I would think such a revelation as discussed above would be pretty convincing.
I guess the threat of hell would be quite a motivation if I was to have such an experience, but I would have some moral dilemmas that I would be at odds with.
But since there seem to be false revelations, how would I know if it were a real revelation or not?
So here's an interesting question...
Do you think Muhammad and Smith et al actually received some sort of revelation that was false, or would you think they just made everything up?
Or perhaps these false revelations were just some sort of hallucination?
There are two types of revelation given by God. The first is general revelation. General revelation is the universe God created which is right before our eyes. Paul wrote: "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools...." (Rom. 1:18-22).
The second is special revelation. Special revelation was given to Israel--revelation through the prophets and recorded in the Bible. The Bible is God's word. But you have a huge problem. you do not believe in a Creator God. So if there is no God, then for you there can be no word of God. I don't mean to be rude or impolite, but to not believe in a Creator God is willful self-deception. Let's just contrast the Bible with the Book of Mormon for example.
Let’s compare the historicity of the Bible, which was written by about 40 men over a 1500-year period in several languages on a few continents, with the Book of Mormon written by Joseph Smith in 1830. Though the Bible tells of ancient events, historians and archeologists have independently verified the existence of over 100 people in the Bible such as Kings David, Jeroboam, Jehoiachin, Ahab, Omri, Jehu, and Jotham to the Assyrian Kings Shalmaneser, Pul, and Tigathpileser etc. Although most people have never heard of these people, historians and archeologists have found evidence of their existence apart from the Bible. Most archeologists are atheists whose Holy Grail is to disprove the Bible. Yet, it is ironic that archeologist in the Middle East carry a Bible to guide their search for lost ancient cities. Many cities mentioned in the Bible have been unearthed by these people using the Bible. Additionally, the written history in the Bible has been proved by parallel writings of ancient Roman and Greek historians.
How many unique characters mentioned in the Book of Mormon have been subsequently identified by archeologists and historians in North and South America? Zero! None! Not one! The Mormon Church claims that native peoples in the Americas are descendants of native Jews who crossed over the Atlantic Ocean in 600 B.C. Of all the cities that the Book of Mormon says that these Jews built, not one has been found by archeologists.
Every coin mentioned in the Bible has been unearthed, and, for the right sum of money, you can have your own Biblical coin collection. Guess how many coins mentioned in the Book of Mormon have been found? Zero! None! Not one!
Why did God give His inspired word, the Bible, as a history book? Why not give it as a theological discourse? He gave it as history book so that men would have a foundation on which to judge the spiritual message of the Bible. A pure spiritual message is more difficult to evaluate if it exists in a vacuum?
Since the Jewish Bible has a tremendous amount of historical material, there is much corroboration for it written into the history of the world—sediments from the Flood, rise and fall of empires, wars, executions. God has given us a foundation to evaluate His spiritual message. If the history is true, then perhaps the story is true. If there is no historical or physical evidence, then the story should be questioned. Now one can argue that perhaps we have not yet discovered physical or historical evidence. For example, for years, atheists said that Nineveh never existed. But in the 1800’s they found it. With this in mind, if we had found something—a coin, a sword, a piece of pottery—then we could reasonably believe that there is more to be discovered.
Smith was a con-man. Mohammed forced a pagan moon god named Allah on people. He is now in hell awaiting judgment. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me." This excludes all other gods and religions.