Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Supreme Being

I sometimes think about whether or not there is a God or whether or not there is life after death, and that sort of thing. This is not because I am doubting, but because I like to try to see things from many points of view, to test out the various theories to discover truth.

I do not understand why anyone would choose to not believe in God.

If I did not believe in God, all I would have to believe in would be myself, and heaven knows that's not very encouraging news at all. I'm not the fastest or the strongest or the smartest or the most brilliant or the most beautiful of anything. I'm weak, if you want to know the truth. If I don't believe in God, I will never be enough. One person is so pitifully small. What can I do? I can never accomplish everything that I want to accomplish in this life. I will always be overwhelmed and overcome.

But if I do believe in God, I have something more than my own strength upon which to rely. If I am weak it does not matter, because Heavenly Father will make me strong enough to meet my challenges. If I am sad there is always hope in Jesus Christ and the Resurrection and eternal life and the love of God. If I am wronged I know there will eventually be a right. Everything balances out. Faith blossoms in the soul. Life is laced with hope.

In the Book of Mormon, when the people forgot God and boasted of their own strength, they were left to their own strength (Helaman 4:13). But the people who remembered God, who believed in God and made him an active part of their lives, those people were strengthened beyond their own capacity.

For me, I must believe in God. Nothing else makes sense. How else could justice prevail and all wrongs be righted? I cannot believe that everything in this earth is just random, that strength and wealth and popularity really are the best ends to strive for, that although I feel and think and love and exist it is all worth nothing because eventually I'll die. No. There must be a point. There is a point. There must be someone in charge, and there is.

Of course there's a God. It only makes sense.


ol' Bob said...

>If I am sad there is always hope

In the last conference that thought was echoed in the concept that faith is a decision (Neil Anderson?). Unfortunately when one is sad, it's a very difficult thing to apply that faith and hope despite the inherent power in those concepts. Congratulations on doing so.

elegyrl said...

You are amazing! I too am glad I have this knowledge in my life! I often look back on my life before I had the gospel and I was happy and I got through everything ok but when I think of the challenges I have faced since being in the church I can really appreciate the blessings of the gospel. I have a new sense of happiness now that can only come from the truth! It is amazing! and you are right... there has to be God, otherwise nothing else makes any sense at all!