Should “Spiritual Experience” be Counted for Evidence of Jesus being the Truth?

tonguesIf Christians say YES to this question, who’s to say that other “spiritual experiences” that others have experienced can’t act as validation for their faith?  In my opinion, Christians’ use of this apologetic tool (a means of defending a belief in the biblical God) is quite limited. At the same time, I’d say it’s helpful for us not to discount this “testimonial evidence” altogether. Here are my random thoughts on this issue.

DISCLAIMER: I personally believe in Jesus as my savior and feel that I have experienced His love and His presence in my life.

1. Sometimes, true Christians have experiences that, contrary to what they claim, had nothing to do with Jesus. Sometimes,it’s straight up “you’s just gone cuh-razy, boi!”

2. Human emotions have the power to give experiences that have nothing to do with the supernatural. You should have seen me when the Packers won the Super Bowl in 2011. I was truly convinced that I had a near-death experience and was in heaven for a little while.

3. If some one of another spiritual faith (i.e. not faith in Jesus) does indeed experience something from the supernatural and through this experience, is convinced that some one or some thing, other than Jesus is God, there is a good chance that this was a “demonic spiritual” experience.

4. Because personal experiences are just that, personal; a Christian probably won’t get too far in using this as evidence for Jesus, unless there is an established personal relationship of trust and friendship with the person you are telling your story to. So, yes, this means you guys shouting to college students, “burn your Led Zepplin albums or burn in hell,” you probably aren’t very effective because of your lack of relationships with the pass-bys.  Remember, Jesus said, “Zacchaeus, I’m coming over.”  He didn’t say, “Zacchaeus, you are a cheater and are all about yourself” until he had already hung out with him and demonstrated some love.

5. For those that find very offensive my conclusion of your “non-Christ” experience being demonic, I understand your offense completely and don’t mean to offend.  That’s just what I believe.  I could be wrong.

6. I for one think that people should be very skeptical of spiritual experiences. Otherwise, people become obsessed with “experiences” and this diverts attention from a genuine relationship with Christ.

7. John 4:24 says that we are to worship the Lord in “spirit and in truth.” Here’s a question to ask yourself:  Can you personally worship in the Lord’s truth or do you always need an accompanied experience?  We should be able to worship through experience and through just knowing truth, and I believe God sometimes hides Himself spiritually/experientially,  so we’d learn to do the latter.

8. I believe in works of the Holy Spirit, but remember, Jesus’ life?  He demonstrated what a Spirit-filled life should look like.  I’ve seen a lot of examples in the church that don’t really resemble Jesus at all.  See an old post called “WTF” about this.

9. Pretty hard to argue against “the experience” of  historical figure, Paul the apostle. A Christian-killer turned greatest evangelist of all time. And most honest historians are on board with what the Bible says about Paul’s life, background, and story. Pretty convincing, I must say.

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