There seems to be confusion within Christianity regarding whether or not God communicates with humans today and if he does, how does he do it?
- Does God still insert thoughts into people's minds today or is that something which he only did in the past?
- Some maintain that God is no longer giving persons dreams/visions or speaking directly to them or sending angels to speak with them today but he will nevertheless insert thoughts into their minds to guide them.
I don't see any difference between these different modes of communication since God is still communicating with persons.
- Some maintain that God does not in this age speak to humans through dreams, visions or any direct communication apart from the Word of God and the Bible is all sufficient in directing a person to finding and carrying out the will of God for their lives, without the need of a dream, vision or special communication from God in that manner.
If this is the case then I can only conclude that THERE IS NO NEED TO PRAY since God is not going to answer you; all you now have to do is to just read the Bible and then try to figure out what you should do.
On top of all of this confusion, God does not make it unequivocally, unambiguously, explicitly clear up front whether it is he who is inserting the thoughts into a person's mind or whether it is the unconscious dynamics of a person's mind at work. This is especially problematic in the case of a person who is delusional and experiencing psychotic symptoms but who may claim that god is communicating with him or her.
How does a person - whether psychotic/delusional or not psychotic/delusional know whether it is god who is inserting thoughts into his/her mind or speaking with him/her, if God does not make it unequivocally, unambiguously, explicitly clear up front whether it is he who is inserting the thoughts into a person's mind/speaking to them or whether it is just the unconscious dynamics of the person's mind at work?