So why are you so passionate about what God does and what He doesn't do.
I have a standard answer ... see the attachment below.
Do you know some one who is an amputee or are you yourself an amputee?
You misunderstand the nature of the question being asked. Here, I'll give you a point-by-point outline;
1. The Christian Bible has promises in it.
2. The promises are said to be kept in ambiguous situations.
3. The promises are not kept in unambiguous situations, such as but not limited to amputees.
The potential conclusions are;
1. The book is wrong, but the Christian deity exists.
2. The book was right, but the Christian deity no longer honors the book though it could.
3. The book was right, but the Christian deity no longer honors the book because it can't.
4. The book is not relevant to the questions it raises because the Christian deity doesn't exist.
5. The book is not relevant to the questions it raises because some other deity or deities exist, not the Christian one, and that deity or deities don't honor what they did not sign up for.
6. The book is not relevant to the questions it raises because some other deity or deities exist, not the Christian one, and that deity or deities do honor similar promises to those who pray to them or offer some other communication or gift as a bribe for the miracle. (Example: Hindu miracles.)
I'm going with #4. Do you have anything that would sway me to another choice?
If there is no God then how did the world come to be, how did we come to be?
I don't know, though I don't see any evidence that the Christian deity did it, or the Hindu, or the Muslim, or the Aztec.
Do you? If so, what is it -- and why should I consider the Christian deity over the others?
Note: Please do not bring up Pascal's Wager. It was probably not the reason why you are a Christian (if you are?), so why would it be convincing to a non-Christian? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascal's_Wager#Criticisms
Thanks for your help with these questions.
Glad to help. Here's my standard answer to questions like your first one. I hope you find it illustrative;
I have noticed, as you may have as well, that there are Christians that do things in the name of Christianity that are negative. Christians that promote bigotry and ignorance. Christians that advocate actions that lead to harm and even death. Christians that advocate not caring about this world and who want it to be destroyed in a polluted and fiery apocalypse.
If there were enough Christians that effectively dealt with those problems, I would not have any concerns. Believe as you want. As far as I would be concerned, the real world problems would be solved.
Unfortunately, that is not the world we are in. Most Christians aren't doing nearly enough. Many unfortunately are actively promoting these negative goals -- from paying money passively to going out and doing these negative actions themselves. Some of the strongest advocates for those negative actions are the leaders and congregants of the larger Christian churches and organizations; this is not a problem with a few fringe groups or eccentric cult leaders.
Too many Christians not only do not take responsibility, they are leading the charge for these negative actions. They justify bigotry and ignorance, they justify actions that result in the deaths of others that could be easily avoided.
As a responsible person, someone who cares about the world and the future of humanity, I have to act. Even if it is not my fault that these Christians are doing harm, it is my responsibility to do something positive. You can consider it a moral obligation. If that means that I have to hold up a mirror so that my fellow humans look at what they believe, then I'll take that modest step. Maybe that will be enough to drain the air out of some of those bad ideas?My question to you is not what you believe, but what are you doing about the acts your fellow Christians perform in the name of Christianity that spread hate, bigotry, ignorance, pain, and death?
So, in summary, I'm not concerned about the actions of the Christian deity. I'm concerned about the actions of the followers of that deity.