Why Isn’t God More Obvious?

This post was inspired by the question raised by Chab123.

Chab asks the provocative question: Is God’s sole purpose to prove His existence to people?

To which I responded…

God’s sole purpose to prove His existence? That sound absurd. It is absurdly vain on our part to imagine God exists to prove anything to us. We should be proving ourselves to Him. I for one do poorly enough at that.

What say you?

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About Lance Ponder

Christian author of "Ask James one"; public speaker; husband and father. Available to speak on Creation and the Gospel.
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6 Responses to Why Isn’t God More Obvious?

  1. Michael Knudsen says:

    Lance,

    I’m with you on the absurdity of the question. Those requiring “proof” from God are little better than the sign-seekers of New Testament times who had the son of God right before their eyes, raising the dead and healing the sick, yet they couldn’t see him. For those those who believe, “all things denote there is a God” (Alma 29:44 – Sorry, couldn’t resist the BoM ref.). I see tangible “proof” in the texture of a flower petal and a newborn baby’s cry. Yet the foolishness of human rationality makes it possible to talk ourselves into thinking all creation is some big coincidence, and that an omniscient presence is unnecessary to the workings of our “accidental” universe (about which we know next to nothing). One of the purposes of our mortal journey is to accrue and develop faith. How can we do that unless there is somewhat of a veil between us and God? Why shouldn’t life be hard, and who says it has to be fair? For those who believe in God and his plan, fairness, happiness, and justice are all part of a much bigger picture.

    • Lance Ponder says:

      Very well said, Michael. Thanks so much for contributing your thoughts. I don’t mind the reference at all, btw.

    • Todd Beal says:

      Michael,

      | I see tangible “proof” in the texture of a flower petal and a newborn baby’s cry. |

      My equivalent of this tangible proof is the human inner ear construction. I saw a Christian-based television science program that blew my mind as the guest presented picture after picture depicting the intricate design of our hearing mechanism.  He showed incredibly precise hinge mechanisms, and also pseudo hair follicles numbering in the millions that each respond to a particular audio frequency, transferring physical sound waves into electrical impulses which are interpreted by the brain’s auditory processing center as sound. Wow! Even a quick study of the human inner ear construct compels one to ask, “Who made this incredible design?”

      The following article was written by a Muslim but nonetheless it provides a very good overview: The Human Ear: Masterpiece of Engineering.

  2. Todd Beal says:

    Lance, God’s sole purpose is to be who he is, and the ramifications of this awesome truth are eternally infinite.

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