So, this is super random, but it’s something I’ve been struggling with understanding what it means and how to think about it.
There is a guy on youtube called Genetically Modified Skeptic who is a former Christian turned Atheist/Agnostic. He is an active proponent against Christianity and for the most part, he fits under the label of a ‘New Atheist’, i.e., very anti religion, etc. However, again, he is a former Christian. There was a time in his life where he did what he would describe as honest searching, and he came to the conclusion that God was not real. However, he also prayed, and talks about how ‘he needed to open himself fearlessly to unapolagetic inquiry’ and how, if God was real, the evidence would present itself. Obviously, though, he eventually became an atheist.
A few caveats before the question:
- This guy is young, and maybe (hopefully) his story isn’t over yet. Hopefully God will reveal himself, and maybe he already is.
- We’re assuming this guy is coming from a perspective of honesty, that he actually did ask God these things, etc. Yes, I suppose there’s a possibility he’s not but I think it’s best to take these issues head on.
So, the question is that, it appears in this case, God chose not to answer this guy’s questions. Obviously, there are many cases of people coming to Christianity with inquiries and prayers like this guy. I’m pretty sure Vince Vitale’s story is similar. Why then did God not answer this guy’s prayer? What does the Bible say about God answering our prayers. Is it possible that this guy just wasn’t predestined?
Part of me doesn’t want to ask questions like these, but I know that I need to answer these questions. I am going through a period where I’m going through the questions about God and reality, and I’m hoping God will show up on the other side. Thanks so much!