Many years ago, for a period of time, I was living in Yukon Territory, Canada, the land of the midnight sun and the great gold rush of 1898. While decades had passed since the days of golf fever, 22 carat gold nuggets could still be found if one knew where to look for them.
One day, while at the Youth Center, a 10 year old boy asked me, "How come God does not speak to us anymore?" His question certainly caught me off guard since religion was not the usual topic of conversation that was normally found at the Youth Center. I stopped for a minute and then asked the boy, "What do you mean?" He replied, "You know, like when God used to talk to the prophets and to Moses. He does not talk to us anymore. He does not talk to me." That was thirty years ago and I have never forgotten those words.
Instantly inspired by the Holy Spirit, I said to young boy, "Maybe God is speaking to you but you are not hearing Him." More or less confused by my answer, the boy reaffirmed, "He does not speak to me."
I asked to boy to come and sit at the table that was nearby so I could explain to him how God speaks to him. I told the boy that I was going to do something and then I was going to ask him a question. He was to answer me with the absolute truth. He agreed to this. Reaching into my pocket, I pulled out a valuable piece of carved 22 carat gold and placed it on the table in front of the boy. Then I said to him, "Steal it!"
Looking at the boy’s eyes, I asked him, "What just went through your mind?" He said, "No, it is wrong." Then I asked him, "What else went through your mind?" At first, he denied that anything else went through his mind. Finally, he admitted that it was a nice piece of gold and that he would have loved to take it. But he insisted that doing so would have been wrong.
I then proceeded to explain to the young boy that three things had gone through his mind. Satan was there, telling him that it was a nice piece of gold and he should take it. At the same time, God was there, telling him that it was wrong to steal. Finally, having heard both inner voices that spoke in his heart, the boy made the decision not to do what was wrong. He had a free will to choose what was right versus what was wrong. He chose to obey God.
The spiritual knowledge that was shared with the boy on that day has not changed when it comes to dealing with the evils of the world. Listening to God's Voice in our heart applies to all life experiences. What does God's inner voice say to those who contemplate having an abortion? What does Satan say to them? The free will finally chooses what action to take. It is not God that made the person do it; nor is it Satan that made them do it. It is their free will, the decision having been made after having heard both sides of morality, good and evil.
The same voices, the Divine Voice of God and of evil voice of Satan, both speak to the hearts of the murderers, the robbers, the prostitutes, the perverts of all kinds, the husbands who beat up their wives, the mothers who are addicted to prescription drugs and neglect their children, etc...
Not only does God speak in our hearts, He has also written His Laws in our hearts! This truth is found in the Holy Bible, in both, the Old and the New Testament. God said:
"But this shall be the covenant that I will make (...) after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them; I will write it in their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people." [Jeremiah 31:33; Hebrews 8:10 & 10:16]
[Note: The covenant is a reference to the New Covenant that God established on earth through Jesus Christ. It is a reference to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church that is necessary for salvation as God's people.]
Not only has God put His laws in our hearts, He has also made His dwelling within us. "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body." [1 Corinthians 6:19-20]
Therefore, how can we say that we do not know right from wrong? How can we say that God does not speak to us in our hearts? How can we say, "I did not know what I was doing?"
In the Gospel of Mark 4:14-20, the Parable of the Sower explains to us why it is that many do not hear the inner Voice of God that speaks within their hearts.
"The sower (God) sows the word. These are the ones on the path where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: when they hear the word, they immediately receive it with joy. But they have no root, and endure only for a while; then, when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. And others are those sown among the thorns, these are the ones who hear the word but the cares of the world, and the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word and it yields nothing. And these are the ones sown on the good soil: they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty and sixty and a hundred-fold."
So I say to you, do not become like those who are led away by Satan towards the worldly ways that destroy the soul: fame, wealth and the flesh. Fix your heart on Jesus, listen to His voice that speaks within you, and be among those who bear fruit for the glory of God.