If God Wants a Relationship With Us, Why Doesn’t He Show Himself More?
“If God wants us to believe in him, why doesn’t he just supernaturally reveal himself to everyone?”
The question posed above is certainly something worth pondering. Christianity describes God as all-good and all-powerful, and it claims that God wants everyone to believe in him. If that’s the case, then why doesn’t he just show himself in the sky for everyone to see? Why (partially) hide himself from us?
One possible answer to this is that God hides himself so that we can have time to repent of our sins instead of facing immediate judgment. To understand this, consider a teacher with two students in her class – Bob and Jose. Bob understands English and can hear perfectly. Jose speaks English as a second language and is partially deaf. The teacher gives her class clear instructions about what they are to do and strictly warns them not to do otherwise. She then goes away and comes back. Upon her return, she finds that both Bob and Jose ignored her instructions. Upon questioning them both, she finds out that Bob simply refused to do what he was told but Jose disobeyed partially because he wasn't quite sure what he was supposed to do. In this situation, shouldn’t the teacher treat Jose more leniently than Bob?
This may be part of the reason God partially hides himself from us. We often assume that if God fully revealed himself in all his glory, everyone would obey him as they should. But that isn't necessarily the case. The fact that God partially hides himself could be intentional so that God's justice permits us to repeatedly sin without facing any immediate and eternal judgment.