Why Isn't God More Obvious?

I remember watching an old interview with a well-known atheist.

He arrived with a gray suit, gray eyes, and an even grayer soul. I couldn't help but feel compassion for this man, even though it is his life's mission to destroy me.

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Not me, specifically, but everything I stand for: that is Christ begotten by God in man flesh, slaughtered as an innocent lamb, and raised on the third day.

Sometimes I am tempted to despise him, but then I realize that he's not as vicious as he wants to be. He's really a sheep in wolf's clothing.

"What would you ask God if you found out He was real?" The questioner asked the man.

"I would ask Him why He hid Himself so well."

Atheists Aren't the Only Ones to Question God

But this gray man isn't the only one to ask the question. I've asked it too throughout the years.

"Just show yourself, and I'll believe!"

It's a common question asked by skeptics and truth-seekers: Why isn't God more obvious?

This One Revelation Makes God Blatant

Here's the problem with that question though. No matter how much God chooses to reveal to us, we will never be satisfied. We can always raise our level of disbelief.

What am I talking about?

God already has and continues to reveal Himself on numerous fronts: creation, language, love. I could write multiple books on each of those three topics. We also have His Word—the very revelation of God Himself.

But that's not what I'm talking about.

What I mean to say is this. God sent His son Jesus to reveal Himself to us. He sent His own son, and people still didn’t believe.

No rational human argues against the historical Jesus. He was a man who lived on earth. Whether or not you believe He is who He said He is is another story.

Why Miracles Aren't Enough

While on earth Jesus did some amazing things.

He fed 5,000 people with just a handful of bread.
He turned water to wine.
He raised Lazarus from the dead.

What more evidence does one need than that?

Yet still, many people did not believe in Him.

Do you see what I mean?

They raised their level of disbelief with each successive miracle.

Because when they saw that a certain miracle was possible, they assimilated it into the list of possibilities.

This is why, when the people demanded a sign, Jesus said, “No more."

A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. Matthew 12:39-40

Do you see what He's saying here?

This is the sign that I'm who I say I am. In the earth for three days, I will rise just as Jonah emerged from the sea thing.

And that's what it means to be a Christian: to affirm this last sign—the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

So why isn't God more obvious? Because our definition of obvious is constantly shifting. Jesus turned water to wine? That's not obvious enough. The sun rises and sets daily without fail? Not enough.

God is obvious to those who will open their eyes.

For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:20

Look at the facts with an honest heart and mind, and you will see that God is blatant. He is undeniable.

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