We worship having only circumstantial evidence. Which might say something about the strength of our faith, but it might say more.
We choose to begin worship, we find things to worship God about, we create the means of our worship, and we emote during worship–the emotions we feel during worship we conjure up ourselves.
It is entirely “user-generated”. Like everything. We alone are responsible for everything we do.
So what’s the point of worship? To find the point, we can look at the product. What worship does is make us feel different. Physically, that is the only result of our worship. Perhaps there are mental results; perhaps we alter our thinking, re-centering it on God and confirming our beliefs. Perhaps there are spiritual results, but these are impossible to identify and measure and therefore are merely hypothetical.
I keep waiting for God to show himself.
The Bible says:
Sighing deeply in His spirit, He said, “Why does this generation seek for a sign? Truly I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”
“An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah.” And He left them and went away.
I’m not sure why asking for proof is “evil”. Sounds a lot like religiousness which tells people they dare not question what they’ve been told. I thought Jesus was dead-set against religion. What gives?
Jesus also said,
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.”
But as it is written, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him.”
Problem: neither of these things have happened. Did he mean, “…in heaven.”? He should be more clear. Obfuscation is the primary tool of… religion. I want to know God, but I don’t want to be (won’t be) religious. It is beginning to look like I can’t have both.