Have You Ever Noticed God Never Heals An Amputee?

The Lord has healed many people of many different ailments over the centuries. From those who are paralyzed, blind and the deaf to others with cancer and tumors. Even my own brother got healed in Lourdes back in the 70s of being a coeliac. The doctors were amazed that this child who had been bound to a wheelchair and who was so skinny was now eating whatever he wanted. It was one of those miracles that were not recorded as my mother didn’t want to draw attention to herself and my brother.

Whenever you have a discussion with an atheist he quickly goes into his book of apologetics and pulls out the amputee card. “Hey, how come God has never healed an amputee. Ha! See? It’s because he doesn’t exist.” I really think if we took the route that God doesn’t exist because he decided not to heal an amputee we would inevitably have to deny all those other supernatural healings as well.

Nevertheless it is a good question and so we need to ask ourselves why God does something first. For example, why did Jesus heal the blind man in the Gospel? He didn’t do it for the “Craic” as we say in Ireland which ultimately means He didn’t do it for sake of it. Jesus didn’t perform this miracle for the enjoyment he gets out of seeing a blind man run around in excitement over being healed. As many Christians are already aware, Jesus did this with the higher purpose of emphasizing the need to be healed of ones spiritual blindness.

He healed deaf people and those who couldn’t speak for the same reason, that hearing the truth and understanding it as well as being able to speak it is more important. We often hear Jesus in the Gospel asking people to listen up for those who have “ears to hear”. Not only does he mean our spiritual ears but he is also referring to spiritual maturity which Jesus wants all of his followers to seek out more than being healed of something. For example in the Gospel of Mark:4:26-29 we read:

“And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.”

Here it is possible to understand that the “ear” is spiritual maturity and the “corn” virtues, wisdom etc and all of the fruits that come with it. The not knowing how it spreads is because of the limited knowledge man has and the invisible Grace he does not see making it grow. When a person has reached this level of maturity in his faith he is ripe for harvesting for the Lord desires this.

Please do not confuse spiritual maturity with intellectual maturity and knowledge for we do not indulge in the heresy of Gnosticism. Gnosticism is the practice that one needs to gain all this spiritual maturity of knowledge and grow wise in the intellect in order to be saved. This is not true, but if you want to be heaven bound and pass over the burning flames of purgatory it certainly helps to have the maturity Jesus speaks of in the Gospel.

When I think of an amputee I think of why doesn’t God heal a person of a headache? I made that prayer before and someone handed me Panadol. I was like, “Yeah, but what about my headache and my miraculous healing?”. The healing was the Panadol and God sent someone to give it to me. In my blindness I had missed God acting in my life.

Or what about the guy lost in the wilderness praying to God for directions and someone comes along and shows him the way? “I know but I’m praying to God, He will show me the way”. God was showing him the way but in his spiritual deafness and blindness he wasn’t capable of seeing nor hearing God that day.

It’s the same with the amputee. The Lord acted through the worlds best scientists to bring about the best prosthetic arms and legs. Could we argue that growing a pair of hands and feet to heal a not very life threatening illness is similar to complaining about God not healing our headache when there’s something there for it already?

But then he healed a deaf man and blind person. I mean, surely these are not life threatening illnesses? They may inhibit the enjoyment of life to the full but then there are those amputees, blind and deaf who love God and couldn’t care less about being healed. Their illness does not restrict them from enjoying life in any way. Why, then, did God heal these not life threatening illnesses? As we mentioned before it wasn’t for fun. Perhaps it is to prove to others he exists and to increase their faith? I would say you could argue such. Was it to give a lesson on spiritual blindness and deafness? Absolutely.

But why not heal an amputee and argue it was done to teach the world to walk spiritually with Christ? I think that the healing of an amputee would be quite spectacular. In fact, the Lord would think it to be amazing also and perhaps even too spectacular.

In my opinion (and I don’t speak for God), God doesn’t perform such amazing miracles because he likes to give people enough light to see him, and yet at the same time, enough darkness to keep them wondering. It’s like if God were suddenly to show himself to the world, they’d all believe and there’d be no more doubt, but at the same time he’d be violating our Free Will by performing an act that would force us to believe. I can’t imagine anyone forcing me to love them and it not being seen as inappropriate.

God wants us to believe in him out of an act of our own Free will, so he performs these miracles whereby we could still in our blindness refuse to believe. Take for example the Pharisees who confronted the blind man. Back then they’d not much going for them as far as science was concerned to prove if you were blind or not. They were not that advanced. The Pharisees didn’t believe the blind man, accusing him of always being able to see. He’s just tricking us was basically the answer given. Even though they knew him well they wouldn’t believe.

But had the man been known to them as an amputee and he came back with a fully formed leg would they have been be so quick to doubt? I don’t think so. Therefore, it is my belief that God has his reasons for doing something. He gave the Pharisees a little light that they might believe, but not too much lest they actually believe because they were forced to do so via a miracle that would top them all.

I could turn around and say the same thing about my brothers healing in Lourdes. I could say, “Well, it’s luck. I mean what are the odds?” I could deny the supernatural force behind the healing and choose a more scientific explanation that has to do with the psychology of wanting to be healed.

I could say, “Hm, he wanted to be healed so much that the power of his mind influenced his body and this expectation of being healed alone was what healed him.” Sounds good to the ear right? But this is precisely the confusion that takes place among us and it’s all planned by the Lord. We have God giving us just enough light to see him and yet allowing us to retain much of the darkness of our own intellect and will to say “No, I don’t believe.”

I ultimately believe that Gods actions in the world are very much a mystery. It’s in our nature to seek answers and to know absolutely everything there is to know about everything. But when it comes to knowing God, we will never get there. While we may know a little about God, we cannot know everything. It’s this mystery of God that the people of faith and those of no persuasion at all will ultimately have to accept.

It’s like my friend who doesn’t want fresh cream with her cheesecake. I have to throw in the towel and accept that she doesn’t want fresh cream with cheesecake. Neither does God want us to know Him fully and would rather remain a mystery. I’m willing to wave the white flag and admit I won’t win that war on fully knowing who God is.

Like my atheist friends, I’ve a mind that calls a spade a spade, and I know that nobody can ever come to full knowledge of the Lord who exists outside of space and time. One thing I’m not willing to do is not believe in him simply because my demands for a certain type of healing have not been met. To do so, would mean I’d have to go ahead and deny all the others. I have little faith, but the little I have I use to believe in Jesus and all his supernatural healings.









4 thoughts on “Have You Ever Noticed God Never Heals An Amputee?

  1. Your god blinded a man just to show off. Would you be happy if you were the target?

    You claim that miracles happen, but again, no evidence of this at all. And funny how many people pray and get absolutely nothing. A Christian will try to excuse that by making up some “God is mysterious” nonsense.

    “When I think of an amputee I think of why doesn’t God heal a person of a headache? I made that prayer before and someone handed me Panadol. I was like, “Yeah, but what about my headache and my miraculous healing?”. The healing was the Panadol and God sent someone to give it to me. In my blindness I had missed God acting in my life.”

    this is a classic. Your argument has your god as quite an asshole to everyone who dared live before it got around to “giving” us modern medicine.

    “It’s the same with the amputee. The Lord acted through the worlds best scientists to bring about the best prosthetic arms and legs. Could we argue that growing a pair of hands and feet to heal a not very life threatening illness is similar to complaining about God not healing our headache when there’s something there for it already?”

    wow, this certainly shows just how selfish a Christian can be. Again, your god evidently hated all amputees before we got c-limbs. They must have done something wrong to not be “blessed” with anesthesia, antibiotics, etc. It’s great to see a Christan try to excuse his god from healing what are indeed life-threatening things, like deafness and blindness, like amputations that get stump ulcers and gangrene.

    “But had the man been known to them as an amputee and he came back with a fully formed leg would they have been be so quick to doubt? I don’t think so. Therefore, it is my belief that God has his reasons for doing something. He gave the Pharisees a little light that they might believe, but not too much lest they actually believe because they were forced to do so via a miracle that would top them all.”

    which makes the whole resurrection thing ridiculous then, since gee, that would be the biggest miracle that would tope them all. And people still didn’t believe it since there was no evidence.

    the free will argument also fails since of the miracles would have been the “best” one those people ever saw. And well, Paul and Jesus both state that this god already picked who would it allow to accept it and then damned the rest as an object lesson to keep the others in line. Matthew 13, John 14 and Romans 9.

    I’m very glad that I do not have to invent a god that hurts people to “teach” others a lesson. I would never want that to happen to “teach” me anything.

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    1. The problem with your comments is that you tend to digress and go off into different tangents. Some of them are very interesting and I’d be interested in picking away at them and getting to them in my own time. The reason they’re so interesting is because these are all the questions people even of faith have.

      But I’m going to stick to the amputee bit of your comment as opposed to the others that talk about why God would allow someone to get blind is it because he’s an evil God?

      Yes, all medicine from ancient to modern is inspired by God and he has his timing with regards to how that takes place. You’ve made some comment about miracles and there being no evidence for them. There’s so many testimonies out there of miraculous healings in the Catholic faith where Doctors and scientists some from unbiased backgrounds are called in to review the cases. In most if not all of these cases they report that they cannot explain it. This then requires the person to decide whether or not God played a role in this and he will if he’s got faith, or if he’d rather put faith into the theory that it’s pure luck and has some other cause for which he doesn’t have any evidence.

      Going back to the amputee, we have to remember as well that before the invention of bionic arms and legs, or the old pirate wooden leg, there were people who lived joyful lives as an amputee more so than the people who could walk, got depression and committed suicide. So it does make you think about who was more crippled and had the life threatening illness?

      Again, through people who suffer such maladies yet live very happy lives, God shows us the higher importance of spiritual awakening. Now, why God wills these things or allows us to suffer requires a whole new blog post on suffering.

      I look forward to doing that one day.

      God bless you and thanks for commenting. You’re like this little light on my blog that comes to help me in my thoughts and refine them more and for this I’m very thankful.

      Stephen

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      1. My comments bring in relevant points that expand on others. Most theists don’t like that since it shows a range of problems with their claims. I don’t mind what you decide to answer and not answer.

        I also do not find that most people of faith have these questions at all. If they had, there would either be answers or they would not be believers. When all that is offered is excuses, for me that shows that they have not considered their religion as someone from the outside with my questions.
        A fellow named Marshall Brain has a website that is “Why Won’t God Heal Amputees”. There used to be a great feisty forum on it but that’s broken now.
        There is no evidence that your version of your god inspired anything, much less medicine. People of all cultures have had medicine from ancient times to now, some quite sophisticated and surprise, the Israelites didn’t have anything more impressive than any other group. Indeed, they had less than the Egyptians, despite having the supposed wisest man in the world. So, if we are attributing medicine to some god, it would be Imhotep, Sehkmet, Shennong, Anahita, etc.

        You offer the excuse of “timing” for why this god does not do it when prayed to, ignoring that your bible says that any prayer will be answered and prayers are answered quickly, John 14 and that mountain moves into the sea; it doesn’t erode into it.

        There is no evidence for miracles or healing. Doctors and scientists from unbiased backgrounds are not part of the verification of miracles. And testimonies without evidence are no more than baseless stories. If a doctor or scientist says they can’t explain something, that also does not indicate your god exists or did anything at all. This is a god of the gaps argument, where you want your god to be the reason but can’t show it to be so. And unsurprisingly there is not one single instance of a amputee being healed. Now why is that? Does god hate amputees for a special reason?

        No one needs to think something is “pure luck”. It simply could be that there is something about the human body we do not understand, a misdiagnosis, etc. So, at best you have a claim and no evidence and someone else may have no evidence, but no need to figure out which god did what.
        You try to ignore that people who did not have modern medicine suffered. Yep, there were probably some people who did live joyful lives, but they would have preferred not to be in pain too. People were hurting and your god did nothing when it could have. It doesn’t matter who was “more” crippled. That’s just an excuse you’ve invented to excuse your god. I would challenge you to go to a amputee ward in a VA or military hospital and ask them if they are happier as an amputee. These people often commit suicide. Ask a mom if she’d rather be able to run with her child or be an amputee.

        People with amputations have phantom pain, they have stump ulcers. Just google that and see what happens to people that you want to claim are joyful, and this is with modern prothestics. Look at the images if you have a strong stomach. Insisting that they must be happy is just a selfish Christian needing to make his god less horrible. Since you have no evidence for heaven or hell, or “spiritual awakening”, there is no reason to let your god off the hook when evidently it can do “spiritual awakening” without harming anyone.

        Christians always try to excuse their god when it comes to the problem of suffering. It comes down to Epicurus’ problem of evil: “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”

        Many Christians try to excuse this god by the “mysterious ways” excuse. They also try to bring in free will. Both fail since we see no evidence that this god does make good out of bad, and if this god was able to heal people in the bible without destroying free will, then it still can.

        If your god blesses people, I’d rather have him heal amputees. I have a lovely life without it. I hope I do help you realize that your religion harms people. No god made me do this, unless you want to agree that there is no free will.

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      2. “There is no evidence for miracles or healing. Doctors and scientists from unbiased backgrounds are not part of the verification of miracles. And testimonies without evidence are no more than baseless stories.”

        Doctors and scientists may be part of the verification of miracles, I didn’t argue they were, but they are certainly part of the verification of something that cannot be explained, something that goes beyond explanation. What I said in my post was that it’s up to people to use their faith to decide if it was because of Jesus and the prayer said or some other theory like a stroke of luck. I’m ok with people using their conscience to the best of their ability and deciding for themselves so I don’t understand what you’re getting at there.

        For me these are miracles because of the nature of the investigation by the scientists, the scenario in which it occurred, and the fact that happened rather quickly. That’s my faith, I don’t claim that there’s actual evidence because otherwise it wouldn’t be a miracle or supernatural would it? Sometimes even science has to admit there are certain things that are beyond their scope of understanding. You see, I don’t think you’re supposed to put it under a microscope, otherwise it wouldn’t be a miracle.

        “If your god blesses people, I’d rather have him heal amputees” God doesn’t care what you’d rather have him do, that’s the beauty of being God, He does what he wants. All I’m hearing you doing is whining about how God doesn’t meet your demands. That’s the whole point of the article is that God does things his way not ours, it doesn’t mean he’s evil. We live in an evil world because that’s the nature of the cursed world we live in.

        Saying you don’t buy the free will stuff doesn’t eliminate free will. I can say I don’t believe the sky to be blue but doesn’t stop it from being blue does it? God is willing to help us, but his hands are tied to our free will. Yes, this all powerful amazing God respects our free will. For this he is being labelled evil and if he shows himself to you and forces you to believe he’s likewise labelled evil for forcing you to accept him. It seems that the stubborn atheist is never going to be happy either way. It’s stubborn incredulity that the atheist suffers with not lack of evidence. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life is that you cannot convince a person who is so sure of himself. When searching for answers in my opinion you have to be a seeker and you’re not a seeker because you already believe you have the answers. I don’t think I could ever convince a mind that’s already made up, and I’m certainly not prepared to waste my time on it here.

        When it comes to God being Evil for allowing suffering I highly recommend Bishop Barrons YouTube channel. He covers in great detail this argument and in my opinion puts all those arguments to rest once and for all.

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