I'm not saying anything was your fault!!! I'm saying if you asked, He was there and there was no reason to keep asking God in your life.
First, you are
saying it was my fault. At least, our
fault. But I'll get to that in a minute.
Second, this is one of the problems with the idea of being there but in a way we miss. If god was there, silently, invisibly, imperceptibly, in a way completely undetectable by me, what was the point of being there? His alleged presence did me no good. His alleged presence was completely indistinguishable from not being there at all.
It seems to me that you and I expect the exact same things from reality. I expect to detect no divine intervention. You expect to detect no divine intervention. We both see reality as atheists.
So why do you continue to flounder with a god you expect will continue to remain invisible and undetectable? You might was well believe in an invisible, undetectable wookie. Or just simplify and reject both.
As for it being my fault, that was your point from the start:
because we got rid of God in our lives in some form or fashion.
I presume I am part of "we".
With what you use to pray for "I think" is what and how God can show up in someone's life.
Except he didn't.
Just like when I was younger I tried to use The Force to move small objects far away toward me, like a Jedi.
have tried to maintain faith in the Force (as you do in god) and say that the Force really did work, only the effect was imperceptibly small. I could
say that all my Force powers occur in ways that people miss. Because sometimes I can
predict what will happen. And sometimes people actually do what I ask them to do.
But I think you and I would both agree that would be ridiculous.
Do you see the parallels here?
...do I have the patience to wait or do I do my own thing.
How long should a person wait before deciding it's baloney? How long should I wait for my Jedi powers to emerge before I decide it is malarkey and Jedi only exist in stories?
Yea the old testament is a bit rough, but it parallels what we are talking about, people wanting to see God, so he performs 'fabulous stories' as you say to convince the people of His existence, yet they did what they wanted.
I do not see how that matters. So the OT tells some stories that accurately portray the human condition. Big deal. Greek myths do at least as good a job at that (because the Greeks were a lot smarter). And the Greeks put forth a much better ethic and philosophy than the OT, one that we still use today in the west. And they both have about the same level of "fabulousness". So because there is truth in the Iliad, does that mean I should believe in Zeus and Athena and the whole pantheon? I don't think so.
While you may take the OT in a hand waving, parable fashion, understand that the writers of the NT and jesus H did not. They took all that baloney literally. jesus H's genealogy includes Noah (both versions). In Matt, Luke and Hebrews, jesus H talked about Noah. And Peter referred to Noah and the flood on several occasions.
Sorry, DT. You cannot just write off the OT. It hangs around your neck like an albatross.