Born again Christians, what exactly do you mean when you say that the Holy Spirit guides you?

Does using excuses such as taken out of context, mistranslated, twisted, being a metaphor, and only God knows why to debunk the explicit contradictions and paradoxes in the Bible make you feel like you have the Holy Spirit guiding you through your readings?

Could this presumption be compared to the notion of possessing the word of tongue?
Deep down do you actually know that you’re just fooling yourselves?

8 thoughts on “Born again Christians, what exactly do you mean when you say that the Holy Spirit guides you?

  1. it is impossible to explain to an unsaved person…no im saved through GOD HIMSELF…dont judge something that you havent experienced…

  2. Hi, future Christian,
    Assuming this is your last hurdle, let me help. One word: POETRY.
    You know, metaphors be with you.

    Infinite reality and for goodness sakes, divinity, it’s not going to be encapsulated in a story or a book. We’re talking person, here, you know, realationship.
    Catch you on the flip.

  3. Since all these questions are rhetorical, I guess I’ll answer you by saying this…

    Hi, I’m Zack. A born again Christian of two and a half years. I’m sorry you feel this way.

  4. It is your understanding that is “bound” . . you just don’t get it.

    You are in no position to judge “Born again Christians” en masse,
    because you don’t KNOW all of them, or their experiences.
    All you offer is your small-time, narrow, personal, antichrist view.

    The 4 doctors didn’t “imagine” the cancerous tumor disappeared
    when a friend and I prayed for her granny in hospital. It vanished
    and she was discharged the same week she was admitted.

    That is one of a multitude of things I have witnessed over the last
    25 years. You were not there… I was.

    It is you who is fooling yourself… carry on barking at the moon.

  5. I have to agree with the first answerer in terms of “don’t judge something you haven’t experienced.” The experiences that many Christians have of being spoken to by God are very real. They even really can lead people to good situations, to knowledge, and to do the right thing.

    I’m not saying that God is actually speaking to these people–if he is then they disagree with each other on a surprising amount of things–but -something- is speaking to them, and it’s something they don’t consciously make up. The experience is of being swept away by a being much greater than yourself.

    Now my personal belief is that what they experience is not God, or at least not all of what they experience is God–if a God were 100% responsible for the words they’re getting then there wouldn’t be so much disagreement between “followers of God.” But just because you haven’t had such an experience doesn’t mean they’re false or fabricated. The human mind and brain can do some pretty amazing things that neither religious nor atheistic groups have really paid enough attention to, in my opinion.

  6. A) The Holy Spirit can fill anyone and has different ways of manifesting (talked about in 1 Corinthians 12) and the fruits of one who is filled with the Spirit are described in Galatians 5.

    B) Excuses such as those you listed might have been made by those who don’t understand the truth of God’s word, or who did understand that something was a metaphor. Either way, there is Truth in the Bible and no contradictions; just some paradoxes (God is loving, God is Just).

    C) speaking in tongues is, I agree, worthless (unless there is a translation given). This is supported by what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14.

  7. When the Christians say that the Holy Spirit guides them, they are either lying, and their soul (desires) guides them, or they are actually being led by the Holy Spirit. Notice I didn’t say driven. Rather, being led by the Holy Spirit is simply following Him. Place your trust in Him and go to where He designates (i.e. Acts 13:4; Acts 16:6).

    The Holy Spirit brings peace and security. He does not force you to do anything. He does not completely supercede your will with His own.

    The people who claim that God compelled them to do something (i.e. attempt to murder someone) are deceived by a demon (fallen angel) since the Holy Spirit does not compel people (Luke 4:1; Romans 8:14).

    I don’t feel His presence spiritually (I’m still the same, I don’t feel secure, I don’t feel any peace), but I feel His presence bodily (i.e. heart rate slowing down by applying the blood of Jesus).

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