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1 to 10 of 100 Tough Questions Answered

Updated on December 30, 2019
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Dr. David Thiessen is an educator, writer, pastor, and speaker. He has authored several books on a variety of topics including Archaeology

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

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    • david tee profile imageAUTHOR

      David Thiessen 

      5 months ago from Philippines

      if you cannot discuss the content please go some where else. Posting your own answers is not discussion

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      5 months ago from Washington DC

      Did you apply my opposition too what you presented? To me it doesn't appear to have been, David.

    • david tee profile imageAUTHOR

      David Thiessen 

      5 months ago from Philippines

      you assume too much. You ignore the fact that these answers have come through opposition, study and listening to God.

      It is you who your charges apply to

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      5 months ago from Washington DC

      David, I thought the comment sections for discussion, Forgive My Ignorance. I always thought people posting were interested in knowing any opposition to their thinking so they would be able to analyze what they are saying based on opposition. My understanding is "one CAN NOT get understanding" if all they hear about what they are saying is complimentary, and that I am sure of.

    • david tee profile imageAUTHOR

      David Thiessen 

      5 months ago from Philippines

      Write your own article if you want to use your own answers.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      5 months ago from Washington DC

      I believe, David, there are two Yes/No answers but even more explanations, shouldn't we all have the opportunity to compare different ones or are you saying you are the authority?

    • david tee profile imageAUTHOR

      David Thiessen 

      5 months ago from Philippines

      not sure what you are getting at but the question can have two answers. when people ask about good people, they are usually referring to the dalai lama or other upstanding citizen they consider good.

      I can bring in the answer you want to see but that answer is for another question

    • tsadjatko profile image

      5 months ago from now on

      David your last comment couldn’t be more right!

      To change that subject when you say,

      “I believe Christians are deemed good people upon redemption. But the question is asked from a human point of view not a divine one.”

      When Paul said our righteousness is as filthy rags was he speaking of the redeemed? I think he was. Wouldn’t you agree that if the question is being asked from a human point of view it requires that it be corrected to the only true point of view, the Devine one?

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      David Thiessen 

      5 months ago from Philippines

      I only approved the bottom response just so people can see what happens when your theology is not correct. Every answer provided in that response is wrong

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      5 months ago from Washington DC

      It is my understanding, David, based on some knowledge I've come across and am practicing concerning my Back Pains, "we don't give our concerns to "Internal" (Luke 17:20-21 & Isaiah 45:7) God who does all things through us is why number "Why won’t God heal amputees" you have as your first question.

      Number 2s "Why are there so many starving people in the world" is because we have chosen to follow the traditions taught us by our parents (Genesis 2:24 & 3:24) and return to environmental living as Matthew 6:24-34, 8:20, 19:29, 28:19-20 and John 3:3-8, to present a few of the Biblical references provided us.

      Number 3s "Why does God demand the death of so many innocent people in the Bible" is answered by Paul Galatians 6:6-7; on Genesis' fourth day we are told the things of earth happens in c cycles like seasons, days and years since Christians doesn't recognize reincarnation. Revelation in 6:9-11 has the "'dead in Christ", 14:13 has the 5 "Foolish Virgins" discarnating during "Battle of That Great Day of God Almighty" to replace them and 20:4 have them reincarnating to replenish earth with people who don't reproduce, discarnate nor have feelings as we have for the chapter 21's "Evening" world on an "Alternate form of this earth." Therefore, either those people have, will be responsible for or both the killings in another cycles of this earth's Spiritual cycle.

      No. 4s "Why does the Bible contain so much anti-scientific knowledge?" I agree with the flood example but not your interpretation of it. The Death of Adam and Eve was not physical upon eating the knowledge of good and evil, it was mental, thus, the killing at the flood was the same but is the reason for the physically discarnating. The flood is several meanings, the first completed Civilization's sunrise to allow for number 3s manifestation to occur. Therefore, it is there as another distraction from the truth; remember Isaiah 45:7.

      "6. Why does the Bible contain so much anti-scientific knowledge?" God did not create good nor evil, he only created "the knowledge of good and evil" on a metaphorical tree that suggest man would continue to produce "judgmental adjectives" for blinding us to God's purpose of entertaining himself and all aspects of himself that everything is.

      "7. Why didn’t any of Jesus’ miracles leave behind any evidence?" I concur with your premise but once what is known as "the Catholic Church" established the foundation of what Christians believe, We chose to deny the possibility although there are many "miracles" happening today that we call "luck."

      "8. How do we explain the fact Jesus never appeared to you?" Luke 17:20-21 shows us where God will appear to the "Born Again," i.e. those who are chosen out of civilized living and back to living environmentally, So long as we are looking outward wh know not where God is.

      "9. Why would Jesus want you to eat his body & his blood?" Blood carries the food for the minutest part of the body, thus, it was a metaphor for his DEMONSTRATED message.

      "10. Why do Christians get divorced at the same rate as non-Christians?" Once we are "Reborn" what is generally termed "Femininity and Masculinity" become reunited (Genesis 2:23-24) therefore, as seen in Gen. 1:26-28, god man are not to marry because because of "Reaping and Sowing" everyone who conceives or causes a conception were to gender change and two achieve the opposite. It is because they didn't know how to do it man have to first attempt to do it physically (Transgenders) to realize why some boys are feminine and some girls are masculine.

      Let us remember, "in all our getting, get understanding" that the Bible is a book of "Metaphors, Allegories, Parables and Symbol-types" or MAPS for the purpose of bidding it's message from everyone who are not to understand it. And know Revelation 5 reveals who will unseal the Bible.

    • david tee profile imageAUTHOR

      David Thiessen 

      5 months ago from Philippines

      To answer your question I believe Christians are deemed good people upon redemption. But the question is asked from a human point of view not a divine one.

      The answer follows that lead.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      5 months ago from now on

      Thought provoking article David. Well done I must say.

      In relation to the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” I must ask, from God’s perspective isn’t it true there are no good people? I can cite scriptures to support that but I know you know what they are. Just wondering why you didn’t mention it in your article.

      Thanks for all your excellent articles!

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