Many people have asked “Is God real?” and simply put the answer is “Yes!”
I used to help as online chat support for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints inadvertently called the “Mormon Church” by the media) and answered many chats that were pranksters trolling. Many of them came online to waste time but 90% of the time it boiled down to the fact that they didn’t believe in God or didn’t truly know Him. This post is directed towards those that may have wondered “Is God real?” and will outline why it matters to know that God exists and how anyone can know it.
Is God Real: Why Does it Matter?
We all have parents and our relationships may vary with them but most people tend to regularly keep in touch with their parents whether asking for an allowance, guidance, or love. I’m a daddy’s girl myself and love spending time with my father. Even though he knows me well, I will call him on the phone and tell him of my hopes, successes, dreams, and fears. I treasure my relationship with my dad and I really value his advice and unconditional acceptance.
As much as I love my father, the most valuable relationship I have is between me and my Heavenly Father. Sometimes I’m puzzled why others have questioned “Is God real?” because I’ve known the answer from a very young age. My childhood wasn’t easy because of unstable family dynamics—the absence of a mother and my father busy overcoming financial debt. Perhaps it was being taught to pray at a young age or that these challenges pushed me seeking for God at an earlier age than most.
Knowing God exists has changed my life. I don’t think I could be truly happy or survive the hard times without this knowledge. I’m extremely vulnerable without His help and have leaned heavily upon Him in my life. God’s purpose is “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man (Moses 1:39, translation of the book of Genesis by modern prophet Joseph Smith). Because of modern prophets, we know that we are children of God with a divine nature and He wants us to reach our potential—to become like Him (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” 1995). Every little girl grows up wishing to be a princess. But does every little girl recognize who they inherently are?
I’m not the only one that has put the question to the test. My really good friend Gino was an atheist but that changed once he sincerely asked “Is God real?” I witnessed the answer transform his life as he became a happier person filled with true joy. Since the day he learned that God exists, he has somehow become a better father and friend to those around him because he knows his worth as a son of God.
Is God Real: How Can I Know It?
Some people have seen God face to face such as Biblical prophets, Jesus Christ, and in modern times—Joseph Smith. Some people have a gift of visions and dreams but the majority of people won’t see God face to face during their mortal lives. I haven’t seen God but I can still feel His hand in my life and know without a doubt that He has answered my prayers. You don’t have to see the wind to know it exists but can find ways to measure it there. There are many ways I know God is there—such as learning about Him in the scriptures or listening to modern prophets testify of Him but the most important way is through prayer by conversing with Him.
Richard G. Scott, a modern witness of God, has said “It matters not our circumstance, be we humble or arrogant, poor or rich, free or enslaved, learned or ignorant, loved or forsaken, we can address Him. We need no appointment. Our supplication can be brief or can occupy all the time needed. It can be an extended expression of love and gratitude or an urgent plea for help. He has created numberless cosmos and populated them with worlds, yet you and I can talk with Him personally, and He will ever answer.” (“Using the Gift of Supernal Prayer,” Ensign, April 2007)
Just like he said, anyone can talk with God and the way to do it is through prayer. The answer will be clear as long as you sincerely talk with Him. Just like I sometimes call my father to tell him what’s going on even though he knows me well enough to know without me telling him. I invite you to sincerely ask “Is God real?” but beware—the answer may change your life like it has mine.