event_horizon wrote:If "God" has "unlimited power," then why does "He" allow "Satan" to run rampant on "His" creation?
I'm not so sure there is even a literal Satan, or if Satan is just a metaphor for evil.
In any case, God is allowing human beings time to develop morally, intellectually, and spiritually--while leaving room for humans to move either towards or away from Him using their own free will.
God isn't Superman or a genie who flies around all day rescuing kittens from trees and granting people wishes. He's interested in human beings becoming mature, wise, intelligent and good moral agents who will accept His forgiveness, love, and company.
Sleepwalk wrote:Besides, God is more interested in human beings coming to know, love, and follow Him, not whether or not they're comfortable here on earth. However, a person who knows, is close to, and loves God--the Good--will of course be fulfilled beyond the scope of anything found here on earth: food, sex, entertainment, beauty, money, comedy, etc. Believers will find comfort here on earth spiritually and when their body perishes, God will take them. I think what Jesus was talking about in Matthew 7:7 is if you genuinly ask and seek God, then He will make Himself known to you in one way or another--or He'll help you. But that doesn't mean He will make Himself known to you or help you in a way that you'd expect.
event_horizon wrote:Not sure what any of this has to do with the statistical analyzing of prayer.
In other words, I don't expect God to grant wishes in the juvenile fashion you're thinking of. Why do you?