I thought I would comment on your not so accurate statements.
I'm all ears.
God does indeed tell us that he will answer all of our prayers. But He does not say he give us "everything we ask for".
Actually, he does. Mark 11:24 -- "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."
He answers our prayers in three ways... Yes, No, and Not at this time.
I could just as easily say the same thing about praying to a jug of milk.
Why doesn't God heal amputees? For the same reason he doesn't allow us all to win the lottery.
That doesn't even make any sense. A lottery, by the very structure of the way it functions, can have only a small handful of winners out of all the people that play. There's no reason that all amputees couldn't be "winners" in the sense of getting their limbs back, though.
We screwed it up in the garden of EdenWE
did no such thing. WE
weren't even there. (Assuming that the story is even historically accurate, which it isn't.)
God lets problems come into our life, because these events bring us back to Him.
You sound like you have battered wife syndrome. "He beats me because he loves me."
Think about it. When communities suffer a traumatic event what do you hear?...Communities coming together and "praying".. for help.
I also see communities getting together and actually working together to help each other. They're the ones who actually get things accomplished -- the people who sit around praying never get anything done.
If you truly believe in God and believe that He has the best plan for your life you aren't going to ask for a million dollars or boats and Mc Mansions, or things that you don't truly need...
People also pray for things that they really do need, and their prayers frequently don't get answered, either; e.g., global starvation, cancer patients, etc.
You are going to ask Him for what He wants us to have.
Why in the world would you ask for that? If Yahweh wants us to have something, he'll just give it to us, won't he? Asking for it is moot. In fact, the way it often works is, when someone wants you to have something, it's something that you have not
God knows what we need. Look for it... that's in the Bible too.
I've read that thing cover to cover, as have most of the regulars here. I defy you to go up to a rape victim, look her straight in the eye, and tell her that God says that she needs to marry her attacker. I'll be standing far, far away waiting for you to tell me what kind of a reaction you receive, assuming you live to tell the tale.
(hint -- Sermon on the mount.)
The sermon on the mount, frankly, sucks. I'd explain why, but I don't think I can add anything to what Matt Dillahunty has already said.http://wiki.ironchariots.org/index.php?title=Sermon_on_the_Mount
The key is this... Trust in the Lord and all the things you need will be given to you.
If that were demonstrably true, it would be impossible for there to be any debate on the subject. Christians would be visibly -- plainly visibly -- better off than non-Christians. They would be cured of cancer at higher rates, they would homeless and/or starving at lower rates, and so on. But we see that this is not the case.
I welcome your response and intelligent debate on this matter.
You will likely be receiving many replies.
Be well, and God Bless.
Just a friendly tip: Please do not say things like "God Bless" to atheists. We generally don't respond favorably to it.