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This post is really a short snippet just to respond to a question put forwards by Dave in his comment.
Dave asked about the idea of a God who created us, and said
"Does he decide if we are going to have minor disabilities like being flat-footed? Does he decide which political party/football team we're going to support?"
I'm afraid the answer to the first one is yes. I believe in a God who designed and created each of us, and therefore also our disabilities, minor or otherwise. It's perhaps a little difficult to accept, and maybe this is a good topic for future debate, but if God created everything about us that must include the "bad bits."
The answer to the second point is a broad no. God created us with free will, and therefore we are able to choose which football team we support etc. However, because God is omnipotent and outside time he knew before we were born what our choices would be. Many of the Biblical writers acknowledge that God knew everything about us before we were born; Psalm 139 (I think; I don't have a Bible to hand) is a good example of this.