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    Tuesday, December 11, 2007

    What would you do?

    For some strange reason, this song was stuck in my head all day yesterday. Yes, it's old. No, I haven't heard it on the radio in years.

    I have no clue why it was stuck in my head. I found it on Youtube to quench my insanity, and one line really stood out.

    "If God had a face, what would it look like? And would you wanna see, if seeing meant that you would have to believe in things like Heaven, and Jesus and the Saints, and all the prophets?" (1:55)

    I don't wax religious on this blog much, but allow me some licence here.

    How many of us have really thought about this question? To truly SEE God. It's scary. It's something I venture MOST people would opt NOT to do, even though it would solve a lot of questions. Why? You would have a perfect knowledge that He exists ... and that means following what he says, whether you want to or not. No more sinning a little here, or there, and in your heart of hearts, your darkened closets, rationalizing it away.

    I'm a Mormon, and that makes the Mormon assertion that Joseph Smith actually saw God all that more awe-inspiring. If what Mormons say is true, Joseph took a step far weightier than it looks on the outside. And that means his message has far more "oomph" than someone who just "had a feeling."

    On the other hand, if he's lying, he's a charlatan at best, deceiving countless people.

    I believe in the former, and after pondering this question, am even more awestruck that he had the courage to see God. Truthfully, I'm not sure if I would. I hope I would. But that's a weighty proposition.


    xanghe said...

    I think most of the prophets mention seeing God along with words like: shrinking, overcome, melting into the cracks in the floor, stuff like that. But I pose another perspective, from another song quotes Victor Hugo. "To love another person is to see the face of God." It's from Les Mis, great stuff. I think this personification of love attempts to shine light on a different side of God, perhaps the side we can/will see after we've shed the sins and taken up the cross become as a little child. I can't wait for that day.

    Triet said...

    Les Miserables is my favorite musical. You get bonus points just by quoting it.

    But I agree. I don't think it'll be a terrible sight, a scary God. I think it will be a beautiful and loving sight. But it IS a lot of responsibility.

    In fact, the closest thing I can think of is having a child. As I look into my little boy's face, he's so innocent, and when I feel the love well up inside.

    Nevertheless, I have a TON of responsibility to feed, clothe, and raise this child, that I can never walk away from.

    The same would be said if I saw the face of God, I think.