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Has anyone had a 'Road to Damascus' type experience?

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Dynasty Mon 17-Feb-14 17:45:24

Or heard God speaking to them? I'm interested in experiences from any religion, not solely Christianity.

cheapskatemum Mon 17-Feb-14 18:11:52

Hi Dynasty, your thread title might put people practising other religions off, if you don't mind me saying so. Some might not know what a "road to Damascus" experience is.

Mine wasn't as dramatic as Paul's, but when, aged about 15, I challenged God to show me he existed, he sent a warm, golden ball (about the size of a grapefruit) from outside my body into my heart. Since that moment, although I haven't always been a very good Christian, I have always believed in God, Jesus and the resurrection.

Jux Mon 17-Feb-14 18:16:37

I have fallen off a horse. Otherwise, no.

Sorry. Very silly.

Dynasty Mon 17-Feb-14 18:25:41

I'm the other way round, I am a good Christian, I feel God with me and I am very spiritual. However, I don't like to think about the virgin birth & resurrection too much as although I have no doubt Jesus existed, I'm not convinced those things actually happened. I would like to wholeheartedly believe they did though.

sunnyspot Mon 17-Feb-14 20:53:48

Never had a life changing experience, but I always feel a "warm pull" back to God if I wander off. Sounds odd but that's the only way to describe it - like a calling to come back home.

JonSnowKnowsNothing Mon 17-Feb-14 21:00:34

I hope you don't mind me posting this, OP.
I was brought up with a lot of influence from my maternal grandmother who is a late-in-life Christian. Her Christian teaching comprised mostly of the "hell waits for people like you who do XYZ" etc. I grew up very confused about God, religion, everything.

My Road to Damascus moment came when I started studying Ethical Philosophy at university. I realised being "good" or "bad" had nothing to do with which deity you attach yourself to...and that I could be a good, caring, loving person without the torturous guilt I felt under my Grandmother's influence.

Yes, I know what she was filling my head with wasn't "proper" Christianity, but I will never involve myself in anything religious again. I'm sorry, I've re-read your OP again and I know you weren't after posts like mine. Hope you don't mind me sharing my experience.

DioneTheDiabolist Mon 17-Feb-14 21:54:57

JonSnow I wish everyone could have a Road to Damascus moment like

IndigoBarbie Mon 24-Feb-14 10:23:15

Hi I'm non religious so not sure what the Damascus experience is, but yes-I've heard god speak.

Gingerdodger Tue 25-Feb-14 08:19:17

My draw back to God was a long slow build up until it became overwhelming and I couldn't ignore it any more.

worldgonecrazy Wed 26-Feb-14 08:59:23

I was brought up Catholic but knew, very early on, that it wasn't the right religion for me. However, I did feel a pull towards "something". One day I was in the library and somehow got to reading a book about paganism and suddenly like a light switching on inside me I realised - oh, that's me! I'm a pagan! And that was that.

I have also had certain experiences which have directed and guided me along my path, some of them very spiritually intense, some of them certainly felt like the Gods were speaking to me in some semi-direct form.

TheArticFunky Thu 27-Feb-14 23:56:13

It's been a gradual thing over the last few years. With lots of moments over the last year. If I explained everything I would sound insane and I promise you I'm not!

I also have moments of clarity and dreams that answer all my questions.

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