How strong is your faith in God?
I ask because I have been having conversations with God ever since I was five years old. I have had the opportunity to walk with God up in heaven. God has even told me my destiny. God has spoken to me more than 20 times – I’ve lost count as to how many – and I have even spoken to angels on 3 occasions. I have been blessed with the opportunity to see God’s face 5 times.
Since July of 2010, I have contacted more than 300 members of the media offering them the opportunity to interview me about my conversations with God, but none of them responded to me. I twice offered to take a polygraph test and functional MRI on live television to prove that I am telling the truth about God speaking to me and about seeing God’s face, but no one responded. (The Charlotte Sun wrote about his book in 2011, shortly before its release.)
I have been trying to understand why the media has ignored me, and I have thought of several possibilities. Maybe talking about God is taboo in the media? Maybe they’re incredulous? Maybe the media thinks I am delusional? Maybe they are speechless and don’t know what to say? I do get that a lot!
A journalist for the Marietta Daily Journal once told me that my story was “too far out there.” I don’t know if his comment reflected his limited faith in God or if it reflected the media’s aversion of religion. It’s probably both.
I shouldn’t be surprised by the media’s response because their response has been the same as everyone else’s: shock. Even religious leaders don’t know how to respond. Today I met with a pastor and church worker at my church to discuss my conversations with God, and they told me that most people at my church—some of whom I’ve talked to about my conversations with God—can’t put their head around my claims.
I know that I have experienced things that most people have never experienced before, but it is still hard for me to understand the wall that people put up when I talk about having conversations with God. I guess people just won’t understand until they’ve walked a mile in my shoes.
I think a lot of people’s shock has to do with their lack of faith. When I got to walk with God up in heaven, God told me that he chose me to see his face because my faith in him was stronger than millions and millions of people combined. When God said that to me, I had this image in my mind of 45+ million people with very small faiths in God. I see that limited faith on a daily basis when I tell people about my conversations with God.
I don’t know where I get my faith from, but I sure wish more people had it. Then, they would believe me.
Brady Shakelford is a former U.S. Marine and Charlotte resident. His book, In God I Trust was published in April 2012.