By the way this question is NOT intended to be blasphemous in anyway. I am questioning what every agnostic is questioning. You can find a more sober article about this here http://lesswrong.com/lw/i8/religions_claim_to_be_nondisprovable/

Randi gave $1 million dollar for any paranormal activity. Detail is here http://www.skepdic.com/randi.html

In ancient time, Eliah demanded that the Baal priests perform some miracles.

They failed and get killed.

To be fair, Hashem did perform a miracle at that time in shark contrast. Also many of His prophet were slaughtered by followers of Baal.

When I was a kid, I thought the killing of Baal's prophets are kind of just. I mean they claim that they worshiped some false gods that's proven to be worthless.

But then again, may be Baal is not worthless. Maybe he, as Eliyah him self said, was on a quest, sleeping, etc. Maybe, had Elijah ask the priests to perform miracle with enough forward and public notice, then Baal would be "on" during the time and can do it.

Or may be Hashem just happen to be around when Baal isn't? After all it's His prophets telling people to do certain things at specific time. So may be He is more well informed about the contest. Elijah himself, with his jokes, didn't dismiss the possibility.

What about Hashem? What would happen if the same test is demanded out of me, for example, as one of Hashem's believers (I am a pretty liberal semi agnostic Christian)?

Here is another one http://dwindlinginunbelief.blogspot.com/2010/02/450-religious-leaders-killed-in-prayer.html asking for the same "experiment" to be done.

Why doesn't anyone try this experiment today? (Skipping the slaughter of the losers.) We could start with believers vs. non-believers, Christians vs. Muslims, Catholics vs. Protestants, etc., until we zoomed in on the correct religious belief. It'd be so simple!

It makes me wonder. What about if the same test is used against any Hashem's followers' now. I don't know, rabbis, priests, imams, whatever.


None of Hashem's religious leaders can perform miracles either now. And, ugh, why not?

How do we know that Hashem is not just like Baal?

I mean, I know that many believes that Hashem did create tons of miracles in the past. However, there isn't a consensus there right? I am sure those Baal priests can claim some past miracles too.

The Baal priests was told to perform a miracle at a specific place and time.

Imagine if some atheist guy, say Pol Pot, or Chinese Premier collect 500 rabbis to get some altar burned up. Would Hashem pass?

Well we have something quite similar but far more humane and reasonable. Back to the question. We have this one million dollar challenge by Randi. Any paranormal activity would suffice. No time limit. Hell people can even win through fraud if they're smart enough to fool Randi. We don't have to burn altar on specific time and place.

Any altar any time any place is fine. So we can wait to ensure that Hashem is not on a quest, or sleeping, and match His schedule.

Why Hashem or one of his follower didn't win it yet by now?

What would judaism's point of view on this?

I know that almighty Hashem may not be able to create a puzzle so difficult he can't solve because that's logically absurd. What about some basic miracles? Something that could win $1 million?

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    then how could there be free will for those who don't believe.
    – Shalom
    Apr 2, 2014 at 9:28
  • "God hides so we have to seek" - Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk.
    – Shalom
    Apr 2, 2014 at 9:28
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    Well, may be Baal hides too, so his followers can seek? Basically I am wondering why Hashem's follower fail the test Baal worshipers fail too. We can have free will with evidence. Just look at how many people freely choose to disbelieve evolution?
    – user4951
    Apr 2, 2014 at 10:15
  • So what can I do then, as a normal person, to differentiate Hashem from Baal? Neither perform any miracles for what? 2k years?
    – user4951
    Apr 2, 2014 at 10:17
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    @Shalom, I am seeking here. How else anyone should seek Hashem if not through questions like this? By faith? You sounds a lot like christians.
    – user4951
    Apr 2, 2014 at 10:46

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If you look in the Chumash, you'll see that even when people see miracles, they don't necessarily change their beliefs. Rambam explains that this is because the "miracles" are just very unusual natural phenomena. So, in other words, God's "paranormal" powers would just be perceived as "normal," because he creates reality by becoming reality. Sorry.

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    "because he creates reality by becoming reality" What does that mean?
    – Double AA
    Apr 2, 2014 at 15:11
  • Can you cite this Rambam (becuase I dont believe he applies his position on miracles to people being affected by them. Please disprove me.
    – mevaqesh
    Feb 16, 2015 at 18:14

Hashem cannot perform a miracle to win Randi's bet because by drawing attention to a specific discrete act as paranormal, he would be implying that the creation and current existence of the world is not based on divine fiat, which would run counter to God's position.


See here. Punchline:

Ultimately, the reason why G-d chooses to conceal Himself is because G-d wants to be known rather than seen.

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