The surprising way God can speak to anybody

The Surprising Way God Can Speak to Anyone

Peter Guirguis Testimony 31 Comments

When Vanessa was 21 years old, she was told that she would never be able to have children.

She felt sad that she would never be able to know the joys of being a mom.

But then one day, unexpectedly, Vanessa got pregnant.

Now, you would think that this would be great news, right?

Well, it wasn’t.

You see, Vanessa got pregnant by her boyfriend. Coming from a Christian family, this was a huge problem.

Vanessa was worried about her family judging her.

Also, what would her church family think of her having a baby outside of wedlock?

To make matters worse, her boyfriend didn’t want her to have the baby.

What should she do, should she choose her boyfriend or her baby?

Vanessa was facing a difficult choice.

But then God spoke to her in a very clear but unexpected way.

He spoke to her through a piece of plastic.

Here, watch the video to see the surprising way God used to speak to Vanessa.

 

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So did you figure out what was the piece of plastic that God used to speak to Vanessa? ?

 

Let God steer you down the road and you'll never take a wrong turn

 

 

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Comments 31

  1. I’m not a believer, but reading this passage and watching the video made me wonder something. Assuming God is real, doesn’t it seem more likely that He spoke to Vanessa by her getting pregnant? She was told by her doctors that she couldn’t. But then God made it happen.

    A guy handing you a DVD with a message about God on it, to me, sounds like that guy is talking to you and sending you a message.

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      It’s an interesting point that you make, Linie. Here’s a question for you. The guy that gave her the DVD had no idea that Vanessa was pregnant. How do you explain the man giving her the DVD which was the perfect solution to Vanessa’s problem?

      1. God knew vanessa was pregnant and he knew that vanessa worried about what people would say so God spoke in the guys spirit to give vanessa the dvd. Praise God!!! Tashya

  2. Agreed Linie.

    My question is: Assuming God is real, why wouldn’t he just speak to her face to face. Seems like a lot of trouble for an omnipotent being to go through; causing a misdiagnosis, hiding a message in a DVD, requiring multiple people to be in the exact place at the exact right time, making sure she had a DVD player handy, etc……..

      1. Peter – thanks for the reply.

        True, the message in the clouds argument didn’t satisfy me.

        It actually reaffirmed my stance that if a perfectly powerful deity created human kind in order to have a relationship with us (which come to think of it, why would a perfect being need the aggravation of human kind?? or need anything at all??), then spent the rest of history making it impossible to actually prove its existence when it could definitively settle the matter once and for all in a million different, verifiable ways – then its not a deity I would want to worship anyway.

        R

        1. If God had made his existence undeniable, in the sense you apparently mean, He would have destroyed our freedom at that very moment. No freedom would have meant no choice, which in turn, would have left no meaning to human life. Instead of being truly human, we would have been mere meat puppets, obeying God out of sheer TERROR rather than faith, hope, and love. In this life, God’s reality must include Mystery. The Mystery will be solved in the afterlife.

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            Good point David, I agree with you. The only reason I didn’t bring up this point is because I found that atheists usually don’t agree. But let’s wait to see if thatguy has a different view.

          2. David,

            Does your stance mean that hell doesn’t exist?

            “Worship ME or hell” doesn’t sound like freedom to me. Actually, the threat of hell sounds pretty terrible – a sheer TERROR if you think about it.

            Thanks for the reply.

            R

            1. thatguy–I believe that hell exists, but that the whole hellfire and brimstone thing is a metaphor. For reasons too complex to explain in a post (it would take a book) I believe that hell is a state of consciousness in which one is eternally separated from God as a result of one’s bad moral choices. Like Pope Francis, I do not believe that all non-Christians end up there. Basically, you are eternally separated from God because you choose to be. So yes, it is a matter of misusing your freedom (I’m speaking rhetorically, not about your personally). God does not want anyone to go to hell, which is why he sent his Son to save us. Satan wants us to go there, not God. Now, many fundamentalist Christians would disagree with this interpretation. However, it’s important to realize that the vast majority of Christians worldwide are not fundamentalists.

          3. David,

            Thanks for the thoughtful reply. And yes, I would definitely be interested in the reasons you see hell in a different manner than other schools of thought. What people believe and why they believe it fascinates me!

            We would need to come to a definition of what constitutes fundamentalism (talk about writing a book!) before I could agree that most Christians are not fundamentalists. But its that point and others like it that trip up this discussion of how God speaks to His creations. People, denominations, sects…. nobody agrees on many points of doctrine where this (or anything else) is concerned. And personal experiences aren’t verifiable.

            Again this leaves me scratching my head as to why an all powerful being wouldn’t settle the issue once and for all. It takes back bends, mental gymnastics and extraordinary claims to make all the pieces of divine revelation fit. Anyway, thanks for the forum. Looking forward to more topics Peter!

            R

        2. Thatguy- you must know the LORD and have faith in him. There is evil all around us on this earth, you see it every day. People who give their lives to the LORD and follow him understand when he talks to them. People who do not follow the LORD will not look nor understand.

  3. Hi thatguy

    Thanks for your submission. As believers, we pretty much do everything by faith, and not by sight. The Bible is clear on the fact that there is only One true God, and we believe and know it in our hearts. About it ‘being impossible to prove God’s existence’ well, that’s relative. If I listed out the supernatural ways that God has steered me since I became a Christian last year, there might not be space for other comments.

    Let’s suppose that it’s truly ‘impossible to prove His existence’. Well, it works for me. Helps me exercise and strengthen my ‘faith muscles’, plus let’s face it, if He were to provide undeniable proof that He reigns supreme, people (including you maybe?) would still find ways to rationalise and disbelieve. And then it would make it ‘too easy’ for us because faith would become unnecessary. And I DO enjoy having faith!

    Well, I think I’ve said enough. Lol… God bless you plenty!

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  4. Thatguy–before we tackle hell, let’s define Christian Fundamentalism; once that is out of the way, it will be much easier for me to explain my beliefs about hell in context. Christian Fundamentalism is an ultra-conservative form of Protestantism that began in the U.S. in the early 20th century. It’s main characteristic is insistence on Biblical literalism. Here is a dictionary definition of the term for you: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fundamentalism.

    Evangelical Christians are often mistaken for Fundamentalists. However, many Evangelicals do not believe that every single word of the Bible must be taken as literal, historical truth; unlike Fundamentalists, they recognize that some portions of Scripture are metaphorical, allegorical, or symbolic. However, many do take most of the Bible literally. There are about 500 million Evangelicals worldwide.

    The Roman Catholic Church (1.2 billion members), the Eastern Orthodox Church (250 million members), the Anglican Communion (80 million members), and mainline Protestants, i.e. Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, etc. (250 million members) allow for varying degrees of non-literal Biblical interpretation. Bottom line: the vast majority of Christians are not Fundamentalists.

    Biblical literalism was not a requirement of faith in the ancient, undivided Church. For example, in the 4th century, St. Augustine wrote that people who took the Garden of Eden story literally were exposing the Church to ridicule because that part of Genesis was so obviously a poetic allegory–God did not expect people to believe in a talking serpent!

    Anyway, this old man is burned out and must go to bed. I’ll try to write a more educational, but concise, post about hell tomorrow. Have a good one.

    1. Dave,

      Thanks again for the reply. I guess I see a broader definition of fundamentalism – to include just about every Christian denomination out there. Bottom line being “join us or else”. The “else” being fundamentally bad. It all comes back to the Bible sooner or later, right?? This is the foundation for Christian beliefs. (I’m assuming we’re discussing Christian God in this post – right Peter??)

      So, getting back to the post topic God Can Speak to Anyone…… I remain to be unconvinced that the God of the Bible playing hide and seek with mankind to reveal himself makes any sense. This is a sticking point for Christians when it comes to other religions claims. Why is the burden of proof different or lessened for belief by Christians in their version of God??

      As always, happy to chime in on the discussion. Respectfully,

      R

    1. thatguy–Hmmm. Thanks for your comment, but your “definition” of Fundamentalism is breathtakingly broad–and woefully incorrect. As they say “You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.” If Christianity actually were what you apparently think it is, I wouldn’t believe in it either.

      What you are talking about sounds more like the distorted anti-Christian views put out by New Atheists, such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, etc. One thing they have in common is lack of knowledge of the very broad spectrum of Christian theology. They write as if all Christians were Biblical literalists who believe that God will gleefully condemn anyone who is not a Biblical literalist to eternal physical torture. They are dead wrong. Most of us do not believe that absolute literalism is the only legitimate way to interpret the Bible.

      Using the New Atheists to learn about Christianity is like using Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” to learn about Judaism. Watch out for those guys–they literally don’t know what they are talking about.

      May I respectfully suggest that you visit a website called religioustolerance.org. The site contains much objective, well-researched information about Christianity and other religions. May I also suggest that you take a Bible study course?

      As for my view of Hell as a metaphor for eternal separation from God, rather than flames and fire, it comes from many sources, including: Roman Catholicism, Anglican Catholicism, Progressive Protestant theologians, Bible studies, and personal religious experience. It is a common point of view that has been around for hundreds of years in Catholic, Protestant, and Anglican circles.

      Thanks for the respectful tone of your posts. You are proof that one doesn’t have to be disagreeable to disagree. It’s refreshing.

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      2. Dave,

        When it comes to religion, pretty much all anyone has are opinions. Religious “facts” are a floating target that have been written and re-written many, many times. My opinion stems from from spending elementary, secondary and a good portion of college in private, faith based schools; growing up in a staunchly religious family who never missed a church service or chance to deepen our faith; and now, working for a faith based institution for the last 11 years. I’m pretty well versed in Christianity. Please understand that in no way am I bitter or upset, just letting you guys know where I’m coming from.

        I’d respectfully suggest that anyone reading this forum set aside Christian biases long enough to truly study where Christianity came from (roots in previous pagan religions, etc.) and get at least a cursory understanding of other world religions. It can be very eye opening if you’re brave enough to approach it honestly!

        Thanks guys,

        R

        1. I have studied some of those resources that claim that Christianity has pagan origins. I found that every single claim has been debunked in some way or fashion. There’s a lot of misinformation out there about Christianity and the Bible.

          I was surprised to hear about your deep Christian background. So would you say that you used to be a Christian?

          1. Peter–I’ve studied many of those pagan sources, too, and agree that they have largely been misunderstood. First of all, the roots of Christianity are firmly embedded in Judaism, not paganism. Everything from the Bible to the liturgy originated in Judaism, not paganism. Secondly, the early Christian Emperors of Rome gave many pagan temples to the Church to be converted into Catholic churches. Yes, statues were placed in those churches, but were never, ever worshipped. Catholic teaching made it abundantly clear from the start the statues, paintings, stained glass, etc. were merely objects of art, never objects of worship. The whole paganism canard is just another weapon that the New Atheists use to drive people away from the Church.

          2. “Used to be a Christian” is probably a good way to put it. I’d call myself a secular humanist – if I had to have a label. For me, I don’t need the aggravation of biblical dogma and indefensible doctrine to be the person I want to be. I haven’t found any good reason (hard evidence or logical argument) for belief in anything supernatural.

            Dave – I applaud your journey – that’s tenacity in action! I totally appreciate an honest search for what feels right and makes you happy. I wish everyone would take a stab at starting from scratch where religion is concerned and exploring what they believe and why. And thanks for honestly saying that its a subjective process – I can’t figure out why that’s such a negative thing for the majority of religious people to admit.

            Peter – you should do a post on the pagan origins of Christianity (come on, you’ve got to admit that many Christian dates, symbols, narratives, etc are EXACTLY the same as earlier pagan cultures) and show how they’ve been debunked.

            Guys – truly appreciate your time and thoughts. I’m ready to move on to the next topic!

            R

        2. thatguy–My religious journey could not have been more different than yours. In fact, it’s somewhat surprising to me that I ever became a Christian.

          I was brought up as a member of the Conservative denomination of Judaism. I thought that my entire family was Jewish until I was 11 years old; at that time, I accidentally discovered that my father was only half-Jewish, since his mother was a non-practicing Scottish Protestant. His father was a non-practicing secular Jew.

          There were 10 kids on my dad’s side of the family. My grandfather and grandmother encouraged each of them to choose their own religion, or none at all. My dad, and several of his siblings, chose to convert to Judaism. Aunt Virginia chose to follow her husband into the Russian Orthodox Church. Aunt Nina first became Roman Catholic, but then switched to Evangelical Christian. Aunt Dee was Roman Catholic, Aunt Louise was Lutheran, and so was Aunt Roselle. Uncle Albert converted to Mahayana Buddhism. We used to have great holiday parties, featuring a fully decked-out Christmas tree with Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah draped across the branches, and a six-pointed Star of David at the top.

          I angrily exited Judaism at age 15, wanting nothing to do with a God who would allow six million of us to be butchered by the Nazis. Sadly, I turned into a loud, self-righteous atheist teenager.

          I would have preferred to die rather than become a Christian. So, the Lord soon began to work on changing my mind about that. It took him more than 25 years to accomplish it, but he did, indeed, pull it off.

          By the time I was eighteen, I had realized that atheism was just as unsatisfying and unprovable as Jewish faith. I felt that only agnosticism was intellectually defensible. However, agnosticism was very emotionally and spiritually empty.

          Around this time, God gave me some very unexpected, strange, and fascinating graces. I found that I was developing a variety of extra sensory perception abilities, including healing, distance healing, diagnosing illnesses, clairvoyance, and clairaudience. I had dreams that warned me whenever a relative was dying. I received the strange ability to discern the moral character of people around me, even when we had just met. It was all exciting, frightening, and profoundly challenging intellectually–especially for a teenaged agnostic scientific materialist.

          I explored the strangeness as scientifically as I could, designing experiments and copying experiments I’d read about. I’d read that these psychic experiences were relatively common amongst Hindu yogis and Buddhist meditation masters. So, I took a sharp turn to the east, studying Vedanta Hinduism, plus Theravada, Mahayana, and Zen Buddhism, plus philosophical Taoism–especially the Tao Teh Ching.

          On the side, I also studied Lakota (Sioux) Indian shamanism under two female shamans.
          This may sound sort of New Age-ish to you, but many of the experiences were accompanied by Christian symbols that l consciously rejected (at first) and definitely could not explain.

          The healings were particularly successful and spiritually rewarding; I saw a malignant black melanoma tumor on my father’s leg change color to white, shrivel from the size of a 50 cent piece to the size of a dime, and die over the course of a 45 minute laying on of hands treatment. I treated a woman who had been diagnosed with bone cancer of the right shoulder. Her next MRI showed that the tumor was gone. I had hundreds of similar experiences between the ages of 18 and 44.

          In 1987, I was doing zazen (Zen Buddhist meditation) during a very intense Lakota sweat lodge in Colorado. Quite suddenly, a strange image appeared in my mind’s eye. It was of a short man wearing an old fashioned Italian suit, round rimless glasses, and a waxed handlebar mustache. He smiled and said, ” My name is Dr. Giuseppe Moscati. I was a physician to the poor in Naples, Italy, where I died in 1927. God sent me to assist you in your healing ministry from the beginning, because you are compassionate, honest, and do not charge your patients.” Then he was gone. I filed that little experience away in my mind, since I had never heard of Dr. Moscati and didn’t know what to make of the whole thing. Then, in 1988, I happened to pick up a Denver Post and randomly opened it to an article with the headline “Italian Doctor Declared Saint by Roman Catholic Church.” The article was accompanied by a picture of “Dr. Giuseppe Moscati, the Holy Doctor of Naples”–a picture that was identical to what I had seen in my mind’s eye the year before. The story confirmed everything that Dr. Moscati had told me about himself. I began to research him intently.

          I finally admitted that the Christian God is the thing. I can’t prove that to you or anyone else objectively, but the truth of it has been indelibly stamped on my soul.

          I soon began to study deeply and privately with a very orthodox Roman Catholic priest. I received baptism, confirmation, and first communion into the Roman Catholic Church in 1992.

          I left the Roman Catholic Church in 2007 for a variety of personal and theological reasons. I then tried the United Church of Christ for a couple of years because my wife wanted to. But, it was too liberal for me, so I converted to the Anglican Church in North America, a branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

          My denomination, and my church, practice a middle way between Catholicism and Protestantism. While we are orthodox, we are not fundamentalists. We do not require members to take every word of the Bible as a literal truth, and we do not believe that all non-believers will be condemned to an eternity of torture in a literal hell. We believe that God is merciful, just, and loving.

  5. Hi, I don’t know how he answered your question but you are assuming that God is like us. That He thinks like us. He doesn’t. He specifically tells all that His thoughts, ways, ect. are higher than ours. Therefore, He comes way down to our level just to communicate. Who can truly know God? No one but at least He’s made an effort to give us an opportunity to know what He’s given us already and it is up to us to pursue Him diligently for the rest of the information.

  6. Dave Segal, you have had a journey indeed. Some of things you’ve gone through sound like deceptive manipulation of the devil. God preserved His Word. It is evident that there is symbolism, poetry in the Bible, however, you mention nothing about Jesus Christ, who is real, and that He taught more on hell than anything else! You have willingly been ignorant of what Jesus taught about hell. I would take what Jesus said about hell literally If I were you. I realize that those books in the Bible that are poetic and those passages that are symbolic cannot be taken literally, however, historical information and the teachings of the Lord Jesus, and the apostles should be taken literally. How is it you have totally ignored what Jesus said about hell?! It astounds me how you can easily say not all are alike yet our foundation is Jesus Christ. Think about it.

  7. John 14New International Version (NIV)
    Jesus Comforts His Disciples

    14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
    Jesus the Way to the Father

    5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

    6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know[b] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

    8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

    9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
    Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

    15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

    22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”

    23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

    25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

    28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.

    “Come now; let us leave.

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