The Hiddenness of God
Is God hiding from mankind? Why does it seem like God isn’t out there? Why doesn’t God
just show Himself to us? Some atheists might argue it this way.
1. If God existed, then God would make His
2. God is not obvious.existence more obvious.
3. Thus, God does not exist.
In this article and podcast series I am going to be talking about the hiddenness of God. There are several scriptures that seem to say that God does hide Himself and yet there are other scriptures that say he clearly has revealed Himself to mankind. We will look at both and then look at some ways that God has left His fingerprints all over creation.
Scriptures that suggest that God does hide Himself from mankind
In one sense the Bible makes it clear that God is hidden.
Psalms 10:1 Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?
Job 13:24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy?
Isa 45:15 Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.
Our Sins separate us from Him
Sometimes God is hidden from us because of our sins.
Isaiah 59:1-3 Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: (2) But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. (3) For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
We hide from God
There are times when we hide ourselves from God.
Genesis 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
John 3:19-20 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (20) For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
God has clearly revealed Himself to mankind
We have seen that God does seem to hide Himself from mankind but now look at the following passage. God tells us in Romans 1 that He has clearly revealed Himself to us and that we are without excuse.
Romans 1:18-27 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; (19) Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. (20) For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
In other words God has clearly left evidence of His existence in His creation and anyone who is looking can see it.
God will reveal Himself to those who seek Him
The following are some scriptures that suggest that if we seek after God we will find Him.
Deu 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
Mat 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Pro 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
1Ch 28:9 And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
2Ch 15:2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.
In other words the hiddenness of God is a real phenomenon to those who reject Him yet for those who seek Him He will be found.
Evidence for the existence of God
The following are some great resources that argue for the existence of God. I’m of the persuasion that we really don’t need to argue for the existence of God as God’s word clearly says that everyone knows He exists. Nonetheless here are some articles on the existence of God.
And for a smack upside the head: http://www.proofthatgodexists.org/Google+