||Where did forest spirits come from? I'm going to quote this, because I like it a lot:
"Does this god not care about us? That seems to be the implication if there is an omniscient, omnipotent creator to whom we can't speak. If he cared about us, presumably he would find ways for each of us, individually, to enter into communion with him."
I believe God cares about us. In my opinion, God is infinite and without comprehension. To be truly infinite, and thus incapable of comprehension by finite beings, this means God is without limitations. If God is truly the Alpha and the Omega, then everything is God and of God, and nothing exists without God. This is panentheism, as opposed to pantheism. As such, so long as the individual is adhering to a path that reveres and honors God, then they are entering into communion with God -- so long as they are actively pursuing this path.
As far as the quotes from the Bible, here you go.
"Assuredly I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 8:10-12)
Jesus tells us right here, that it is faith that leads us to heaven and the life of being faithful. He states also that there will be many who are not a Christian or Jew who wil be in heaven, while there are both Christians and Jews who will not.
"Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, `Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, The One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you" (Acts 17:22-23)
And here we have Paul stating that the concept of Deity shared by many Pagans and Wiccans is also the concept of Deity shared by Christians. Many Wiccans and Pagan will tell you that there is a single Deity who is uncomprehensible and undefinable, of which all other deities are but reflections. As such, this uncomprehensible and undefinable (infinite) Deity is the true Creatrix of the Universe and Life. These other deities are but aspects reflected upon, based upon the nature and actions noticed by individuals at a specific time. For example, when God healed someone, they defined him as a healer God. We know he is much more, but by defining him as a healer God they have created a reflection as God cannot be limited. The Egyptians were famous for this.