Quote: Has God done enough?

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“Have you ever heard someone say, ‘If God wants us to believe in Him, why doesn’t He just reveal Himself?’ It seems like a reasonable request, but it overlooks the fact that he did reveal Himself, and we crucified Him. What else does He need to do? Write a book about Himself? He’s done that. Or maybe establish an authority to pass down His teachings? He’s done that as well, through the Church. Despite these efforts on His part, some people argue that He hasn’t done enough. More often than not, these are the same people who won’t go to the trouble of going online to find the nearest church.” – Jason Evert, Theology of Her Body

I really enjoyed this quote – most especially the last sentence. Most people that complain about God not doing enough to reveal himself are just using that as a lame excuse for their laziness. In this Great Mystery of our existence, God respects the integrity of our free will. He allows us to love, which means he allows us to choose. He never forces himself upon us, for that would destroy the opportunity for authentic love. But he does make Himself findable. But only for those willing to look for Him.

It’s not that people who make such excuses actually think they won’t find God if they look. On the contrary, they are actually quite scared of what they know they will find! And they know that it will challenge them to change the way they live their lives. It’s not actually laziness – it’s fear.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7

But be not afraid. If we are willing to give God an inch, He will take us miles in return. But we do have to fulfill our role – our work. And part of that is to knock, ask, and seek. And in His time, He will always answer, give and we shall find.

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Mark December 6, 2009 at 10:26 pm

More often that not though, the bigger question faced is “why do bad things happen to good people?”

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