WS: Please accept my apology, i misread your post!
No problem, Watersprout. I do the same thing, and can see how it might be mistaken.
Inkie: Let me ask you, cannot the actions of One (God, or a man, or a woman) be considered an overall “pattern” of the kinds of things He would or would not do? Do you know what I mean? While a person may do a thing one time, it CAN be included in the PERSON’S general overall pattern of things, can it not?
I absolutely agree.
God does not and has not ordered any “murder.” Did you really mean to state that He did? Did a "murder" occur? He would be transgressing one of His own ten commandments, wouldn’t he? And I am speaking of the word YOU used—“murder.”
You're right, I didn't really mean murder. Genocide would be a more accurate term... like when he issued the command to exterminate the Canaanites, including the women and children? That was no simple test of faith. Correct me if I'm wrong but it was carried out as god directed, wasn't it? (And I'm aware of the rationalization that it was part of god's purpose to ensure the "seed" could come through Abraham's line.... Even though, as the story goes, Jesus received absolutely no DNA from Joseph, the actual descendant of Abe. Right? Another topic.)
The shedding of blood in the OT - to me - shows a clear pattern that god will even take the lives of children, whose only real sin was being born into the wrong family (damn them!), in order to clear His good name of reproach.
Such being the case, if he really is speaking to people in our modern era, who's to say he wouldn't order the death of one more person? Based on god's pattern in the OT, that would be par for the course. So it is safe to say one cannot know god is the source of any voice based on the content of the message being "love".
But all that is moot. The real issue? A number of folks on here are hearing voices, believing the messages to be from the Lord God and Savior of all Creation, and several other members of this forum do not see it as any cause for concern.