then you just answered the central question that this forum asks – WWGHA. The answer: it’s not that God doesn’t exist; Christians just don’t know how to spell his name.
Could be, but the style of atheism in here, is largely denying that any particular religious adherent has got any facts right, since their personal experience of their deity seems not to impart any facts/information. Some seem convinced that if they pray, someone gets better, but the WWGHA question asks why gods can't heal certain things, rather than deal with whether god healed lesser things, since this is too hard to analyze - being in the realm of the anecdotal, which is where you are determined to lurk. Larger studies (than anecdotal) have found questionable effects.
You wrote in your post that you make the ‘grand assumption that there is any information [to be had] from Jesus at all’. As I said in my last post to you, I agree that this is a ‘grand assumption’ and a vacuous one at that. If you read Rev3:20 it says “if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I [Jesus] will come in and eat with him, and he with me”; it does not say “I [Jesus] will come in and impart great doctrinal truths
I never said "great" information needed to be transmitted. Simple facts, involving the correct spelling of his name; whether hell exists, and all sorts of trivia of doctrine could be resolved, if only the personal relationship with gods transmitted any information besides a general feel-good situation.
In any case, you assume that the writer of Revelation was not a fraud. The end of Mark says that Christians should be able to heal, hold serpents and drink strong poison. Sounds reasonable to me, given the way the disciples behaved.
Incidentally, you stated categorically that Christians do not have a relationship with Christ, so I was wondering what you attribute their doctrinal differences to – is it to possible ambiguity in Scripture; is it explained by what I said, ‘divergence of opinion indicates multiple receivers’; or is it a combination of both?
Well, there was this guy called Joseph Smith, who lied about some metal plates in a hat. Now a million people believe that their personal relationship with Christ will enable them to rule a planet after they die.
There are a few categories of "receiver" : (1) liars and manipulators (2) genuine souls, who invent God in their image (3) people who hear nothing, and interpret scripture the way they want to (4) people who interpret scripture the way they feel they have to, given their study of fraudulent books (5)... blah
There may be someone who actually gets a direct transmission from God, but we can have no idea who that is.
You said that “you can’t ask Jesus for a relationship if you don’t know his name”. There is a difference between knowing the correct spelling of a person’s name and knowing the identity of the person to whom you are referring.
I really don't know the identity of Jesus. Paul paints a different picture to Matthew. Paul strikes me as an attention seeker, who made stuff up. This is reflected by Matt 5:19, that says Paul is going to hell.
Jesus may have been just a man who tried to make people follow "Love thy neighbour" as the most important rule, to help evolve a new religion, as per gospel of Thomas.
Maybe the Gnostics had it right, and Yahweh is a demiurge. How can you have a relationship with that? The Gnostic idea makes more sense than most religions.
How am I supposed to have a personal relationship with a dead man? I don't really know anything about Jesus' identity, unless I accept the particular books that the Catholic church cobbled together around 200AD. They could be as reliable as Joseph Smith.
Will Jesus tell you if he is a gnostic Jesus, or a trinity Jesus? Will he tell you if he is really dead?