This guy over here is misquoting scripture he has no clue how to interpret. Another guy is upset I touched on the sacred cow of evolution. General Ad hominem attacks. I was expecting a bit more from this forum, but oh well.
I have to bring my point to even a lower level, just to get you to understand why the question of God not healing the Iraqi war veteran amputee is such a silly question. At a root level, IF, just IF, there was a being with enough power to create 300 sextillion stars WHY would that omnipotent (Almighty) being respect the wishes of his own creation? Why would he even ALLOW you to have a single thought contrary to his wishes? IF this being existed and he allowed you to have a single thought, a single glance of the eye contrary to his will then he by definition restrains HIMSELF when dealing with you. IF this being did exist he would have the INFINITE power to make sure you did everything EXACTLY as he wanted. Unless…. He doesn’t want to control your actions.
My supposition is that God is Almighty (Omnipotent, or whatever term floats your boat) but has decided to A) Share a portion of his power with us B) Respect our use of said power. So that then begs the question, why? Well apparently, he wanted someone like him. I’m not going to quote a lot of scripture because from reading the posts you generally lack the ability to correctly interpret scripture, so I’m going to stick with the realm of philosophy & nature, it will be easier for you to follow.
The entire site is based on this general error, “If God were real, he would prove it by healing amputees, or moving pencils, something I (the atheist) can see and ‘prove’ Since I (the atheist) challenged him to do it, and he didn’t, he doesn’t exist.” Here is the basis of your error (one of many) Just because a being is Omnipotent doesn’t mean that that same being doesn’t operate with respect. None of you respect my opinion, but I still have it, and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it, I have the right, to be wrong, if I am wrong, right?
Ask yourself WHY would an Almighty being ALLOW you the right to be wrong? What RULES has HE HIMSELF set forth that he uses? Is it even POSSIBLE for a person to be Unlimited in Power but restrained in the exercise of the same said Power? I already said before, Jesus healed amputees (the maimed, go read my first post) by definition, healing them all (the crowds) means, healing them ALL. This SAME Jesus went to his own home town and COULD NOT (not WOULD) do any great miracles because of THEIR UNBELIEF. (Mark 6:5 / Matthew 13:58 Google it) WHY? WHY? WHY? Does God have rules he lives by? Should an Almighty being live by his own rules?
The POWER to heal is available to every believer. If the said believer doesn’t believe in that power, or doesn’t know how to use that power, why would you fault God? You mock the faith healers, and some are frauds, but some simply are being obedient and TRYING to do what Jesus did with some degree of success. Sometimes legitimate people fail, but that comes from ignorance NOT GOD.
Once again, IF there is an Almighty being, you have to ask yourself WHY would he NEED to become a man. Why not just FORCE HIS WILL UPON EVERYONE? Your premise argument assumes God would over-run the will of a man to heal him and it also assumes if the believer (Christian) doesn’t know how to use the Gift of healing, God should snatch it from his hands and do it for him. I just don’t see a God who devalues mankind, I see a God who values your opinion (even if it is wrong) values you and felt that it would be better to die on a cross than to be without you