If we look at the history of some religions (from religious literature), we see that there were prophets that performed miracles, God-inspired men that wrote the books of scripture, and God appearing in form to crowds of people. But how come it stopped?-- in other words, why aren't these things still occurring? OR are they still occurring? Are there present-day prophets that still perform miracles (Benny Hinn, anyone?) Why did God stop using men to write the word of God through them? I know that this is what Mohammed claimed, a few hundred years after the Bible was formed, but what about more recent prophets. And lastly, why hasn't God made some grand statement of his existence, like appear as a burning bush that talks, or a fiery tornado, or pillar of cloud or fire -- like he did in the bible.