Well, thank you, Rich!
This usually happens when people ask religious questions here. The critics of religion descend and in the ensuing fray, the original question never gets answered. That's a shame. It was a good question.
If you really want to get closer to God, you will. It's guaranteed. The standard practices (read His word daily, pray during your everyday routine) will make you more aware of what He is doing in the world and in your life. Give it a try. Some people keep a journal, and that makes a lot of things clearer to them when they read back through it because they can see patterns.
If you stay here, you will find we have a little of everything. Yes, we are opinionated. But I don't consider that a fault, I think it's one of our strengths. If you're looking for a fight, you'll probably find it. But if you're looking for good discussions among intelligent people from around the world (and occasionally some good entertainment!), you're in the right place for that. I've made some very good friends here. As for the trolls and the terminally obstinate, we have this great "Ignore" feature that keeps them from using up any more of my time and energy. Just click on their name on any of their posts, and you'll go to their profile. There you'll find a button that says "Ignore User." Click on that, and they will disappear.
Welcome to A2K. I hope you stick around.