I've been meditating on Isaiah where he has the vision of God upon His throne. Isaiah is so overcome by the holiness of God and by the wretchedness of his own self. He calls judgment upon himself. Isaiah was a changed person because of his encounter with God.
Well, then I began pondering some more. I thought about who had seen God *in person*. Now, we know that God is a spirit (John 4:24) and that no one can see God and live (Exodus 33:20). That brought to mind Moses. Now, God allowed Moses to see His back but never his face. Actually, he saw God's glory, not the full glory of His face, but from His back.
When Moses returned to the people his face was shining. The people were terrified by it. They shrank from Moses. It was so bad Moses had to cover his face. Moses had come so near to God that he was reflecting God's glory.
I find this fascinating because as I thought about Moses I applied it to the culture in which I live. The mormons believe that their prophet, Joseph Smith, saw both Christ and God the Father. I have always maintained that he did not because of the biblical verses that tell us that God is a Spirit and we must worship Him in spirit and in truth. Also, I go to the passage where it says no one can look on God's face and live. But, another thought came to me as I meditated on this. If Joseph Smith had truly seen God the Father, face to face, then 1) Joseph Smith would be dead according to the Scriptures or, let's suppose he did manage to live Joseph Smith would have been a changed boy. Since he was so close to the Father he too would have reflected the glory of the Lord just like Moses which would have instilled fear in the people. That did not happen. There was no visible change or sign that young Joseph had seen God. People were not afraid of Joseph Smith...there was no visible glow emanating from him.
This is yet, another important reason for one to search the Scriptures like the Bereans did to find out what is Truth (Acts 17:11). It is so important to be grounded in God's unchanging Word so as not to be led astray by false teachings.