Why Is God Hidden?
A popular question for those wondering about the existence of a Creator is Why is God Hidden? On the surface, it seems like a logical thing to ask. Why wouldn’t God be more obvious to our 5 senses?
First, it’s important to realize that as a transcendental and spiritual being, He would not be visible to our eyes.
Scripture tells us…
God is a Spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth.
Just because we can’t see God with our own eyes doesn’t mean that there is no evidence for His existence. The effects of a superior and intelligent mind are everywhere. A few examples would be the design of DNA and all its stored information, the grand structure of the universe with all its natural law, or even the knowledge of objective moral law. The creation of information and processes are always attributed to an intelligent mind and even these few mentioned are undoubtedly from a standard beyond our human ability.
Why Is God Hidden? Perhaps, He is just concealed.
Have you ever considered why God is hidden but thought just maybe a better description would be that He is simply concealed? Why would God make Himself obscure? Consider these 2 concepts.
1. God wants a legitimately loving relationship.
God wants a real relationship with those who are willing and free to choose Him. He will not force Himself upon those who are unwilling.
The philosopher Søren Kirkegaard who often rejected established religion but was drawn to the Gospel wrote a story of a king who fell in love with a peasant girl in a parable called “The King and the Maiden.”
In this tale, the king wished that the peasant woman would love him for himself, not out of obligation or due to his great wealth and power. If she knew who he was, something other than love would drive the attachment. In the same way, God is a great King. He came to us in a humble manner, through Jesus, so that we may experience His love and power in a way that we would be the most relatable. He became like us in the humble form of Jesus, ultimately dying on a cross for the forgiveness of our sins.
2. God is concealed only to those who do not seek Him.
Why is God hidden? Perhaps He is not evident to those who refuse to acknowledge Him. Ask yourself, “Do I want there to be a God?” If there is a hesitancy or if the answer is a flat-out “No”, you may want to consider why that is. When we bring God into the equation it causes us to evaluate the morality in own lives. Often times, people have lifestyles and habits that they want to keep which leads to rejecting the concept of a higher power. We mask our moral objections behind philosophical arguments knowing that if we are honest, we do not seek God out of fear that finding Him would lead to unwanted change.
The God of the bible promises that those who seek Him will find Him. In Hebrews, it says,
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
So to answer the question of why is God hidden, we have to ask ourselves if we are the ones hiding.
The evidence of God is all around us and if you are willing to look for Him, God will reveal Himself to you.
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