In a rather absurd display of supposed democracy, we have cardinals voting for the next pope. Now, if this god of theirs wanted a certain person, surely it could be more clear about it? We had burning bushes, prophets, who were supposedly accurate, guided right to the correct person, etc in the bible, but here in 21st century Earth, we have a bunch of old men casting ballots. Seems a bit of a letdown. Unsuprising in this age of people not accepting claims of nonsense so readily.
I can just imagine if someone stood up in front of the conclave and said “I’m it. God chose me.” The cardinals would never believe it. And that shows that they don’t believe in their religion at all. What they do profess to believe is just for convenience.
Lest my other theist readers assume I find them any less silly, they accept those who claim to be prophets and pastors, priests, rabbis, imams, etc from people who just say they know what a certain god really means, no divine indication necessary either. It’s not a shock their leaders fail just as badly.
Postscript: Fascinating new version of the gospel from Coptic Source: