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1. Why won’t God heal amputees?
This is a tough question as it does seem strange that all amputees seem to have their requests denied. We know of one instance in the Gospels where Jesus healed the ear of the servant of the high priest, Luke 22:49-51, so we know it is possible.
Yet there seems to be a shortage of such healings in this day and age. There are many reasons we can look to such as, the severed limb is lost, it is too damaged to re-attach, the body is not designed to regrow severed parts but many of these reasons could be looked upon as excuses when they are not. We know nothing is impossible with God thus re-attaching a limb or body part is an easy task for Him.
God does not promise that every request will be granted as He sees the heart of the individual and knows what their motivation is in asking for the severed limb to be restored. This is the key, what is it that lies behind the request? Is it pure selfishness or is it purely for vain reasons that a person wants to have their limb restored? Are the afflicted doing it so they can just be normal and fit in with their friends and society?
What would such a healing do to a person’s or an observer’s faith? We know that God is not going to do an action that will destroy what He says pleases Him. Also would He get the glory or would the event be taken for granted? We do not know. God is free to heal or not to heal and i doubt He would want to be seen as some sort of magician who can place body parts back on a body to please His creation. He is not here to please us but we are here to find His will and see His wisdom.
One example of that wisdom can be seen through the construction of the human body. Why weren’t humans designed with re-growable limbs? For the simple fact too many people would cut their limbs off just to watch them grow back. Such people would be so distracted or use such regeneration as a side show that no real work for Christ would be done.
God has given us a body which does not regenerate and rarely do we see amputations replaced and the only other reason I can see is that we are to be responsible with what we are given and learn to take care of that body for it is the temple of God, Yes, accidents happen and we lose a body part but instead of trying to return to a physical normality we must learn what God wants to teach us and be prepared to face life handicapped. Not everyone is lucky to have a normal body for any amount of years and we must be ready to meet their needs through our own handicaps.
2. Why are there so many starving people in the world?
God can meet all the physical needs of the world; He has the power and the resources to get everyone to a point of satisfaction and contentment. Yet God has chosen to work through His followers and allow them the joy and benefit that comes from helping others. Unfortunately for the poor of the world, many of those followers have allowed themselves to be swayed by non-Christ teachings which hinder their ability to listen to God and meet many of the needs.
Also you must remember there is evil in the world and they work hard to keep God’s creation trapped, helpless and bitter when it comes to these situations. Evil fights those who follow God and influences, or deceives those who do not believe into stopping such efforts. Corruption, not God, is one of the major causes for why people are starving today.
There are many reasons why people are starving but God is not one of them. He has provided the world with what they need to know and with enough food so that all can be fed but we still have to contend with the devil until that time he is finally bound for all eternity. People are too quick to blame God for all that is wrong in the world.
3. Why does God demand the death of so many innocent people in the Bible?
God doesn’t. The secular definition of innocent is in contrast to God’s definition and if you look closely the people being sentenced to death are not innocent, they have violated a rule/law of God. Lawbreakers get punished, even in God’s kingdom and it is unrealistic to demand of God what they themselves would not grant to others. To the secular world, such violations may seem trivial but in God’s eyes they are not as He knows who He is and what He requires for someone to be with Him for eternity. The world has the physical world in its sites while God has eternity in His.
4. Why does the Bible contain so much anti-scientific knowledge?
It doesn’t. It is the lack of faith of those who look to secular science for their answers and explanations which dictate such thought. By making secular science the final authority of what took place, the unbeliever, and sometimes believer, has replaced God with a god. Science is very limited and cannot see back into the past. What information it gathers is so sparse that it is ludicrous to think that science could even attempt to decide what did or didn’t take place in the past.
For example, let’s look at Noah’s flood. We can use any significant event but this one will suffice. Scientists look at the flood evidence that we have from the past and because water damage is the same throughout the ages they have no way of telling which came from a local flood and which came from Noah’s deluge. Thus they could be looking at the results of Noah’s time but credit the evidence to some later local flood.
Or scientists look at the physical evidence and compose some wild, fantastic theory which has no hope of ever being proven true. Conclusions are being made by the secular scientific community based upon incomplete evidence, data and information while any gaps are filled in with conjecture and wishful thinking. It isn’t the Bible that contains anti-scientific knowledge; it is the secular scientific world that lacks Biblical knowledge and faith.
5. Why is God such a huge proponent of slavery?
God isn’t, this idea comes from the mis-understanding and mis-interpretation what God has spoken about in the Bible. We do know that the word translated as ‘slave’ in the old testament can be translated in other ways and cannot be construed as referring to the modern definition of the word ‘slavery’ as exampled by the American people of the 17th to 19th centuries.
Too often non-believers put their own definitions to certain Biblical words and refuse to accept the proper meanings, labeling them as rationalizations or excuses to get God off ‘the hook’.
6. Why do bad things happen to good people?
Again we see a state of denial concerning the devil and his minions. All people are subject to his evil deeds and though believers have Christ to protect them, it doesn’t mean they can’t be lured away from that protection and be hurt. Being good does not make one immune to the natural events of life, the results of people’s gift of free choice and others evil desires. Also, God has lessons for His followers to learn thus He allows certain events to take place in a person’s life for their benefit and His glory. As we read in the gospels where Jesus disciples asked Him what was the reason for the man’s blindness and the response they got was–For the Glory of God.
There are events in people’s lives which are expressly done so that all will see God at work and from the result of that involvement praise God for what He has done. People need to see that God is God alone and that there is none above Him and that He alone is in charge.
7. Why didn’t any of Jesus’ miracles leave behind any evidence?
They did. Though the questioner is looking for longer lasting physical evidence, what was left behind was the testimony of others who witnessed the miracles. If one looks at the miracles themselves, you would see all fit into the context of how God made the world. When Jesus calmed the seas, it was not for all time but for the immediate need at hand–safe crossing of the sea. Even the people that Jesus raised from the dead were not granted eternal physical life, but eventually died a second time.
Plus, given the example of Lazarus and the rich man, we can see that unbelievers would not be swayed form 2,000 year old remnants of the past workings of Christ but would be demanding modern miracles to cause them to believe. We know from the field of archaeology that people do not believe simply because of an artifact they have dug up which proves event true, so 2,000 year old evidence from Jesus’ healing ministry would be dismissed and discarded as well. People see the evidence of modern miracles today and still do not believe so there was no need to have evidence remain from Jesus’ life.
8. How do we explain the fact Jesus never appeared to you?
Very simple, faith. Jesus appearing to anyone in person would destroy any faith and undermine what Jesus told Thomas after His resurrection, ‘blessed are they who have not seen and believed.’ We go to Jesus as our Savior by faith, by faith we are healed, by faith we receive things and so on. Jesus works within the limits set forth by God.
9. Why would Jesus want you to eat his body & his blood?
He doesn’t, He wants us to remember His work and sacrifice when He was on earth. The idea that it is the real body and blood of Jesus comes from false doctrine and teaching. At no time does Jesus want us to be cannibals or cannibalistic.
10. Why do Christians get divorced at the same rate as non-Christians?
This is a sad trend in the church as we see people who claim to be Christians, follow the world’s thinking in these matters. Christians have long placed the Bible, God’s word, under the interpretation of culture which opens the door for sinful thinking to enter and destroy God’s teaching on marriage.
Christians also have not experienced the saving work of Christ in their lives thus they think along different lines and follow what they desire instead of humbly following after God. God’s way is not easy and people want the easy route thus they look for alternatives to what scripture teaches despite what their actions say to the world.
Divorce is easy, a real marriage is not and that difficulty wears people down. Also the devil tempts many Christians and being fallible people who err and make mistakes, marriages crumble and divorce takes place. It is not the will of God but people have the ability to freely choose in all situations and this is one of those situations where people can choose to follow God’s ways or their own. That is why we have grace, so that we can repent from such errors, not make the same mistake again and be redeemed back to normal in spite of our unfaithfulness to God’s directions and commands.
© 2019 David Thiessen