When one questions motivations, you are questioning the reasons why someone believes something. And it’s fair to ask for reasons, but not fair to assume them, which is what occurs in “proof 40” from the website “God is imaginary“.
Here is what we know about God:
- There is no scientific evidence indicating that God exists. (see Proof #11) —Which I’ve answered here.
- There is no scientific evidence indicating that God answers prayers. (see Proof #2, Proof #41) —Demonstrated here and here that these are just bad arguments.
- If we set up an unambiguous situation — like asking God to restore amputated limbs — God never answers prayers. (see Proof #9) —Responded to here.
- The Bible is clearly the work of primitive men, not of an all-knowing supernatural being. (see Proof #13 and Proof #30) — And answered here and here.
- Etc. —Ditto.
Yet, if you talk to actively practicing Christians, they ignore all of this evidence. They will tell you that God certainly does exist and that he is answering prayers for them every day. Christian bookstores and Christian magazines are filled with stories of answered prayers. Christians believe that God is reaching down out of heaven and answering billions of prayers on Earth for Christians.
(What) can be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made. So people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or give him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts and their senseless hearts were darkened. –Romans 1:19-21 NET
Is this a direct proof that God is imaginary? No. But it shows that Christians have strong incentives to delude themselves into believing. What you can see is that Christians — especially Christians who are members of church communities — have strong reasons to make up stories about prayer and to ignore all the evidence that “answered prayers” really are coincidences. These motivations completely explain the phenomenon of “answered prayers” in Christian communities.