In order to attain true and correct faith in God, we must have a correct idea of God’s perfections, the perfections which belong to the attributes of his nature. Without a correct idea of God’s perfections, it is impossible to attain true faith.
Before introducing the scriptures references that give us a correct idea of God’s perfections, it is essential to first establish that God exists with supporting scriptures.
And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day- Genesis 3:8
4 And Adam and Eve, his wife, called upon the name of the Lord, and they heard the voice of the Lord – Moses 5:4
Beholding the mountains, the sun, the moon, the oceans, the rivers, etc. are a witness to me that God exists. However, since the Bible tells us that God spoke to Adam, we have an additional testimony that God exists. I also believe Adam told his son Seth about seeing and talking to God, then Seth told his son Enos about Adam’s testimony of speaking to God, and then Enos told Cainan, and on down through the chronology of the world. This chronology is recorded on pgs. 28-33, Lectures on Faith.
Six scriptures that give a correct idea of God’s perfections, the perfections which belong to the attributes of his nature
God was God before the world was created
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. – Psalms 90:2
To attain mighty faith in God, we must believe that God existed before the world was created. By what power, and who would have created the world if God did not exist before the creation?
God is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, abundant in goodness
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. Psalms 103:8
If God was not merciful, gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in goodness, we would be scared to approach Him about our sins, problems, and weaknesses. In order to attain faith in God, we must first have complete confidence that He is merciful, gracious, and full of goodness.
God changes not
For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.- Malachi 3:6
For true and correct faith, that dissipates all doubt, we need to believe that God does not change. We would not be able to fully trust someone who is not always steady and reliable.
God is a God of truth and cannot lie
God is not a man, that he should lie; – Numbers 23:19
We certainly could not attain a strong faith in a God that tells lies. God must be a God who tells the truth always or we could not have complete trust in Him.
God is no respecter of persons
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons- Acts 10:34
God is no respecter of persons so He loves each one of us equally. If He did not, we would surely doubt His love and His word.
God is Love
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 1 John 4:8
If God was not loving, we would fear him. Fear and faith cannot reside in a person at the same time. It is essential for God to be a God of love, or we would certainly doubt Him.
For a full discourse about the necessity of a correct idea of God’s perfections in order to attain correct faith that dissipates all doubt see Lecture 3, Joseph Smith, Lectures on Faith.
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