In Genesis 32, the Bible claims Jacob wrestled with God. This was after the legendary Garden of Eden and the fall of mankind. This was before Jesus lived on the earth, who Christians believe was born as God/Man to be a mediator between God and us. God's holiness seemed to be able to survive after contacting sinful Jacob. And Jacob wasn't destroyed by God's brightness. Maybe God cloaked his glory for Jacob. But if he can cloak it for Jacob, why can't he cloak it for everyone everywhere.
Moses asked God to reveal himsef, and God agreed that if Moses would hide in a crevice in the rocks, he would pass by and cover Moses with his hand, and then as he was walking away, he would remove his hand and let Moses see his backward parts. So apparently God is too glorious for Moses to see, but Jacob was able to have a wrestling match with him.
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I certainly wouldn't stop communicating or visiting my children because they disobeyed me. It's not a reasonable idea. Faith is just a nice fuzzy idea that works well as a last resort when trying to hold together a system of belief that is unreasonable and contradictory. When God is not personal and you're saying he is, you're going to need to throw in doctrines like" our separation from God's holiness" and our "need of faith", believing what we cannot see, in order to hold the masses in place and keep them giving offerings and keep them willing to sacrifice themselves when called upon.
When faith is earned, it is honorable and stabilizing. When it is required by a book which doesn't agree with itself and influences lives to extent that Christianity does, it is an invested faith. I for one don't think it's a good investment. I spent years of my life dropping to my knees and praying to God, thanking him for this and that, and asking him for his intervention in life. Of course, I never heard him speak back to me, so I had to imagine that ideas and words that cropped up in my mind while I prayed were him communicating to me. And when it seemed like I was speaking to a wall, I reminded myself that sin had separated me from God. My only way to communicate with him was to have faith that Jesus resurrected from the dead, for which there was no hard proof, and believe in what I could not see: FAITH.
I challenged my wife for one month. She continued praying to God in faith. I prayed to the lamp in our living room. We both kept track of our lives and prayers and compared our results at the end. There was no difference.