It’s nice when people cab actually string two similar ideas together, like Marshall Brain does at his website “God is imaginary”. Proof 42 and proof 43 deal with the nature of God by saying “Listen when ‘God Talks’” and telling us to “Realize that a ‘hidden God’ is impossible”.
If you know a group of devout Christians, you will frequently hear them say to each other (and even to people outside the group) things like this:
My husband and I are not sure what to do in this situation. We are going to pray to God and see what he tells us to do.
According to televangelists and ministers, God also frequently talks to them as well.
In other words, Christians believe that God transmits divine messages to his followers in response to prayer. Christians actually believe that the almighty, all-knowing creator of the universe is talking to them personally and guiding their decisions.
Now think about this. Let’s say that the all-powerful, all-knowing creator of the universe was going to transmit personal messages to Christians. Wouldn’t you expect the people receiving these messages to blow the rest of us away in every intellectual endeavor? Wouldn’t you expect someone who is directed by God to be a genius? Wouldn’t every Christian student get a perfect score on every test simply by praying to God for the answers?
Do your best…(2 Timothy 2:15 ESV)
Study to shew thyself approved…(2 Timothy 2:15 KJV)
Here is a line of reasoning that Christians will frequently use to try to rationalize the complete lack of evidence for God’s existence. In the book “The Case for Faith,” the author Lee Stroble interviews Peter Kreeft, Ph.D. Dr. Kreeft says the following:
“Scripture describes God as a hidden God. You have to make the effort of faith to find him. There are clues you can follow. And if that weren’t so, if there was something more or less than clues, it’s difficult for me to understand how we could really be free to make a choice about him.”
Clues? Hidden? According to the Bible God incarnated himself. He created an entire human body named Jesus. That is not a “clue” — that is a huge, obvious piece of evidence. It is very hard to “hide” a 170-pound human being who is running around performing miracles on every street corner. Then you collect the stories of those miracles and publish them in a book. Where is the hiding in that?
[We] need a short, succinct, accurate definition to start with. Here it is:Within the one Being that is God, there exists eternally three coequal and coeternal persons, namely, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
First, the doctrine rests completely upon the truth of the first clause: there is only one God. “The one Being that is God” carries within it a tremendous amount of information. It not only asserts that there is only one God— the historic belief, shared by Christians and Jews known as monotheism—but it also insists that God’s “Being” (capitalized so as to contrast it with the term “persons” found in the next clause) is one, unique, undivided, indivisible. As you can see already, there is a lot packed into each phrase….
Second, the definition insists that there are three divine persons. Note immediately that we are not saying there are three Beings that are one Being, or three persons that are one person. Such would be self-contradictory. I emphasize this because, most often, this is the misrepresentation of the doctrine that is commonly found in the literature of various religions that deny the Trinity….
Thirdly, we are told that the relationship among these divine persons is eternal. They have eternally existed in this unique relationship. Each of the persons is said to be eternal, each is said to be coequal with the others as to their divine nature. Each fully shares the one Being that is God….White, James R. (1998-11-01). Forgotten Trinity, The (pp. 26-27). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. (John 4:24 ESV)
And you came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, while the mountain burned with fire to the heart of heaven, wrapped in darkness, cloud, and gloom. Then the Lord spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of words, but saw no form; there was only a voice.
There are examples of God’s desire for publicity throughout the Bible. The best known is God’s parting of the Red Sea in the book of Exodus, chapter 14:
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
That is impressive, and it is utterly obvious. Thousands of Israelites witnessed this event. There are many other events that are equally obvious: manna from heaven, the Ten Commandments carved onto stone tablets, the Passover massacre and so on. All of it is described in the Bible, which God wrote so that billions of people can read about these events and experience them vicariously today.
It is pretty hard to hide something that you do in front of thousands of people and then describe and publish in billions of books. Clearly God is not a hidden God.
No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. (John 1:18 ESV)
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 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. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. (Romans 1:19-23)