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Christianity Admin on 07 Jan 2007 11:12 am

Taking Bible verses out of context

One of the more interesting effects of the question, “Why won’t God heal amputees?” is the fact that it immediately elicits a rationalization from any believer who hears it. For example, a believer will frequently say, “God is not a cosmic genie. He never says that he will answer all your prayers.”

The response to that line of argument is simply to quote from the Bible, because Jesus certainly does say in the Bible that he will answer your prayers. For example, it is easy to point to John 14:14, where Jesus says, “Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son; if you ask anything in my name, I will do it.”

The charge that is immediately leveled at that point comes in three forms:
1) “You are taking these verses out of context.”
2) “You are taking Jesus too literally.”
3) “No Christian believes that you can ask for anything.”

Therefore, it was interesting to recently receive a Christian song entitled “All things are possible.” Here is an excerpt:

In this song, the performer is: a) taking the verse as a stand-alone message, free of context, b) taking Jesus literally, and c) believing the verse so much that he’s written and performed a song about it.

Which takes us back to the original question: If all things are possible with God, then why won’t God heal amputees?

14 Responses to “Taking Bible verses out of context”

  1. on 10 Jan 2007 at 2:00 pm 1.Katie said …

    a believer will frequently say, “God is not a cosmic genie. He never says that he will answer all your prayers.”

    The response to that line of argument is simply to quote from the Bible, because Jesus certainly does say in the Bible that he will answer your prayers.

    YEAH. that doesnt mean your gonna like the answer.
    because he doesnt make you randomly grow a new limb, sorry, GET OVER IT.
    just because he says no doesnt mean he didnt answer you,it just means you just didnt like what you heard.

  2. on 11 Jan 2007 at 2:27 pm 2.Mushinronjya said …

    If Jesus will answer your prayers, how come everyone’s prayers about getting your arms or legs back never gets answered?

    So your god’s answer is: “Sorry, I will not help any amputees.. because I don’t feel like it”?

    It’s not that he doesn’t make someone specific grow a new limb (and why would it be “random”?), it’s that he doesn’t make *anyone at all* grow back a limb.

    We should get over the fact that a god shows every reason to disbelieve its existence, but still believe in one anyways? Is that what you’re trying to say?

    So tell me, how could this god be answering a prayer, if he doesn’t do the requested action in said prayer? You said “just because he says no doesn’t mean he didn’t answer you”, but by no fixing the limb, isn’t this god not answering? How do you rationalize that? How does one know they heard anything at all, if the limb isn’t back?

  3. on 11 Jan 2007 at 2:44 pm 3.Mushinronjya said …

    By the way, the latest rationalization I got on this was from a hot girl I was tapping, she said:

    “…because they don’t have the limb anymore.”

    That was it.
    Since they lost the limb, apparently she feels that her god wouldn’t want to help the person. They have to have something that’s wrong for her god to fix it. Since they lost it, then there’s nothing it wants to do.

  4. on 20 Jan 2007 at 10:14 pm 4.Loi P said …

    Quote from Katie (with corrected typos)-
    “A believer will frequently say, ‘God is not a cosmic genie. He never says that he will answer all your prayers.’
    “The response to that line of argument is simply to quote from the Bible, because Jesus certainly does say in the Bible that he will answer your prayers.
    “YEAH. That doesn’t mean your gonna like the answer.
    “Because he doesn’t make you randomly grow a new limb, sorry, GET OVER IT.
    “Just because he says no doesn’t mean he didn’t answer you,it just means you just didn’t like what you heard. ”

    Jesus doesn’t say that he will merely “answer” your prayers he says that you will receive it.
    “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”- Matthew 7:7 (http://www.whydoesgodhateamputees.com/god11.htm)
    Please, read the Bible before you defend it.

  5. on 23 Jan 2007 at 3:37 pm 5.Loi P said …

    Correction: “Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent” should read “Or if he asks for a fish, will you give him serpent”.

  6. on 08 Jun 2009 at 10:31 pm 6.Greg said …

    May I ask why should God heal amputees?

  7. on 09 Jun 2009 at 10:32 am 7.Xenon said …

    I believe Greg, as a nation of people with entitlement issues, the reason would be because they say so.

  8. on 09 Jun 2009 at 2:28 pm 8.God said …

    Why should I heal amputees and not people with hemophilia?

  9. on 09 Jun 2009 at 3:39 pm 9.Cheese said …

    It’s obvious God wants people to suffer. You know, what with Jesus not accomplishing anything.

    @God: When you’d get here?

  10. on 09 Jun 2009 at 6:11 pm 10.God said …

    I was here since the beginning ;).

    Suffering is part of life Cheese, even when you are a god, you cannot escape suffering. I suffer from boredom and loneliness.

  11. on 09 Jun 2009 at 6:49 pm 11.Cheese said …

    But before the beginning.. ?

  12. on 09 Jun 2009 at 7:46 pm 12.God said …

    something else ended :( .
    I’d rather not talk about it -_-. And if you want to what came before that… think of a very very large loop with me always in it.

  13. on 09 Jun 2009 at 10:11 pm 13.Jesus said …

    Look, I’m doing my part, ok?

  14. on 09 Jun 2009 at 10:12 pm 14.Jesus said …

    Hold your mouse over the red thing for a votey.

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