IS GOD HIDING?
Most people learn their morality from their environment, from their parents, or from their peers. We are good people because it makes us feel good. We all are confronted with the desire to be a good person and do good things even without religion. But why is God Hiding?
You usually learn a basic understanding that hurting others and not helping where you can is a self-defeating proposition that discourages other people from helping you and isolates you from your social groups.
“Atheism started to ruin my life.”
Patrick Meagher, the author of Why God Is Hiding writes: “I made the biggest blunder of my life … I gave up; I stopped looking; I stopped asking. It was a mistake I would pay for, for 10 years.”
“It was the turning away from God: it was a terrible mistake that turned my life story into a tragedy. I eventually stopped talking to God. That was replaced by painfully over-analyzing. I withdrew from my friends, wasted a lot of time, pondered atheism and became pathetically self-centered, unhappy and suicidal. In the end, my life was completely and utterly meaningless.”
You too may feel that God doesn’t care about you: that you have fallen through the cracks.
Let’s begin with God.
You can’t get something from nothing. A watch needs a watchmaker. A design needs a designer. Further, it can be argued that things of this world are too complex to be accidents. You certainly can’t get order from chaos.
If God created everything, then who created God? God is called the “First Cause” of all things. This “First Cause” of life exists outside of time and space that was created when the universe was first created. We call this the spiritual or supernatural world.
How can a non-thing exist outside of space? That is easy: we know that thought exists. Brain surgeons that expose the brain will never find a thought. Thoughts do not occupy space. Similarly the spiritual or supernatural do not occupy space.
SO EVERYTHING HAS A CAUSE.
The question, “who created God?” is not new. It was best answered 800 years ago by Thomas Aquinas., who argued that this “First Cause” must exist outside of the universe, outside of time, outside of space. A cause of things in time requires us to then ask, what caused time? For that matter, what caused space? What caused sound? What caused light? What caused the Big Bang? Aquinas would say the Big Bang was caused by the “First Cause” of all things. A series of any causes must be eventually traced back to an uncaused cause. The “First Cause” gave us time and space and everything in it. Aquinas called God the “First Cause” of all things.
And at the beginning of every series of causes, is something outside of that series of causes. You can’t get a first in a series of causes that simply springs from nothing. The “First Cause” of life, the universe and everything must exist outside of time and space that was created when our universe first appeared. This means there must be another realm of existence. Some people call it the spiritual or supernatural world.
If there is no first cause, then the universe is like a railroad train moving without an engine: each car follows each other But there is no engine to pull the first car and the whole train. That would be impossible, of course. But that is what the universe would be like if there is no first cause: impossible.
Atheists argue that a living thing will by chance add itself a new feature and eventually create a new type of living thing. This is based purely on wishful thinking. Not once have any cells evolved and improved upon itself. Accidents simply don’t make order from chaos.
SCIENCE DOESN’T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS
Even the simplest microscopic organisms like a cell will never change because every part of the organism is necessary for the whole. Think of a mouse trap with one of its parts missing: you need all the parts in order to work. The DNA, of a single cell, which stores all the information and direction of the cell, has an amazing equivalent of one gigabyte of information. You can see that organisms are too complex to be accidents
Please don’t argue that anything can happen given enough time. Mathematicians know the law of probability would guarantee that the likelihood of a monkey typing one English word that is 12 letters long on a computer keyboard is one in 1000 million years.
Science simply doesn’t have all the answers, but science does point in the direction of a designer who is wildly creative. If science can’t answer the “who or what” created it all, what can? This is where theology comes in: it is the study of the concept of God. Science may take things apart to see how they work, while theology puts things together to explain what it all means. So when science is dumb, theology picks up the slack.
Have you ever heard of Pascal’s Wager?
If you bet your life that there is God and there is God, when you die you have gained everything. Yet, if you bet our life that there is no God, and there is, then when you die you lose everything. Wouldn’t it be wiser to bet on God than to hope for nothing and realize that you’ve lost everything? This thinking is the same reason why people always buy fire insurance—just in case!
There is another way of looking at this: what if a million dollar lottery could be won by one of two tickets. You are allowed to buy only one ticket and there is a 50%-50% chance of winning. Wouldn’t it be wise to buy the second ticket to guarantee to win a million dollars (heaven)?
Why Is God Hiding?
Actually there is just enough evidence for those who truly wish to seek God. In the same way, there is just enough uncertainty for those who wish not to believe and be willfully blind.
Think about it: if God stopped answering prayers or God stop making strong impression on believers, everyone would soon give up on Him. That hasn’t happened. Similarly, if your parents would stop caring for you, you would simply run away from home. That won’t happen. God is still active otherwise the billion of Christians would stop believing.
Most world religions agree that God can be experienced in contemplating Him:”Be still and Know that I am God” Psalm 46. One of the problems in recognizing God is that we are too occupied to think about God, which means that God isn’t hiding. We are – behind all our “stuff”. We can’t see Him; we can’t touch Him, but we contemplate Him
Why so many atheists?
It’s a life style decision. Today we are a society of comfort seekers – not God seekers. We just want what we want: money, power, good food, PlayStation, the sofa or a sports channel. Most often it is sex (there are 24 million pornographic sites on the Internet). In contrast, God teaches a healthy dose of self-control and celebrates sex as a sacred act between husband and wife to create new life.
Atheists wish for the most unlikely of outcomes because they don’t want there to be a God. We are worried that if there is a God, what will He expect me to do and what does He want from me?
Your unknown God does not require anything from you, while the Christian God will make demands on our behavior. God gets in the way. This irritates a lot of people.
THREE WAYS TO EXPERIENCE GOD
There are only three ways to experience God. We can reason His existence using our strength of mind and “inner light” to follow the most likely pathway. The world is so fantastically wonderfully created that something wonderful must be behind it If the sun were any closer to the earth, we would all burn up, and, if the sun moved further away, we would freeze to death. This alone is enough evidence that God did it. These sorts of odds of life favor a miracle.
The second way is to find God in created things of the world. It was Plato (427 BC- 347 BC) that said that beauty is a path to God. This leads us to a sense of awe: how big and great the world is! Without this beauty, we would find ourselves in spiritual desert. Beauty has the effect of touching our sense of wonder every time.
Do you not think that our over use of the Internet and television interferes with our appreciation of true beauty? Our world view now sees and desires only what is material. We wish to experience a glimpse of God we need to look for beauty and allow ourselves to be in awe and wonder of it all.
The third way is through a supernatural God-experience event like a wave energy explained by Patrick Meagher in his book. He recalls a life changing miracle in his life that completely changed his mind. He talked to God and said, “You have to show me!” I’ve been waiting for Your bus for three years. You’re the one that is late. I’m ready to go.” During that evening, he was very expectant. He was awoken by the silent noise of the mind thinking about God and a rush of waves of energy from head to toe. It was exhilarating. It happened two more times that night and continued at least once a day for more than a year. He learned that this was a mystical experience that other people feel – not just saints. He received the gift of faith in the process.
The absence of faith in God makes everything meaningless. T.S. Eliot reversed the common saying, “Seeing is believing.” Instead he said the believing is seeing. Seeing what? Without God, nothing may be beautiful, or true, or good.
God has designed us with a hole in our hearts and we try to fill it with something: sports, drugs, alcohol, and gossip. God designed us so that the only thing that will really satisfy this yearning in our heart is God Himself. That is why man is naturally religious and is drawn to God. If he doesn’t worship God, he will find something else to worship.
So what are your choices?
There is much truth in many religions but when they differ they cannot all be right.
Christians believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Jews are still waiting for the Son of God to appear. Islam sees God as an impersonal master; it reduces Jesus as only a prophet, and never encourages any scientific or theological inquiry with no freedom to leave.
Other religions are further apart in belief. Buddhism doesn’t believe in God. Buddhists seek to deny pain by denying one’s will or desire through contemplation to reach a place of nirvana or nothingness. Hindus believe in many gods, as well as in reincarnation. They believe we are rewarded in the next cycle of life for our current behavior. Behave well and you can come to this life in great wealth. Behave badly, and you can come back to this life as a dog or worse.
The Christian religion is base on a historical event: the life and death and resurrection from the dead of Jesus Christ living in Israel, Who performed many miracles. The Bible’s first four books of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark Luke and John are filled with stories of miracles and evidence of Jesus Christ’s supernatural nature.
Is Jesus For Real?
The belief that the Greek philosophers, Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates existed is base on their writings and by what other people wrote about them. There is more evidence that Jesus Christ walked the earth than there is of all three philosophers combined.
The real clincher in the Christian story is that those who believe Jesus and do as He asks discovers that they can develop a personal relationship with Him. We find that Jesus is crazier in love with us than we can imagine. He loves us so much that He doesn’t want us to stay this way. He wants more for us and he wants us to read more of His Word, the Bible.
So God, So What?
Wouldn’t you like to join the following group of people? They teach that it is best to treat others in the same way that you would want them to treat you. In fact, these people try to put others first and they make a point of looking out for other people’s needs. The founder of this group teaches by example. His leadership is one of encouragement, kindness, courage, self-control, wisdom, honesty, and understanding. He wants His followers to be leaders too. They are encouraged to study and be industrious. Surveys show that these people are the happiest, more creative and prosperous people on earth. They are also the most generous. In the Western World, they are responsible for creating universities, social welfare systems, hospitals, democracy and a free market. Members are always free to leave.
The best arguments against Christianity are Christians. Unfortunately, there are some Christians whose ideas are superficial. Some believe that their sickness was a manifestation of sin. Some will even claim that God will provide, but will quit a job and retire to a sofa and television. These so called Christians will never think of sharing the work load while receiving handouts.
Let’s talk about the recent priest and pastor sex abuse scandals: a tragedy! We don’t condemn all pastors or priests because of the acts of a few bad apples. In the same way we don’t say that all police are corrupt because of the actions of a few. The real reason is that we live in a time obsessed with sex. It has affected our entire culture.
YOU HAVE TWO CHOICES: Indicate your YES honestly.
|God is a superior mind that created the universe.||The world was created by chance.|
|An intelligent Designer created life.||An accident happened to create life|
|A higher Power determined our beginning.||We just got really lucky.|
|Our universe was guided in its formation.||We are here against all odds.|
|The world’s beauty points to intelligent design.||Beauty is what anyone says it is.|
|We are children of God||We are grown up human bodies|
|We have a reason to live and hope in death.||We live for no particular reason.|
|There is a right and a wrong.||Some people can have a different set of values as criminals have and that’s okay.|
|Truth is absolute and we choose what is right.||Truth is relative: it can be true for one person and not true for another.|
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?
- Christians don’t shout, “I am clean living!” They whisper “I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.”
- Christians don’t speak of this with pride. They confess that they stumble and need Christ to be their guide.
- Christians don’t say,” I’m strong.” They say they are trying to be strong because they are really weak and need strength.
- Christians don’t brag of success, but they admit that they are failing and they need God to clean up the mess.
- Christians don’t claim to be perfect. Their flaws are far too visible but God believes they are worth it.
- Christians still feel the sting of pain and they have their share of headaches but they call upon His Name.
- Christians are not holier than thou. They are also simple sinners who receive God’s unbelievable Grace.
Christianity on a Table Napkin:
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
God the Father will wipe every tear from our eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain. We will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is The Holy Spirit will have made all things new. Eternal joy will have begun. “For the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is His name.” Luke 1: 49
Are we not like Barabbas justly condemned for murder, but saved by the innocent Jesus on the cross? Are we not like the adulterous woman, deserving of death by stoning, to whom Jesus says, “I do not condemn you”? And Jesus saved them both. In fact, Jesus came to earth specifically to look for and save those who were lost.
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD.
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18
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