Every once in a while I’ll have someone ask me something along the lines of: “if God really exists, why doesn’t he just show up, reveal himself, prove that he exists and remove everyone’s doubts.”
When faced with the previous question, I can’t help but think, “Be careful what you ask for, you may someday get it.” Do you really understand what it is you are asking for?
Here is C.S. Lewis’ take on the matter:
I wonder whether people who ask God to interfere openly and directly in our world quite realize what it will be like when He does. When that happens, it is the end of the world. When the author walks on to the stage the play is over. God is going to invade, all right: but what is the good of saying you are on His side then, when you see the whole natural universe melting away like a dream and something else – something it never entered your head to conceive – comes crashing in; something so beautiful to some of us and so terrible to others that none of us will have any choice left? For this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature. It will be too late then to choose your side. There is no use saying you choose to lie down when it has become impossible to stand up. That will not be the time for choosing: it will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen, whether we realized it before or not. Now, today, this moment is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It will not last forevere. We must take it or leave it.
“One day every tongue will confess You are God.
One day every knee will bow.
Still the greatest treasure remains for those who gladly choose you now.”