Let’s say God wanted everyone to believe in him (I don’t know why, honestly it sounds very petty and vain, but that’s for another time). How would he do this? It would be quite easy, he would simply part the clouds and shout “Behold, I am God etc” and instantly convert the whole world. This happens all the time in the Old Testament so it’s not as though I’m asking for too much. God would get billions of converts for two minutes work. Then why doesn’t he do it? The only two reasons I can see is that he either doesn’t care or doesn’t exist.
If it’s too much to ask for God then why Jesus or an angel or one of the people who are supposedly in Heaven? If Christopher Hitchens was sent back to Earth and told Atheists they were wrong, a great many new converts would be made. Then why doesn’t God do it?
Why is God content that whole continents don’t believe in him? Why have there never been any miracles in China? Why do saints not appear there? Why is it that those who claim to have seen Jesus were already very religious Christians? What’s the point they already believe. Why doesn’t Jesus appear to Muslims or Buddhists? Why not Atheists? If God or Jesus don’t want me to type this post then why do they not ask me to stop? If Jesus does not make any attempt to convince me, can you blame me if I don’t believe?
Let’s say that instead God decides to send his son in human form. Would he have not realised that some people might just think he is a human? Ignoring that, where would God send his son, to the most populated region of the planet (China) or an otherwise insignificant desert (Israel)? Would he send it to a place where his actions could be documented and recorded (Rome) or a place where few could read and write (Israel)? When would god decide to send his son? At a time when his actions could be recorded for future posterity on camera and video (now) or at a time when stories were mainly told from memory? For a supposedly all-knowing and all-powerful God he doesn’t sound very smart.
Has anyone noticed the decline in miracles since the invention of photography? In Medieval times miracles and saints were as common as muck. But once photography became common, miracles only happened in rural areas before stopping altogether. Why? Surely the whole point of Jesus or Mary appearing to people is that proves their existence. Surely a picture would prove this to millions rather than the usual handful who witness them? As an Atheist I admit that if a video appear of Jesus sitting down and talking, I’d convert then and there (a proper video, not something so blurry you can’t make out a thing. He’s the son of God; I don’t think it’s beyond his capabilities).
It simply does not make sense. That’s why I am an Atheist. It does not make sense, there are too many unanswered questions, too many illogical inconsistencies.