- Some have theorized that if a “revelation” doesn’t contradict what you already believe, it can’t be proven to be a revelation. That’s an interesting idea. If it is what you already believe, confirmation bias could certainly be at play. Some would chalk all revelation up to “confirmation bias.”
- If we don’t find revelation provocative, maybe we are past feeling or don’t “have ears to hear” or to comprehend the real meaning. Some would say that if you don’t feel you are receiving it, it’s your fault for not being open to it.
- If we judge all spiritual input by whether or not it matches our own view, we are discounting the possibility that God’s view differs from our own. We limit God to being us on our best day. (Personally I think we all do this to varying degrees – recreate God in our own image).
- Everyone has different “spiritual gifts.” The way I see that, some people have a very acute sense of smell. Others are keen optical observers. Likewise, spiritually, some have meaningful dreams. Some have strong emotional responses to information that is presented. Others are able to discern people’s intentions. We don’t all have the same qualities or traits. Some traits lend themselves to different situations (e.g. you can’t use your ability to discern people’s intentions to translate ancient records).
- I tend to think that “revelation” should be just that – the uncovering of something hidden. In which case, it could be in our self-interest or not. What if “revelation” is really just uncovering things within ourselves that are hidden.
- Some say personal revelation is just that – personal. One person’s truth may be another’s error. What is meaningful to you individually in your circumstances may not work for another.
So, what do you think revelation is? Is it common or infrequent? Have you experienced it?