God Talk

Doubtless, many people talk to God all the time. This is simply “praying”. What is less certain is whether anyone is listening. The U.S. founding fathers, who were called “deists” rather than “theists”, did not engage in prayer because, although they believed in a creator God, they did not believe in a personal God who answered prayers. Moreover, some humans have reported that spiritual beings talk to them. For example, Moses reported that God spoke to him from a burning bush. Socrates reported in The Apology, that throughout his life he heard a spiritual voice which would warn him not to do various things that were wrong or dangerous. Other people have reported having “spirit guides” who would channel or speak through them. It is of course possible that spirits do exist, but that none of them qualify as being God. Most psychics I have read about claim to be theists.

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