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For a long time. I have had a problem with the doctern that Joseph Smith had seen God because of 2 scriptures in the bible. John 1:18,and ex 33:20. Today by accident, well, I think it was by accident. I found Gen.32:30 where Jacob said he saw the face of God and lived. Does anyone know of other places in the bible that someone saw God directly and lived
By Raymond Ellis
The seven spirits of God are mentioned in Revelation 4:5 & 5:6 -- but those are not helpful in knowing what the spirits are. Luke: 17:21 'The kingdom of God is within you.' -- The 7 spirits of God can be in your heart? 1Peter 2:5: Jesus is a living stone and we also are living stones.... What is a living stone? In John's gospel NKJV Jesus calls Simon 'Peter' which means a stone. Zechariah 3:9: upon this stone there are seven eyes -- this is the closest you will get to understanding that you can have the 7 spirits of God in your heart. Abraham 3:18-19: the spirits of God range from a low intelligence to the highest intelligence or Holy Spirit. Seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened, ask and you will receive.
Having the spirits of God in your life is like finding true harmony between the actions of your career or path. The spirits of God taken together form a harmonic whole that feels like the sheen of a silver pearl looks -- hence the parable of the pearl and Revelation 21:21: the twelve pearly gates.
He or she who has the 7 spirits of God in there hearts and lives, live from 500 to 900 years of age, as they did at the beginning -- this is an indication of the power of having the spirits.
Christians seem several expressions for some one following Christ: Accepting Christ into my life, turning myself over to Christ, giving my life to Christ, let go and let God, etc.... The main theme seems to be giving your life to God.
From an LDS perspective, what does this mean and how is it implemented in our own lives? Is it church service, keeping the commandments, putting a greater reliance on faith.....? The idea of how to give up control of your own life and give it to Christ has always confused me. After all, we have our free agency and "he that is compelled in all things is slothful and not a wise servant".
I know I'm missing something here so tell me your persective on it.
Religions often debate about what God IS in an ontological sense, but I would like to set that question aside for this thread and talk about what God IS from an experiential perspective. What IS God to each of you, individually, experientially, what IS God. I think this list of descriptions will be constantly growing and changing, but let me go first with what God IS to me.
God is love
God is wonder
God is a voice inside my head
God is confusing
God is hurt
God is essence
God is the beautiful leaf, the majestic mountain, the crashing wave
God is silence when I need the comfort and I get nothing
God is there
God is nowhere
Having heard the song "Oh my father" sung in primary, sacrament meetings and Sunday school old services. What when we think even if it is philosophical, does God the Mother exist outside this thinking honorifically or in reality?