You asked how I was so sure that God exists before I even started along this pagan path. Well, all my life I've seen spirits (ghosts or whatever you want to call them). Not every day, but periodically. On occasion I've "known" things before they occur, things I couldn't possibly have known. I am fully aware of theories relating to altered states of awareness (hallucination...etc) but I can honestly say that some of the times when I've experienced this I've been other people who also "saw" the spirit, and on one occasion I received a message from a spirit which was only "proved" weeks after the message had been given (I couldn't have known the information prior to the message being validated). I just can't say its all "hallucination".
Couple that with the fact that I'm intelligent and mentally stable - I don't have entities plaguing me or telling me what to do (I'm not schizoid...honestly...LOL), I'd say that overall there is too much evidence in my world that there is more out there - that spirits exist and so does God (if consciousness can exist in the form of a ghost, then other energy consciousness can exist IMO)
I know in my heart that I've lived before - I know this is going off on the reincarnation tangent, but it is part of why I believe. I have memories from a *very* young age. I remember having a photograph taken of me, and only in adulthood did my mother get out the picture and I'm about 12 months old. But that isn't my first memory.... and all of this suggests that we go on and we can reincarnate. Just recently I had a past life experience - the first one in my life that I can say was truly a past life (I've had dreams about past lives but I can't be really sure as to their content and how accurate it is as a memory)
Again, I'm not being argumentative, but say the Bible is correct, and what if you're experiencing 'demon' contact? How can you tell?
Well, for a starter the bible is very "incorrect" in very many ways. Still, your question warrants discussion because that is the claim of the JWs, that all spirit contact is demonic. Well, you asked about this regarding contact with Deity. As I explained, I believe that Gods (Goddesses) exist as facets of GOD (the All) and I think that we see them in human terms because that is how we understand them. I've experienced contact with a Goddess and I know this is vague but I KNOW who it was, the power there was nothing like talking to a spirit, it was immense, loving, everything all at once - and the message given was profound and beneficial.
I believe that there are universal laws and that negative entities meaning to harm us cannot appear this way (and if you simply tell them to go away if they're not from GOD, they have to). The negative entities are not all that ubiquitous - JWs would have you thinking that demons just love to cling to a lamp you bought from a car-boot sale, just waiting to jump out on you, but that is just their ridiculous scare-tactics. The JW suggestion that every single paranormal occurrance and every single spirit sighting is just demons trying to "trick" us, is truly ridiculous and is simply used to support their doctrine of death being like sleep, etc.