Skip to comments.Should God Appear to Atheists?
Posted on 09/04/2013 8:05:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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God requires faith. Demanding proof pretty much precludes any possibility of faith.
The whole idea of “should God” is offensive to me. Who are we to tell God what he should or should not do?
Its generally a bad idea to test the Creator.
God reveals Himself daily, it you can’t see Him that is your issue not His.
God did appear. They crucified him.
Even when the Israelites had God in their presence, they still grumbled and complained and their faith was waning. I don’t think it would do much good.
God went through this already and knows the outcome.
But good article, nonetheless.
I currently don't believe in Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Bigfoot, The Loch Ness Monster, Unicorns, etc.
If they revealed themselves, I would then believe them, not out of fear but because they would then be true.
God doesn't desire eternal slavesi.e., those who work to fulfill His requirements out of a desire to escape punishment or to gain something they want.
Then what's with the Heaven & Hell thingy?
As God reminds the Israelites throughout the Old Testament, it's not the acts of worship He's after, but the hearts of children who adore their Father and want to be with Him.
What Bible is this author reading? Throughout the New Testament God is slaughtering and Smoteing non-believers.
He does every day. There are none so blind as those who will not see.
God is revealed in creation through His word. Just read Ezekiel 38-39 and compare it to the headlines. It is supernatural.
Its a complex question which is why I said generally.
16 You shall not put the Lord your God to the test, as you tested him at Massah.
Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.
But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test.
“When this comes up with your atheist friends”...
I don’t have any of those. Atheism precludes friendship.
"Do I really need to say it?"
Yes, I’ve often thought it takes a lot more faith to believe a mere man is the highest power than to believe in great and loving God.
It is not a “should God,” but will He? Yes.
I know of at least three stories in which the person was either a non-believer or of a different religion and Jesus Himself appeared to all in visions/dreams and they converted. One was Hindu, one was Jewish and one was Muslim. Atheists? Not exactly, but it could happen to anyone.
Assuming God wanted to “reveal Himself” to atheists, I wonder what method of “revelation” would be sufficient to eliminate their doubts? And how often?
I’d think that sending a son down to earth who who taught, performed miracles, was killed and was raised from the dead, appearing in person to many, would be enough. How often should God do this, according to persons who don’t believe in Him?
What kind of stupid question is this?
The older I get the more I understand why old people don’t say much. I can only guess what the Creator who is possibly several billion years would even want to say to us other than, “behave yourselves!”
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