Hi @maripgyunglum. So glad that you were able to conversate with you friend. I see that he truly is in the search for the truth and I commend him for that. I am a medical doctor myself and definitely had become an atheist as I definitely did not want to be a brainwashed follower of some “holy book” as I called it at the time. So if he is searching for the truth, he will find it as long as he is willing to walk wherever the truth leads.
Now to answer the question he pointed out, I have a follow up comments/questions.
First I want to say, how did he come to that conclusion?
Second, He is correct that God is a divine being and we cant not know him by our abilities - but the key distinction here is - WE will only get to know him if he/she/it will LET us. That is what we call revelation (there are few types of revelation - general and specific). But is there a time in history that God has revealed himself to us? Also I would be cautious here, if your answer is no, just because you dont know or dont think so, it does not mean he has not or can not have revealed himself. Afterall He is God and can do anything.
A reply to that could be, “If he had done so why have we not seen it then - show me God.”
One reply to that is that Abraham Lincoln existed in history right. You and I have not seen him. Does that mean he never existed? Another thing you’ll also see as you read the bible is that God does not want us to worship him because we are afraid or wow’ed by him. He is not like human beings where he is like here I will show you, bow down to me type of God. He wants you to choose him because you trust in him. He is about relationship instead of wowing you and overpowering or scaring you to bow down to him. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t reveal himself to us either. You cant see microbes without a microscope, there is also a way to connect with God via the Holy Spirit.
Also, on a side note, I’m sure you know to never say never right
Yes, if you truly look at the definition of how a God should be defined, it is supposed to be the top of the top, one that does not have another being that is better than him, like you said the almighty one. “gods” multiple gods are ideas of the movies.
To my knowledge, there is actually no evidence for this statement. It is theory to explain the fine turning of the universe to see how it can allow life. This is not to hurt your ego, I vs you winning argument but if we are to searchers for the truth and to be fair to everything and not be brainwashed, we also have to ask our “scientist” where they are coming up with their theories and not accept it face value since they are “professor of such and such”. Many manyyy scientist, world renowned will actually tell you that there is no evidence for such a thing. Even if the multi-verse is true, it does not go against God. You still would have to ask who created the multiverse machine, because it has to be even more fine tuned to be able to pop out such complex universes such as ours. Here is a video that may help.
Yes, because he wants everyone saved but he does not want to force people to be saved without their choice. What would the alternative be if he didnt choose to create this universe with the max number of people that will be saved by their own choice, more people rejecting God and actually suffering due to their own choice to separate from the source of all good and life. This actually would tie in with the multiverse thought, if we were to ever get an evidence for it.
So few things that might be helpful here. I once were so weary of the bible and the character of God. I wanted to know that I can trust in him, that he/she/it is reliable and it is not some sham, made up story by man to try to control me. I think that is what you are wrestling with. I am sorry ahead of time that people have in the past and today use/have used the bible to get their own agenda fulfilled. What I encourage you to do is to continue your search and find the Biblical Christ yourself (figure out the exact reasons why you dont trust the bible and let us know). But If you can learn the character of God, you’ll see that you will actually want to to accept him without anyyyyy force at alll. He is saying just come and see. I am grateful you are not dismissing the bible and that you are actually reading it. One thing I would suggest is that you start with the new testament first. Jesus is the ultimate revelation of God (specific revelation of God). This does not mean the OT God is different from Jesus or the triune God but the context is way different in the OT than the new testament (only 2000 ys apart). Just like there is a right way to apply the scientific method, there is a right way to read and investigate the Bible too.
Also, my own comment back in the days was that I would never accept Christ or God because I feared of being sent to hell. I will rather go to hell forced than to accept him/her if I didnt think he/she was worth being worshiped or relied on. I thought either people used the bible to get their wills done or that the god of the bible was wrathful while Jesus was overall good. What I found was actually quite the opposite - it is a God who died for me even when I cursed him and killed him. And context is very key when reading the bible. Language/writing carries intending meaning by the original author, so understanding the context will help you draw correct conclusions. Dont trust my word for it. As you have started and has been doing, continue to seek and search. Definitely ask as many questions as you want, but keep an open mind. Some scientist, they take out the supernatural as a possible place for answers and only focus on the natural. They are skewing their research when they do that. Science needs to be interpreted by the scientist and it can never tell you the why’s of life but only the how’s.
But definitely, let us know what are your specific objection are when it comes to the bible as @blbossard asked as well.