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It's Time We Call 'Bullshit' on Certain 'Mystics'

Joel Osteen even calls bullshit on them. Sure, he might put it more politely while broadcasting to millions of people, but he still questions those who seem to have some red phone that answers calls from God.

“[Y]ou'd think God speaks to them more than he spoke to Moses, David, Esther, Sarah combined,” Osteen said.

How often have you encountered someone who tells you that “God told them” something—and it has something to do with how you’re currently living your life? Indeed, words came down through the prophets such as Isaiah and Jeremiah about how people have fallen down the wrong path.

It always fascinates me, though, when people want to assert themselves into the lives of others. In their attempt to control, they use God’s name to subvert others. They know that guilt is a strong manipulator, weakening victims who have a conscience.

Talk about using God’s name in vain.

In some cases, perhaps the person is trying to help another. They care for the other so deeply that perhaps God did communicate with them because they knew the other is too mired in their circumstances to have ears to listen. Love can really open doors.

In other cases, these “mystical experiences” are illusions of the ego. Pride or jealousy can disguise themselves and lead people to believe this “voice” or “vision” comes from God.