The Christians often say God stays hidden because he wants us to choose to believe in him–if God made himself known he would take away our choice and our free will. So we have to believe in him on faith (without evidence).
I have a big problem with this. All the things I believe, I believe because there are good reasons to accept they are true (and even then, I’m rarely or never certain). God’s strategy guarantees that only children, the indoctrinated, the gullible, the fearful, the logically challenged and the emotionally needy will believe in him.
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There is a much better strategy than this. The Christians God should make himself known to EVERYONE in an incontrovertible way so no one will have any doubt he exists. That leaves us free to decide whether to worship him, love and give our lives to him, or just think he is a dick. This strategy would eliminate deadly squabbling between humans over who has the real god and would leave just two groups–those who worship him and those who don’t.
After all, deciding how to respond to God is the important decision–searching for an undetectable being that can never be found is a fool’s errand.
Of course, there is a good reason why my strategy is never used–a god would have to exist for it to work. Being hidden is the only available strategy for non-existent gods.