Look guys, I am a mere man such as yourselves. I don't have all the answers!! You say, I want to see God in person, or an awesome display of his power and I will believe. Please allow me to show you why you or scientists will never see God until the second coming. I have no other source but the Bible itself.
My only purpose here is to show you why you will not see God through the physical realm as we humans know it.
The Bible tells us several times that our sins have separated us from God. This is a physical separation not spiritual. If it were spiritual there would be no religion on earth. It would just be separation in every aspect. So how, when and where did this separation take place?
When God created man in the Garden of Eden it was a perfect environment. There was no good or evil, it was perfection. They didn't even need clothing. The Bible makes it clear they were to live forever without end in their physical bodies. Then they sinned. This is where it all begins. This is when the entire world was changed forever. This is where God separated himself from man.
Because one mans sin has entered into the world we are all born in sin. The separation from God continues until that which is perfect comes again, The Christ.
Because of sin, God can no longer be in the presence of man, but by spirit. Man was the the one who caused it, not God. The Bible was written by holy men of old, inspired by the Holy Spirit, for God to communicate with us. He can no longer communicate with man physically because of sin.
You may say if God is God he can do anything, and could have avoided all of this. No, God has given man free will to do or think as he pleases. Man ultimately will determine his own destination. God has never forced himself on anyone. That's why the just shall live by faith.
I assume you just don't count the folks who had direct contact with your god after the garden. The ones he talked to and stuff. And showed his behind to. Things like that. They don't count as direct contact. Even though that's exactly what happened. Because that would be inconvenient for your to explain after writing the above.
As myths go, the christian version would be as harmless as the rest of the worlds myths if it didn't insist that stuff like sin was true. The original sin story offers up what has to be the most simplistic explanation for human behavior ever concocted. It is so absurd that the word absurd is inadequate.
Human being evolved. There was no pressure on us, biologically, to behave so well that even christians would be pleased. In the olden days, some people, in a culture you admire, who lacked adequate information, made something up to explain why everything wasn't puppy dogs and roses. You still believe them today, and try to influence our modern culture with that absolutely useless concept.
If you applied the same logic to arithmetic, every math problem would have the answer '2' because that is how many humans we started out with.
There is no connection between human behavior and your sorry story. Except for the part that some people believe it, and their actions reflect their belief in that reality. In some cases, it may indeed cause a few people to act nicer. In others, some apparently keep right on doing bad things because they think they're going to hell anyway. In any case, there is no connection with reality, and the connection with the human psyche is all artificial.
Christians cherish sin. It is the basis for all that is precious to them. They dwell on it. We have had christians come here and tell us that there would be nothing to stop them from killing people if they thought that sin and the Jesus story were not true. That is how much your story, which is wrong, wrong, wrong, can negatively effect people.
There is a modern acronym, KISS, which stands for Keep It Simple, Stupid. It if often good advice. But christians demand that it have a different meaning: Keep It Stupid, Stupid! Because thinking isn't allowed within your religion. Not the kind of thinking that might cause one to question the, you know, stupidity of insisting that your god loves us but no so much that he's going to do anything about it. You tout free will as the most wonderful thing ever, insist that we need it, then proudly damn each and every person who exercises it to hell if we don't kowtow to the east or whatever it is your religion claims will help.
If there were a god, the only super power he would have is being super selfish. But he doesn't exist, so the onus is on the believers. Now christians aren't the only one with gods who want dumb things, but that is the subject of this discussion, so I'm talking to you. You are harming our world. You are further damaging what is already an imperfect planet by distorting important truths and pretending you have viable answers.
I know you honestly believe the stories to be true. But if you can't look at what you are saying and understand how false the story is, then you will, for the rest of your life, continue to spread untruths, and you will help spread the damage that religion does to our world.
You were wronged when you were told the story is true. You are wronging others by continuing that sad tradition.
The only thing you have going for yourself right now is that when you die and nothing happens, you won't be aware of how wrong you have a been. You'll have wasted your life disseminating bad information and never know it. Until then, you will be continuing the spread of pain, all in the name of something that you wrongly think is wonderful.
Nothing should be able to distort the truth that much. But lies always can. And the most vulnerable of us are the most prone to believing them. Which makes everything that much worse.
Christianity is so far from the truth that it should be illegal to have the words 'christianity' and 'truth' within ten miles of each other. Until you realize how wrong christianity is, and how wrong your beliefs, make you, you will continue to be part of the problem. And I will remind you just as often as I can.