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“Why Isn’t God More Obvious?”

Atheist Bertrand Russell famously quipped that if he were faced with God when he died, he would demand an explanation for why God made the evidence of his existence so insufficient. We might be tempted to think he was being entirely reasonable. But perhaps the evidence we demand for God is directly related to who we think God is and what we think God’s purposes are. Hiddenness would make no sense if God’s aim was simply to relate to us as an object of knowledge that offered no real relational connection or friendship. If this was the divine purpose—that we would simply acknowledge God’s existence—then I am sympathetic to Russell’s demand for more evidence.

But let us suppose that God was unwilling to make an approach to human life merely through the intellect. Instead, let us imagine that God is seeking a relationship that is based upon a deeper and more profound personal insight or perception. Have you ever asked what kind of a relationship God might want with you?

[Tom Price, Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics]
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1 thought on ““Why Isn’t God More Obvious?”

  1. Hmmm…??
    Ya, Romans 1:18-31 pretty much covers it. Especially verse 19 ..He has made it known to them… .i.e. in their conscience. So did Jesus (The Word/Light of the world. “but men loved darkness rather than light” John 3:19. You see it’s our sins that have (separated) us from God. Isaiah 59:2. It’s not a matter of enough evidence. We are simply blinded to the truth about God whether it’s acknowledging His creation or the truth of His written word due to the deceitfulness of sin. Thank God for His mercy and grace that “reveals” Him to us, if and when we earnestly cry out to Him! Just sayin.

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