The most basic question of all, in the mind of the un-convinced, is simply, “Why doesn’t God just make himself known to all?” It would immediately answer questions about his existence, about who is the so-called “one true God,” about gospels and divine stories, sons of God, angels, devils, miracles, heavens and hells.
But instead, we have century after century of religious violence in the name of some god who wants to be recognized and loved, but utterly hates that a man might worship another creature (imaginary or real) other than himself. So, then, why doesn’t he just show up? Is that so difficult for an omniscient being?
In the Jewish Torah and Christian bible, the very first of God’s commandments is not to love one another but to worship no other god than himself.[i] It might seem that such narcissism is unbecoming of a god, but it doesn’t stop there. No, according to this god, if one is found to worship another god, or suggest that you do too, be it your brother, your best friend, your wife, or your own child for that matter, you must stone that person until dead.
Deu 13:6 If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers;
Deu 13:7 Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth;
Deu 13:8 Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him:
Deu 13:9 But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.
Deu 13:10 And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die;
This is not much different than the Islamic jihad of today. Even in the 21st century we are still subject to some god wanting to snuff out the worship of other gods. To the rational, this is utterly insane. For even if there was a God, since not a single one of our senses could certify his existence, why would he require the killing of other humans for the crime of not knowing he exists, (or which god he is)? Does he not know that he is invisible to our senses?
If any god showed up, would other gods then show up as well? What really is the problem with a god making himself known? Might existence be a barrier?
Has God Really Ever “Showed Up?”
But throughout history, apparently God has showed up in the form of “invisible hands,” “burning bushes,” dreams, revelations, omens, signs, and whatever else a believing mind wants to attribute to a God. But why doesn’t a god simply make himself known in the real world of actuality as himself?
The Creator of the universe showing up as a bush hardly inspires belief from a critical mind. Rather, why not show up as a God, accompanied by gifts of technology it would take a hundred millennia to duplicate?
We are told that God wants us to love him and worship him, and even has a plan for us! But 100 percent of the time, it is humans making this claim, not an actual god. These claims are made in social clubs in the form of religion, man-made holy books, and through the process of indoctrination. Muslims, for example, have their set of God-given plans, while Christians have theirs. Each would tell you that the others’ set of plans, even the others’ God, is false, while theirs of course is true. And where, pray tell, is a god to confirm any of it?
But at the end of the day, sooner or later God needs your money to keep up “His” good works, in addition to your time and energy to work “His” plan. Yes, doing God’s will is always at the forefront of his plan for you. And that plan is usually in some fashion to convert others to the social club so that the club grows. And as the club grows, those in charge of the club get wealthier. Awesome racket; been going on for centuries. Have you ever wondered what God needs with money? See Joshua 6:19
19 “But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD.”
Just follow where it ends up. Look at the extravagant monuments built to these invisible creatures. The Vatican, over the past few decades or so, has paid billions of dollars to settle lawsuits against Catholic priests accused of pedophilia. How does a Church hoard that kind of money if the teachings of Jesus is even remotely understood?
Or how about American evangelicals? The most successful of them live in tax free luxurious mansions, preach in glistening palaces called churches, all the while promising eternal life in exchange for the belief in a story. Where does their extreme wealth come from? That’s right; it comes from the flock.
But why doesn’t it occur to these “flock” that the Creator of the universe, who can form every element, every atom, every star, and every galaxy in the universe, hardly requires the aid of a man, or his money, to execute “His” plan? To the critical mind, it is perfectly obvious what is happening. (The fleecing of the flock.)
In fact, it makes far greater sense that the reason no god shows up and makes himself known is because the things we are told about any God, and what he supposedly wants, are simply made up by men, usually for their own power and profit. For how could God possibly need your help, to murder, or to execute his plan?
Either there is a god or there isn’t. If he does exist and he wants our love and needs our help, surely he would make himself known to all. Could such a solution be any simpler? But what if there was no god, except in the imaginations of men? Would this not reflect the current and historical landscape of religious affairs exactly?
[i] Exo 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.