Since becoming a Christian I have had an interest in growing closer to God. This interest has wavered with life’s ups and downs but it has always been there. Part of growing closer to God is hearing him, so I have exhausted a fair amount of energy trying to listen. That’s me listening above.

Prove me wrong, in fact I hope you can, but I think that most Christians exagerate their experiences of hearing God. In conversation they talk as if God has spoken directly to them but then when questioned we find that the conversation is in fact a vague leading that can’t really be defined. Well I think I’ve had these “leadings” and all I can say is that they are not altogether reliable. Communication with God is a problem. Don’t get me wrong, I still pray and speak to God and believe he communicates with us.

Others say that they hear God speak to them through his words in the Bible. I too have felt him “speaking” through the Bible. But this too is a problem because I hear something different to the person next to me. Maybe this sounds really scary and negative to you but it is the truth, hearing God is complicated……..(or is it?)

Still others say to me it is because you don’t have the Holy Spirit, He will explain the Bible to you 😦

I think the bible says something about us “prophecying” in part – perhaps hearing God is more of a corporate event, perhaps it is a community thing. Perhaps we need to communicate with each other (get the parts together) to hear the voice of God? I dunno but its worth a go isn’t it?

Anyway, that’s me above, a self proclaimed prophet, husband to the love of my life, father of two brilliant Teens, a wannabee photographer and a brand new blogger.

11 Responses to “About”
  1. AB says:

    Welcome to blog land, tap man!

  2. JIMS says:

    Hey tap man, aren’t you supposed to write something every day so that we can read more of your thoughts? you’ve got my attention, now what?

    • aussietap says:

      At present I am agonizing about what direction the blog is to take I started with a general goal but no real idea of how to achieve it – I have my next post in my head but have to go to work on a saturday 😦 stay tuned

  3. John says:

    Hi Tap Man. Maybe you are a Tap where it’s at. The “Water of Life” works with Taps..someone to flow through. Yeah?
    Religious Leaders love to be THE tap….i.e. the one true tap. Nothing has changed for thousands of years there. Trouble is the water of life gets mixed with the water of the law which don’t do it for me. The religious leaders like to shut other taps off. It takes guts to be a Tapman.
    I have read a lot on comparative religions & too realise that Br Martin did not get it all right. Best to concentrate on what he did get right eh?
    Re listening to God…..I could talk to you all day about that one.
    I do not think Br Martin listened too well on the Semetic question.
    I do not think that some religious leaders are listening too well on sexuality either.
    Good Grace to you in your Blog.
    p.s. loved tapioca when I was a kid.

  4. Dave says:

    I’m blogging my way through The Bible’s story in 2013. I think hearing God IS a “community thing,” so I’d be pleased if you would stop by.

    Welcome to anyone who has profound spiritual experiences with a numb bum at a U2 concert.

  5. I do not agree with your line about people exaggerating about hearing God. They hear from Him through His word and sacraments of Baptism, Absolution and the Lord’s Supper… they hear from Him in their answered prayer… and in the very life they walk with Him.

    It takes the ears of faith – of trusting in a God whose work is exposed in all of creation.. Whose work is seen in the baptism of an infant, in the feeding of a feast to young and old….. In the gathering of saints, We see that communication as a dieing person knows a peace that overcomes pain and experiences joy…

    God does speak – and far more often than you give credit – people hear…

    • Tapman says:

      Thank you for commenting – I agree, God does speak. But I also believe people do not want to hear, I also believe that people extract what they want to hear from the scriptures – I believe you have heard what I am saying but not sure you have listened. I am a justified sinner also – cheers.

  6. Do you listen to podcasts? These two give a very interesting perspective on the bible:


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