Back to the healed doggie, skeptic.
You prayed and a sick dog got well. That is powerful proof of the existence of the god you prayed to. That is your argument, right?
If you pray and the sick dog dies, isn't that equally powerful proof that the god you prayed to does not exist? If not, explain your logic. I asked you this before and you did not answer coherently.
Also, wouldn't bloody words on a wall be just as likely to be a demon as a god? How could you tell the difference?
That wouldn't be proof that God doesn't exist because we understand that God sometimes says no. Nobody expects every single prayer to be answered. If they do, they are sorely mistaken.
By your logic, then, every god that anyone has ever believed in also exists, including Athena, Anacaona, Papa Legba, Shango, Yemaya, and Xenu, the god of Scientology. Because, when Muslims pray to Allah or Hindus pray to Brahma or the ancient Aztecs sacrificed some slaves to the god of war, their gods sometimes said yes, just like yours did when he saved the dog. Sometimes they got what they asked for. So their gods were real, too.
When they did not get what they asked for, it did not mean that their god did not exist, and their beliefs were stories made up by human beings and their faith was unfounded. Not at all. It just meant that Allah, Brahma or the god of war said no. Nobody expects every single prayer to be answered. If they do, they are sorely mistaken.
Very logical, as long as you accept that every single other god is as real as yours is.
I don't mean to sound rude, but I feel like you guys aren't listening to me when I talk.
of course those people of other religions had prayers answered. But, they were answered by demons in order to keep them in those religions.
So, your argument simply doesn't work.
You were not being rude, and I am listening to you. But your logic does not hold up to basic scrutiny. If your god is really that good and really that powerful, why does he let all these other beings--evil, horrible beings, according to you-- run around fooling people into following them, letting them pretend to be him, healing people's illnesses and finding them jobs?
Basically, judging from the answered prayers, people have no way of knowing
if their prayer was answered by your god, by a different god, by a demon, by a powerful alien from outer space, or by a random coincidence that happened after they prayed. Demons and gods other than yours are as good at answering prayers as random coincidence. All have exactly the same rate of answering prayers. So, your god must be a pretty modest guy, willing to hide and get lost in the crowd like that.
You are even willing to admit that false gods or demons will do good things for people
: heal their baby from cancer, help their dad stop drinking, find them an appropriate spouse, win the football game, make a sick doggie well.
If that is true, then why does your god allow that to happen? Why would your god allow the Hindu, Shinto, Sikh or Muslim gods to answer prayers and trick millions of people into believing in them? Where else would these other gods and demons get their power to answer prayers from, if not from the one true god?
Also, for tens of thousands of years, native people all over the world worshiped their demon gods and got their prayers answered by them. Only in the past 2000 years have missionaries brought Christianity. So, somehow, demons managed to get to people everywhere before the true god did
. Demons had thousands of years head start on your god, and could get completely well-entrenched in the local cultures. The demons did not even need books, literacy or missionaries.
What was god waiting all that time for? Didn't he know that, by letting the demons get there first, many people would never voluntarily accept a strange new religion brought in by foreigners?
BTW, we have at least two theists on this board who disagree with you and say that false gods or demons cannot produce good outcomes. Prayers to them can not be answered positively. "By their fruits ye shall know them" and all that. They have no explanation of how prayers to Allah or Brahma get answered positively at the same rate as prayers to the Christian god. They may have to fall back on the "everyone is actually worshiping my god, even if they don't know it." Some Muslims try that one, when cornered by this argument.
Then, finally, there is the fact that there are some prayers that are never ever answered by any god, demon or coincidence. Like missing arms growing back, senile dementia reversing, conjoined twins spontaneously separating or severed spinal cords regenerating. No god or demon has the power to do any of those things. So far.