>>" God could come down right now and say "hi everyone, christianity is real and all the other religions are fake". But he doesn't do that. ".What would be the point of faith then? "Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet still believe."<< God already did this once...............there is no reason to believe the end result would be any different this time around. 1 Pet. 3:15 “always be prepared to give to every man an answer”
Matthew 7:6 "Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces." Finding the line between these two is difficult....................but that is up to you.
No he doesn't. Provide the verse. What pictures? There are over 700 unfufilled prophesies in the Bible.
Matthew claims that Jesus' birth in Bethlehem fulfils the prophecy in Micah 5:2. But this is unlikely for two reasons.
"Bethlehem Ephratah" in Micah 5:2 refers not to a town, but to a clan: the clan of Bethlehem, who was the son of Caleb's second wife, Ephrathah (1 Chr.2:18, 2:50-52, 4:4).
The prophecy (if that is what it is) does not refer to the Messiah, but rather to a military leader, as can be seen from Micah 5:6. This leader is supposed to defeat the Assyrians, which, of course, Jesus never did.
It should also be noted that Matthew altered the text of Micah 5:2 by saying: "And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda" rather than "Bethlehem Ephratah" as is said in Micah 5:2. He did this, intentionally no doubt, to make the verse appear to refer to the town of Bethlehem rather than the family clan. 2:5-6
It is interesting that the so called prophesies written in the NT are either misquotes of an OT verse or not even there at all. In one Jesus says Mosses talked about him....its a shame he didn't provide the chapter and verse because no one can find it.
""What would be the point of faith then?"
I think you're just rephrasing his point. God might refuse to reveal himself because faith is awesome, but what IS so great about faith? Why wouldn't God want people to operate on reason instead?" Thx Ortiz. Skipped that in my post. What is so great about blind faith? Faith seems to be a nicely phrased way of saying "lack of curiosity". What's so great about that?
""Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces."
Finding the line between these two is difficult....................but that is up to you." Not sure if I'm interpreting this correctly, but is that suggesting that people who have a curiosity about the true origins of life are swine/dogs?