I personally know many people who confess to be spiritual but reject all ideas of religion. This position is taken as they are tired of hearing eternal spiritual aspects delivered by imperfect human mediums. And I downright agree with their exhaustion and frustration in this matter. If I may make a harsh generalization, I’d say most people who don’t commit to a particular religion find it hard to believe and trust in a God that only works through people. Or, to phrase it another way, to believe in a God that men say will only work through men.
This is the basis of my perspective and my knowledge of the following statements:
God is a big boy. It is His responsibility to provide proof and evidence of His existence. It is His responsibility to see that men receive the most basic and crucial spiritual foundation that there is a God.
Now, this is not to be confused with the principle and evident truth that God uses men and women to help bring about His goals and plans. There is a scripture in the Old Testament, in the book of Amos, that reads, “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” In other words, before God acts hastily, profound, or openly here on the earth, He’ll tell His Prophets. If on a smaller scale, he’ll use anyone willing to participate.
If I get around to that idea sometime later, I will, but for now, I don’t want to stray too far too fast.
No, I wish to solely spend time with the idea that men and women do not have the power, ability, magic, education, wealth, or skill to summon, command, or prove that there is a God. All mortals can do are offer their own truthful experiences of having had direct contact with God, who in turn directly contacted them.
Again. Men and women cannot prove there is a God. God is a big boy, and if He wants us to know He exists, then He is the first point, and we are the last in that sequence.
I speak from personal experience that it is an unfortunate misconception that men and women cannot commune directly with God. The idea that we have to go through a Saint, repeat redundant prayers, be acquitted of all our sins, or use another person as a proxy to communicate with our Heavenly Father is a creation of man and the devil. (But make no mistake, all those aspects bear immense positive fruit outside of this perspective. Prayer is essential, spiritual leaders are vital, and repentance is a necessity.)
Nowhere in any scripture does any prophet say that man cannot talk with God directly. Let me provide some examples of what the scriptures do say.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened up unto you.”
“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
John 15:7 (Here the author writes as if God were speaking personally)
“Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.”
“Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.”
Moroni 10:3-5 (This passage is found in the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ)
These are just a few of the examples. Every human has the right, privilege, opportunity, and if I may proffer, the obligation to know God as they would identify themselves. God is the author of our lives, and Jesus Christ, the author of our Salvation. “And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent.” (Mosiah 3:17)
So, remember that the next time some man or woman begins working their ass off to convince you they can prove anything to do with the existence, divinity, or reality of a God and a Christ. In order to believe any man, or potential Prophet, one must first have the undiluted proof from the source. Once you know how God communicates with you, that’s when the true power of religion and spirituality combined come into play.
However, there is a small caveat to asking God. And what I mean can be found in the first and last scriptures I provided above as examples. It’s not enough to ask. You have to want to know and then go a step further by taking that knowledge and doing something with it.
“Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”
I’ll talk more about this the next time around, and I’ll share many of my own personal experiences with reaching out to God, handling either receiving or not receiving an answer, and what they meant for me.
But I do know God exists. I know Jesus is the Christ. I know the devil is real and is a positively miserable cuss. I know that all people can know God outside of any institution, person, idol, principle, or wealth. But to know God is only the first step. What we choose to do with Him afterward is the real heart of it.