16 December 2015

Hard Questions-- Why does God remain so hidden?

Why does God remain so hidden?

hard questions

A1 Problem—If God exists, why can't we see Him?

A2 Notes

B1 The skeptic's view

B2 The Christian view

A3 Solution

B1 Many people have said, "Just let God show Himself, and I will believe."

B2 Response, "If you saw someone who claims to be god, how would you know?"

B3 What are the characteristics of God? (just a few are given).

C1 Omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent

C2 Always existed, just, love

B4 Nevertheless, why doesn't God reveal Himself today?

C1 "Didn't He publicly reveal Himself during the giving of the 10 Commandments, all the wonders to Israel and Egypt, and Jesus on earth doing miracles in the sight of many people? It seems as if He was advertising Himself."

C2 Sin Isaiah 59:2, Isaiah 64:7, Habakkuk 1:13.

D1 God likes some things and dislikes some things. The things that He hates are called sin.

D2 Some examples--lying, murder, hate, adultery, idolatry, covetousness.

D3 There are seven things that the LORD hates and cannot tolerate: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that kill innocent people, a mind that thinks up wicked plans, feet that hurry off to do evil, a witness who tells one lie after another, and someone who stirs up trouble among friends. (Proverbs 6:16, GNB92)

D4 These are a few of the reasons that God hides Himself.

C3 Even if God was to reveal Himself to people, most would reject Him anyway. They would not worship and love Him.

C4 Miracles bring the conversion of a few if any. Jesus and the Apostles did many miracles, yet most people rejected.

B5 Evidence of His being. A number of articles dealing with witnesses, clues, and questions about the evidence of God's existence.

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