Summary: Why Believe in an invisible God?
How Can I Believe in a God I can’t See?
If God wants us to believe in Him, He should make himself visible so we could talk one on one, touch Him, hear him verbally, see him with our own eyes.
"Why does God put us in a position where we have to try to believe in Him? Why does He toy with mankind, teasing us with evidence that’s good enough to make us uncomfortable, but never coming directly out and making himself clear? What’s so great about "faith" that He desires it above an obvious revelation of Himself...Hell, just write it across the sky, nice and big: "Here’s your proof, Ed. Believe in me or go to Hell! Sincerely, the Almighty." You wouldn’t have to spend an afternoon arguing history to me. I’d be on my knees."
Is that the thing that would convince the world that God exists? If God wrote something across the sky in a huge multicolor pen. Better yet, what if God came down and started healing people, raising the dead, doing all kinds of tricks and things. Then we would see it with our own eyes, right? Then believing in God would be a cinch...
Wait a minute....Let me ask you something. Do you believe everything you see or don’t see?
If seeing is believing, the next time you’re driving on a hot road and see shimmering water in the distance. Get out of your car and go take a drink. Sunrise, move, and set--remind self eyes lying to you. Blue sky--tell eyes not seeing right. Sky has no color--ask any astronaut.. Seeing is not always believing....
ILLUS: Mike-do a magic trick
Not only do our eyes play tricks on us, but there are many things that exist which we can’t see, taste, touch, feel, or hear. How many of you believe in Gravity? You haven’t seen it, touched it, heard it, or tasted it. You can’t even feel gravity--but you can feel it’s effects. Believe me. When I play basketball, I feel like I’ve got 2 huge bowling balls in my shoes. I believe in gravity.
Also, right below your nose, behind you, beneath you are masses of invisible television waves. Cowboys, Indians, newscasters, soap operas, athletes are all flashing before your eyes, but you can’t see them. If you denied their existence because you couldn’t see them, would that alter the reality of their existence. No way.
Say God did come out and do all kinds of tricks and things...evidence so compelling it blew your mind. What if he wrote in the sky "Jesus is my Son, believe in Him." Would all people put their faith and trust in Jesus? No way. Now some would. They’d say, "Wow. Awesome. Miracle." and believe. But you know what happens over time. The impression fades. It may be a month or a year and the force of the miracle would fade. It happens with all of us. We begin thinking it was more of a dream than a real event. Maybe I was hallucinating. Maybe someone spiked my Orange Juice that day, or I ate moldy Cheese. And when you tell other people, they’re going to say that you’ve lost your marbles. Then you’ll doubt whether it really happened or not. So you’ll want another miracle. If you believe in God because of miracles, you’ll need a steady diet of them, frequent and more incredible every time.
Jesus knew this. He came down, walked on water, healed the sick, raised the dead...It wasn’t enough for some people...
Matthew 16:1,4 "The Pharisees and Sadducees came to test Jesus. So they asked him to show them a miraculous sign from heaven...Evil and unfaithful people look for a miraculous sign. But the only sign they will be given is that of Jonah." Mark 8:12 With a deep sigh Jesus asked, "Why do these people demand a sign? I guarantee this truth: If these people are given a sign, it will be far different than what they want!"
In last days Jesus said "False Christs and false prophets will appear. They will work miraculous signs and do wonderful things to deceive, if possible, those whom God has chosen." Mk 13:22
Rev 16:14 "These are spirits of demons which do miracles."
Rev 13:13,14 "The 2nd beast performs miraculous signs. It even makes fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people. It deceives those living on earth with the signs it is allowed to do."
Even though God does miracles and gives signs, I don’t believe he does it all the time to get his point across. He doesn’t need to. He has given plenty of evidence that he exists.
Romans 1:20 "Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature-- are clearly seen, being understood by what was made, so that people are without excuse."