Atheism is the belief there is no god to meet. “Deism” is the belief that God made the world and left it to run down and left us on our own. The Bible presents God as a stranger who introduced himself. We have to say God is a “stranger” because he is so different than us. He is the Creator and we are the creature. We have to be careful not to make God in our image. He is simply “other” than us.
But God has chosen to introduce himself to us so that we aren’t strangers anymore. God introduced himself to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. God spoke to Noah. God spoke to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God spoke through the prophets to his people.
“At many times and in many ways, long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets. Now upon these last days, he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the worlds. He is the radiance of his glory and the imprint of his person” (Hebrews 1:1-3a Donnie’s translation).
God is not a stranger we can’t meet. He is the stranger who introduced himself to us. God had spoken in many different ways at many different times, but all that previous revelations are superseded by God’s introduction of himself to the world in Christ. Jesus said, “if you have seen me, you have seen the Father” (John 14:9). All through the Old Testament, God introduced himself to us. In Christ, God came to live with us (John 1:14).
God left Heaven to come to earth so we could know him. Will we spend some time to get to know him?