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Why does God not simply show himself to us ?

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1 Why does God not simply show himself to us ? on Wed Dec 25, 2013 6:46 pm


Why does God not simply show himself to us ?

Philosopher Michael Murray of Franklin & Marshall College makes the case that if God stays hidden to a degree, He gives people the free will to either respond to His tugging at their hearts or remain autonomous from Him. This is what happens in the narrative of the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve are tempted by the serpent, God’s immediate proximity to them is not evident. Perhaps the character is what you do when you think nobody is looking.

What if, in the words of Blaise Pascal, God has only revealed Himself enough to give us the choice of whether or not to believe? Pascal says, “There is enough light for those who desire only to see, and enough darkness for those of a contrary disposition.”

if you prefer being an atheist, God values your free will more than His desires for you. If you are really after truth, then have an open mind and follow the evidence wherever it leads, even if you don’t like the conclusion.

If you were an intelligent software living in a virtual world of bytes, how would you show other intelligent software that humans exist? You can’t come out of the computer. Don’t you understand this? You have to rely on humans coming to you. And even if they do, they cannot enter physically in the virtual world.

Humans would need to resort to software in order to communicate with you. In other words, you will never ever be capable of interacting with humans directly. You would see another software that looks probably like you controlled by humans and you would need to trust that software is a human. Understand? Read it again, please.

God has the same limitation; he cannot get into creation as he exactly is. It is not possible for him. He needs to rely on using physical matter to interact with us. The same happens with angels and demons.

Every time a human has seen an angel, the angel has the appearance of humans but with wings or without wings or made of fire, etc. They can manipulate the physical realm the same way as we can manipulate the software world.

With all this being said, I think I know what I’m talking about. The full “God less” atheist theory is just what it states it is, A THEORY. It is based on the empirical chain of beliefs at multiple steps. It is not science. It is pure philosophy.

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There are ~5 types of faith/belief in the Bible. Faith in God being real is consistently based on vast evidence and proof (see Luke 1:1-4 and Acts 1:1-4 and MANY other verses)

As Romans 2:12-16 and Acts 17:30 and other Bible verses say, God never condemns anyone for ignorance, or what they do not know. People are vindicated or condemned for refusing to follow truth that they HAVE been made aware of, but chose to reject. The reasons that Israel and other nations were condemned were different, since Israel had been given a lot more laws of freedom than other nations had.

If we didn't have free choice, we couldn't choose to sin. The reason God allows sin is precisely because He is NOT a dictator, and is allowing a demonstration of worldviews that want to compete with God's perfect all in the universe and all people can see for themselves which way is better to live, God's or Satan's. This is brilliantly illustrated in the first ~20 minutes of this documentary.

There are averages for intelligence, but there are of course some very smart atheists/theists and some dumb ones. God doesn't work on averages in salvation, but with each individuals and the knowledge he/she has been exposed to.

if God could force us to love him, it would not really be love. Love is not love unless it is freely chosen:

“Power can do everything but the most important thing: it cannot control love…In a concentration camp, the guards posses almost unlimited power. By applying force, they can make you renounce your God, curse your family, work without pay…kill and then bury your closest friend or even your own mother. All this is within their power. Only one thing is not: they cannot force you to love them. This fact may help explain why God sometimes seems shy to use his power. He created us to love him, but his most impressive displays of miracle—the kind we may secretly long for—do nothing to foster that love. As Douglas John Hall has put it, ‘God’s problem is not that God is not able to do certain things. God’s problem is that God loves. Love complicates the life of God as it complicates every life.’”

In short, it all boils down to free will. If God made us unable to deny his existence, we would be unable to choose to love Him. Frequent, “impressive displays of miracle” would go further than merely doing “nothing to foster love.” Rather, they would render us much less able to choose to love God. It would take a fool indeed to reject a God whose existence is completely undeniable.

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