Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Why does god hate amputees?

Marshall Brian wants to know.

If you are a Christian, and especially if you are a devout Christian, you have probably seen prayer work in your own life, and you have also seen it work in the lives of people you know at your church. In both good times and bad, you have prayed to God, and God has reached down to personally touch your life in a positive way.

You also know that there are thousands of examples of answered prayers that have been discussed in innumerable books and magazine articles. You can go to any Christian bookstore and you can find literally hundreds of books about the power of prayer. On the Internet you can find thousands of testimonials to God's grace and the many ways that God works in our lives today. Even large city newspapers and national news magazines run stories about the power of prayer. God must be actively interacting with our world and answering millions of prayers on planet Earth every day.

For a Christian, the reason why prayer works so well and so consistently and so powerfully is obvious. In the Bible, Jesus promises many times that he will answer our prayers.

Therefore, here is an interesting thought experiment for you to try as a Christian. For this experiment, we need to find a deserving person who has had both of his legs amputated. For example, find a sincere, devout, Christian veteran of the Iraqi war, or a devout Christian in your church who was involved in a tragic automobile accident.

Now create a prayer circle like the one created for Jeanna Giese. The job of this prayer circle is simple: pray to God to restore the amputated legs of this deserving Christian. I do not mean to pray for a team of renowned surgeons to somehow graft the legs of a cadaver onto the soldier, nor for a team of renowned scientists to craft mechanical legs for him. Pray that God spontaneously and miraculously restores the soldier's legs overnight, in the same way that God spontaneously and miraculously cured Jeanna Giese and Marilyn Hickey's mother.

If possible, get millions of human beings all over the planet to join the prayer circle and pray their most fervent prayers. Get millions of people praying in unison for a single miracle for this one deserving Christian amputee. Then stand back and watch.

Jesus clearly says that if you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. He does not say it once -- he says it many times in many ways in the Bible.

What is going happen?

What indeed?

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