Religion. It’s a strange business. On other matters we are asked, are we for or against? But when it comes to God, we must answer, do we believe or not? How peculiar.
You might have thought that God would give us free will to choose Him or not. Instead He neglected to tell us clearly whether He even exists. It’s pure negligence. A shocking abdication of divine responsibility.
Why make belief an issue at all? If God existed, wouldn’t it be so much better if He appeared to us, leaving no doubt about his existence?
I don’t mean appearing in a dream or a vision. I mean on CNN or the Jerry Springer show. He could pop in at the end of the programme on his fiery chariot and forgive the guests. Or smite them down like sinners, depending on whether it’s an Old or New Testament kind of day.
People could ask him questions. “Which side do you take in this war, God?” or “God, is Obamacare really the spawn of Satan?”
Then we would know. It would be up to us to decide if we were for or against Him.
Why the doubt? Why make people like me, who want so much to do the right thing, turn away from God and embrace other ways of thinking about the world instead?
If God were real, why would He do that?