The way I see it, the clearest evidence that God doesn’t speak to humans is scripture. Think about it. If God really wanted to speak to humans, why would we even need the Bible — a book written by, yes, men? He’d just speak straight into our brains.
Humans were forced to speak for God because God wouldn’t utter a peep.
It’s so obvious. Man’s peanut-butter-and-jelly fingerprints are all over the Bible.
The Old Testament is basically just political propaganda for the theocratic state of Israel. God’s chosen people? Why it’s us, of course. Duh. If you want to be on God’s side, you need to be on Israel’s side.
And the New Testament? If Jesus really was the Son of God, he would have made sure his followers understood his message and spread it. It would have been very systematic.
But the truth is, we don’t know what happened to the Apostles, none of them. We don’t even know if they stayed in the church.
So it was left up to the Apostle Paul, a guy who never met Jesus, to tell everyone what Jesus meant. Why don’t we have any letters written by James or John or Peter? I mean, they couldn’t write — but they could’ve found someone who would have dictated for them.
And it’s not like Paul’s letters are systematic. They were all reactive, with the exception of Romans, written to plug leaks at different churches.
What choice did believers have but to glom onto Paul’s teachings? God wasn’t talking. Jesus obviously hadn’t suited up the Apostles to spread his message — so by the time the first gospels are written, 40 years after Jesus’ death, Paul’s view was the majority view. No surprise, all the gospels told Jesus’ story in light of Paul’s message.
If God was really interested in getting his thoughts across to humans — if divine revelation was a real thing — we would have a Bible with a tightly focused, consistent message. We would have a Bible that wasn’t so ridiculous.
If God was really interested in getting his thoughts across to humans, we wouldn’t need the Bible.
But divine revelation isn’t a real thing. Nobody has the foggiest idea what God thinks about anything — which sex acts He prefers, for example. Nobody knows What Jesus Would Do.
And that makes humans really nervous. Hence, the Bible — men speaking for the silent God.