Though I’ve come along way on the spiritual front, sometimes when I think of the Christian story of how God revealed himself to man I still have the old pang of, “Oh, come on, it seems really unlikely that the Creator of heaven and earth would go this route. This sounds like something humans made up.”
I have come to the conclusion that it is true and that the Creator indeed did go that route (for brevity’s sake I’ll save my rationale for another day), but I still like to test my beliefs and ask myself the tough questions to better understand this new religion of mine.
For the past few weeks I’ve been trying to come up with a different way that God could have revealed himself that would make his presence more obvious and allow for more efficient dissemination of his message. I’m a fairly creative thinker, and I was not able to come up with any ideas that worked when held up against what the Catholic Church says we know about God.
So I sent the following question to Hemant at The Friendly Atheist:
I have a question that I’d love for you to pose to your readers. I think your audience would be the perfect crowd to help me on this. I’m trying to think through some of my newfound beliefs and am pondering some of the “hows” and “whys” behind the Christian story of how God revealed himself to man. Sometimes I think it makes a lot of sense, other times it seems implausible.
So…if you have any interest, I would love for you to ask your readers this question: pretend that you’re God for a minute. You created everything in the universe, including humans. You love humans, you want them to know you and your guidelines for how they should live, and you also want them to have free will. Given these parameters, how do you go about revealing yourself and your plan to them?
It would be interesting to me to see what you and your readers come up with.
He was kind enough to oblige and posed my question to his readers. I’ve only had time to glance through the responses but saw a couple of interesting ones that are good food for thought. Will write more on this later when I’m not typing with one hand while holding a baby.
In the meantime, go check out the responses. Any thoughts?
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