The way skeptics argue against God reveals why God is so hidden to them
by Erik Manning
Christianity says that God loves everyone. It also teaches that God is all-powerful and he’s worked some crazy-amazing miracles in the past. The Bible also says that God knows everything, so he’d know what kind of convincing people need. So why are there atheists? Therefore, the reasoning goes that there probably is no God, or at least not one who cares enough to communicate clearly with us.
This is a pretty common thing you’ll hear when talking to skeptics. There are certainly fancier ways of laying out this argument, but this is what philosophers call the problem of divine hiddenness.
One of the things that critics of this argument have pointed out is that God isn’t interested in just adding belief in God to a list of other facts that you accept. God doesn’t want mere belief, like our belief that Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president and freed the slaves. He wants a relationship, and not just a friendly relationship but one of worshipful obedience.
And on the Christian view, this relationship starts and is maintained by grace through faith. (Ephesians 2:8) Furthermore, the Bible says that God resists the proud, but he gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6) And here’s where the rub comes for the skeptic…