God and Satan: The question invariably rises as to why such powerful forces, if they are truly part of existence, do not manifest in more tangible ways? I think a good logical answer exists to that question which is usually the ultimate argument for atheistic belief. If truly, as we have been told in essentially every religious belief that man has kept, that our voluntary belief in (faith) and alignment with (virtue) the absolute morality of our creator is itself the absolute good that is the goal of humanities trial in existence, then the ultimate salvation or damnation of humanity lies in an enlightened acceptance of faith and virtue, or denial of it. In this trial, evil wishes to drive us from the creator and his absolute moral law. In a modern society of learned individuals, evil is best served in this regard by disbelief in that absolute moral standard, allowing mankind's animalistic tendencies to combine with nihilistic belief and lead to absolute hedonism; a full collapse of moral virtue and faith that itself is a harbinger for a collapse of society. Any tangible manifestation would be proof of the existence of a higher absolute evil, and therefore by logical extension, a higher absolute good, which would ultimately act to reinforce faith and virtue. So a higher evil is best served in modern society without tangible manifestation.
A more subtle question is why did God, in all of his wisdom, choose to withdraw all tangible manifestation from mankind? I think we can learn much of the answer to this question by observing our own children and their most obvious attribute. They grow and evolve. A child’s need for its parent’s guiding hand goes through an evolution from simple orders of yes and no, rewards and punishment, guiding words of wisdom and advice, to eventually one day, you will have taught them all that you can. For them to continue growing they must do so as adults; armed with the wisdom you have taught them, and their own experiences, they face the world and start their own journey. It is only in this way, stepping out on their own, even if a proud parent still watches lovingly from afar, that our children achieve their potential not only as an individual person but as part of humanity. So too, our relationship with God has grown; from the early covenant of Abraham, to the Ten Commandments and God’s law revealed in the Old Testament, to the wisdom and advice spoken by God’s word made man. Thereafter God has remained in the intangible, and we started our own spiritual adulthood as a people, with a free choice to believe in faith and virtue, or not to believe; We must do so without stone tablets etched by a heavenly hand so holy that the unclean would be struck down for merely standing in their presence, we must do so without God himself standing before us as a man that Satan could not corrupt and that death could not claim. We are now given a choice, not only free of the coercion of such tangible divinity, but also with full knowledge of the implications. We can accept God into our lives, and use his moral wisdom to build a better world, or we can deny him, fill the void in our souls with ever greater amounts of hedonism, and watch our world fall apart. Whichever, we must now go forward; standing only on the wise words and advice we have been given. We have to be adults now to live up to what we could be: what God wants us to be.
25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.
29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.