Why does God hide himself from us?
What are the factors that led to his invisibility?
Why does God choose to be invisible? Most of us do wonder about this at some time or other, and I believe it is worth an explanation from me.
Belief in God would be so easy if he chose to make his presence obvious, in a tangible sense, to us all. After all, the fundamentalist atheists of the world would have no argument at all if God was clearly visible to us, eh?
To understand why he is invisible though we need to consider a number of factors. Most importantly what would be the effect if God was actually visible to us?
And due to his actual invisibility, how does he want us to associate with him? Can his presence become clear to us in other ways?
2. WHAT IF HE WAS VISIBLE?
That all aside, why does God hide himself?
Think hard, it is not easy to conceive of an Earth where God is actually visible; where everyone is totally aware of his presence on a daily basis. Such knowledge of God’s being would, in fact, seriously impact both our personal freedom and way of life as we know them now. They would be transformed into an existence not unlike the one the Jews had within the Biblical Book of Exodus (as they fled from slavery in Egypt).
Like them, we could have an in-your-face God, with an obvious involvement in our lives. Most probably every action, every decision in life, would be over shadowed by that awesome presence.
3. WE NEED TO ENGAGE WITH HIM
However, when aware of God’s existence through the use of faith, we can see that he wants another sort of relationship with each of us. In fact, I understand that he wants us to commit ourselves to him; to want to know him. To do so, we need to build him into our lives through choice, rather than have it forced onto us.
By following that approach, God’s presence can at times actually become as obvious as if he was physically visible. I keep informing readers that I come from an auditing background. As such if after my evaluation of faith I can come to this position, then honestly anyone can. (To read about the ‘who’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ of this website please click here.)
As a one time atheist I can understand how hard those words can be to accept, but unapologetically I state that you too can come to that position of faith if you are ready to try it for yourself!
And when we do enter into that relationship with him, in the way he has chosen for us, then inevitably from our side it becomes based on trust, love and gladness. From God’s side in that relationship we receive all that flows from his gift of “grace”.
4. GOD’S REVEALING NATURE
Although deviating a little, it is worth adding that Christians believe that Jesus Christ was the literal personification of God’s grace. That is Jesus was, and is still, God’s grace made human. And in that context it was through Jesus that our God actually revealed himself most fully to us. Most importantly, God’s boundless love for us human beings is highlighted in his revelation through Christ. The relationship of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit – three persons in one God – is explained in the article, “The Holy Trinity”.
As already indicated, analysis of Biblical and ancient secular (non religious) writings do indicate that there is a very good chance that these revealing events did actually occur in history. Exposure to events still occurring in the modern day Church – through our individual personal experiences particularly within the so-called Pentecostal/ Charismatic movement – even supports accounts of what is written there in the Bible.
Again we thus see that belief, based on analysis of real events in life, is used to support Bible-based faith. Simply, if used effectively, the two (i.e. belief and faith) go round and round as life befalls us, building and supporting each other.
This website has been primarily developed to assist readers to build Christian faith and come to believe in God.
Now an atheist will really struggle with all this, just as I did once myself. But, if you the reader desires belief in our invisible God, and faith in his promises, then you just have to commit to trying it for yourself.
The theory of Christianity is included in the final section of this website, as I also mentioned earlier. You can access the Section Contents and choose articles there or begin with that section’s Lead Article, “Christianity explained”.
I do caution you again that knowledge of Christianity alone cannot provide the faith and belief building experiences that can be gained through joining a fellowship of faith; a church and attending services there.
Join in please. Ask questions. Leave a comment. Etc.