Your responses are very passionate Steve, almost emotional. I understand what you're saying. Yes, if you ask Yahweh (barack be He) for help or for wisdom, knowledge, understanding or to repair a breach, he will listen and answer, and His answer can come in several ways, even through another person or something you see in your yard. He understands that though we must choose daily and walk our path ourselves having free will, he knows we need help at times along the way and isn't too big to lend a hand if sincerely needed. he will barack His people in so many ways because this life and the people around us are more often times designed to break us down and cause us to give in, all because of sin. He recognizes this and will give us a nudge in teh right direction if we are lost and in need of rescue.<quoted text>
I can understand the point if you are saying you somewhat liken God to a force of a nature or something very powerful and that your belief is something so above mankind might not be concerned about communicating with beings so far below it such as humans. I have even seem some suggest it is hubris to think He would. I could even somewhat agree it would be if I did not believe God created us. While not an exact comparison obviously I owned a dog for almost 17 years. While in the life hierarchy animals are far below men (at least as things are set up, whether they should be is debatable considering what we do with our intellect at times) yet I loved that dog with all my heart and would have risked my life to save him if his life was in jeopardy.
So I believe it is natural for God to love His creation and that He would want us to understand Him at least a little and what He expects from us. So why communicate through man I guess is the question. My belief is that to do so any other way would remove the need for faith. For whatever reason, the way things work IMO is a crucial element of our spiritual walk must be based on faith. God isn't interested in those who believe because there is zero way for them not to. He wants us to feel His call and search him out. Whether that is through the Word or in some other way, it is that willingness and desire to repent and seek out God that makes our hearts open to change He wants to instill in us. So could God provide a message instantly understood and believed by all people where there is no doubt it came from a higher power? Yes I think he could easily. But He goes through man because he works through people, through their hearts, and through their minds.
One passage is the Bible God speaks to his BELOVED and says they obey not only in his sight but at all times. I believe this is somewhat comparable to faith. If we believed simply because there was no way not to then faith and the reward of an eternal life becomes no different than a child who is good only to get presents at Christmas. For the same reason Pascal's Wager is not real faith, nor would belief and trust in God be sincere if people knew they essentially had no choice. It is in believing that we make the choice to follow, to repent, to believe and trust in something unseen and greater than ourselves where the true test lies. That is what makes us open to becoming a new creation.
It says only a wicked generation asks for a sign which I see as equivalent as asking for proof. God is not going to give us proof. He wants us to have faith. granted this is somewhat speculation as we can never truly know the complete mind of God but I am convinced faith is key and why He requires faith instead of giving proof that even that most sinful, unrepentant man couldn't deny. If he did that, how many would go through the motions knowing they had to? In a way it is the same as it saying God loves a cheerful giver because it comes from the heart. For our relationship with God to do what it needs to do it must be built on faith on trust IMHO