Why is God Hidden?

Theologians always talk about the hiddeness of God, how God is there, but yet He seems shy to intervene or show Himself directly to us. But He has given you clues you can follow, some of which are breathtaking. God has given us just enough evidence so that those who want Him can have him. Those who want to reject Him can do that as well. Think about it. It’s the only way a relationship with God could not be forced. If He was here in visible form, ruling with great power, would anybody choose differently? God gives everyone the room to either choose or reject. He’s a hidden God. But yet what the Bible so clearly teaches is that He remains active in his “hiddenness.” He is working a plan in our lives. And His first objective is to woo and win our hearts, to have us stay at His table forever. The problem is not that God hasn’t spoken; it’s that we haven’t listened. We’ve suppressed the truth and yet still he pursues.

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3 responses to “Why is God Hidden?

  1. >God has given us just enough evidence so that those who want Him can have him. Those who want to reject Him can do that as well. Think about it. It’s the only way a relationship with God could not be forced.

    God could provide 100% proof of his existence, but not any of his other attributes. He could prove he exists and is powerful, but not good. He could prove he is good, powerful, but not all-knowing or all-powerful, requiring people to have faith that he wins in the end. Finally, if man is a wicked as the Bible says he is, then no amount of evidence would be sufficient – evil and irrational man will choose not to believe.

    According to John 9, the Pharisees were given plenty of evidence that a man born blind had been healed. But they allowed their sin and pride to blind them. According to Luke 16, the rich man’s brothers would not be convinced if a man came back from the dead. In Genesis, the ten plagues were not sufficient to convince Pharaoh, partially due to the hardening of his heart, and partially due to God hardening his heart. All of these contradict your argument for too much evidence conflicting with free will.

    >And His first objective is to woo and win our hearts, to have us stay at His table forever.

    To take your (biblical) analogy further, if I’m trying to win a girl, I wouldn’t make my existence in question and only provide a clever little trail of clues slowing leading her to “Yes! I exist!” In fact, no matter how awesome I am, and no matter how much evidence I provide for my awesomeness, she still has a choice.

    Studies have shown that generally speaking, alien abductees lack critical thinking skills. One possible explanation for this is that aliens just target people like that to avoid alerting the planet that our safety is in peril. Your explanation for the hiddenness of God is equally unconvincing. The invisible and the imaginary look very much alike.

  2. I like your biblical skill. And in one sense, God is hidden. I argue as much. But in another sense, he isn’t. He’s spoken. He’s broken into our world. We’re living on a visited planet with evidence of a Someone who created it and sustains it. So in another sense, God has revealed his hand; he’s shown his affection for the world and romances us with Himself.

    Great news…He got the girl! (she’s called the church).

  3. >And in one sense, God is hidden. … But in another sense, he isn’t.

    You can say that God is sometimes hidden and sometimes not hidden. Or that he’s not really completely hidden, as you do elsewhere on your blog.

    But what you can’t do is argue that dramatic revelations would make the relationship forced, while simultaneously believing that God has revealed himself dramatically – especially because the Bible directly says that these dramatic revelations are insufficient to make someone believe.

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