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Hunger for God

Christians speak of a divine void that God places in each one of us which makes us want to seek Him. Yet they also insist that God never violates our free choice to accept or reject Him. Isn't this "divine void" a violation of free will? That is, if God creates us with any particular will, including the will to seek Him, then isn't He influencing our choice? We are free to decide but our decision is controlled (not quite free) to a certain extent by this implanted will. Besides the problem of free will, isn't it a malicious act to implant this void in us, only to hide from us the only thing that can fill it? If God is the only one that can fill the void, isn't it cruel for God to hide himself from us? Let's first look at the problem of free will.

To illustrate how an influenced choice is not really a free choice, consider an alcoholic (or a person addicted to any substance). Just like other people who are not alcoholics, the alcoholic is free to choose not to drink. However for the alcoholic, choosing not to drink is much more difficult than choosing to drink. The will to drink is so strong that many choose to drink even when they know it may cost them their livelihood, their family, their health, and in some cases their life. For the alcoholic, the freedom of choice is "not as free" as it is for the person who is not an alcoholic.

But the disposition to become addicted to alcohol is genetically inherited by chance, so it would not be a divine violation of the free will. But Christians claim that God intentionally places the will to seek Him in each one of us - that makes it a divine violation of free will. According to this claim, none of us have true freedom of choice: God takes away a certain amount of out free will in exchange that we might fulfill His wish that we seek Him.

Now let's turn our discussion to how God hides himself from us. Christians characterize this "void" that God places in us as a "hunger" for which only He can provide nourishment (i.e., only finding God will fill the void). Yet Christians also believe that though God created the heavens and the Earth, He hides the evidence of his hand in their creation. That is, He makes it appear as though the universe, including all life on Earth, were created by natural means. Some even go so far as to claim that, at the same time God created the earth, God created the light which reaches the earth from stars which are millions of light years away! Here is but one example of that claim. If this is true, then God went to a lot of trouble to make it appear that the universe is ancient, even though Fundamentalist Christians claim that it is only 6,000 years old. If that is true, then God creates us "hungry" but he hides the "food". On the one hand, He withholds evidence that would help us believe that He exists, but on the other, He requires us to believe in Him before He'll fill our void. Compare this to the words of Jesus as quoted in Matthiew: "Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?" Rather than giving us a clear way to fill the void, God amuses himself as humanity fumbles about blindly, playing His divine game of Hide and Seek.

Mat 7:9Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
Conclusion: Either God restricts our free will and toys with us mercilessly, or there is no such thing as a divine void that is created by God, for God.

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