In some case, our experiences may be a result of medication or trauma, which is natural but not necessarily supernatural. For example, my wife has never done well coming out of anesthesia after a surgery. I remember the first time I was with her during one of these times. We weren’t married yet. When she first awoke after her surgery she asked for me. I was elated! She didn’t ask for her mom or her dad – she asked for me! She then told me that she wrote me a poem during her surgery. Puzzled, I asked her what the poem was. She then recited these words of poetic inspiration:
Roses are red
Violets are blue
And so do you!
I’m telling you, that wasn’t from God! One time when coming out of surgery she saw two life-sized carrots walking down the hospital hallway holding hands! Now, based on that experience of hers I am not ready to say that all carrots go to heaven when they die. Her experience was obviously from the medication she was on – not a message from God.
We also need to keep in mind that Satan is a deceiver. How does he do this? The Bible calls him an “angel of light.” In other words he masquerades as something good – something from God – when really it isn’t at all. Think of it this way. If I were going to make some counterfeit bills in order to buy things here in Gaylord, Michigan, I would not make those bills pink with my picture on the front of them. Those bills would not have a chance! I would make them look as close to the original as possible. That’s what Satan often does. I know we don’t like to think about this, and I am certainly not saying that this is always the case, but it is possible that some of our experiences could have a Satanic or a demonic origin in order to deceive us.
The bottom line, like I said in my posting yesterday, is that we can’t be 100% sure that our experiences are from God. But we can always be sure that the Bible is from God – His inspired Word preserved accurately for us today. That’s why it is the Bible, not simply our experiences, that is to be the basis for our faith and practice.