This week’s article is written by Dan Nickel, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.
God’s hiddenness and silence have been a puzzle for us. The elusiveness of God’s divine hiddenness and His silence are baffling to believers and an argument for God’s non-existence by non-believers. The issue of God’s divine hiddenness and silence is a key theme in C.S. Lewis’s “Till We Have Faces,” a mythical retelling of Cupid and Psyche that provokes the reader to think about the underlying spirituality each of us possesses that naturalism dismisses.
Naturalism reduces all it observes to objects and data. Naturalism denies God and the spiritual nature a person possesses. In “Till We Have Faces,” Lewis makes the point that when we remove the vertical aspect of life, we forget our spiritual nature. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 2:14: “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.”
Paul and C.S. Lewis’ work remind us God is not hidden. God’s revelations do not reveal themselves when our ego does not allow us to listen to God or look for His revelations.
Lewis’s protagonist in “Till We Have Faces,” Orual, says, “There’s no room for you and us in the same room. You’re a tree in whose shadow we cannot thrive. We want to be our own.” Here is the heart of the matter on why we may think God is silent or hidden. We like to fashion an inner life for ourselves, which feeds our ego and self-possession that mask God’s revelations in our life.