Joe had been out of work for three months. He had diligently applied, without success, to every newspaper job listing in his field. He did not know what to do next. So Joe prayed to God (in Jesus’ name, of course) and asked for guidance.
Joe miraculously got an answer. Honoring the message from God, he called his brother who said he had just recently heard of a job opening at his company. Within weeks Joe was working and in addition to this blessing, God graced Joe with an improved relationship with his brother. Joe shared this miraculous story with many people being sure to always give Jesus the thanks.
This may be what Joe thinks occurred:
However, in my view of Self (which involves no spirits, demons or gods), what actually happened may be more accurately modeled with the drawing below.
Joe’s present-self prayed and he listened for that quiet inner voice. And indeed his other selves, given a quiet ear, were allowed to speak, giving Joe more information than his present-self was privy to. When Joe heard the firm guiding voice he knew it was not himself (his present-self) so Joe attributed this guidance to his god. What do you think?
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