Answering “Questions Christians Can’t Answer” #18 God’s Invisibility?

Divine Manifestation

We have reached question 18 out of 50 from the article “Top 50 Questions Christians Can’t Answer“. While its author, R. E. Pucket, believes that Christians, may be able to answer the questions – the answers will never be satisfying.

Since the criteria for satisfaction are somewhat amorphis, it is difficult to say that any answer that may be provided would satisfy. Nevertheless, the answers given in this series are aimed to show that the system of Christian belief is, at least, internally consistent, such that if one buys into the basic premises, there is no difficulty presented by these questions. It is really these basic premises that ought to be examined, since, given them the answers stick.

18.) If God is omnipotent, why does he not just show himself to all of us, all at once, thereby ending this game of free will and temptation?

Here is a good question: Is it possible to find an intelligible human being anywhere on the planet who has no concept whatsoever of God? What about right and wrong?

In fact, in her 2004 article, titled “Are Children ‘Intuitive Theists“, psychologist Deborah Kelemen found that people are basically born with the sense that everything that exists, exists with a purpose, and that the world is governed by a non-human agency. As if the belief in God were practically in-born.

If everyone is able to acknowledge that there exists some higher power, and that wrongs ought to be righted, and rights should be rewarded – the foundation has been laid in the most basic human instincts for comprehending the human relationship with God.

God has revealed himself to humans in a number of fairly obvious ways. The creation of the universe out of nothing. The awe-inspiring order of said universe from the smallest possible particle to the largest super-galaxy, and the vast cosmic dance wherein the churning plasma of a star spews forth radiation that can be absorbed by a fragile leaf on a planet 93 million miles away resulting in a stored energy at the cellular level, which makes all earthly life possible. The existence of moral law and conscience. The existence of beauty, the sense of longing and the search for purpose. Transcendent and abstract things such as logic, justice, and math:

“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.” –Romans 1:20

God became flesh and dwelt on earth, ate bread with humans, died at the hand of humans, and rose again; such that the witnesses felt, saw, and heard him:

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life – the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us.” –1 John 1:1-2

This constituted physical, historically verifiable (or falsifiable) proof of God’s existence. To anyone interested in rationally and dispassionately examining this evidence, not only is it compelling, it is difficult to conjure up alternative explanations for these things that do not include a God.
This question could be asked a slightly different way and have the same flavor: “If God is omnipotent, why didn’t he make it impossible to disbelieve in him, thereby ending this game of freewill and temptation?”
The answer lies in the question itself. If people had no choice but to believe in God, they would not be people. They would be automatons programmed to blindly believe. And yet blind belief is the very thing this series of questions seeks to attack. People should be free to examine the evidence and come to their own conclusion.

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