Thursday, December 21, 2006

Why Won't God Heal Amputees?

Why Won't God Heal Amputees?

"No matter how many people pray. No matter how sincere those people are. No matter how much they believe. No matter how devout and deserving the recipient. Nothing will happen. The legs will not regenerate. Prayer does not restore the severed limbs of amputees. You can electronically search through all the medical journals ever written -- there is no documented case of an amputated leg being restored spontaneously. And we know that God ignores the prayers of amputees through our own observations of the world around us. If God were answering the prayers of amputees to regenerate their lost limbs, we would be seeing amputated legs growing back every day...

What are we seeing here? It is not that God sometimes answers the prayers of amputees, and sometimes does not. Instead, in this situation there is a very clear line. God never answers the prayers of amputees. It would appear, to an unbiased observer, that God is singling out amputees and purposefully ignoring them...

By looking at amputees, we can see that something is wrong. Jesus is not telling the truth. God never answers prayers to spontaneously restore lost limbs, despite Jesus' statements in the Bible. Accepting this piece of factual information, rather than denying it, is the first step in understanding something extremely important about how prayer really works...

Here is another explanation that you might have heard: "God needs to remain hidden -- restoring an amputated limb would be too obvious." We will discuss this idea in more detail in later chapters, but let's touch on it here. Does God need to remain hidden?

That does not seem to be the case. In general, God seems to have no problem doing things that are obvious. Think about the Bible. Writing the Bible and having billions of copies published all over the world is obvious. So is parting the Red Sea. So is carving the Ten Commandments on stone tables. So is sending your son to earth and having him perform dozens of recorded miracles. And so on. It makes no sense for a God in hiding to incarnate himself, or to do these other obvious things. Why send your son to earth, and then write a book that talks all about his exploits, if you are trying to hide?

In the same way, any medical miracle that God performs today is obvious. The removal of a cancerous tumor is obvious because it is measurable. One month the tumor is visible to everyone on the X-ray, and the next month it is not. If God eliminated the tumor, then it is openly obvious to everyone who sees the X-ray. There is nothing "hidden" about removing a tumor. So, why not regenerate a leg in an equally open way? If God intervenes with cancer patients to remove cancerous tumors in response to prayers, then why wouldn't God also intervene with amputees to regenerate lost limbs?...

Finally, there is this oft-used chestnut: "There is no way to understand the mysteries of our Lord. People have believed in Jesus for 2,000 years, and there must be a very good reason for it." This feels like a sad point in the conversation. On one side of the conversation is a person who is defending the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving creator of the universe. This person's position should be unassailable. Yet, if God exists, and answers prayers as described in the Bible, there is no explanation for what we see in the world around us. The Bible is silent in this case. God is silent. There is not a good, comfortable explanation for the situation faced by amputees except to say, "We cannot understand the mysteries of the Lord. We have no explanation for why God refuses to answer prayers to regenerate lost limbs."...

Amputees are not the only ones either. For example:

* If someone severs their spinal cord in an accident, that person is paralyzed for life. No amount of prayer is going to help.

* If someone is born with a congenital defect like a cleft palate, God will not repair it through prayer. Surgery is the only option.

* A genetic disease like Down Syndrome is the same way -- no amount of prayer is going to fix the problem."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I have heard many times while growing up in church, God does answer every prayer, either with "yes", "no", or "wait". In this case of your blog, he is answering "no" to those who have been amputated. "No, I will not regrow your limbs. You will remain amputated." Why God says no is not always known. He has a reason, and that reason may or may not have been revealed to the person yet.

Look at Joni Erickson Tada. She was paralyzed at a young age, and was unsure of the reason. Now, when she is older, she has learned to use her paralyism (sp?) to help others. I'm sure she prayed to God many times to heal her and make her no longer paralyzed. But he kept saying no. Now she knows why. She couldn't not minister in the way she is if she wasn't paralyzed.

Granted this is an answer more for those who are Christian. For those that aren't, I'm not sure how to answer this except to say that there is a reason for everything, even though we may not know the reason yet.

Just my thoughts on your blog.

Thursday, February 01, 2007 6:53:00 AM  
Blogger Agagooga said...

He mst hate amputees then.

Look at the Jews. They were massacred during the Holocaust, and were unsure of the reason. Now they realise that God did that to make them stronger as a people. They wouldn't be so strong as a people if they hadn't been massacred.

Sunday, February 04, 2007 1:52:00 PM  
Anonymous random christian who is insulted by this blog said...

what do you have against us christians?
what's your problem

Saturday, May 10, 2008 10:48:00 PM  
Blogger Agagooga said...

What do you have against flat-earthers? What's your problem?

Wednesday, July 09, 2008 3:56:00 PM  

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