The claim that “If there is a God who is always open to a personal relationship with each human person, then no human person is ever non-resistantly unaware that God exists,” is a necessary truth.
But what’s the evidence that it’s true?
The greatest good for a human person is to be in a relationship with God, and God would desire this because he’s all-loving. To be in a meaningful (i.e. reciprocal) relationship with God we need to believe that He exists. There are some goods that are greater than others but our greatest good is to be in a relationship with God. Not to mention, many of these other good, if not all of them, can be enjoyed in a relationship with God.
I think there might be ways to avoid this premise as a necessary truth.
One might object that there’s some unknown reason for why God allows non-resistant unbelief. But this won’t work because we know that being in a relationship with God is our greatest good. Similarly, this would also mean that appealing to a character building defense wouldn’t work as well as the freewill defense. There might also be other ways to avoid the premise as a necessary truth.
One might also object that belief in God is necessary for a relationship with God, but it’s not sufficient for someone to actually enter into a relationship with God In other words, one can believe that God exists but not enter into a relationship with God.
Given that some people could choose not to enter into a relationship with God, why would God need to reveal himself to those people? Would it be worthless for God to reveal himself to such people?
In an email exchange I had with Schellenberg, he responsed by saying:
“This point is in fact fundamental to the argument and so doesn’t make much of an objection. If things were otherwise, we’d have the objection that God is causing people to be in the relationship instead of giving them a choice on the matter. Both the nature and value of that choice
Both the nature and value of that choice deserve reflection. You seem to assume that God could know beforehand how people will choose. But if we’re talking about libertarian free will, then it’s not clear that this is the case. And even if God were to know, God would also know that this choice represents only an initial response to a valuable opportunity; it’s the beginning of a story, not the end.”
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