If God exists and He loves you so much why isn't He around? Why does He keep Himself a secret if His goal is to love you and be united with you in life-giving eternal embrace? This can be a confusing issue. Yet as you will see, it makes perfect sense why God hides Himself from us.
For friendship and intimacy to happen between two beings, they must have some commonality between them. Two beings that have absolutely nothing in common cannot relate to one another in a meaningful way. Perhaps you have been put in a situation where you had to relate to someone you didn't know. The awkward tension was obvious to both of you. As a result, relating was very difficult at best. Now imagine the difficulties of trying to develop relationship between an infinite uncreated being and a finite created one - the abyss is infinitely greater than anything we've ever experienced.
So, if God wanted to create a race of beings that could relate to Him in the ways He wanted, He needed to give them as much commonality with Himself as possible. In other words, He needed to create them in His own image (giving them His own capabilities and characteristics). In so doing, God could allow His creation to experience life through His perspective.
Also, as we shall see shortly, God needed a way to experience life from the perspective of the created so that each could understand the issues of the other (thus providing the foundation upon which to build friendship and deeper forms of intimate relationship). In other words, by allowing each to wear the shoes of the other, it would build the framework in which relationship could blossom and go deep.
As you might imagine this was a massive challenge - but one that He (and He alone) was capable of achieving. So, the first part of the plan would be to create a race of beings possessing as many of His characteristics and capabilities as possible. Yet, how could God create a race of beings in His own image?
Consider some of the traits that are unique to being the infinite God. First, He has the freedom to make His own choices without the coercion of anyone forcing His decisions. Second, He has unlimited options from which to choose (the power to choose between doing good and evil, being kind or harsh, etc.). Also, He has dominion over His environment(the power to shape it to His liking, to manage the resources and other lower life forms under His authority, etc.). His choices have real power (the power of life and death are in His hand).
So, these and many other capabilities would need to be given to creation in order to facilitate deep relationship. One of the challenges is that it would not be possible to give all of these things to creation if they existed in God's presence. How could they have dominion over their environment if they existed within God's? How could they experience freedom of choice if they lived in His presence? Obviously, if they saw God's power, authority, and wealth, that would shape their decisions (they would not have the genuine freedom to make choices that are counter to God's once they beheld His majesty). So, if they existed in God's presence, it would not be possible for them to experience the same things that God does (thus eliminating the foundation upon which to build deep relationship).
The only solution would be to create a separate reality in which to place these beings so that they could be given a position with some similarity to God's. By dwelling in an environment free from God's presence, these beings could have dominion over their environment and come to know, to some degree, what God experiences. They could be given the dignity of possessing real power in their choices (the power of good and evil, life and death).
Yet, this power requires another condition. Although these created beings will dwell in a reality free from God's presence, if they know for sure that He exists, it will still influence their choices. If God is good and just and one of these beings considers doing something evil, if he knows that God exists, His decisions may be impacted (he may not make free choices if he knows that God exists). So, if these beings are to experience true freedom of choice, they must not have certainty of His existence. That is, they must be given room to doubt God's existence, if they so choose.
Only with this freedom to doubt God's existence will these beings be free to make choices that are truly their own. So, although God needed to create a separate reality in which to place these beings, He needed to do so in a way that would allow plenty of room for His creations to question and even doubt His existence. This would provide the foundation upon which they could be created in God's image.
Naturally, you understand that the implication here is that this race of beings that God designed is us and the separate reality that he created is our universe. Hence, the reason that God is not among us is so that we can experience true freedom of choice (free will). This situation leads us to another important question.
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