Monday, October 24, 2005

Why Doesn’t God or Jesus Show Himself?

My posts are usually about Freedom and Politics, but with a little Theism thrown in from time to time. Today I thought it was a good time for a little Theism since a lot of comments on other blogs have been about Religion, God or Intelligent Design.

Many ask the question, If there is a God, why doesn’t he just show himself and prove it? Some would answer that he has a few times. God showed himself to Moses on Mt. Sinai when he gave the Ten Commandments. Jesus showed himself when he was here approximately 2000 years ago, but generally he stays away. Why is this you might wonder?

It all has to do with us proving ourselves to be worthy of governing ourselves. To see which we will choose, right or wrong without having “proof” that God exists.

First let’s assume that there is Justice in the Universe. Next, if there is then let’s assume that we will receive more punishment for doing something we “know” is wrong than we would if we just “thought” it was wrong. Kind of like the difference between an accident and doing something on purpose, but the next level down.

If God came down and showed himself to us and we had “pure knowledge” of him, and not just “faith or belief” in him, then from that moment on we would be bound to only do the right thing because we would no longer be covered by the Atonement. We would not be able to say, “I didn’t know!”

We would not be able to have Jesus say “…..Father forgive them for they know not what they do…...” (Luke 23:34)

Where much is given, much is expected.


We are to go through life and prove ourselves that we will choose good over evil because we want to, and not because we “know for a fact” that we should always choose good.

It is by our faith that we can learn and progress to try to become as perfect as we can. Jesus commanded us to try to always choose the right. He said “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matt 5: 48 )

He wants us to do this on faith, not on knowledge. For with the greater light comes the greater sin. “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. (James 4:17).


3 Comments:

At 7:31 PM, Blogger Yolo Cowboy said...

I would answer the question in this way. It wouldn't matter.

Remember the Israelites after they were delivered from Egypt? God showed himself to them in many ways, but it didn't matter. Remember the two apostles on the road to Emmaus, they saw the miracles and saw Christ crucified, but they lost faith after three days.

Look at our culture right now, half of people I see don't remember the lessons of 9/11. If Jesus parted the clouds and spoke in a booming voice heard round the world in all languages "I am Jesus, I am that I am, so get right with me, and hurry up about it" Deepak Chopra and the rest of the new age gurus would be on Larry King trying to debunk it or interpret the meaning behind it.

It does get one thinking. My friend asks me 'If God is all powerful, can he make a rock so big, that even he cannot lift it?

 
At 8:33 PM, Blogger Free Agency Rules said...

YC,

I think you are right about it not mattering as far as their actions go, but as far as their condemnation goes it does. Where much is given, much is expected.

The best definition of Power is ultimate Choice. God would first have to make the rock and then choose to no longer be God to not be able to lift it.

So why would he do that? Also God I am sure is not in the habit of doing "silly" things. :)


FAR.

 
At 11:13 AM, Blogger Roseville Conservative said...

Thanks for posting stuff like this. Refreshing.

 

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