Has someone ever asked you, “Where is your evidence?” It would be best if God could appear and answer, right? Or maybe it wouldn’t.
How many times have you told someone about your faith, simply to have them answer, “Prove it.” You pray ask God to reveal Himself so that they may believe, yet you stand still in the silence, your friend staring, waiting for the answer that would turn their life around. If you’re anything like me ten years ago, you’d wonder about God’s love for them. However, over the years, I’ve come to realize it’s because of His love for them that He remains silent when this question is asked.
As humans, we pride ourselves on knowledge. We’re constantly questioning, searching for the truth, even if the truth leads to an unfavorable position. Why do we do this? Isn’t it better to be naive than to be hurt by the truth? I asked this question once. The answer I got was a quote that said, “I would rather be hurt by the truth than satisfied by a lie.” This, of course, is true, and should be followed. However, when I said we’re sinners in need of a savior and we must recognize our broken condition, he recoiled from what I believe to be true for us all. It got me thinking, is this the reason God won’t appear?
We don’t want God. From the beginning, we’ve turned from His face, attempted to be our own gods. One Atheist said that he’d be sorely disappointed if he found God to be real. Maybe that is the reason we can never find evidence. We don’t want Him.
Relationships are built on love. A deep desire for one another that can’t be slaked. If I was loved by a woman, yet I choose to reject her, she’d move on, although it would terrible painful. I can’t help but think that God works the same way. To serve Him without wanting Him would hurt both the lover and the loved. It hurts God because, though we believe Him, reject Him, and it hurt us because we reject the salvation Jesus offers, choosing to live in our performance, rather than His.
So why do we reject the idea of God? Is it in order to not look stupid because we believe in an “imaginary” friend, or does it go deeper than that? Is it more along the lines of moral obligation, the command to lay down our lives, take up our cross? Is it the reluctance to give up our dreams and desires to live inside of His? What began the movement to challenge Christianity? I believe this comes from the view of Christianity being a law giving system, rather than a relationship.
Unfortunately, Christians have enforced this view, emphasizing the laws written in Leviticus, Deuteronomy, and so forth. These laws were set to assist in organizing and governing a rebellious world. We rejected God and a life with Him, and so we didn’t hold the motivation to change and become holy as we do when we fall in love with one greater than ourselves. However, God couldn’t let His creation fall to their own devices, and so laws were governed. To become holy and righteous, one had to obey and follow those laws. It was for our own good. It saved us from destroying ourselves, as the laws enforced by the government do today. However, Jesus later came to fulfill those laws and become our righteousness. With this love comes the desire to become the people Jesus wants us to be. People who turn from sin and iniquity.
This evidence is sadly rare in our culture, thus, the motivation to change and turn from sinful habits is diminishing. The want of God, of something more than ourselves, is vanishing and being replaced by a pride that corrupts us with every word we waste and every act of selfishness we indulge in. Until we realize the extent of our broken nature and desperate need for love, restoration, and reconciliation, we’ll continue to satisfy a beast that leaves us with nothing but scars.