If god really wanted to be this elusive and complex then it's just taking the p*** outta' the theists and atheists for the lulz.
*Circa 100'000 years ago*
GOD: I could just tell them directly when they evolve, would sort a lot of that **** out that I've foreseen and make matters easy...nah, that'd be no fun; I need entertainment of some form! I'm a prankster god. I am killing me, Oh my ME! We'll see who believes in me now!"
Bill Hicks had the right idea when he said god could be a prankster god...he really was a prophet!