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Re: "Why wont God heal amputees ?"

Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:00 pm
by Philip
I agree with most of what K wrote above.

K: God knows all who would accept Him and could create just those people.


And/or, he could just wipe out those who will not accept Him, upon their reaching critical mass in their rejection (at whatever point they have ALL knowledge or answers they personally, truly need, or could receive if they actually desired it, about God.

K: If God created just those people, then the choice of those who accepted God would only be a potentiality rather than actuality.


Well, as such saved persons would still, nonetheless, be making a choice to accept God, the reality that He foreknew it doesn't mean it wouldn't be an eventual actuality.

Besides all of that, God sometimes uses evil to bring about his objectives - actions and desires the perpetrators of such things mean only for evil and sinful results. And sometimes, the evil that impacts others caused many of them to seek God amidst their oppression and trials - as many would not otherwise do so.

Re: "Why wont God heal amputees ?"

Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:30 pm
by Kurieuo
Philip wrote:I agree with most of what K wrote above.

K: God knows all who would accept Him and could create just those people.


And/or, he could just wipe out those who will not accept Him, upon their reaching critical mass in their rejection (at whatever point they have ALL knowledge or answers they personally, truly need, or could receive if they actually desired it, about God.

K: If God created just those people, then the choice of those who accepted God would only be a potentiality rather than actuality.


Well, as such saved persons would still, nonetheless, be making a choice to accept God, the reality that He foreknew it doesn't mean it wouldn't be an eventual actuality.

Good points raised, and sure. I believe God created angelic beings more immediately in His presence. Few people it seems have also come into direct contact with God, but such was necessary for purposes of revelation (e.g., Moses, Paul).

These people and angels did not have very much freedom to accept or deny God who they were obstrusively placed in the presence of. If such were to deny God, their rebellion and consequences thereof ought to be immediate (there is little freedom to deny). If such were to accept God (as many angels apparently did), then their acceptance was based upon very little freedom since God and His glory was so in their face.

So as I see matters, a main intention for God's relationship with us, in this world, is different to that of angelic beings. God desires creatures who were largely (possibly maximally?) free to either accept or deny Him. The love between angels and God, and between us and God, therefore it seems would be qualitatively different.

As for snuffing us out, yes. When pondering why God allows evil, I am so angered by some evils I'm inclined to get all righteous and believe if God were good that He'd just cast us all down and/or snuff us all out. Isn't this what we believe God did to many angels who turned against God? Yet, God is very loving too, and patient, and wants us to choose Him and for His love to ultimately triumph over evil. Which gets back to some reasons behind our temporary world wherein we can reject or pursue and accept God, while God's love and patience can also be demonstrated. This gets me thinking that God allows and tolerates bad things in our world ultimately due to His own love for us (not because He doesn't care).

For, if it were not for God's love, then we all should be cast out or snuffed out of existence the moment an evil thought enters into our head. And, we all have had evil thoughts which means we all, all of us, first reject God. Yet, we further believe that due to God's love that He struggled with us to create another way we can accept via faith. So that we can choose God in an attainable way, and love can win out over His righteous judgement in which we ought to be snuffed out of existence.

The fact God tolerates evil, allows pain and suffering, has structured the world in such a way that we can experience to different degrees what life is like without Him shining like the Sun and protecting everyone, is ultimately because He wants us to understand love, freely choose Him and to love Him as unconditionally as possible. Such makes possible a certain type of love to be had, one based upon reciprocal freedom to express love back. Some would say a love uncoerced is even the most maximal form of love that can be had.

Re: "Why wont God heal amputees ?"

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:38 am
by BigHamster
Nice posts Phillip and Kurieuo :-)

Another point here is that people will often use the question of "why doesn't god heal amputees ?" as ammunition when arguing against the existence of God.

I don't know why they choose that particular question. They could just as easily say..

"why doesn't God part the red sea on a weekly basis"
"why doesn't God appear on TV every night"

Re: "Why wont God heal amputees ?"

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:33 am
by PaulSacramento
Why would He? why should He?

Re: "Why wont God heal amputees ?"

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:47 pm
by Philip
Really, one could relentlessly ask (and we often do), "Why does God do ____________ or that __________, and why does He allow _____________???!!!" Or, "An all-powerful, unfathomably intelligent God would never do ___________, like that __________ - as it makes no sense!"

Truth is, we aren't the ALL-knowing One with PERFECT understandings and knowledge of ALL past, present and future understandings, as to how it all fits together in His plans, nor of what might be required to bring the ultimate ETERNAL good from our present, often-nightmarish, reality. So man, with the intelligence and knowledge equivalent of a worm cleverly deduces questions often produced to supposedly cast doubt upon God's love, concern, purposes, and competence. I'm sure God must have a sense of humor, as he allows us to say and do one laughable thing after another, thinking we are such intellectual giants. Not so much.

Re: "Why wont God heal amputees ?"

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:58 pm
by claysmithr
It's one of the more ridiculous arguments against God. Of course, he can heal amputees!

Re: "Why wont God heal amputees ?"

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:28 pm
by BigHamster
"Why won't God stop the glass from breaking if I throw it on the ground ???"

Ok, Ok, I got a (unverifiable) story for you all (heard it on the radio many years ago).....


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There was a science teacher (he was a staunch atheist too). Every week or so, he would take out a glass flask and throw it on the ground in front of his class and say after "See, there is no God, the flask breaks and will always break - there is nothing God can do about it because he doesn't exist - God is a useless fairy tale - we don't believe in fairy tales in this class".

So week after week, month after month, he throws a flask on the ground and it keeps breaking - "see, there is no God,there is no God !, there is no God !!!! " he would keep saying.

One day, a mother of one of the students' comes to the class on the morning of this grand, flask-breaking experiment. She lifts up her hands and pray's - "Dear Lord, if it be your will, stop this glass flask from breaking". Of course, the whole class heard this and it infuriated the teacher. So, the teacher picks up the flask and throws it as hard as he can onto the ground.

The flask bounces around like a yoyo, but it did not break. And the teacher never did that experiment ever again.

Re: "Why wont God heal amputees ?"

Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:33 am
by thatkidakayoungguy
A similar question is why doesn't God end evil right now, or why not destroy Satan when he first rebelled?
There is a plan and reason, though we might not like the bad parts.

Re: "Why wont God heal amputees ?"

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:58 pm
by BigHamster
thatkidakayoungguy wrote:A similar question is why doesn't God end evil right now, or why not destroy Satan when he first rebelled?
There is a plan and reason, though we might not like the bad parts.
PaulSacramento wrote:Why would He? why should He?


I've noticed that people come up with all sorts of arguments against God' existence. What do you do ?

For example, if one get's confronted with an atheist spouting out all sorts of crazy arguments, Is it best to :-

(a) Ignore the atheist's rants and go eat a waffle

(b) Slap the Atheist a couple of times in the face and start a crusade all over again

(c) Take a genuine interest in the atheist's arguments and give counter-arguments for God's existence in the hope the atheist might see the light

(d) Be a Christian troll, and give the atheist a whole bunch of preposterous, counter-arguments for entertainment purposes only

(e) You find the atheist rather attractive, and so you continue to weakly argue with the atheist in the hope of getting to know the atheist a lot better, perhaps go on a date later, get married and live a lifetime in wedded bliss

(f) Try and acquiesce to the will of God, follow the promptings of the holy spirit and act accordingly when dealing with the atheist's arguments

(g) some or all of the above

(h) none of the above, something else, please specify......

(i) Ignore this post (since i'ts getting towards the end of the week and you know.....)

Re: "Why wont God heal amputees ?"

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:29 am
by PaulSacramento
Mmmmm, waffles...

Re: "Why wont God heal amputees ?"

Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:21 am
by BigHamster
PaulSacramento wrote:Mmmmm, waffles...


or (h) Recommend to have a discussion on a forum such as this one. I really enjoy some of the debates here. A "God exists versus God don't exist" thread could go on for at least 10,000 posts :-)

Re: "Why wont God heal amputees ?"

Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:04 pm
by BigHamster
Found a possible example:-

https://churchpop.com/2016/01/12/god-cu ... f-calanda/

Even if the guy had an Iphone and Instagram in the 17th century, people today would still doubt it actually happened.

"Fake News" ?