But let's say that the salesman sells EVERYTHING.
Which situation is the best for me. Knowing what I need in my house or listening to all the catalog from the salesman.
Right now, what you (people in this forum) are doing is browsing and dismiss all the product presented to you without knowing what you want.
Better yet, let's make the analogy exact. The salesman not only sells everything, but - through his infallible brain that knows everything - he knows exactly
which items I need from his huge catalogue. He knows which sales techniques are most likely to get me to buy. He can put together the perfect sales pitch, ideally suited to me.
And - let's not forget - this salesman's dearest wish, because of his all-encompassing love for me, is to make sure that I "buy" what he is selling. He has not constraints on his resources or time, and so there is no conceivable reason for him NOT to present me with the bespoke sales pitch that (he knows) exactly meets my needs and gives me all the things I am after.
Let's say that you know what you need (in this instance examples of what would make you accept that God isn't hiding from you) then it will be easier to evolve the discussion.
What you are suggesting here is that instead of the salesman coming to us direct, we try to communicate to you what we want, that you will pass on to the salesman. Two people with finite and fallible
brains, people who - as we have established - have difficulty communicating because of language and translation issues. Efficient? Nope. Effective? Nope.
And - as I've said above - totally pointless since the salesman already knows all the information you are asking us to now tell you.
The salesman could convey that information to you, with far less chance of miscommunication, and at the same time provide all the answers so that you could pass it on to us. Still not the most eficient or effective process, but a marked improvement on what YOU are suggesting happens.
But the salesman giving YOU the information WE need doesn't happen either. The omnipotent salesman does indeed just slam the catalogue on the table and say "sort it out yourself", exactly the scenario that you decry as being bad. For a salesman whose fondest wish is that we "buy" what he is selling, he is making a terrible, terrible job of it - to the extent that I have no confidence whatsoever that he gives the tiniest toss whether I "buiy" from him or not.