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Don Stewart :: If God Exists, Then Why Is He Still Silent?

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Don Stewart

During the mid-1960's there was much interest in a philosophical movement that believed that God was dead. Is God dead? The question is a valid one and the answer is no. God is alive and working His will in the universe. If this is true, then why don't we hear from Him? Why is God silent? Why doesn't He reveal Himself so everyone can see Him?

He Is Not Silent

The Bible says God has spoken. He has revealed Himself in history. Each page of the Old and New Testaments gives evidence of God revealing Himself. The climax to God's revelation was when He became a man in the person of Jesus Christ.

God, who at various times and in different ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the worlds (Hebrews 1:1,2).

Since the time of Christ and the writing of the New Testament documents, there have been no additional revelations from God. The writing of inspired Scripture ended with the writings of Christ's apostles and their disciples.

He Will Come Again

The next time God will publicly intervene in the affairs of humanity is when He comes again in the person of Jesus Christ. At that time every eye shall see Him.

Behold, he is coming with clouds, and every eye shall see him, and they also who pierced him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of him (Revelation 1:7).

The Silence Of God Reveals His Patience

The silence of God is a testimony to His patience. God is still waiting for people to repent of their sins:

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).

Presently God is calling out to people to believe in Him.

Summary

The God of the Bible is not dead. He not only exists he has spoken to humanity. The Bible is the record of God revealing himself to the human race. The Scriptures are now complete and God is no longer speaking in this manner. However God is still working His plan for the universe. The present silence of God, as far as divine revelation is concerned, is a sign of God's patience, mercy and grace. He has promised to come to the earth again and set up his everlasting kingdom. In the interim he is calling out for people to believe in him. There will come a time when His present silence will be broken and that He will come again. In the meantime he is very much alive and working out his will in the entire universe.

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