Sunday, March 15, 2020

Interaction With The Problem Of Divine Hiddenness

        God gave the Jews signs, yet they still did not believe in Him (Matthew 12:39; 16:4). Consider, for example, them making a golden calf after being miraculously rescued from Egypt. The Jews did not accept Christ even though He performed miracles, which were verifiable to their senses. The problem for us is not evidential, but our sinful heart.

        God has revealed Himself to us. He has given to us special revelation (Luke 16:29-31). He has revealed Himself to us through creation (Romans 1:20). He has revealed Himself to us through the person of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1-3). He speaks to us daily through the Holy Scriptures.

        If miracles happened frequently, then they would cease to be miracles. They could no longer be used for the specific purposes that God ordains. Miracles would be ordinary events, which no longer capture our attention.

        God has not manifested Himself directly to human beings throughout most of history. Practically every person of faith has not had such an encounter with Him while on this earth. What makes us so special that we should be treated any differently? We should not be shocked that God does not speak audibly to us right now.

        The question should not so much be why God does not reveal Himself to us in a more obvious way, but when is enough evidence enough? There are people who would not be satisfied, even if He spoke audibly to them or brought someone back from the dead.

1 comment:

Paul G said...

The Jews don’t trust God, because they don’t know who God is, perhaps just like the Christians, they don’t know God either.
When the true God, the Lord Jesus Christ (1 John 5:20) came to His own, the Jews, they crucified Him, and when He came to the Gentiles, they put Him on the back-burner and proclaimed this unknowable god to be their god and their father Jehovah or Yahweh.