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The Bible records several examples of Jesus manifesting and/or speaking to his disciples after having ascended to heaven. Probably the most well-known example is Paul's encounter with Jesus when he was on his way to Damascus (Acts 9:3-6), but we also have the conversation between Ananias and the Lord (Acts 9:10-16) and Stephen's vision of Jesus at the right hand of the Father (Acts 7:54-56). And, of course, how to forget John's powerful encounter with Jesus on Patmos, an event that was recorded in detail in the book of Revelation.

Despite these scriptural instances, are there any Christians groups or denominations that reject the idea that Jesus still manifests and speaks to people today?


A possibly related question: Do Cessationists believe that the Holy Spirit still speaks specific messages or instructions to Christians today?

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    When you get away from the defining doctrines of a particular theological movement it gets very hard to make any valid generalisations. Cessationism is about the types of spiritual gifts still active today. It doesn't directly imply anything about Jesus speaking directly to people, so I don't think this is likely to be answerable. Even if it could be answered, would it be a useful answer? The only answer you'd get would be the dominant position on an unrelated topic, so there wouldn't necessarily be any causal link between it and cessationism. – curiousdannii Jun 12 at 7:27
  • @curiousdannii - I asked the question inspired by the success I had with a similar question about contemporary revelations from the Holy Spirit (see the last edit). – Spirit Realm Investigator Jun 12 at 15:40
  • I think there's a difference because hearing the Holy Spirit speak is associated with the gift of prophecy, more than hearing Jesus speak is. – curiousdannii Jun 13 at 0:49
  • @curiousdannii - good point. I turned the question into a denomination survey to make it more general. – Spirit Realm Investigator Jun 13 at 2:51

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