Does God Hide From Us?
Why would a god try so hard to hide itself and then punish you for all eternity for not finding it?
This is a question that any theist who also accepts evolutionary or big bang theory must ask themselves. Why would a purposeful, intelligent creator of the universe who requires worship make the universe behave in such a manner as to suggest that there is no need for a god to operate in it? Why would an intelligent god need worship in the first place? Are you willing to accept that the character of the creator of the universe has such a low self-esteem that it needs you to grovel and beg? Why does the universe need a creator and not a god? Questions like these can be avoided by certain kinds of pantheists and deists, but those aren’t the kind of people we need to worry about making them question their beliefs.
We need to worry about people who try to reconcile the idea of a god using evolution as a tool to create man with the idea of original sin, because the two do not work together. We need these kinds of people to question the character of such a god that would do everything possible to hide from us and then punish us for not seeing his deception. Do people really want to believe in a trickster god or are these just pathetic attempts at making rationalizations for the shortsightedness of bronze age men who were just trying to understand the world around them?
These people are not extremists, they are moderate in comparison to a suicide bomber. They are just trying to amalgamate what they want to be true with the reality they can not turn a blind eye to. We have to appreciate the conflict going on inside a person in this situation. Many atheists and agnostics went through similar internal deliberations on their path to non-belief. In my opinion the best thing we can do for these people is to continue to challenge their beliefs and be there for them when they want to share their doubts.