The fine-tuning of God’s hiddenness

Monday Musings for March 01, 2021

Good morning, Musers,

I think it’s apparent that God exists. I don’t say this because I am a Christian. I say this because I am an observer. Now, being a Christian gives me an advantage as an observer. A Christian worldview helps me make sense of everything we see, everything we feel, everything we experience — and all the postulations about what they mean! And — as is often the case among those of us who are convinced of something — I don’t understand why others don’t believe as I do!

But I’m not alone in this bewilderment. Atheists, too, wonder why we are not atheists. They say about us, how can those people believe in God when there is so much evidence against him? This impasse defines the world — or the “worlds” if you will — because there are two: the physical and the metaphysical. The latter contains the spiritual.

Now, God is a spirit-being. As such, he can’t be probed, prodded or measured by those who limit their investigations to naturalistic methods. Nevertheless, he wants us to take his measure… I mean, our God has revealed himself in so many ways! How could we not take his measure and assert that we’ve done justice to the investigation? But that’s what physicalist atheists do.

The thing is, God hasn’t merely supplied us with revelations about himself. He has finely-tuned them. He has optimized them so that “He who has an eye can see... and he who has an ear can hear.” (Luke 14:35). The thing God does not do is force people to “see” or “hear.” That would violate our free will, and without the free will of humankind, the universe would have no purpose.

So, instead of forcing these revelations down our throats, he gave us the ability to find him through them. The problem, of course, is that he has also built us so we could ignore them — and not find him… if that’s what people want — and that little word “want” drives the universe.

You see, God made us humans with free will. This means that we are free moral agents, and among the things we are free to do is decide for ourselves what we do with God. But it is no mistake on God’s part that this could go either way. God established a Goldilocks zone with his revelation. What he has revealed of himself is not too hot… and it’s not too cold. It’s just right.

Brethren, faith is not a process where we step out into the dark; we are stepping out into the light. Coming to faith is yielding to God; it is ceasing to resist (John 6:44) … it is ceasing to ignore his revelations. Once you open yourself to see how much light there is, you’ll wonder why everyone doesn’t see it! … and you’ll wonder why you didn’t see it for so many years!

Physicalist atheists deny that any metaphysical realms exist. We Christians affirm metaphysical entities like God, angels, the human soul and moral obligations exist. They dismiss the Spirit of God that has been pulling on them all their lives (John 6:44; 16:8). If they persist, they will commit the one unforgivable sin: blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Mark 3:28).

But it’s not just about the salvation of human souls. God’s justice hangs in the balance here, too. There is a line where, if God were more hidden, people might have a legitimate complaint about missing him. Scripture tells us, however, that those who claim this are without excuse (Romans 1:20). God’s justice is thereby preserved — and so is Scripture! … and so is our free will. (Yeah God!)

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