Inspired by Aaron Propp.
There are people who become christians or remain within christianity claiming that they do so because they know distinctly that the voice of God told them to do so.
Now this should be taken serious on a certain level rather than being brushed aside as a sign of schizophrenia or insanity. It should be understood what they are doing.
It should be understood that sooner or later (most of the time sooner, but unfortunately, based on my experience, you can’t expect biblical study, retention of biblical passages, or biblical scholarship from many) the christian hits upon the first books of the Bible, the books of Moses. Unfortunately a lot of times they’ve already been immersed and saturated by their devotion to a man, i.e., Jesus, but either way, they come upon the books of Moses. What is significant about the Torah law given in these books is that they warn against adding or subtracting to law, against adding commandments to the law, against listening to voices that tell you to do something other than what the Torah commands or that contradict his Torah. The contents of these warnings are valid for both Jews and Gentiles. In essence, the Torah is the foundation stone, the bedrock, the testing stone. We are supposed to test what we hear and see, even in our own hearts and minds, against the bedrock stone of Torah. That’s part of what the Sinai event was for: a stamp in history that marked the true revelation of God and his Torah, his will.
Now we have this christian who has supposedly heard the voice of God tell him to be a christian. Let’s just ask ourselves, which should come first? The voice in their head (do not discount or belittle this because for his person it is very serious)? Or the national revelation of God to millions of witnesses, kept by that nation for centuries? Which comes first, the foundational Torah, or an individual’s supposed divine revelation? The fact is that you have to test what the person heard in their head or heart with what the foundational Torah says. And are they saying the same thing? Let’s compare.
The foundational Torah says that only a certain set of domesticated animals, such as goats, bulls, and sheep, can used to get atonement in a specific ritual done by Levitical priests. The voice that prompted the individual to choose christianity said that a man or a mangod or godman butchered by Romans and killed by suffocation by means of illegal execution (illegal according to Torah) outside of Jerusalem can be an acceptable sacrifice. That’s against God’s Torah.
The Torah and the Jewish Bible say repeatedly that a man is responsible for his own sin, everyone dies for their own sin, the righteousness of one can’t be imputed to another, and the wickedness of one can’t be transferred to another person. The voice that spoke to this christian condones the notion that someone else died for our sins, that the righteousness of Jesus can be imputed to his followers. That’s against Torah.
The Torah says that its laws are forever and that they shouldn’t be added to or diminished. The voice in the head/heart of the christian says that they are just shadows and are abolished with the coming of Jesus, that the Law was just a schoolteacher or child-leader, and with the coming of Jesus, there is no longer need for the schoolteacher, i.e. the Law. That’s against Torah.
The Torah says that it is near to a person and that it can be kept, and that it is just a person’s choice that can lead them to life. The voice in the christian’s head condones the notion that the law cannot be kept, it gives a curse through any disobedience, and choice is not enough, only blood is.
I could continue the long list of discrepancies between what this voice is telling the christian to accept and what God’s foundational Law says. And sooner or later a christian who has had such an “encounter” meets with these texts and there you meet with two facts:
1) The christian has to choose which is more important: obedience to a voice and devotion to Jesus, or God’s clear word and authority. Unfortunately, God’s authority is rejected all too often, which is an essential part of idolatry and is practically rebellion.
2) By accepting the “voice” over the God-given Torah, that christian has essentially spat upon the Sinai revelation. As someone said, if anyone in the world could simply hear a voice in their head or heart or wherever, claim it is God’s voice, and follow it, even if it goes against Torah, then there was really no point in the Sinai revelation of God and his Torah.
This is why one translation of Isaiah 8:20 says the following:
“To the Torah and to the warning: if they don’t speak according to this word, then there is no light in it.”
That is why Deuteronomy 13 warns against the prophet or dreamer of dreams that says things against Torah and/or preaches idolatry. Because it all comes down to one thing:
They spit on Sinai.