As an addendum to “What do Mormons really believe, Part 4”
We live in an amazing time. Empowered by unprecedented technology, and with billions of dollars being spent on research in every imaginable arena, scientific breakthroughs are seldom even “newsworthy”. Today “proof” and “evidence” are commodities. We’ve become reliant upon them.
“Prove it!” That’s our mantra today.
But I think, in a way, this obsession with proof has crippled our ability to just believe. Today, unfound belief is a weakness. You’re often considered a fool for believing something that isn’t proven, even when we’re continuously “unproving” things that were heretofore “proven”.
But there’s real and tangible power behind belief that even proof cannot equal. For belief requires strength, not weakness.
To believe, you become vulnerable, a state the natural man avoids at all costs. So to have faith, to believe in things that cannot be seen or proven, you must overcome the natural man, and in so doing, you transcend the spiritually crippling shelter of the “prove it” mentality.
When exercised regularly, your faith becomes a powerful muscle that can be used to affect great change in your life, and in the lives of others.
I fear that too often we underestimate the power of faith, and our actual ability to change the course of events by righteously exercising it.
As Mark 9:23 states “… all things are possible to him that believeth”. Faith can move mountains, and if it’s strong enough to do that, then it’s strong enough to move the smaller obstacles that confront us all throughout our lives.
When Jesus and his apostles were traveling by boat, being tossed in the storm, they woke Jesus, fearing they’d be overturned and cast into the sea. So Jesus spoke, and calmed the storm, then seeking to teach his disciples, accused them of having too little faith.
So often in our lives we feel threatened, as though on the verge of being cast into some sea of despair. But the message our Savior is to all of us – have faith. Be of good cheer. Do not doubt.
“Behold the fouls of the air: for they sow not neither do they reap, yet your Heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” (Mathew 6:26-30).
God has given us the power to do many mighty things, if we will but believe.
“Faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things” but to “hope for things which are not seen, which are true” (Alma 32:21).
Therefore, let us all be found enveloped in an ever strengthening capacity to believe.
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