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"Why won't God heal amputees?"
This is a silly question isn't it?
We are human and therefore ruled by what it means to be human
Humans are not able to regrow limbs
If God wanted us to regrow limbs, he would have made us something other than human.
Why do we die, why do we grow old, get diseases, etc.......BECAUSE WE ARE HUMAN!
Originally posted by blupblup
This thread will go on, like they all do, for pages and pages of people just spouting hatred.... where's that gonna get anyone?
Is any atheist or agnostic gonna suddenly change their mind because of this thread? NO.
Is any religious believer gonna suddenly say "wow you're so right, i'm awfully gullible" NO.
Just chill out and debate it a calm and polite manner.
You ain't gonna convert anyone.
It would be a great experiment, and would perhaps lay to rest these trivial debates.
Originally posted by moocowman
Indeed, I have offered many times here on ATS to take xtians up on their clams.
I offered to be healed and even offered to become an xtian for a trial period and the experiment could be conducted right here on ATS.
But when you get down to the detail they back out.
I'm still up for it though, something like become an xtian on Monday and keep a daily blog for all to see, just waiting for the xtians to give instructions.
Originally posted by reasonable
why wont god heal amputees?
Originally posted by Watcher-In-The-Shadows
reply to post by happy_spork
I apologise for getting your sex incorrect ma'am. But my calling hima troll comes from exhaustive *ad nauseum* experience with his constant, repeated and blind assault on anyone who disagrees with him, particularly Christians.
[edit on 28-11-2009 by Watcher-In-The-Shadows]
It's not that easy. You must really commit yourself.
I am sure you'd have an alterior motive other than actually establishing a relationship with the Father.
I've no ulterior motive dude, I'm just responding to many of the claims made by xtians in relation as to why an indvidual would benefit by becoming an xtian.
Otherwise, you'd have already found Him on your own and would not be offering this "experiment".
This seems to be one of the misconceptions of xtians they seem to believe that people are missing out on something by not thinking like them.
I'm a perfectly happy individual enjoying my life which is currently gods and beliefs free.
Now if you choose to claim that somehow I can have a better life by acting or thinking like you, then clearly you must believe you are having a better life than me.
If this is the case then you can inform me of the benefits of living like you and if I feel that it would improve my life to do so then common sense would dictate that I give it a go.
That being said you would be hard pushed to offer me a better way of life than I already have but hey there's always room for improvement or new experiences.
If you are however implying that living and thinking like an xtian brings no greater benefit than living as a Muslim or atheist etc then hey kick on each to their own.
The Christian God is the god of the bible, the main characteristics of whom are that he is a personal being who is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent.
Your question seems to merely be a very specific re-articulation of the general argument against God due to the existence of evil. Formally restating your argument:
1.An omnipotent God would heal amputees.
2.Amputees are not healed.
3.Therefore, an omnipotent God does not exist.
You could just as easily replace the major premise with anything else unpleasant: why do people lose limbs in the first place? The ultimate question you’re really asking is Why Does God’s Creation Include Death & Suffering? If you already believe that flaws in the world disprove God, then naming any flaw that God doesn’t fix—or any good deed God doesn’t do—will just reaffirm your perspective. But once you understand that the problems in this world are a result of sin—tracing back to the Fall in Genesis 3—we can reconcile the existence of a perfectly good and loving God with the existence of death and suffering. The Curse is actually the punishment for sin necessitated by God’s role as perfect Judge. Knowing that, it is nonsensical to blame God for the consequences of our own sin.
Answering your question completely requires a few tangential comments:
■Miracles aren’t a grab-bag of goodies for us to enjoy; rather, God uses miracles in particular points of time for very specific purposes. God doesn't need to prove Himself to us (we’re on trial, not Him), nor does He “need” to bless us. When He does bless us, it is entirely out of mercy.
■God has done greater works than restoring limbs. If He created the entire universe out of nothing, spoke all plants and animals into existence, sculpted and breathed life into the first two humans, and raised His Son from death, it is clear that He has the power to heal amputees if and when it is His will.
■If there is no God, why should we care if people have lost limbs? To borrow from C. S. Lewis, in a truly godless world, amputations wouldn’t be “good” or “bad”; they would simply be, a fact of life no different from a tree shedding leaves. Attacking theism on a moral basis undermines the argument.
■You qualify your own question with “[e]xcept the ear that Jesus put it back.” You may as well ask, “If God is all-powerful, why did He never part the Red Sea—except for that one time in Exodus?”1 And not only is your argument qualified; it is also, essentially, an argument from silence. Even if the Bible doesn’t record the healing of an amputee, that doesn’t mean God never has.
■So far we have conceded your point that, other than the scene in Luke 22, “never, ever in all Bible was a case of an amputation healed.” But is this so? First, it may be that there was no biblical Hebrew, Greek, or Aramaic word for “amputee”2; it is possible that some passages referring to individuals as “lame” or “crippled” (Matthew 15:30, 21:14; John 5:2–9a) are actually referring to those who had lost limbs. Besides, how is healing a totally useless limb any less miraculous than restoring an amputated limb? Second, because of the nature of leprosy, the healings of lepers in the Bible actually does imply the restoration of some body parts, such as fingers.
Why didn’t all mighty god make a limb grow up? Don’t tell me they weren’t- after all the sword was the main weapon of that time and there has been a lots of wars. And no, even in that time a man didnt just die if he had an arm cut off..
Even if there were amputees in Bible times, there may not have been as many. Many amputees nowadays lose a limb because of diabetes, dysvascular diseases, or cancer3; doctors in Bible times would not likely have known to amputate for such reasons.4 Also, machinery—more powerful and more widely used than in Bible days—is the leading cause of accidental amputations.5 Finally, while some amputees surely survived their wounds in Bible times, modern medicine and emergency services no doubt increase the percentage of people who are able to survive the loss of a limb.6
(As you suggest, violence was probably the main cause of limb loss in Bible times. But swords don’t sever limbs as readily as shown in Hollywood films; also, many swords are designed to wound more by thrusting than by slashing, and blows are intended for the torso, not for limbs.)
Disputing the accuracy of your question doesn’t ultimately matter, though; even if we agreed that amputations were extremely common during Bible times and that the Bible doesn’t record any, that in no logical way disputes God’s existence or omnipotence. Besides, if you accept the argument against God on the basis of the evil around us, then miracles aren’t going to change your mind, anyway (Matthew 12:39). But when you accept God and His Word, you can understand how Genesis explains the death and suffering as a result of the failure of humanity, not God. Amputations are one element of the consequences of death, degradation, and suffering that humanity and all creation bear because of our rebellion and sin (Romans 8:22). But even amid and through that suffering, God works His perfect will (Romans 8:28), and one day there will be no more pain for His people (Revelation 21:4).
OT doesn't know why God doesn't physically heal amputees, that's a toug one...I guess this will have to do for now....
Your question seems to merely be a very specific re-articulation of the general argument against God due to the existence of evil. Formally restating your argument: 1.An omnipotent God would heal amputees. 2.Amputees are not healed. 3.Therefore, an omnipotent God does not exist.
Originally posted by spiritualzombie
Faith is believing in something with the entirety of your being without ever having any proof. It means never questioning. In any other field this is considered closed-mindedness.
Originally posted by Taskism
Because he designed reality to follow certain rules. A spontaneously generated leg would defeat those rules.