Thanks for your replies, but in all due respect.
It was mentioned on this web site that "the most important quesion is: why won't god heal amputees."
This brings up other far-fetched notions that "God should give you a million bucks if you ask for it" or "God will make me look 40 years younger when I wake up in the morning because I ask."
Well, to you
perhaps. I had a completely different impression when I read the exact same words. You are aware of how you can tell five different people the exact same thing and all five of them will have a slightly different 'take' on it. The differences in 'takes' are made by underlying attitudes and beliefs, the kind that run in the background and you don't think about much. So what went through your head when you read 'why won't god heal amputees' was impacted by the stuff running in your background. Yours. You are an amputee, which adds an interesting angle. If I was a theist in your shoes, I can imagine having some of those thoughts running through my head.
I mean seriously? Do you actually believe this?
Now, from what I have seen so far, I am going to get a lot of smoke and mirror responses.
This is a direct question to this forum.... do you actually believe this? Yes or no?
So our responses to you sound vague and evasive? Ironic, as this is a common criticism of theists
No. I do not actually believe that, and never have, even when I didn't realize I was an atheist but just unchosen or too analytical to be a good Christian. I always felt it was debasing for anyone to pray to (beg) God for a special personal favor. To me, that's the epitomy of selfishness, but even asking God to heal a disease, when so many aren't being healed felt twisted. Why would God heal your cancer and not everyone's? Why does anyone have to pray for such a thing in the first place?
So besides finding it STUPID and disturbingly self-centered to pray for personal favors, I never could honestly believe there was 'anyone' listening.