Well, I do not see him giving ME any fireworks and kittens, thus he is an asshole of a deity .
Hebrews 11:1 states, "Now faith
is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen
Just because you don't see Mitt Romney giving you fireworks and kittens doesn't mean that he is not giving you fireworks and kittens.
I gave you visual evidence that Mitt Romney hands out fireworks and kittens you just have to have faith
that he gives you fireworks and kittens. You have to have this "conviction of things not seen". Just as Christians believe that Jesus is around them all the time (Matt. 28:20) you just have to have faith
that fireworks and kittens are around you all the time even though you can't see them
On a more serious note, this definition of "faith" that the bible puts forth in Hebrews 1 should put a nail (excuse the pun) in the coffin for the religion of Christianity. IMO the word faith should not even be used since one definition of the word is, "belief that is not based on proof" (dictionary.com). The god of the bible (if he exists) is a jerk to remain SILENT and give humans a verse in his revealed word that says faith is "the conviction of things not seen". Especially when eternal paradise or damnation are in the balances.
But wait, the god of the bible isn't silent according to Christians because he speaks through his revealed word called the bible right? Can't we humans metephorically SEE god through reading his revealed word? If god's word is "inspired" by him shouldn't we as humans expect his word to be non-contradicting?
In addition, it is soooo clear in the bible that people are blessed if they don't see Jesus but still believe in him. I definitely don't think that the god of the bible is fair because different rules apply to different people. For instance, compare myself to Thomas. I am surrounded by Christians who say that I am too much of a skeptic but I will be blessed if "even though I do not see, I should believe" as it says in John 21:29 about Thomas.
Side note: It is amazing to me that Thomas didn't believe that Jesus resurrected from the dead even though he witnessed the resurrection of Lazurus among many other unbelievable miracles that Jesus supposedly performed. According to the bible, Thomas didn't believe in the resurrection of Jesus just like other disciples (Matt. 28:17).
Personal note to Christians: As an individual in the 21st century who hasn't seen Jesus, all I'm given is a contradictory "word of God" which, if I don't believe in it, I will burn in hell. I am given a contradictory genealogy of Jesus (compare Matt. 1 and Luke 3). I am given a contradictory time of death from these supposed eyewitnesses (compare Mark 15:25 with John 19:14). I am given a contradictory day of death from these supposed eye witnesses among many other contradictions. Did Jesus die on the afternoon on the day before the Passover meal (Jn. 18:28, 19;24) or the mid-morning on the day after the Passover meal (Mk. 14:12, 15:25)? Is it fair that Thomas was able to see Jesus in the first century but now Jesus is hidden and silent and all I'm given is a contradictory bible?
BUT WAIT! Did the story about doubting Thomas even happen. The author of Luke doesn't think so. Luke wouldn't think the doubting Thomas story is even reliable. Did Jesus say to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing” in the first post resurrection appearance of Jesus? Probably not because Luke says that Thomas WAS PRESENT at Jesus' first post resurrection appearance (Luke 24:33). Well maybe I'm wrong. Here are my options:
Option 1: Thomas was present at Jesus' first post resurrection appearance (Luke 24:33)
Option 2: Thomas was NOT present at Jesus' first post resurrection appearance (John 20:24)
Option 3: This story didn't even happen.
Option 4: Thomas was both absent and present at Jesus' first post resurrection and those who don't believe this option are "spiritually appraised" and are "blinded" by the "god of this world" (2 Cor. 4:4).
The Christian survey saaayyys, option #4.
My conclusion as an atheist: Christians who claim to be blessed by not seeing Jesus even though Jesus is "with them always" (Matt. 28:20) is just like people who say they are surrounded by angels and demons or "fireworks and kittens".
The fact that the truthfulness of the bible is one proof for the Christian god is problematic for Christians. False "divinely inspired" Bible = False god or a non-existent god.