Why can faith healers not heal anyone

Why does God not heal amputees?

Some use this question when trying to refute the existence of God. There is even a popular anti-Christian website called “Why does God not heal amputees?”: Http://www.whywontgodhealamputees.com. If God is almighty, and if Jesus has promised to do whatever we ask in His name (that's the rationale), why doesn't God even heal amputated people when we pray for them? Why does God heal people with cancer and diabetes, for example, but never induce an amputated limb to reform? For some, the fact that an amputee remains an amputee is “proof” that God does not exist, that prayer is pointless, that so-called healings are only accidental and that religion is a myth.

The above argument is usually made well thought out and considered, using a bit of Scripture here and there to make it sound as legitimate as possible. However, it is an argument based on a wrong view of God and a misinterpretation of the Bible. The thread of reasoning about "why God does not cure amputees" makes at least seven false assumptions:

Assumption 1: God never healed amputees. Who can say with certainty that throughout the history of the world God has never replaced a lost member? To say, “I have no empirical evidence that limbs can be regenerated; that is why an amputee has never been cured in world history ”can be compared to saying“ I have no empirical evidence that rabbits live in the garden; therefore a rabbit has never lived on this soil in the history of the world. ”That would be a conclusion that cannot be drawn in this way. In addition, we have historical records of Jesus healing lepers that we can suspect may have been mutilated and / or have missing facial parts. In each case the lepers were completely restored (Mark 1.40-42; Luke 17.12-14). There is also the case where a man had a withered (shriveled) hand (Matthew 12: 9-13), then Jesus completely healed the ear of the high priest's servant, whose ear was cut off (Luke 22: 50-51) are silent about the fact that Jesus even raised the dead (Matthew 11: 5; John 11), which is undoubtedly even more difficult than healing an amputee.

Assumption 2: God's goodness and love presuppose that he heals everyone. Illness, suffering and pain are the result of our life in a cursed world - cursed because of our sin (Genesis 3: 16-19; Romans 8: 20-22). God's goodness and love moved God to send a Redeemer to deliver us from this curse (1 John 4: 9-10), but our ultimate salvation will not be realized until God finally ends sin on earth brings. Until then we will suffer physical death.

If God's love presupposed that He must heal every disease and every ailment, then no one would ever die - because "love" would keep everyone in perfect health. The biblical definition of love is "the self-sacrificing pursuit of what is best for the beloved". Physical health isn't always what's best for us, however. The apostle Paul prayed that the stake in his flesh would be removed, but God refused because he wanted Paul to understand that he does not need physical health to experience the preserving grace of God. Through the experience Paul grew in humility and understanding of God's grace and power (2 Corinthians 12: 7-10).

Joni Eareckson Tada's testimony provides a modern example of what God can achieve through physical tragedy. As a teenager, Joni had a diving accident that made her quadriplegic (paralysis of all limbs). In her book Joni she writes how she visited faith healers many times and prayed desperately for a healing that never happened. She finally accepted her condition as God's will, and she writes: “The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that God does not want everyone well. He uses our problems for his glory and for our good ”(p. 190).

Assumption 3: God works just as miracles today as he did in the past. In the thousands of years of history described in the Bible, we find only four short periods of time when miracles were very common (the time of the Exodus (Exodus), the time of the prophets Elijah and Elisha, during the ministry of Jesus and the time of the apostles). Although miracles occurred throughout the Bible, there were only four times when miracles were "common."

The time of the apostles ended with the writing of the book of Revelation and the death of John. This means that today, as in the past, miracles have become rare. Any clergy that claims to be led by a new group of apostles and have the ability to heal deceives people. "Faith healers" play with the emotions and use the power of suggestion to carry out non-verifiable "healings". That is not to say that God no longer heals people today - we believe He does - but not for everyone and in the multitude that some people claim.

We come back to Joni Eareckson Tada, who at one time sought help from faith healers. On the subject of modern miracles, she says, “Man's relationship with God in our times and cultures is based on his word, not on signs and wonders” (p. 190). His grace is sufficient and his word is sure.

Assumption 4: God must say “yes” to all prayers offered in faith and fidelity. Jesus said: “... because I am going to the Father. And whatever you ask in my name, I will do that, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. Whatever you ask me in my name, I will do ”(John 14: 12-14). Some interpret this passage as saying that Jesus would consent to whatever we ask of him. But that misinterprets Jesus' intention. First, note that Jesus was speaking to the apostles and that the promise was meant for them. After Jesus' ascension to heaven, the apostles were given the power to perform miracles to spread the gospel (Acts 5:12). Second, Jesus used the phrase “in my name” twice. This shows the basis of the apostles' prayers, but it also implies that whatever they pray for must conform to the will of Jesus. An egoistic prayer, for example, or one driven by greed would not be understood as a prayer in Jesus' name.

We pray by faith, but faith means we trust God. We trust that he will do and know what is best. If we consider all of the Bible teachings about prayer (not just the promise given to the apostles), we learn that God can exercise His power in his response to our prayer, or perhaps surprise us with an entirely different course of events. In his wisdom, he always does what is best (Romans 8:28).

Assumption 5: God's future healing (with our resurrection) cannot compensate for earthly suffering. The truth is that “this time of suffering does not weigh against the glory that is to be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). When a believer loses a limb, he has the promise of future perfection, and faith is "a firm assurance of what one hopes and a non-doubt of what one does not see" (Hebrews 11: 1). Jesus said: "It is better for you to come to life lame or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into the eternal fire" (Matthew 18: 8). His words confirm the relative insignificance of the physical state in this world compared to our eternal state. Entering eternal life lame (and then being made whole) is infinitely better than entering hell with all your limbs (to suffer there for eternity).

Assumption 6: God's plan needs human approval. One of the points of contention in the discussion about "why God doesn't heal amputees" is that God just isn't "fair" to amputees. But the Scriptures clearly state that God is perfectly righteous (Psalm 11: 7; 2 Thessalonians 1: 5-6) and is not accountable to anyone (Romans 9: 20-21). A believer has faith in God's goodness even when circumstances make it difficult and no reason is in sight.

Assumption 7: God does not exist. This is the basic guess behind the whole "why does God not heal amputees" discussion. Those who support this argument start with the assumption that God does not exist and then move on to back up their idea as best they can. To them, religion is a myth, and that God does not exist is a previous conclusion presented as a logical reduction of it, but which in fact forms the basis of the argument.

In a sense, the question "why God doesn't heal amputees" is a trick question, comparable to the question "Can God create a stone too big for him to lift?" These questions are not there to search for the truth, but to discredit belief. In other words, it can be a valid question with a biblical answer. This answer could be summarized as follows: “God can heal amputees and will heal everyone who believes in Christ as Savior. The healing will come, not as a result of our request or demand, but on God's own schedule, possibly in this life, but definitely in heaven. Until then, we will walk the path in faith and trust in God, who redeems us through Christ and promises us the resurrection of the body. "

A personal testimony:

Our firstborn son had too few bones in his lower legs and only two toes on his feet. Two days after his first birthday, both feet had to be removed. We are now considering adopting a child from China who needs a similar operation because he has similar problems. I feel that God has chosen me to be a very special mother to these special children, and I had no idea that there are people who question God's existence because of the question "why God does not cure amputees". As the mother of a child without feet and as the potential mother of another child who will also have no lower limbs, I have never seen it that way. Rather, I understand that being a special mother is a calling for me, a way to teach others about God's blessings. God also calls me to give these children the opportunity to be welcomed into a Christian family who will show them the love of the Lord in their own special way, so that they will understand that we can overcome all things through Christ. Some see it as a stumbling block; we find it an instructive experience and a challenge. We also thank him that there are people with the knowledge to perform the necessary operations and prostheses that enable my son and hopefully adoptive son to walk, run, jump and live a life that gives glory to the Lord in everything. “But we know that all things are for the best of those who love God, those who are called according to his counsels” (Romans 8:28).


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