On May 1, The New York Times (usually a good source for news) published a reprehensible article first-person guest columnist T. M. Luhrmann called “Is That God Talking?” The author is an anthropology professor and really should have known better.
The basic gist of the article is that people who hear God talking to them are normal. The “talking” meaning hearing acutal words spoken out loud as opposed to intuition, coincidence, vivid dreams or the other crap theists claim is their God “speaking” to them.
Are you kidding me? Now, many people may believe that they heard God, but this this is not normal. The voice of God is used as an excuse for someone to do somthing that they really want to do anyway. There is a theory that the original meaning of the third commandment “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain” really meant “Don’t speak for God” rather than “Don’t swear.”
In other words — don’t say that God told you to do something or selected you to present a message to the general population. Speaking for the rest of humanity, I can say that you should save your breath. We’re not interested.
Anyone who cliams that God is talking to them is insane. It’s called religious mania. Get them help immediately or at least, leave the immediate area. Definately do not do anything that the person claims God has “instructed.”
Even the article itself noted that people with a prominat prayer life tend to be more prone to “hallucination-like events.” The article should have emphasized this point rather than make a bald statement that hearing God is normal.