Q: If God is always with us why was I born with one arm?
A: You’ve come to a good place to have this question addressed, since, to give us a meaningful understanding of the challenges of living, so much of The Urantia Book is about just such “why’s” of existence. Your question implies that you doubt the existence of God because of a personal affliction and, since belief in God is always a personal choice, affliction is a common excuse for unbelief. God loves us enough to allow us to make such decisions wholly of our own accord.
If God is always with us, then why…
did he allow Jesus to be crucified?
did Beethoven lose his hearing?
was Helen Keller deaf and blind?
do babies and loved ones die too soon?
don’t I look like… (Brad Pitt) / (Jennifer Aniston)?
am I not rich?
… and the list is endless; I’m sure you get the point. We all have afflictions; the embodiment of yours is yours to make or to ignore… it’s a matter of your particular outlook on life, your decision and personal choice. A study of The Urantia Book can help in making those choices and decisions.
You may find the Book of Job in the Bible and the discussion of Job in The Urantia Book meaningful.
There is a short list in The Urantia Book called “the inevitabilities of life” which you might wish to consider, which begins:
(3:5.5) The uncertainties of life and the vicissitudes of existence do not in any manner contradict the concept of the universal sovereignty of God. All evolutionary creature life is beset by certain inevitabilities. Consider the following…
Paper 1, The Universal Father is a great beginning for understanding God’s relationship to creation; it says, for example, It is literally true, for “in him we all live and move and have our being.”
Today’s Quote of the Day is titled “Experiencing Tribulation” which speaks directly to this topic.
Thanks for writing, and I hope this short reply has given you some food for thought and is in some way meaningful to you.