I have heard some Christians admit that, other than the problem of evil, the so-called “hiddenness of God” is the best argument against God.
I am less impressed with this argument.
The idea is more or less that if God wants us to believe in Him, why doesn’t he just show up? Why is he so hidden?
God’s Not Hidden
I don’t believe God to be hidden. That we exist at all blows my mind. To think the complexity of this universe and the irreducible complexity of life began with blind, material causes seems like an absolute absurdity to me.
That people don’t believe in God absolutely blows my mind, at least as equally as it blows an atheists mind that people really believe the Bible is divinely inspired.
God seems overwhelmingly present and obvious to me, so I can’t admit that He is hidden because that would be dishonest of me.
He Already Did
But some will say, “Why doesn’t Jesus just pop in every once and awhile to remind us?”
Let’s see, last time he did, the world crucified him.
Jesus showed up in the flesh, God incarnate, performed miracles for all to see, and they crucified him as a blasphemer.
To think this generation would do something different is just arrogance.
I Don’t Believe You
To be frank, I don’t believe many people who say they would follow God if such-and-such evidence were available.
We have numerous arguments, supported by all kinds of evidences, and yet people will say, “Well, if I had this kind of evidence, I would believe.” Here are two dozen or so to get you started.
I don’t believe you. I don’t believe you because I’ve heard too many atheists say, “Actually, if I saw ‘God loves you’ written in the stars, I would assume that either I was hallucinating, or that an alien wrote it.”
The bottom line is that for some people there is just no convincing. That’s a hard pill to swallow, but it is clearly true.
It doesn’t mean that we ever give up.
It does mean that I don’t buy this “God is hidden” crap.
There is sufficient evidence for belief in God. There is also sufficient room for doubt.
Ultimately, God wants a relationship with us. The end goal is not to prove himself to us, but to have us in His family.
There is no guarantee that if God revealed himself in the specific way that some people want him to, that they would actually follow him. They may still reject him, like the Israelites in the wilderness did, or like the people did to Jesus.
So, sorry, but I don’t believe God is hidden at all.