In my last post I stated “I was struck last night by the contrast between Christian belief and scientific belief. The Bible says over and over that if you have faith, if you trust in god, you will receive proof. If there is an overarching theme in the Bible, this is it.”
This basic fact of this need of god leads me to further questions. (“Enquiring minds want to know;” I read that somewhere.) The Bible has myriad stories involving interactions between Yahweh and ordinary people. In the vast majority of them, Yahweh demands faith or trust in his support from his people before he will lift a finger to help them. He even goes so far as to direct Abraham to perform a human sacrifice as a test of Abraham’s faith. There are countless other such stories.
The question is: what does this tell us about god? Basically it can only speak to a massive insecurity. God is all-powerful. If he wanted people to believe in him, he would only have to think it, ot wrinkle his nose, or whatever he does to trigger his magic, and it would be so. But what satisfaction would there be in that? Wouldn’t it be ever so much more pleasing to have his slaves choose to love and worship him?
However you look at this, God has some desires even he cannot fulfill and is looking for what he wants outside of himself.