Man’s Sin vs. God’s Hiddenness
by Luke Nix
Many people often complain that if God exists, He is entirely too hidden- He doesn’t really want to be discovered or is not there to be discovered in the first place. I have written before that I believe that sometimes God’s hiddenness is of value for bringing people to Him, for teaching people to trust Him and not rely so much on their own abilities (See “Pain, Suffering, and Evil” in left sidebar). Today, I want to briefly explore the possibility that God remains hidden as part of his mitigation and eventual overcoming of evil.
But before I get into that I want to make something clear about God’s hiddenness- it can seem very subjective. I firmly believe that those who are truly looking for God will find evidence for Him everywhere- He is not hidden to those who are looking. These people are those who desire to work against their sin nature, to become more like God.
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On the other hand, those who are not looking for God with the true intent to follow Him do not find Him. Some even say that they see NO evidence for God whatsoever- regardless of the evidence provided by apologists, scientists, and philosophers. A believer and an unbeliever can look at the same thing; one will see it as evidence for God, while the other does not (I discuss this more in my post, Evidence For vs. Proof Of).
But I just have to wonder if God has a purpose for being hidden from those who will never come to Him- those who hear the gospel message, know the story of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, yet still choose to reject God.
We’ve spent several weeks already going over what man’s problem is (sin). Christianity teaches that God works out all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28), that God has a purpose for everything He does or allows to happen…