[quote=But for Grace]Robert - No disrespect, but how do you know that your revelation was from Jesus and not another source? It is the same with many of us, how do we know that the Church is the revelation of God. It all boils down to faith and trust. There are many instances of men being decieved by their own opinions, Martin Luther, Arius, Joseph Smith, etc. Especially in the case of the Joseph Smith, he relied on his open “prophetic” visions and ended up leading many into error.
Christians thus have good reason to be warry of those who come claiming that God has spoken to them. Private revalation is good when it builds up the individual, but for the Church to properly function, it is necessary for some sence of order to be maintained, without this we would wander aimlessly.
If you truly loved God you would obey his Church, which is his visible and spiritual body. It is only the Catholic Church that has an authoritive voice for Christians, it is the Catholic Church that wrote, codified, and preserved the scriptures. It is the Catholic Church which has retained the Apostalic Office in its Magesterium. Anyone who rejects the Body of Christ rejects Christ, hence it is said, there is no salvation outside of the Church.
You ask me how I know if it was Jesus or someone else, I assume you mean Satan, who has been talking to me. Jesus told us in Scripture, that His people would hear
His voice and follow no other. For over thirty years now I have been following Jesus. He has taught me to love, and I have heard His Word and I live His Word.
Jesus hasn’t taught me to do less than what the Christian Church is teaching, but has been teaching me to live the Word more fully.
I have been baptized in the Holy Spirit and have been given some gifts of the Holy Spirit.
I was chosen to give a word to God’s Church. Why I don’t know, but Jesus once told my wife and me that He didn’t make perfect people, but He chose to use us anyway. Jesus also told me He is God and the Bible is His Word.
I have had long talks with two Roman Catholic Bishops and talked with two others. One bishop sent me to his spiritual adviser. His adviser told me one of my letters was God’s challenge to His Church. Another bishop sent me to a group of people starting a Christian community. The two with whom I spent the most time with told me to keep doing what Jesus told me to do and asked how they could help me.
Jesus personally told me He is God and that the Bible is His Word.
Jesus is my Lord and my God.