The Hidden God

For hundreds and thousands of years people have debated the existence of God. There have been countless hours spent in arguments trying to prove or disprove the reality of a divine being. They have all been inconclusive. Philosophical arguments have been unable to firmly establish this knowledge.This article will not attempt to prove or disprove God’s existence, but rather to explain why, if God does exist, the arguments have been futile. 

I believe that God created humanity for the purpose of fellowship with Him. By fellowship it is meant that there is a relationship between God and individual human beings. I also believe that God created humanity with the freedom to accept or reject the offer of a relationship with Him. Further, I believe that God desires this relationship to be one in which the individual chooses to enter this relationship out of a love for, or desire to know, God. People who are in this relationship with God will live with Him forever in heaven, a place of eternal bliss.

Also, in my understanding, the penalty for rejecting fellowship with God is an eternity without God. That destination is also known as hell. Hell is understood to be a place of eternal torment.

It would seem to follow that no sane person, looking out for their own interests, who fully understands the import of an eternity in hell would choose hell. If the choice is between God and heaven, or, no God but eternal torment, people would chose God, not out of a desire to know God, but simply as a means of escaping hell.

So, God has set up life in such a way that those who would be drawn to desire a relationship with God because of His attributes would have to come to Him in faith. We must come to God on his terms, not on our own. We do not dictate the terms of grace. There is sufficient evidence to support belief in God, but not to prove that existence conclusively. In our hearts we believe that God exists. We enter into a relationship with God because we are drawn to God and desire that relationship.

Since the arguments for the existence of God are inconclusive, people who are not drawn to God may simply discard any belief in His existence, with little fear of the consequences.  When they stand before God they will not be able to claim that they were not told about the consequences of their choice. They were told, but they did not believe. They did not believe, because they did not desire to know God. They did not desire to know God, because they were not drawn to his attributes.

If God’s existence were conclusively proven, then the consequences of rejecting God would be proven as well, and many would enter into a relationship with God, not for the sake of love for God, but rather from a desire to avoid the flames of hell.

 God desires a relationship with people who freely choose to worship, love, and serve Him for who He is, so God remains ‘hidden’.

 

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7 Responses to “The Hidden God”

  1. LisaB Says:

    Nicely put.

  2. cgirod Says:

    LisaB, thanks.

  3. Cherie Bell Says:

    I still wonder what happens to those people who sincerely desire to know God and end up somewhere besides a Christian church…

    There are so many amazing people who love and honor God and other people and don’t believe in Jesus.

    I’ve said for years that if we seek the truth, we find Jesus. But I was raised in a Christian culture, which has most certainly informed me when it comes to the manner in which I am comfortable worshipping God through Jesus.

    I’ve been thinking about this more than usual as I visit different churches and observe people who seem to have found exactly what they want in a church that leaves me feeling empty. How much of what we choose in our churches…or even our religion…is based on what was or wasn’t imprinted on us in our youth?

    Your point about seeking God in faith is well taken.

    I sought God for many years intellectually and emotionally. I finally found him when I “got it” on a very deep level that my emotion and intellect (and self-will in that regard) were failing to bring me the peace that I wanted. And at some point, my want changed to need. I started to NEED God in a way I couldn’t see before. No small confession for me. When I let myself admit that I needed him…which, like so many people, required wading through a lot of personal crap to finally do…well, that seems to be the actual spark, or point of connection between myself and God. My level of faith was tiny, but it was enough.

    I still wasn’t sure about Jesus for awhile…

  4. cgirod Says:

    Cherie,

    I leave all matters of the eternal judgment of others in the hands of God, who is merciful and just.

  5. gracehead Says:

    Hello.

    at the risk of sounding nit-picky…

    Hell (as an eternal dwelling of the damned) is a teaching, like purgatory, that has no basis in scripture. It is a tradition that has become orthodox, but scripture as in most cases runs contrary to traditional viewpoints.
    Consider John 3:16 … “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that as many as believe in Him may not PERISH but have Eternal Life.”

    Life is a gift … we are not owed life, but we each have it for a time. But it is inherently TEMPORARY … having a beginning and an end. The doctrine of hell depicts no end … no “PERISHING” … but continued and unending conscious torment.

    In reality, to accept the very Life of God is to be made alive by His life … a Life that is unending and unbeginning .. .ETERNAL. To reject that Life is to remain temporal … having no Eternal destiny.

    To perish is to be UNFORMED to nothing .. and those that receive the second death to be made “no more” will have no thoughts to realize they have received it or not. Thoughts perish with those perishing

    The serpent said: “You shall surely not die.” … and the church has been repeating the refrain, even when such teaching goes against the most popular verse … John 3:16. Has not God said: “The soul that sins will die.”??? Exact opposite of the serpent and the popular church dogma about hell.

    Perish means perish.

  6. cgirod Says:

    Gracehead,

    You mentioned John 3:16, which is a wonderful verse, but we should not forget verse eighteen. “He who believes in Him is not condemned: but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

    As far as biblical support for the concept of hell Revelations 20:10 reads “The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” and 20:15 reads “and anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

    You can also refer to: Math 18:6-9, 22:2-14, 25:31-46, Mark 9:42-48, Luke 12:4-5, Rev 14:11, and there are many more.

    We are not like God in that we do have a beginning. Our physical bodies are temporal, but our spirits will continue to exist forever. That existence will either be with God in heaven, or apart from God in hell.

    To perish physically means the death of the body, to perish spiritually means to be separated from God.

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