WHY IS GOD INVISIBLE?
Why does God hide himself
does God choose to be invisible? Most of us do wonder about this at some
other, and I believe it is worth an explanation from me at this point.
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 all, eh?
That aside, why does
God hide himself? Think hard, it is not
easy to conceive of an Earth where God is actually
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 freedom
and way of life as we know them now. They would be transformed
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.
However, when aware of God’s
existence through the use of faith, we can see that he wants another
relationship with each of us. In fact, I understand that he wants us to commit ourselves to him;
to want to know him, and build him
lives through choice rather than have it forced onto us. And by following that approach, God’s
presence can at times actually
become as obvious as if he
was physically visible. 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 because 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”.
Although deviating a little, it is worth adding
that Christians believe that Jesus
Christ was the literal
personification of God’s grace, i.e. God’s grace made human. And in that context it was through
Jesus that our God actually revealed himself
fully to us. Most
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 Born Again/ 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
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,
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.