I have addressed your two questons. What has not happened here, and will not happen here, is someone providing proof some iota of evidence that God has directly spoken to them.
Sadly that is what atheists say about all of us, we have no proof. But we expect that from them, they have no means of discerning Truth because they do not have the Holy Spirit and nor do they know Him.
There challenge to us to provide proof He even exists
(1) Heb 1:1,2 says God changed His method in how He speaks to man and nowhere does the NT say God speak directly to men today.
Actually it doesn't say the method changed, it actually says God changed the PERSONS, THROUGH WHOM HE SPEAKS
The bottom line is GOD STILL SPEAKS.
The difference is He no longer speaks through The patriarchs and the prophets, instead He speaks through His Son!
Since God is STILL speaking, Someone has to HEAR what He is saying ...correct?
Another point I wanted to bring from the article:
Finally, there is a very obvious flaw in the assertion that the Lord is speaking directly to people today. Such a view allows anyone to fabricate, out of thin air, any claim he or she wishes, with no demonstrative means available of either confirming or exposing the statement.This is another point that those who claim God directly speaks to them cannot overcome. They can only provide claims and never provide proof.
Aw-w-w c'mon Gomer, this on requires an application of basic scripture
Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions. Matthew 7:20In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. 2 Corinthians 13:1
Can two walk together, except they are agreed? Amos 3:3
(2) the bible teaches what kind of holy life the Christian is to live, what kind of people to associate with and the kind to say away from and how to deal with people and I can use these standards to choose what type of profession I am in, where I live, with whom I make friends, etc.
So did the bible SPECIFICALLY tell you what profession to get into?
Did it specifically tell you who, by name should be your friends?
Did it specifically tell you where you should live?
In other words...
The city in which you live and your home
Where in the bible does it tell you what kind of city to live in? How did you come to decide to live in the city where you live, did you choose it or did God lead you in your decision?
Where in the bible does it tell you where you should buy a home? How did you come to decide your home is the specific place the bible is leading you to or did you just choose it in and of yourself or did God direct your path in choosing your home?
Yes the bible tells us what kind of people would make good friends....
But where in the bible does it tell you exactly who to pick as a friend?
In other words for example Johnny doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, goes to church every week, studies and obeys the word and Samuel is just like Johnny in all of these ways ...yet Sammy is your friend and Johnny is not....
In fact there are a lot of people like Sammy even in the city where you live and the church that you attend, even in the very neighborhood where you live ....so the question is
Where in the bible did it tell you to choose Sammy as a friend and not Johnny or any other person?
If you've attended College, where in the bible does it tell you which College to choose?
I'm sure you pray?
In praying do you ask God for answers?
Do you expect Him to answer you?
Does He ever answer you and if He does how? Does he tell you to turn to a specific Book Chapter and Verse for your answer or does He directly answer your prayer by speaking to you?