This article explores the percentages of people who claim to have done something because God told them to do it.
We all know that certain people have a direct link to the voice of the almighty and it’s heard via internal god-only ears. Seriously.
While many of us figured the whole “God coming to hang out and chat” thing sort of petered out after the Old Testament, a recent study from YouGov has found that 38% of Americans believe that God has spoken to them and told them to do things. Also, more than half of us believe God controls the weather and natural disasters. Specifically thunder, as that is when he/she goes bowling.
I have to confess, I’m a bit curious. I don’t just want to know that 38% of people think God is giving them instructions. I want to know what those instructions are. Like, is it just things like “Wear red socks today, Jim!” or is it like “Kill your neighbor’s dog, Jim!” I feel like that’s kind of an important distinction as far as these things go. I mean, there are a whole lot of people out there who have been instructed by God to kill. There’s Abraham, Saul, and this lady who bashed her kids skulls in with rocks back in 2004.
On the other hand, it’s more interesting to me that believers do what God told them not to do, like pray in public, go out of their way to help the poor, give the shirt off their backs, forgive indefinitely, not to judge, etc. etc.
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