Why God Hides Himself
If there is a God why does He not show Himself to the world!
The reason GOD does not come down and plainly reveal to the world that HE is GOD is because HE desires a response from the heart. HE wants our heart and not merely our intellect so that we respond like a robot. This is not to say that if God revealed himself to us it would negate our capacity of free will. It is to say that God allows the veiling of himself and who He in His ultimate moral perfection and power because he desires a response from the heart that is genuine as opposed to a mere submission out of an intellectual response to the revealed demonstration of God in ultimate power. God desires a response that is from the heart or self-originating towards Him by veiling Himself as opposed to a response that would tend to not engage ones self-originating free choice. A mere intellectual response such as, “I see you are the ultimate power and therefore I submit” is more a robot like or machine like response. It does not negate free will but also does not engage a self-originating response of free will from the heart.
This is the reason the truth is like a hidden treasure you must dig for and the reason God hides and veils Himself and allows deception. For example, many people today belief in the theory of evolution as if it is fact. If you searched out the all the facts you would find out there is overwhelming evidence against evolution. Scientific Creationism is held strongly by many hundreds of top scientists around the world who have exposed evolution as a BIG LIE which has been falsely stated as if it was fact. Genuine love is the key to ultimate unending fulfillment. The Ultimate I AM is LOVE and created us not as robots but as the source of our own action, in other words, with free will. Only therein is there the capacity to love but also with this capacity through free choice is the potential in choice of what can bring forth a state of hell or heaven. Therefore, God is not the creator of the devil or hell because His creatures by virtue of free will are self-originating and as such self- responsible.
There is a general principle and observation in our present world. God is not directly revealed in His full power and as such this allows for justifications and rationalizations to be our own god over God by buying into belief systems such as the theory of evolution. When God is more directly or even very directly revealed as the ultimate power, free will is not negated because there is always a counterbalance that requires free self-originating choice. So what was this in the case of Lucifer who from the beginning was exposed before the very presence of God’s glory and power that revealed God as the ultimate power over him and all creation? Lucifer had a great measure of God’s power and glory imparted to him and began at some point to view all this glory and power in himself as what could be his own in independence from God. He rationalized that he could be independent from God and even become greater than God. In this case, he still had 2 choices. Would he entertain this thought and buy into it or would he choose to fear God and therein acknowledge his real life source?
Today many are practicing satanic worship and do visibly see the very clear power of satanic miracles. One might ask, since they have seen this very clear evidence of power from Satan why then would they not acknowledge that there must be an ultimate power and turn to God. In this case, it is because there is still the counterbalance of supernatural power in evil that would allow for the direct revealing of God in great power to be easily rationalized with deceptive choices of rebellion. For example, “that Satan is just as powerful as God or that there is more than one super powerful god.”
The same would be the case with Adam and Eve, they had a very clear revealing of God before they fell. Nevertheless, of their own free self-originating will they still were deceived to make choices of independence against God. This means that even when God is clearly revealed it does not negate self-originating free will to have the potential to still make choices of independence and rebellion against God. When there is the direct revealing of God and the receiving of His presence of blessing and power, to then go against this, as in the case of Lucifer, is a direct rebellion against God with consequences that are therefore far worse and beyond redemption. In the case of Adam and Eve there is the deliberate placing of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which means the rebellion was not direct but via and outside allurement in this case with the tree with the deception that they could be gods in independence from God. Because this rebellion is indirect instead of direct against God it allows for the redemptive work of God to restore them through acknowledgment of their wrong and need of God for redemption.
It is obvious that it is the choices that truly come from the heart that are the very delight, love and focus of one’s life. It is these heart choices that become part of one’s life and grow in one’s life to be who they become. In other words, our identity or who you become issues out of the values or anti-values that have been the chief delight of your heart’s focus throughout your life. It is, therefore, self-evident that it is only when choice is genuinely self-originating or from the essence of ones being that one can be conformed in the essence of their being unto the value of their choice.
Those beings like the angels that are already in the presence of God are already in their fully matured state of being as God intended them to be, whereas humans on earth are in a process of transformation through the many opportunities of self-originating choices by the hiding and veiling of truth in order have free self-orginating choices to find it. This does not mean that angels cannot be tempted to rebel against God or be strengthened through obedience in their fully God ordained mature state of being. Being in the presence of God as they are, makes their draw towards lovingly obeying God very strong and the temptation to rebel far less of a drawn that what we experience as humans.
The writings of the early church fathers and the writings in the book of Enoch which is quoted in the Bible clearly describe angels who gave way to the temptation to come on the earth and have intercourse with the very beautiful women that were in the pre-flood world. When angels resist temptation to rebel against God they solidify and strengthen their self-originating choices and being in conformity to God who is the integrity of ultimate perfect love in judgment against all that is contrary thereto. It is also clearly evident that Adam and Eve may not have even been exposed to the full revealing of God’s power and authority since there was the deliberate placement of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Some claim God imposed His will on Mary to give her a child. Nothing could be farther from the truth. God knew that Mary was a godly pure woman who had made choices to live in close fellowship with God, and therefore gave to her what she deemed a very great blessing and privilege. She said in response, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word” ( Luke 1:38 ).
On the issue of God’s hardening of Pharaoh’s heart it would be very shallow understanding to conclude that this means God was imposing his will on Pharaoh in such a way that it was violating his free self-originating choice. Yes, God did harden Pharaoh’s heart, but how did He do this? There are many examples of how God does this throughout the Bible of which a few scriptures are below. Basically, when free self-originating choices are made against the evidence that points towards truth then God can allow deceptive thoughts and beliefs to affect thinking in ones heart to be hardened in those beliefs against being open to more truth. If they are not responsive towards the evidence there is than they do not deserve to receive the greater evidence. God deliberately hardens their heart against truth because of their own self-originating choice against truth. Everyone is given the opportunity to freely choose. However, there are cause and effect consequences in everything that happens in this universe. Therefore, certainly the Creator has authority over what he has made to bring consequences that are restrictive or destructive judgments on the free self-originating choices of those who have condoned and promoted what is anti-constructive, anti-wholeness and anti-God. The more people freely choose to be willingly ignorant against truth the more they fortify themselves in delusional rationalizations of beliefs and systems of governance against it. As this happens, greater and greater evidence of truth is revealed and so also evolves the rationalizations of beliefs and systems of governance against the truth until there is the full maturation of darkness against light. As history comes to consummation, this evolves to the point where there is the actual visible return of Christ to the earth. Those that have hardened themselves against God Who is the very essence of truth and reality will then hide in terror from the revelation of His glory. For example, Revelation 6:15-17 “15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”
For example, in 2 Thessalonians 2: 10-12 it says, “10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” In Matthew 10:13-15 we read, “10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.”
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