okay so i came across the site randomly and joined this forum to ask a simple question.
It's been documented to me--video, testimony and otherwise--of peoples limbs growing back because of prayer. Now there's always been at least one degree of separation, usually by other random Christians i know than friends, but i do have one testimony that comes to mind in terms of healing prayer.
a friend of mine had an uncle--basically the back half of his body had decayed from not moving, and the details of that really weren't shared with me. she didn't actually tell me this testimony her father did--it was his brother. my friend and i belong to a community of believers that have a bit of culture of healing prayer. so on some given visit to the hospital my friend prayed for him because his skin had basically turned to liquid, he was in the icu, and not supposed to make it through the night. and within the next week, skin had completely regrown and there was reference to a walking thing too that i honesty forget the specifics of. my friend's dad told me this story because it opened his eyes to the world of healing prayer.
in writing this out i did realize something else....i have a couple friends that get distinct enjoyment of going around asking people if they have any pain in the lower back, legs, knees, joints, etc....they will measure the person's legs to see if they are even, because apparently this is a problem for 9 out of 10 people that causes such issues....something about misalignment of the spine....and in the event that they are uneven, pray for the leg to come out...i have not been around them when they've done this where it hasn't worked....don't know if that fits your criteria, as its only an inch or so verses the entire thing but that one i've witnessed personally....i have only done something like that once myself.... to a friend who's leg "popped" out as she called it and spontaneously started laughing....i was going to again to a friend's cousin once when he was drunk at a Christmas party this last December....he mentioned having a lot of pain in the knee but also just in general so the prayer ended up more of a wholestic healing one....in his case he felt a pop in his elbow and pain left his arm and just about jumped out of his seat with dialgoue that went a little like...."but you were praying for my knee and my elbow got healed!"...."did you have pain there?"...."well yeah but you were praying for my knee! i need another drink."
so i have a lot of testimony to share on that but i've read a couple posts now on making excuses as to why this never happens or because it doesn't its obviously not true....
so the issue i guess i want to raise is what about the people and testimonies of people who have had limbs grow back?
i can't just discredit them because the masses haven't heard of them, or rather, they are dismissed as superstition by people who have not witnessed things first hand
now i'm going to simply suggest that this is not the right question to ask, and further, should not be the foundation of any given faith, christian, atheist or otherwise because if it becomes the foundation you can count yourselves among the pharisees that thought themselves to have and understand all knowledge necessary for belief, and there is reason as to why Christians "walk by faith, and not by sight"
since i actually bothered to join this forum i also take question to another point raised on that site that did not sit well with me
the point i'd like to raise regards prayer....rather the presentation of it offered on that site.....take this the right way, the presentation offered sounds more in line with witchcraft than biblical prayer....despite using a few scripture references that screw the points they're making out of context, there is a plethora of passages suggesting answers to questions on why prayer isn't answer, how to ask, what asking means, and even what it means to have an answered prayer.....one model for asking i would point to was Jesus's first miracle, or rather, Mary in the midst of it....
i would like to know another's perspective who will not discount what i have seen for myself and believe to be true....any takers?