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WHY DOES GOD HIDE HIMSELF?

Moses

The Bible says that God and Moses had a very familiar relationship with each other. Only of Moses is it said that he had a face to face relationship with God. That is not even said of Jesus!

 

God

 

God as in perfectly good and infinitely powerful being and creator of all from nothing is said to exist.

 

There is no proof of his existence.

 

The evidence is confusing and inconclusive according to some. It is non-existent according to others. Some say they do not know what kind of intelligence the evidence points to and they may not even call it God.

 

If the evidence for God should be there and is not we are justified in arguing and believing that God does not exist. It does not mean we are agnostic. Many atheists claim to believe God does not exist and they do not claim to know he doesn't exist. The claim that they are partly agnostic is nonsense.

 

Religionists expect other people to commit and live and work for God as if they were certain of his existence when there is no proof. Just because they do that does not mean they have the right to encourage or expect other people to. Those people are missing out on the best life has to offer if they are wrong. No sane person considers it good to be absolutely committed to a person who does not exist or who is not worthy of it.

 

Confirmation bias

Saying God is hiding is exactly what somebody would tell you if they cared about faith but not about truth. They want you to fool yourself and are not true friends. They want you trapped in confirmation bias. They want you to make yourself think that good things that come to you naturally come from God.

 

Then you end up guessing there is a God and imagining you see his work and the evidence for him. People only trick themselves like that to relieve some fear or distress. It is not healthy.

 

The atheist can see certain happenings as showing there is probably no God. That could be confirmation bias too.

Is God hiding?

Believers say that God has planned all the hiding. They say that God hides himself so that we will love him better by having faith in him despite the darkness.

 

Now if the existence of God and the love of God is not that clear and we commit ourselves totally to him three problems arise.

 

One - You are probably an idolater.

 

If you adore a God who exists only in your head, the evidence for him will not be good. Even if your view of God matches the truth it does not follow that you connect with the truth. You could be inventing truth that happens to coincide with the real truth.

 

Two - You are insulting human knowledge and dignity.

 

It is an insult to people who have given their lives for truth and research to state that we find God in what we do not know not in what we know. A real God will be found in what we know. Surely the power to know is his gift?

 

What kind of God wants you to know that the dog he created is there and does not want you to know he is there?

 

Three - You are taking a foolish chance. The more commitment you give the worse you are.

Making excuses for God by saying he hides is exactly what a person would say if the reason there is no proper evidence for God is that there is no God.

 

You might say the tooth fairy hides if somebody demands evidence for her existence.

 

These three problems outweigh the alleged benefit of loving a God whose existence is not very clear.

 

The excuse

Despite the problems of adoring a hiding God we are told that loving a God who cannot be proven means we are more loving than we would be if we could prove him.

 

Surely then if it makes us more loving then it follows that it does not really matter if God exists. Loving is good for us in itself. Perhaps religion is fooling us and thinks it is justified because of how loving it makes us. Many people will see it if it is and that will be the end of the benefits. Or is religion supposed to oppress and persecute those people to silence them for the "greater good"? It would be tempted to.

 

They say that if God didn’t hide himself we would be forced and feel forced to love him. But if you hide your true nature from your boyfriend or girlfriend what they will love is what they think they see and not what is really you. The more real or "proven" you become to him or her the more you can be loved.
 
It makes God too strategic

To say that there is no evidence for God could mean it is not God's fault. There are many things that are true that there is no evidence for.

 

To say that God deliberately hides is really accusing God of altering or hiding or destroying evidence and risking people turning out to be unbelievers. It is his fault then if you do not believe! The hidden God is actually a nasty God.
God by definition cannot hide too much

 

The believers say that God hides himself because they cannot deny it. But they do contradict this hiding God. Their definition of God shows how.
God by definition is the only thing that matters. An all-perfect being needs to be given the only place in the heart never mind the first place. To give a place to any creature including yourself would be to refuse him the adoration he is entitled to just because of what he is. Believers in God have to treat belief in God not a belief but as knowledge. You will always hold something back from God in you only have faith in him for faith is not certainty. So believers say that their faith is a form of mystical knowledge. Such a notion makes a precedent for religious fanaticism. Islam is one religion that claims to give knowledge of what God is like and this knowledge is in the Koran. Christianity has a different version of what God is like and what he wants. If faith in a religion is knowledge then it follows that if your religion urges you to execute gay people then you must do it.


God by definition is that infinite entity which is free and perfect and all-attractive. We only find things attractive in so far as they reflect him. If God is so attractive we are never freer than when we see him and obey him. He needs to stop hiding. God cannot expect us to love him enough and take him seriously enough to obey him properly when he hides. Christianity is putting an unreasonable burden on those whom it asks to obey God. It asks us to suffer the perils of living without contraception and even to give our lives for God in martyrdom should the chance arise. It says he must come first - you must fight nature and love him more than your newborn baby in its cot. It is cruelty. God hiding himself actually proves that he is shifty and vile. And those who advocate his worship are no better.

 

Miracles

 

Strangely, Christianity says that faith is knowledge and then contradicts this by saying God does miracles as signs. Some go as far as to make out miracles to be proofs as opposed to mere evidences. 

 

If you know in your heart that the faith is true then what do you need signs for? Are the signs only for the unbelievers? But it is only those who have already decided that miracles are signs - have faith already - that regard miracles as signs.

 

The way the universe looks like an accident shows if there is a God then he wants to hide and does not want to be found.  Moreover, accidents play a huge and sometimes complete role in everything that happens.  There is so so much - even more than we realise or notice - that is accidental or random and that clearly and unmistakeably shows that it is a sin to want to see a miracle or to see one with faith. What do I mean seeing with faith? The believer talks about the eyes of faith. So those who do not actually see a miracle think they see it through faith.  Faith is their eyes or so they say.  Christians say they see the risen Jesus with the eyes of faith.  They mean seeing in a loose but real sense.  Miracles are meant to be seen with faith meaning the believer has to choose to be biased.  A God who wants to hide would deplore such desperation to "see"  him or his miracles.  And especially when it is not seeing at all.

 

Believers argue that God has designed all things even if it looks like has not.  God then must design creation to hide his design. But that is design too. An artist has to design a painting to make it look undesigned.  A  God who hides design as undesign is a superstition.  It is like saying that a fairy has let herself be filmed and when you look at the film and see nothing you argue that she has designed it so you cannot make her out.

 

God as authority and how it impacts on human wellbeing

External authority only exists to curtail freedom of thought and freedom of action. It demands obedience. For the demand to be taken seriously, it has to threaten punishment if you go your own way. If you will always do and believe the right thing you will not need an authority over you. The concept of God arises from religion's need to bully. It sets up a mythical authority so that it can reap the benefits. That is why it give you a God who hides. It is a cop-out for they want power and money in the name of God that they are not entitled to simply because they cannot prove their claims.

 

God is authority therefore God is force. He has no reason to hide. In fact his authority would be served better if he proved himself.

 

God means supreme authority and supreme virtue.

 

A God who cannot prove his authority and virtue is not a God at all. It's his authority and virtue that are supposed to make him God.

The best kind of authority enables us to prove its existence and authority. If God is the supreme virtue, then the more proof we have that he exists and is good the better. We can't believe that there is more virtue in doing the right thing when you are a bit doubtful that it really is right than in doing it when you know it is right. Thus it is a contradiction to say that the being that comes first in your life is one whose authority and virtue you only regard as possible or probable. You need proof to make him really the first. A god who is not first in your mind cannot be first in your heart. It is not true that adoring and serving a God whose existence you have no proof for makes you necessarily a better person. Its a hindrance and can only make you a hypocrite at best.

God and morality

If belief in moral value goes with belief in God then the following will make for interesting reading. God in some sense is considered by believers to be in some sense the virtues of compassion and love and kindness and justice etc that he wants us to have. If so then the more proof he exists the better. To hide himself would be to hide virtue and to want us to fall more into vice. The more hiding God does the less sure we must be of our moral values being correct.

 

And if morality is a person and that person is God then it follows that if he hides too much a real relationship is impossible. Morality will suffer. Given the human tendency to love how people are perceived instead of what they are it is only going to lead to people worshipping a mental image of God not God. No decent God would want such a state of affairs.

 

God cannot hide if his love is bloody and sacrificial and his majesty is wiping backsides. Christianity says that God is principally an action word. That is why the Christians should be told they are untruthful when they make excuses for why God avoids leaving evidence for himself and hides.

 

The hiding God and the meaning of life

Even if there is a God does that automatically mean that we are purposely made? The God concept itself implies that there cannot be any such thing as randomness or chance. But believers always act as if chance is still possible. They are inconsistent. People want to believe in God but they want to believe in randomness and chance far more. They don't want to think they are (along with everything else) are puppets. If they understood that if God is all-powerful then chance is only apparent chance and not really chance they would drop belief in God like a hot coal. Believers manage to live and act as if randomness is a reality. Thus if they see it as real they can hold that even if there is a God we might still have been made by chance.

 

Satan

The idea of the hiding God is necessary to explain how the cleverest and most powerful angel in Heaven, Lucifer, turned away from God. Such a being could never be stupid enough to throw all the heavenly happiness away unless he was at an epistemic distance from God. In other words, Satan essentially did not have complete knowledge or union with God so he was able to doubt that God was the only good thing for him. If Satan wanted to have his own way, that would indicate that he was bothered by a lack of something. That is what a want is. You are bothered by a lack and want to fulfil the lack. If being with God is perfect happiness you cannot have a lack. You therefore will not sin. If Satan had a lack then he was not with God perfectly for he did not know him perfectly. That God hid a bit from Satan he is ultimately to blame for the trouble Satan caused. God saw it coming - he didn't even need to look into the future for that one! And God simply didn't care.
 
I cannot really fully accept God or reject him even if I know he exists

If your freedom is faulty, God needs to give you strong evidence that he is there. Freedom improves with knowledge. Error wastes your energy. Even if truth is painful at least knowing it is a chance to grow. If your freedom is imperfect, you are only going to lose more of it or risk more of it by following a hiding God.

 

You may learn compassion and love and grace through suffering and loss. But you don’t have comprehension. Thus in so far as you don’t have it you will not have compassion and grace. Suppose I am unable to feel compassion or experience compassion for paedophiles. In so far as I cannot confirm that my neighbour is a non-paedophile I cannot have any true compassion for him. My compassion is imperfect.

 

We do not have complete control over our feelings. Suppose I know that sitting on the shore makes me happy. If I go to the shore on a sunny day and the feeling comes to me it does not follow that I caused the feeling. If I know the sun will shine on the beach and go to enjoy it, it does not follow that I caused the sun to come out. Same with my feelings. I could be wrong to think that the beach will make me feel happy - maybe I will feel nothing or maybe I will even feel sad. If I feel happy, I cannot make myself feel even better simply by willing it.

 

We do not have complete control over our thoughts. Try visualising a teabag for a minute. Soon other images will take over.

 

Thoughts and feelings are involved every time you do something. They are not free. You cannot then be fully responsible for anything you do.

 

Even if I have personal responsibility, I do not have enough to fully reject God. Or to accept God either. When I am only partly free, it is clear that to say God hides in order to respect my freedom is just to make a fool of oneself. When I am half-forced whenever I act anyway he might as well force faith. He does it anyway. So what is the point of hiding and then forcing faith on people?

 

Denies our right to an explanation now

God makes promises to us to care for us and look after us. But we suffer and die. He says he helps us fight temptation to sin. We still sin. And we don't know from looking inside if we really got any help from him or not. All we have is the Bible telling us we did. If God is unable to keep his promises he needs to reveal an explanation instead. If I owe it to you to keep a promise, and if circumstances forbid me to, my duty is to give an explanation. A general excuse like, "Oh I will explain it one day," or, "I have a purpose", is just that: an excuse. To say we have no right to know there is a God and what he has to say for himself is to insult us and to collude with a messer God.

 

Only a God who can do the impossible or the contradictory can enable us to love the sinner and hate the sin. You can do that no more than you can condemn the sin without condemning the person for the sin arises from the kind of person the sinner is. If God calls us to do the impossible then he must prove his existence to us. We need proof to justify teaching such an ostensibly dangerous doctrine. We need to be 100% clear in our heads that he can make it possible. 99% and less is the failure mark.

The dangers of the hiding God doctrine

If somebody is feeling extremely alone and abandoned by God then God cannot use the need to hide as an excuse. Hiding does not override a person's need for wisdom and help from God. Telling that person that God is with them though they cannot feel it is insensitive.

 

If God hides so that we may freely reject him you would think he could provide absolute proof to those who believe already!

 

The hiding God and his giving of doctrines that are not reasonably certain opens the door for wolves who wish to get the flock to kill in the name of God or faith. If you believe in God you believe in one who kills. Thus you have no right to assume that God has not delegated his right to kill to other people. He may even command members of another faith such as Islam to do it even if it is not the one true faith. If you really believe you should take the most non-judgemental interpretation of another's actions then you can excuse the killers by saying they really believe God told them to do it or that maybe he actually did tell them. Belief in God calls for the violent religionist to be enabled or as good as.

 

The ministers of God enjoy social benefits and a salary over God. If they proclaim a hiding God, then they cannot complain if spiritual mediums make money out of vulnerable people and tell them, "Okay Tony only wants to send his love. He doesn't want to tell you where he hid his money because he feels it is better for you to have faith that he talks through me and he doesn't want to give proof".

 

Jesus Christ came back from the dead and the reason he is not to be seen is because he has gone back to Heaven.

 

Mormons when asked for the golden plates that the Book of Mormon was supposedly translated from whine, "But Moroni took them back to Heaven!" Christians laugh at that unaware of their own blindness. The Mormon's stupid reply proves that there were probably no plates.

 

The hidden God of Christianity is in fact proof that God cannot exist. And it is proof that a God who loves us and wants to keep us safe from charlatans will not encourage people to believe in stuff that is badly supported by evidence and not encourage them to reason, "God hides the evidence or does not want us to know it for he wants to test our faith."

 

The gift of faith doctrine

Even if there is a God the God you worship is not necessarily him for the more we revere somebody we don't know the more we revere a construct of our perception. We adore the image of God not God. Believers need to make out that faith in God is a gift from him in which he supernaturally reveals himself to cover this up. They need to avoid having to prove that their God really is a God and not just what they want to think about God. They need to cover up that it is about their agenda. If you claim to believe in God, you have to prove that it is the real one you try to adore and mean to adore. The burden of proof is on you. You will never prove it for Mormons claim God is a polygamously married man who does not live in your heart while Catholics claim that he is spirit and lives in the hearts of those who love him and both claim their perception of God is a gift of faith that comes from God! They perceive their faith as a gift of revelation from God. But that is in their heads too for if it were really from God they would not disagree on core issues about what God is and about if he is human or not. The doctrine of a hiding God directly forces people to worship a God in their heads. Even if your perception of God is correct, that does not mean you believe in God because of who he is. Your perception could still be the driving force. The sun is shining. I can know this. Or I can perceive this. Knowing means I observe and keep my biased thoughts at bay. Perception means I let them meddle. If I let them meddle, that does not mean they manage to meddle. But it does mean I cannot be sure if my perception has meddled or not. This means that rather than knowing I know I end up unsure.

 

Finally

 

People suffer unjustly.  Believers say it is not enough to refute God conclusively.  They say it hints that God may be incompetent. They say it hints that God may be improbable. What one of these is important enough to be the working assumption?  An incompetent God adds to the pain and fear so it is better to assume suffering is not down to a God for there is none.  At least then you can make the effort and feel content that no god can thwart it or mess up your efforts.  And it can be argued that God can be improbable because he is incompetent and not making his presence clearer if he is there.  Anyway suffering hides God more than anything else does.

 

Being more logical and thoughtful may not save you from being biased but saves you from others who put the bias in you.  The consolation you have is that if you are careful with your reasoning bias becomes less sweeping and less of a threat and will not afflict you for too long.  Most people of faith have a form of faith that even their leaders would find irrational and superstitious and lazy.  It makes sense to hold that this hiding God concept is largely to blame for this idolatrous nonsense.  They end up with a God to suit themselves. 

 

Anybody proving something to you does not violate your free will but honours it. Even if you listen and do not want to hear it that is still respect for free will. It is more than respectful for free will for we freely do not want our free will to be the be all and end all. God does not respect the free will of the person who is on a desert island and who wants to hear him and experience him.  If God and faith in him and his truth is the most important concern of all then God is not only violating our free will but degrading it to the lowest. The observation that people will not follow the truth even when it is obviously the truth is actually irrelevant. That is their concern. It does not entitle God to hide the truth from anybody or to organise the world so that anybody who wants can see the truth and how good the evidence there is for it.

 

The hidden God of Christianity is a trick. If you invent a God you have to invent reasons for why there is no good or hard evidence that he exists. When you trick like that you give others implicit permission to come up with tricks of their own. Believers are so used to the tricking that they no longer see it as tricking. But it is.