Many atheists and skeptics claim that God is hidden.
To their point, the Bible itself acknowledges that God is (sometimes) hidden:
Truly, you are a God who hides himself, O God of Israel, the Savior. (Isaiah 45:15 ESV)
How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2 How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? (Psalm 13:1-2 ESV)
Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; 2 but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. (Isaiah 59:1-2 ESV)
With their flocks and herds they shall go to seek the Lord, but they will not find him; he has withdrawn from them. (Hosea 5:6 ESV)
However, if God is hidden at times, it stands to reason that God reveals Himself at times as well. In fact, many Christians believe that a personal relationship with God is possible (e.g. see What is the origin of the "religion vs. relationship" dichotomy?). But a personal relationship between two parties is not possible when one of the parties is hidden. Therefore, it logically follows that God must reveal Himself somehow to the Christian in order for a two-way, one-on-one relationship between the two to exist.
What are ways in which God reveals Himself to a Christian?
What does a two-way, one-on-one relationship between God and a Christian look like?
Note: I'm asking this as a "christian-living" question, but if answers depend way too much on specific theologies, I'm willing to turn it into an overview of denominational viewpoints.
- What Biblical Defenses are there to Divine Hiddenness?
- From a Christian perspective, what are "nonresistant nonbelievers" most likely doing wrong that prevents them from finding and believing in God?
- How do Christians who subscribe to the "religion vs. relationship" dichotomy make sure that their own relationship with God is genuine?