I was encouraging people to pray to know whether God exists.
So you pray to a god that you think does not exist and then that god will show you that He does exist.
If to pray genuinely, requires a belief in a god, do you not see that your argument is circular and assumes the answer?
God has made a promise to mankind to answer their prayers for knowledge that He exists and to confirm truths about Himself.
No, no He has not. People who believe say that this is the case, but as they believe, they would say that, wouldn’t they?
There are ~6 times as many people on the planet to whom Yahweh son of El is neither here nor there and of no more importance than Shiva is to you.
But, He did not promise to remove hardship, or even heart-breaking tragedy from our lives.
This is where I question your biblical knowledge. As far as I am aware, He promised just this. There is a catch – you have to be dead to benefit and as the old saying has it, “Dead men tell no tales.”
Many, many sincere prayers go unanswered.
Which is strange:
1Ch:29:11: Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.
1Ch:29:12: Both riches and honour come of thee,
and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
Lu:11:5: And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;[…]
Lu:11:8: I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.Lu:11:9: And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Lu:11:10: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
[...]Lu:11:13: If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
and as we know, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Disciples, they could speak foreign languages and cure the sick...
God made lots of people wealthy: Abraham (Genesis 17-20), Jacob (Genesis 30-31), Joseph (Genesis 41), King Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 17:5), etc.
Many more are not answered in the way we expect.
This is pure fantasy apologetics.
Fizixgeek: “Could you sell me a t-shirt?”
Graybeard: “Certainly, here you are.”
Fizixgeek: “But that is an apple”
Graybeard: “Yes, I did not answer your request in the way you expected, but it will strengthen your character and make you appreciate me more. That’ll be $30.”
Fizixgeek: “Gee thanks.”
I don't mean to trivialize any of the events you're describing, but I don't give my children everything they want, even when they really, really want it. Neither does God.
You know, I am impressed how similar you are to God.
His work and glory is to make us perfect.
No, that, according to the Bible, is our work. We have free will and we find Him, He does not find us. (Look on him as a reverse Chuck Norris.)
That takes a lot of work and hurts a lot sometimes.
This is explaining disappointment by blaming yourself or imagining it to be a “blessing”. This is pure delusion.
And, of course, the greatest of us led a life of poverty, loss, humiliation, betrayal, torture and an early death.
I have to call you a liar here. You have absolutely nothing to back up that statement.
But, even in this life, God has promised to send us the Holy Spirit, also called the "Comforter." And he does comfort and give assurance of a world to come and a continuation of the relationships we cherish here.
Let me get this right… There is Almighty God, who can do anything. He would can raise the dead, cure the blind, deaf, lame and mad… and what does He do? He sends a comforter… And for this we sacrifice our logic, knowledge, freedom, rationality and pour money into his bulging coffers so we can be alive when we are dead…
Can you see why people do not believe?