Is there a God, and if so, why hasn’t He revealed Himself?
Dear Question Mark,
Good question. Let me think about it. I am going to lie down and contemplate it.
Okay, I’m back. I juggled your question: “Is there a God? Isn’t there a God? Is there a God? Isn’t there a God? Is there a God? Isn’t there a God?” I juggled it and I didn’t let it drop.
I have come to the conclusion that, yes, there is indeed a God. How did I come to that conclusion? We notice in churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, caves, huts, there are people and these people are in these places of worship for a reason: to worship God. Now, would these people be there if there were no God? Not likely. They would be playing parchisi or rearranging furniture.
They would not come to a place where they have to be quiet , and where chewing gum is frowned on, and get on their knees and listen to boring sermons if there were no God. There would be no point in it.
And what about all those people who read the bible and the koran and god knows what other barely readable books there are out there? Is that anybody’s idea of fun? Hardly.
They do it because God requires them to. And these examples go on : religious communities, self-flagellation (okay, that one can be fun) heavy clothing, strap-on terrorists, fasting, hair-shirts, eating hosts, not eating meat on Friday, sexual abstinence etc., etc., Who would buy any of those if there were not a God? I mean would you do any of the above for your next door neighbour? Or your in-laws?
You do these things because there is a God who wants you to. So I have come to the conclusion that there must be a God.
As far as why he hasn’t revealed himself. He has. Look at the calendars you get around Christmas time, with the picture of a bearded Jesus, look at the the little ring above his head. That is God, spinning around in a circle above Jesus. He is not exactly a looker, if you ask me, but who am I to criticize appearances?