I only post this video because he poses some questions that would benefit Christians. I was going to write a rebuttal to his video, but then I realized that he only means to goad people into an argument which cannot be ‘won.’ From his standpoint, the question may as well be “Can God create something so heavy that he cannot lift it?”

The way the author responds to his own questions makes me believe that any answer will be a “convoluted, rationalized excuse.”

I say this for the simple fact that a non-believer would see something as a coincidence, whereas a believer would see it as a message or part of the plan. There’s a tale of a boy who takes a bird to the wise man. He hides the bird behind his back and asks the wise man if it is alive or dead. “It is what you want it to be,” is the wise man’s response. The wise man knew that the boy would do what he wanted to make sure the wise man is wrong. And that’s what I think this man is doing with the video. He uses the questions as the bird, and will do his best to make sure that the answer is always wrong. Hence his “convoluted, rationalized excuse” statement.

Basically I find the questions interesting (not fascinating – that’s just pretentious) because they’re things that Christians don’t really address on any regular basis.  And personally, I think we as Christians should question our faith regularly.

There is a link under the video that takes you to a website that deals with faith. I’ve read through some of it, and all I can come away with is that the man misses the point of Christianity. The website is titled “Why Won’t God Heal Amputees? <- The Most Important Question That We Can Ask About God.”

Now I’m not sure that’s the most important question we can ask about God, but I think it’s a fair question. Where the author gets it wrong is that he’s assuming that the best thing for an amputee is to grow back their limb(s). I find that selfish at best.

I know a man who survived an explosion of a roadside bomb. Four others died in that explosion. He lost his left hand, and was burned over the majority of his body. I’m pretty sure he wishes that it had never happened. I know I would. But since that day, he’s gone on tours doing motivational speeches and doing stand up comedy. He goes to burn units and rehab facilities and inspires not only disabled veterans, but families and others as well. The man inspires me, quite frankly. But if we were to take away that one event, that one moment in time that changed his life forever, then the lives of others would never be touched, and I would never have met this man.

Or, what about Candace Lightner, who lost her 13 year old daughter to a drunk driver? She used that experience to create Mothers Against Drunk Driving, MADD. An organization that has probably saved the lives of countless people simply by drawing awareness to the problem. I’m sure that Candace would love to have that moment back and keep her daughter safe – but look at the outcome? How many lives were saved because Candace’s daughter died? Yes, it’s a tragedy, but the inspiration that came of it was much greater than keeping her daughter alive.

The author goes on to ask 9 other questions. And while they’re important questions, the problem lies in the fact that all the ‘correct’ answers are selfish. To me, Christianity is about helping others while showing them the love of Christ. That’s it. Ask Jesus into your heart, live for Him, and ask for forgiveness, and your life will be fulfilling. I don’t mean that you’ll be rich, or your life will be easy, but that with the peace of Christ,  life will be more tolerable. The strength of God is found in our weakness. It’s a bit sobering, but also uplifting. To know that God will be there in our lowest moments is such a great feeling. It’s hard for a non-believer to understand. Sometimes it’s hard for Christians to understand. But it’s there, and I’ve been a part of it. I’ve witnessed the power of prayer. I’ve seen the strength of God in our weaknesses.

So watch the video, think about it, and see where it can help you in your faith. I’m open to questions and discussion – as long as my side is not dismissed as a “convoluted, rationalized excuse.”

 

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