None of this applies to Shelby, I'm just discussing it as a hypothetical for academic reasons.
It truly doesn't, dear NC (peace to you!), so thanks for the disclaimer!
Is that why some posts are signed by jesus and some by just you? As in "on your own"?
I don't know that any are signed by "Jesus", dear Twitch (peace to you, as well!). When I sign "on my own," though, I do so because it is either something of no interest to my Lord, something of myself (i.e., MY thoughts/sentiments, etc.)... or because I do not wish others to equate HIM with what I may have stated.
How do you differentiate between what you are saying and what you perceive the lord is saying through you?
First, it is rare for my Lord to say something "through" me - I am not a medium. I simply share what he says to ME... with YOU. There are times, however, when he DOES say something that is directed toward another, and I state that ("The word of my Lord to you is..."). It's easy enough to differentiate, though, because I know me... and what I think and sound like... and him and what HE sounds like. Trust me: they're not that much alike. HE is good. Kind. Merciful. "Nice." I am not. And I am being completely honest with you. I am trying to LEARN, though, how to be such things. As you can see, I often fail. Miserably.
Do you believe you have special knowledge
Nope. The "knowledge" I have is (1) not mine, and (2) available to every other living person on this planet. All they need to do is ask for it... and exercise faith when they receive it. Although the first appears to be easy, apparently the second is not so much.
or are an instrument of god?
Again, no. I am merely a servant... of His Son, first... of those who belong to His Son, second... and to all others, third.
Do you believe you are helping others find light by sharing your insight or what is shown to you?
(Smile). No, dear one. I CAN'T help others find him (the Light). It doesn't work that way. THEY have to look for him... and HE finds THEM. I am just one tiny voice saying, "Hey, you CAN find him... and he WILL find YOU... if you just look! I know... because he found ME!" That really is it. Now, that I willingly go and DO that... ummmm... "work"... has resulted in a plethora of "rewards", yes. But I don't do it for such rewards: I do it because I love the One who GRANTS me those rewards (i.e., seeing, hearing, etc., regarding the truth as to the spirit realm... and various truths related to THIS one).
How is this different from any other person of christian faith?
From christian faith? It isn't. Truly. But not all who profess such faith... HAVE it... or are christians. Sorry, but that really is the truth. If they have not yet received the promised holy spirit... the anointing by means of which such ones are CHOSEN (thus, MAKING them "christians" - chosen/anointed persons/people/ones)... then they are not who they say they are. Not YET. Doesn't mean they WON'T be; apparently, they hear the CALL. They just haven't gone through the DOOR... so as to be CHOSEN. Many ARE called, though...
And how is that different from the words and deeds of any inspired person of any other faith?
I don't know that it is. I've personally never said that it was. My position is that the Most Holy One of Israel shows mercy to whomever HE wishes... regardless of whether they are Israel (Jew OR Samaritan)... or of the (non-Israelite) nations. It's always been that way...
What makes your hebrew god special?
My God is not a Hebrew, dear one. He is, however, the God OF the Hebrews, if you're counting Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The only thing that I can say makes Him special, though... is His love. Which I once THOUGHT I knew of. I came to know, though, that I truly had NO idea. None at all. Once I did... which I did through knowing the love of His SON... I couldn't help but love Him in return. And that is why I'm here: to work out my own salvation. To show the One I love... that I truly DO love him... and love those HE loves. Which is, truly, everyone. It's not their love that is lacking, dear one. It is ours. For God... and Christ... which we show... by our LACK of love... for our fellowman. Including, most importantly, our enemies.
Ultimately, if one does not believe in the christian version of god, is one any worse off?
Not necessarily. Rahab didn't worship the God of Israel... yet, her entire household was saved because she helped His people. Ruth didn't worship the God of Israel... but her love for Naomi prompted her to stay with Naomi, regardless of which god Naomi served. The "Good Samaritan" considered Jews his enemy... and they he. Yet, when he came across a Jew lying beaten in the road, his COMPASSION prompted to help that one, even though an enemy. The man's own fellow worshippers, however, stepped right over him and left him for dead. As one put it, faith... without works to SHOW that faith, dear one... is dead. Has absolutely no value at all.
Just some questions off the top of my head. If it seems rude, well forgive me for foregoing the emotional appeal of your writing, just writing what my voice is telling me.
Absolutely NO problem! You are more than entitled to ask me as to the reasons for my hope and faith. I have nothing to hide... and nothing to "research" in order to be able to respond. Because it is the truth. Truth doesn't have to be rehearsed... or researched.
I don't have a name for my voice though.
No worries. There is no requirement that you do! I thank you, though, for asking in a kind manner... and giving me the opportunity to respond to your questions... without jumping to asinine conclusions or calling me untoward names.
Again, peace to you... and I hope my comments help!
YOUR servant and a slave of Christ,