Austin Dacey has inspired this post. Someone I follow put up a blog about it, and then within the same week Youtube recommended the video to me. Austin Dacey uses many arguments, but this one is the most interesting to me. He calls it the Hiddenness of God but when I wrote that WordPress’ proofreading tool highlighted it as a hidden verb. As a viewer of TED videos, I also recognise the word “hiddenness” as a nominalisation. So I got rid it; it’s a writing style choice.
The reason I’m babbling already is because there isn’t really a lot to say about the hidden God: He’s hidden.
According to the Abrahamic religions God seeks and deserves our worship. Not only does He seek our worship, but He will punish us infinitely if we fail to worship Him. Also, according to Abrahamic religions in particular, God loves us. Sorry if I sound presumptuous, but if God loves us then God does not want us to go to Hell or suffer any other infinite punishments. Let me just reiterate this: God does not want us to go to Hell, but He will send us there if we don’t worship Him. So He should take all the steps available to Him to let us know, at bare minimum, that He at least exists.
I’ll overlook, for now, that God could stop sending us to Hell, which of course He could. If we weren’t good enough to join Him in Heaven we could either just die (as I believe we do, anyway) or He could create a second Heaven, in His absence, which we could still enjoy. If He loves us this option is still available. But I’m overlooking that. What I want to focus on is all the ways that God could convince us He is real.
I’ve been told before that if God provided evidence for His existence that He would be limiting our freewill. Well, that’s simply not true. There are people who believe the earth is flat; evidence does not always control what we believe. Not only that, but if God is real, then God gave us all the evidence we have for everything we know: gravity, electromagnetism, chemistry, medicine, biology. Is that not controlling our will as much as providing evidence for His existence?
Some people have access to a deep awareness to God; some people have relationships with Jesus or God. According to some people, God is giving them evidence of His existence (and controlling their will?) while choosing not to give me analogous evidence. Does God not love me? Does God want me to go to Hell? Why are some people blessed with this evidence and others of us are not?