Why isnt the God of the Bible showing Himself to me?
straightforward question came in:
I am hoping for an
answer which would really help me in my quest! My question is:
Is there a God and
if it is the God who is showing himself in the Bible then why is he not
showing himself to me?
Thanks and I hope
to hear from you SOON!
tried to answer in a straightforward manner too, without trying to
'prove' the position at this point in the conversation:
short answers are:
1. Yes, there is a god/God. [But we
only know this because He revealed Himself to us in history--otherwise,
we could only guess.]
2. Yes, it is the God of the Bible
[although He apparently revealed Himself to many people WITHOUT using
3. He didn’t actually 'show himself'
to more than a handful of people in the bible [that was a terrifying
and often fatal experience for finite beings, apparently];
4. Rather, He COMMUNICATED to them
through various means; and He showed His
character/heart/values/intentions through the person of Jesus of
Nazareth. So, we cannot 'see the essence of God', but we can see 'the
heart and character of God' (by looking at Jesus and the record of
God's actions/words in the bible);
5. And we can --with practice and
time--experience (in increasing clarity and certainty) His
communication, presence, values in a relationship with Him now. Of
course, as with ALL relationships, the 'rules of interaction' must
respect the rights/value of the other, and He, accordingly, only
interacts with those who are in a trusting, open, honest, non-arrogant
relationship with Him. Otherwise, He is invisible and silent--until the
other party becomes 'open' and 'honest' and 'humble' again.
4. Therefore...He did NOT reveal
Himself to everybody IN THE BIBLE (there are many people in the Bible
who never listened/understood His communication in history, and there
were some that heard/saw but simply ignored His communication --and
then complained that God didn’t give them a 'sign'!)
4. There are many reasons why He
might not 'show himself' to you (in the sense of impress upon you the
sense of His existence), but I wouldn’t begin to be able to 'diagnose'
that, my friend! These generally are due to matters of the heart,
perspective, openness, humility, etc. But let's start with a couple
A. Do you really WANT the God of the
Bible to make Himself known to you?
B. If so, WHY DO YOU WANT God to
reveal Himself to you personally?
C. And, if the God of the
Bible/Jesus, reveals His existence to you, THEN WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO
Maybe those questions would help in
refining your quest?
[Since you came through the Tank, you
have probably seen that I have tons of long-winded articles on topics
like "Why doesn’t god reveal himself more openly" and "why do we have
to SEEK God? Should HE be the one forcing Himself on us?" etc. So, I
assume you have already READ all those, and somehow find them
unsatisfactory for your needs, right?
Some of the 'long articles are':
(especially parts 5 & 6)
; and the followup:
I hope at least SOME of this
information is of use to you, on this important (and adventurous, I
have found!) quest, friend,
Warmly, Glenn miller
The Christian ThinkTank...[http://www.Christian-thinktank.com]