Why Doesn’t God Make Himself More Obvious?

by Tom Gislon

“You say there are all these evidences for God, but I look at them, and every one of them can be interpreted another way. Why doesn’t God just prove Himself?”

Someone asked that a conference I was at last week. The speaker at the time, Sean McDowell (a frequent contributor here), answered by showing how many people disbelieved in Jesus, even when they had proof before their eyes. You’d think raising someone from the dead would be evidence enough. But when Jesus did that with Lazarus, they didn’t all fall down and worship Him. Some of them tried to drive Him from town, and to kill Lazarus.

Why is that? I think it’s because proof isn’t all we need. Proof is on the outside. We need something else on the inside.

Consider Lawrence Krauss, one of the nation’s leading physicists and most cantankerous atheists. I’ll use him as my example here, since he’s told us what would count as proof for him. He would believe God was real, he says, if something happened “completely inconsistent with the operation of the universe as we know it, something impossible. … For instance, if the stars rearranged themselves to spell a different bible verse each night. Or if the tree in my front yard started growing KJV bibles instead of crabapples.”

God isn’t going to do that. I know that, you know that, and Dr. Krauss has shielded himself quite well from having to worry about God proving Himself, because he knows God won’t do it, too.

But suppose God did do it. (We can learn something even by considering the impossible.) Then what?

From what I’ve read of Krauss’s writings, he would admit he’d been wrong, and that God exists after all. Then from denying God, he would move immediately to resenting Him…

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Why Doesn’t God Make Himself More Obvious?