The Question For Atheists Is Not “How Do I Find God?” | The Question is “How do I Miss Him?”

While God is a hidden God and is surrounded by mystery (we will never totally understand Him – He transcends us), He also has revealed much about Himself in the world that He has made (cosmos) and in how He has made human beings with an in-built God awareness (conscience). This is what theologians call “Natural Revelation.” This in itself provides enough evidence for a reasonable belief in God and renders us without excuse.

In Romans 1:20, Paul states: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

God has planted evidence of Himself throughout His creation so that we are without excuse. Even if you were a non-Jew without the Torah, according to Paul, you are totally responsible for your behavior and cannot plead ignorance of God or His ways because God has revealed Himself to us in what He has made.

Paul’s argument is this: If you looked long enough at what God has made, you would come to understand something of His beauty and nature. Glittering stars flung across a black heaven. The earth in perfect orbit around the sun – close enough to sustain life but far enough away to keep from burning up. Sculpted mountains. The earth’s crust carved into breathtaking canyons. Fish that glow in the blackest depth of the sea. A butterfly breaking free from a cacoon. The meticulously spun web of a gray spider. The growth of a child in the womb. Birth. God’s fingerprints are all over.

After all of this, how could we ever come to the conclusion that we can live life any way that we want; that there is no God; that life is all about my glory, not His. From the greatest feat of forming a beautiful cosmos out of nothing to the intricate details of the smallest little insect or cell, each act of God in creation serves as a missionary in miniature form. They are sermons without preachers; they are biblical texts without Bibles. And while general revelation is not adequate to explain the Gospel, it renders all mankind without excuse and calls for a response.

God is everywhere, yet invisible. God is a hidden God. 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? Evil melts away in his presence. So God must hide and self-limit in order for a free-will world to be possible. The direct presence of God would inevitably overwhelm our freedom. God gives everyone the room to either choose or reject. He’s a hidden God and He will not force love.

What you will find in your spiritual journey, is that it’s not so much that you find God; He finds you. And you realize you knew Him all along, but you suppressed knowledge of Him in your life (Romans 1). So don’t so much focus on “How do I find God?” Turn it around. “How has He already found me?” He brought me to this blog. He’s communicated via the Bible (Special Revelation). He’s placed me in an intelligently designed world that operates according to natural laws. He’s used crisis, confrontation, catastrophe, and even some fantastic blessings in life, like friends, baseball, family, and a day at the beach to get my attention and to cause me to tune in to Him.

Many former atheists have come to this conclusion: “God has found me! He’s known me all along and has never lost me, even though I’ve suppressed knowing Him. If I would have just looked at things close enough, I would have seen Him looking back at me. I don’t want to suppress Him anymore. I want to see and know Him.”

“How do I find God?” you ask. I reply: “How do you miss Him?” Look closely, and the very fact that you’re looking indicates this startling reality. He already found you.

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3 responses to “The Question For Atheists Is Not “How Do I Find God?” | The Question is “How do I Miss Him?”

  1. Why can’t you accept the love and power of Optimus Prime? The evidence is everywhere!

    I hope this extremely quick satire of your same argument demonstrates how weak that argument actually is.

  2. Matt, I don’t know when, but I am absolutely positive, that love will woo and win your heart. You’ve been found, along with all humanity. The question is, are you going to “stay found” or are you going to “opt out” of that which has been provided for you.

    The fact is, Optimus Prime doesn’t have the authoritative ancient documents to support his claims. He is explainable and comprehensible to us humans (which should tell us something – if we can understand him, that’s a pretty good reason to deny deity to him). His attributes are rather limited. And it’s amazing to me how he takes on human personality and must obey natural laws. The question I have is who made the natural laws? And why is OP subject to them?

    I hope this extremely quick satire of your same argument demonstrates how weak that argument actually is.

  3. A) Love =/= God/Jesus or any other deity. Love, when you get down to basics, is no more than a rather basic chemical reaction caused (amongst other things) by pheromones.

    B) There are no ancient documents that support the divine nature of jesus or the judeo-christian god. At least no more so than any other deity you care to name. And Optimus Prime teaches a much better class of morality.

    C) Optimus Prime’s attributes are limited? I’ve already discussed ( churchofprime.wordpress.com ) how he’s clearly superior to Jesus. He has a much better track record in … well, every department.

    D) The question you ask is a false one. Natural laws are a way of describing the way the observable universe runs; they are not a pre-described ‘shake-n-bake’ mix to make a universe. The nature of this questions strongly indicates a gross and a fundamental misunderstanding of science.

    Your last paragraph makes no sense since you don’t actually make any sort of satirical response, which makes me wonder if you actually know what ‘satirical’ actually means.

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