Why isn’t God more obvious?
The greatest evidence that God is not only obvious, but a personal being, lies in his most magnificent creation of all; ourselves. God created us with a mind that is self-aware and a heart with the ability to love. We are created with a conscience that calls us to be morally responsible and a soul that longs for meaning and significance. Together, they become the essence of what humans were designed to be and the strongest evidence of a personal God.
Isn’t it interesting that the world around us is fully compatible to our physical longings and desires? We hunger and there is food. We thirst and there is water. We have sex drives and behold, there is sex. The world created for us remarkably provides for those natural drives within us.
Isn’t it also interesting that humans instinctively assume that something like love is a reality? Love becomes the only ideal in our lives worth living and dying for. On the other hand, nature seems to be indifferent, loveless, and a brute process of colliding chemicals. Is our ideal for love within us just a case of reacting chemicals? And where do we obtain our moral convictions?
Humans instinctively hunger for meaning and purpose. We strive to fill our lives with significance. If our cosmos or “evolution” is indifferent and purposeless, than all we are, all we do, all we believe in and strive for is “dust in the wind.” Everything becomes ultimately meaningless.
This must mean that we live in a created environment that is ultimately personal. All of nature takes care of all our personal needs. We have been created to be self-aware, rational, loving, moral, and purposeful. God created a perfect environment that is in perfect sync with his ultimate creation, mankind. If God is left out of the picture and our existence is solely based on human reasoning, then human existence becomes only a “freak of nature”, out of place, tortured, and extremely painful. We become the product of a cruel, sick, cosmic joke. So, unless the ultimate source of all existence is at least as personal as we are, than who we are, our very being, is both un-explainable and extremely difficult to swallow.
** This question and answer was inspired from the book, “Letters from a Skeptic” by Dr. Gregory A Boyd and Edward K. Boyd, Chariot Victor Publishing, 1994.