How to answer: ‘Why doesn’t God reveal himself more clearly?’

We addressing questions people ask about faith on Sundays. But I recognise in conversation you don’t get twenty minutes to does a presentation. So how can we answer the question:’Why doesn’t God reveal himself more clearly?’ when we get asked in a break at work or in a noisy pub? Here are some pointers.

1. ‘What would you like? How would you like God to reveal himself? Would you like God to write something in the sky? “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1). Would you like God to send you a message? He has given us the Bible. Would you like God to come in person? Jesus is God among us.’

2. ‘Jesus said: “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Why not take a look at Jesus by reading a Gospel. See what you make of Jesus.’

3. Challenge people. ‘There are good reasons for taking the existence of God seriously. Your real problem is that you don’t want to admit there is a God to whom you are accountable. You reject God because you do not like the implications for your life.’

4. If people wish God existed then they will examine the evidence with more openness. So show people that it is good to know God and to live under his authority through your life and our life together. (See Deuteronomy 4:5-8; 1 Peter 2:11-12.)

5. Don’t be intermediated. A person’s reasons for doubting are just as ‘prejudiced’ as your reasons for trusting God.