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What if God appeared to everyone tomorrow?

Yesterday I had a very interesting conversation with an atheist. At one point, he asked what would happen if God appeared to everyone tomorrow. What would  happen if God appeared to everyone tomorrow? Well, the short answer is that most if not all people who have not seen him would die. But let's set that aside for a moment. How would your life change if you saw God tomorrow? Of course, you would believe in God if you don't already. The surprising answer is that it probably wouldn't change at all.  As I argued in my book "Seek Ye This Jesus," belief in God does not necessarily change you. Believing in God is not the same as Believing God. This is because the existence of God is a totally different concept from correctly understanding God's character and commandments. You can believe in God--as billions do--without actually doing anything he says. How do you get to know God's commandments and character? You rely on the intercession of those who know

I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able

In "Seek Ye This Jesus," I wrote the following: The Lord wants you to know him. The way to do that is to accept his invitation: “Come, follow me….” (Matthew 4:19 NIV) The Lord’s way is for you to live as his servant. The Lord described his way as a yoke—a rack placed on oxen that enables them to pull a connected cart or plow. He said that his yoke is easy and his burden light. It may seem puzzling how living his commandments—which are not always easy—and serving him always—which is sometimes quite heavy—could be described as easy or light. The secret to his pregnant statement is to consider it in the context of the world. If it were possible to avoid the deeply painful and negative aspects of living as the world does, what would you be willing to do for that kind of relief? How much effort would you be willing to exert to gain that relief for yourself? It turns out that what God asks of us is far easier and far lighter than the burdens of normal, worldly life. When done pr

By human testimony only

Joseph Smith wrote the following in "Lectures on Faith": Q. What testimony have men, in the first instance, that there is a God? A. Human testimony, and human testimony only (see Lecture 2:56). Q. What excited the ancient saints to seek diligently after a knowledge of the glory of God, his perfections, and attributes? A. The credence they gave to the testimony of their fathers (see Lecture 2:56). Q. How do men obtain a knowledge of the glory of God, his perfections, and attributes? A. By devoting themselves to his service, through prayer and supplication incessantly, strengthening their faith in him, until like Enoch, the Brother of Jared, and Moses, they obtain a manifestation of God to themselves (see Lecture 2:55). Q. Is the knowledge of the existence of God a matter of mere tradition, founded upon human testimony alone, until persons receive a manifestation of God to themselves? A. It is. Joseph described how mankind from Adam to Noah were acquainted with either men wh

The parable of the unused muscle group

A certain man had lifted weights from his youth. He enjoyed making gains from time to time. One day, he realized that despite what he thought was his best effort, his lat muscles were undeveloped. He spent time researching why. His research was a mix of searching out publicly available knowledge and introspection of his own physiology and experience. At some point, he realized that his efforts to grow his lats were not optimal because his posture and muscle activation were not right. In spite of significant effort, his lats could only grow as much as they already had until he adopted a better form. By fixing his form, he would have to start at much lower weight while he retrained his body and mind, but by doing so he could build a strong foundation to achieve much higher weights not only on back exercises, but on exercises like the bench press, which were surprisingly reliant upon the lat muscles despite not being directly involved.

No man knoweth the Son, but the Father

All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. (Matthew 11:27) Why is it that only the Father knows the Son? How did the Father get to know the Son? How did the Son get to know the Father? Why is the Son required to know the Father? What is the process of having the Son reveal the Father to us? These are very important questions.