Where Is God?
Why Does God Hide? Why Doesn’t He Just Make Himself Obvious to Us?
But consider this – what would it take for you to believe? Would it take a miracle, or a divine announcement? I submit to you that anything that is declared evidence for God would not convince the skeptic. A medical miracle would be explained away (this happens all the time.) A divine announcement would be written off as hysteria (as has happened in the past.) Virtually everything presented as evidence is accounted for by natural means, by someone who only believes in ‘natural means.’
Perhaps we should contemplate how God would choose to reveal Himself, and search for this, instead of making our demands of evidence upon God, because
“..the world in its wisdom did not know [God.]“ 1 Corinthians 1:21b
In other words, how would an Omnipotent Being reveal Himself to finite beings? For honest pursuit, we must make sure that our presuppositions are not clouding our thought processes. We’ve discussed presuppositions previously – these are the pre-conceived notions we bring with us that can get in the way of clear and impartial thought and analysis. No where are presuppositions more significant than in the ways we view the most important things in our life. If I assume that I can never know for sure if God exists, I will likely look skeptically upon all ‘evidences’ for God. An assumption that the ‘evidences’ proposed to me are false does not necessarily make them false, just like wishful thinking doesn’t bring about the wish. So in short, an open mind with a goal in mind is required for objective analysis of the evidences that God has claimed to have provided us.
The issue of ‘Divine Hiding’ has been asked of God many times in the Bible. Even Jesus was admonished to announce His position to the world by His brothers (John 7:3, 4b) and also by His disciples (John 14:22.)
“Jesus’ brothers said to Him, “You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do…Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.”" John 7:3, 4b
“Then Judas…said,” But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not the the world?”" John 14:22
His answer gives us a clue into the mystery of God’s ‘hiding:
“If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.” John 14:23a, 24.
Christ claimed to be answering the question of Divine Hiding for God, as well as for Himself. The answer is not what one might expect. We would perhaps hope that He would have answered something to the effect of “I must hide so that you may pass the test of faith” or “I’m not hiding, I’m very obvious” or maybe even “OK, I will make my miracles and signs obvious to every man so everyone knows I am God.” But no…
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