Wouldn’t it be so much easier if God showed Himself to us, at least every once in a while? Wouldn’t it be nice to have the burden of faith lifted from our shoulders, because He made himself known, visible, accessible? That would certainly end all of the turmoil between the different religions, wouldn’t it? We would finally be able to show the disbelievers and better yet, the followers of other gods, that we were right and they were wrong. That should stop the fighting once and for all!
The bottom line is that none of us knows for sure if our beliefs are correct or not. The Holy Spirit moves within us and the indescribable feeling of that experience is the only “proof” that we have. That’s why they call it faith. The word faith is derived from the Latin word fides, which meant reliability, and was most often used as a description of a person’s character – the ability to be trustworthy in a relationship, with God and with others.
Even if all people of other religions were able to be converted by seeing our God, or meeting Jesus in person, there would still be other differences upon which to fuel our prejudices. A better way to make God known is through loving, trustworthy relationship with others. In this way, we can be God’s presence in the world – even in His “absence”.