From the first link:
Assumption 1: God has never healed an amputee.[…]Besides, we have the historical record of Jesus healing lepers, some of whom we may assume had lost digits or facial features.
No, you sinner! You cannot assume that! Revelation 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
Also, there is the case of the man with the shriveled hand (Matthew 12:9-13),
Not an amputee!
the restoration of Malchus's severed ear (Luke 22:50-51),
Read your Bible! The passage is unclear on the state of the ear. Moreover, Even if the ear were replaced (and we cannot say it was) It was the same ear! Another ear did not grow! You go to a hospital with your severed ear, and they will put it back on!
not to mention the fact that Jesus raised the dead (Matthew 11:5; John 11), which would undeniably be even more difficult than healing an amputee.
This has nothing to do with amputees. There are good reasons for not believing any of this “raising from the dead” garbage.
Assumption 2: God’s goodness and love require Him to heal everyone. Illness, suffering, and pain are the result of our living in a cursed world—cursed because of our sin (Genesis 3:16-19;Romans 8:20-22).
In the Gospel of John, Jesus denies this. Joh:9:1: And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
Joh:9:2: And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
Joh:9:3: Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
The sins of your fathers do not follow you - that's Jesus talking, son!
God made that man blind, just to show how powerful God is - read the verses!
If God’s love required Him to heal every disease and infirmity, then no one would ever die.
This displays the writer’s profound inability to grasp the natural process of ‘cell death” —How can you argue with someone as ignorant as this?
The testimony of Joni Eareckson Tada provides a modern example of what God can do through physical tragedy. As a teenager, Joni suffered a diving accident that left her a quadriplegic. In her bookJoni, she relates how she visited faith healers many times and prayed desperately for the healing which never came. Finally, she accepted her condition as God’s will, and she writes, "The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that God doesn’t want everyone well. He uses our problems for His glory and our good" (p. 190).
So, basically, because God did not heal her, this is proof that God heals amputees? How does that work?
Is this writer sane?
Assumption 3: God still performs miracles today just as He did in the past. In the thousands of years of history covered by the Bible, we find just four short periods in which miracles were widely performed (the period of the Exodus, the time of the prophets Elijah and Elisha, the ministry of Jesus, and the time of the apostles). While miracles occurred throughout the Bible, it was only during these four periods that miracles were "common."
The time of the apostles ended with the writing of Revelation and the death of John. That means that now, once again, miracles are rare.
They are not only “rare” they don’t happen. We don’t believe in “magic”. So, the writer is saying that God loved the people in history more than us and God just lets African children die?
Assumption 4: God is bound to say "yes" to any prayer offered in faith. Jesus said, "I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it" (John 14:12-14). Some have tried to interpret this passage as Jesus agreeing to whatever we ask. But this is misreading Jesus’ intent. Notice, first, that Jesus is speaking to His apostles, and the promise is for them.
So God does not heal amputees? See, WWGHA is correct.
A selfish prayer, for example, or one motivated by greed, cannot be said to be prayed in Jesus’ name.
What if I pray for an amputee to be healed? I'm sure that true Christians have offered this prayer in the past. Why hasn't it worked?
Assumption 5: God’s future healing (at the resurrection) cannot compensate for earthly suffering. […] When a believer loses a limb, he has God’s promise of future wholeness,
This applies to dead people. As you and I have never met a dead person who we can ask, nor have either of us been dead, this is a very easy promise to make, isn’t it?
I mean, I could say, “Give me your money and 2 days after you die, I will bring you back to life.” How could you tell if I had done it?
Assumption 6: God’s plan is subject to man’s approval. One of the contentions of the "why won’t God heal amputees" argument is that God just isn’t "fair" to amputees.
So the writer agrees that God does not heal amputees, although He could. Just as He allegedly cured cripples? It is not a question of "being fair" is it? It is just that He never, ever does it - perhaps He can't? Perhaps He's not there? Perhaps "magic" is not real?
Assumption 7: God does not exist. This is the underlying assumption on which the whole "why won’t God heal amputees" argument is based. Those who champion the "why won’t God heal amputees" argument start with the assumption that God does not exist and then proceed to buttress their idea as best they can. For them, "religion is a myth" is a foregone conclusion, presented as a logical deduction but which is, in reality, foundational to the argument.
The writer has simply, and without proof, stated that “God is real.” OK, where’s his proof, where is his evidence? He
is the one saying that there’s an invisible man in the sky who makes men from mud – tell us more! Give some proof.
(Oh, by the way, I have a herd of unicorns in my garden. Prove I haven’t…)
A personal testimony:
Our first son was born missing bones in his lower legs and in his feet and he only had two toes. […] I have seen His calling me to be a special mother as a way to teach others of the blessings of God.
Isn’t it more likely that God is punishing her for her sins? She must have been evil and thus God is teaching her a lesson, just like above, God punishes amputees and doesn’t heal them. Oh yes, “Why does God think she needs to be “a special mother?””
I don’t believe in God and both my sons are fine.
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