Well Legion, I agree with both of these meanings depending on what philosophy you are coming from. I am not a christian, I am more of an agnostic than anything. I do believe we choose god. One day, for whatever the reason, people make a choice to believe or not believe or like me...I just don't know.
on the other hand, some of what has always turned me from the biblical version of god is just what you speak of here in this post. Yes, god whas very active in people's lives. Parting the seas, speaking to people, sending angels, commanding people to build an ark, or free his people. Jesus was very similar, raising the dead, feeding the masses, etc....
Where are these mass, huge miracles now. Did god get tired and decide he would only do small stuff? Soret od like and actor who doesn't wanna do the big screen anymore. Now, if you say god told you to do something you either need medication or your are on Channel Six with your wife asking for prayer request at $100 a pop.
Was has god stopped the big, grand scale miracles?