Response Paper to Robert McKim's 'The Hiddenness of God'

McKim seems to think that it could make no difference to God whether or not we believe in Him. McKim says this because, currently, there are various theistic beliefs about believing. The existence of these beliefs has made it almost a requirement that people should hold certain believes about God. Such believes include the belief about the characters of God. People believe that God does not have the same character as human beings. There is a profound belief among human beings that there exists an individual who is superior than the humen. He has power to do what other human beings cannot do. People also believe that the character of God is better than that of human beings. They believe that he is caring, merciful, kind, and loving, among other positive characters. The association of God with these characters make people believe that God’s activities are good.

In addition, McKim states that it may not matter greatly to God whether we believe in His existance or not because people already believe in existence of a superior being. For instance, in McKim’s story about a community, which had been isolated from other people for a long time, the elderly woman says, “Long time ago, people believed that God would visit people in a form of strangers or poor people” (2001). This indicates that even before the emergence of various theistic beliefs, people already believed in the existence of a superior being. Therefore, it may not matter greatly to God whether we believe in His existence because our beliefs already suggest that we do.

I agree with McKim. This is because, if we look at the way we behave and act in our daily lives, we demonstrate so many beliefs about God. Therefore, it may not matter to God whether we believe about His existence because our characters already show that we believe in a superior being: God.

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