could these things be confirmed? In the beginning, God said let their be light. As a fresh believer, it would be easy to assume that someone else was actually there to hear it and write it down! But I have come to realize that these passages are for teaching important concepts moreso than teaching someone to believe The Almighty spoke words as a human being.
Why we must stop saying God told me to tell you.
Not being able to challenge something that is being directed to you is dangerous. And I’m sure Christians will say…
‘Well, as long as you’re not being told to do something foolish, then it’s harmless’.
But it is harmful. It’s CONTROL and MANIPULATION. It’s speaking phrases to a person and sealing it with “God said” so they won’t rebuttal it. It makes a person robotic and it impinges on someone’s free will. We have a birthright to create the life we want for ourselves. We have laws in place for checks and balances. So saying “God said” to someone is in reality the speaker imposing their wishes and desires onto another person and striking guilt within them so that they can act on what you have told them.
It seems very plausible that ‘God says’ is a misinterpretation because ‘God’ is supposed to be concerned about ‘his’ children. But the modern day ‘God’ doesn’t seem to be speaking on behalf of the downtrodden. It seems like ‘he’ only cares about promoting greed, material prosperity, and things like that.
‘God’ is saying a lot these days that’s dealing with businesses or things that are appealing to materialism. A Christian told me that it is God’s will for his children to be RICH. I’m sure all fathers desire for their children to be wealthy, but what about the humility? Being rich is not enough. Many people are filthy rich and lack morals or consideration for others. It’s rare to hear believers (most notably in the Bible Belt) saying, “God said let us help feed the poor,” OR“God said live modest so that you can rest and not be a slave to pursuits.“
‘God’ in modern day is telling people to think more on a selfish level…telling people to pray for expensive cars and big homes! “God” is telling people to invest large sums of money into church buildings instead of helping the homeless find shelter. Very odd.
Some may think that saying “God said” is not really a big deal. So what, right? We all want nice things! It’s only going to encourage people to strive for the best in life.
The Bible says….
Malachi 3:6 (KJV)
6 For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
But what is the irony when “God” told you to get that expensive vehicle and then goes back on ‘his’ instructions by later telling you to give it back to the dealership (in the form of a repo). Now your credit score is ruined and you have no vehicle or your house is foreclosed and you have no home. If ‘he’ changes not, then was it really ‘God’ that told you to live beyond your means in the first place? Whose voice was that in your mind? How do you distinguish between your own thoughts and a ‘God’ voice?
Again, I’ve heard Christian apologetics say that God is not going to tell you to do anything foolish or malicious. But that would be an unstudied rebuttal based solely off of an emotion to defend the doctrine, because all throughout the Bible, ‘God’ is allegedly telling people to do things that are indeed questionable acts.
“God” allegedly tested Abraham by telling him to go and sacrifice his son.
After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
‘God’ told Onan to have sex with his deceased brother’s wife and get her pregnant.
“6Judah got a wife for Er, his firstborn, and her name was Tamar. 7But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the Lord’s sight; so the Lord put him to death.
8Then Judah said to Onan, “Sleep with your brother’s wife and fulfill your duty to her as a brother-in-law to raise up offspring for your brother.” 9But Onan knew that the child would not be his; so whenever he slept with his brother’s wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from providing offspring for his brother. 10What he did was wicked in the Lord’s sight; so the Lord put him to death also.”
‘God’ is apparently LAUGHING at people for experiencing pain and misery after disregarding instruction.
Proverbs 1:26-28 Good News Translation (GNT)
26 So when you get into trouble, I will laugh at you. I will make fun of you when terror strikes— 27 when it comes on you like a storm, bringing fierce winds of trouble, and you are in pain and misery. 28 Then you will call for wisdom, but I will not answer. You may look for me everywhere, but you will not find me.
There’s a scripture that many go to in order to justify the enslavement of the native people in these various lands. They go to the Bible that is supposed to be directly from the mind of “God.” But what many Christians come short of realizing is the fact that some portions of the Bible are more political than “divinely inspired.” The popular verse that says…
The LORD will send you back in ships to Egypt on a journey I said you should never make again. There you will offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.
Many will be surprised that it never said that at all. This is the 1611 version compiled by King James and his colleagues.
The Codex Sinaiticus, which is an ancient reference to the Greek Bible, Hebrew Bible, and Septuagint, is believed to be written between 325 and 360 AD. It gives some insight to the reconstruction of the Bible. This above verse that we see today in modern Bible text actually says something completely different in the Codex Sinaiticus.
ϲεϲθ̣αι̣ εκ̣ει τοιϲ
εχθροιϲ υμων ειϲ
παιδαϲ και παιδι
ϲκαϲ και ουκ εϲτε
Thanks to the lovely tool of Google Translate, we are able to get a close understanding of what this means…even if it’s not a 100% accurate translation, we can get a general idea.
It says something to this sort…
Check it out your enemies child and child and you have not the poor man
Kind of choppy and worded weirdly. But I have to keep in mind that the manuscript was found in a sort of distorted manner. However, the little that is translated doesn’t appear to say anything about slaves or going in ships to Egypt. I have a sneaky suspicion that these things were added during the period of slave trade in order to use GOD to justify their savage acts towards anyone that opposed their controlling ways.
Dangers of God Said from a Historical Perspective
The Spanish Requirement of 1513 is the perfect example of using God to justify savage acts.
The English translation of the Spanish El Requierimento (Requirement) of 1513 reads: “On the part of the King, Don Fernando, and of Doña Juana, his daughter, Queen of Castille and León, subduers of the barbarous nations, we their servants notify and make known to you, as best we can, that the Lord our God, living and eternal, created the heaven and the earth, and one man and one woman, of whom you and we, and all the men of the world, were and are all descendants, and all those who come after us. Of all these nations God our Lord gave charge to one man, called St. Peter, that he should be lord and superior of all the men in the world, that all should obey him, and that he should be the head of the whole human race, wherever men should live, and under whatever law, sect, or belief they should be; and he gave him the world for his kingdom and jurisdiction. One of these pontiffs, who succeeded St. Peter as lord of the world in the dignity and seat which I have before mentioned, made donation of these isles and Terra Firma to the aforesaid King and Queen and to their successors, our lords, with all that there are in these territories, Wherefore, as best we can, we ask and require you that you consider what we have said to you, and you take the time that shall be necessary to understand and deliberate upon it, and that you acknowledge the Church as the ruler and superior of the whole world, But if you do not do this, and maliciously make delay in it, I certify to you that, with the help of God, we shall powerfully enter into your country, and shall make war against you in all ways and manners that we can, and shall subject you to the yoke and obedience of the Church and of their highnesses; we shall take you, and your wives, and your children, and shall make slaves of them, and as such shall sell and dispose of them as their highnesses may command; and we shall take away your goods, and shall do you all the mischief and damage that we can, as to vassals who do not obey, and refuse to receive their lord, and resist and contradict him: and we protest that the deaths and losses which shall accrue from this are your fault, and not that of their highnesses, or ours, nor of these cavaliers who come with us.”
So, WITH THE HELP OF GOD, allegedly, these savages came to the Americas and put the natives in grave danger because God said to do it. Do you think that if there was a Creator, who is supposed to mimic a mother and father in most cultural traditions, he or she would have told someone this? I highly doubt it. These messages are significant dangers of God said.
This is why saying ‘God said’ or ‘God told me to tell you’ is dangerous to our society. How can we verify these claims that a voice spoke something into our brain? We can’t.
Mental Health Concerns
In today’s world, if a person hears voices in their head, then they are labeled as having a mental disorder.
“It is estimated that between 5% and 28% of the general population hears voices that other people do not.
Hearing voices is an auditory hallucination that may or may not be associated with a mental health problem. It is the most common type of hallucination in people with psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. However, a large number of otherwise healthy individuals have also reported hearing voices……..
Traumatic life experiences (e.g. sexual abuse , neglect, loss of a parent) are considered to be among the most significant triggers of auditory hallucinations, particularly among children. As many as 70% of participants in one study reported that hearing voices started following a traumatic or significant emotional event.“
…read more on the Mental Health Foundation’s website.
So, if you are a believer, the next time you vocalize the words, “God said” or “God told me to tell you”, try to consider that there is no way to prove the words you are about to speak. Accept the fact that people living on this earth have a birthright to tell you “No thank you” or “I don’t believe that.” And just because you are accustomed to people in your reality not challenging the things that you say concerning a deity, it doesn’t make it okay.
If you want to convince someone to do something because you want to be helpful or encouraging, then just say that! There is no need to use “God” to try to convince someone to believe the things that you say. This is a very manipulative tool that many are using to almost force a person to do what they say. If you can’t produce a recording of that voice to provide proof that something was whispered to you, then it may be best to refrain from telling others “God said.” Use your study bible to gain insight for your own personal spiritual experiences, but refrain from spewing verses to others, especially if that is not your calling or purpose.
You can simply use the emotion of love and concern to show a person that you wholeheartedly care about their well-being. Use the principles that you have learned during your spiritual journey to DEMONSTRATE compassion, morality, and righteousness rather than try to strike fear into someone by saying God told me to tell you. God IS Love, right? So, SHOW others God by BEING. I hope this makes sense. You are more likely going to get a better response by trying this method, because no one can argue with love. Yes, people can still reject love, but at least you can walk away knowing that your actions weren’t manipulative.
If we all used our intuitive abilities and asked questions whenever someone says, “God told me to tell you,” it would keep us from being manipulated and living a life that is controlled by someone else.
I hope we can all heal from religious manipulation and walk freely in who our Creator has fashioned us to be. Let your life and the light that is within you speak more than anything! Be the example with your walk and not your talk and allow others to seek your counseling when they need it. This is the true meaning of being Christ-like.
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