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There are certain passages in the Bible which, if misinterpreted, could lead us to believe that God sends diseases from birth. For example, there is the passage where Jesus met a man who was blind from birth. Here is what the disciples said to Jesus about this man who was blind from birth:

John 9:1-3  Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.

If we look at these words literally, we can sometimes assume that it was God who blinded this man in order to demonstrate His power by healing him. But this theory has many contradictions with all the rest of Jesus' teachings.

The first important fact is that Jesus makes it clear that it was not the sins of this man or his parents that caused him to be blind.

Even if sometimes sins can cause illnesses, these are only specific cases. For example, we can take the case of a pregnant woman who used hard drugs during her pregnancy. In this case, we can indeed say that if her child is born with a drug addiction, it would be due to the effect of the mother's sin. But in no case can we find in the Bible a person who has a disease or a birth defect as a result of God's judgement in relation to the sin of his parents.

This is the first point.

Secondly, regarding the rest of this passage where Jesus says: “...but that the works of God might be made manifest in him”, let's look at this same passage in another translation! ...

John 9:3 (NET) Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but he was born blind so that the acts of God may be revealed through what happens to him.

Things take a completely different turn with this slightly more accurate translation than the original text. 

Jesus says in other words that if this man is born blind it is not through anyone's fault, nor is it because of anything God has done to him. But since this man is blind, it is a perfect opportunity for many to see that God wants him to be healthy, not to mention the fact that Jesus was of course delighted to give this blind man his sight.  

 

If, as we sometimes hear, God would have caused this man to be born blind in order to manifest His power, then as we said above, we would be contradicting many other teachings of Jesus. In that case God would have been in contradiction with Himself.

Jesus said this:

Mark 3:24   If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

If, therefore, God would have caused this man to be born blind, then we could consider that Jesus would have gone against God's will by healing this man and giving him his sight, since it would be God who would have expressed His will to make him blind. This shows us that thinking that God would make people sick or crippled is not at all supported in a biblical context.

God never caused a person to be born with a physical or mental disability. On the contrary, these words of Jesus show us that God's will is to heal whatever the case.

Unfortunately, sometimes children are born with a deformity, either physical or mental, or both at the same time. In such cases, and when one or both parents are born again, there are questions that can be asked, such as: “But why did God make a disabled child if He is the one who makes all things?

Many Christian parents have to live with this question, sometimes hearing from other Christians that God does all things as He wishes and that we must accept His choices.

If this is the case for you, know that God is not responsible for your child's disability! Or your own disability if you are reading this teaching.

To understand why, it is important to know how things are organised in the spiritual world, what God does and does not do.

It is indeed common to read in the Bible that God is in charge of forming all human beings in the womb. These ideas are often put forward through passages like these:

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

Job 31:15 Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?

Galatians 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace,

It might seem from some passages in the Bible that God forms babies in the womb. But on closer inspection this is not the case. If we take these three passages, there is no question of God coming and developing an embryo in the womb to the stage of a baby ready to come out of the womb.

The Jeremiah passage gives in the original the notion of predestination. We can therefore understand this passage as: “Before I predestined you in your mother's womb ....”

Then the passage in the book of Job is a word from Job himself, not from God, who would claim that He formed Job in his mother's womb. Job spoke this way in the sense that life comes from God and that God certainly created the process of life, but God is not behind every child that is formed in the womb.

Then in Galatians, the phrase “set apart” gives the same notion as in the Jeremiah passage, in the sense of predestined, not physically formed in the womb.

When God created the earth, He established certain rules. From these rules came certain actions, or automatisms, which still remain today.

God created various processes in creation that are still in effect today. For example, a seed that grows to form plants, trees, etc. This seed has to meet certain conditions in order to produce: soil, light and water are the main elements.

Is God there to make each seed grow on earth since the creation?

No, not at all!

God has created a process through His Word, which, if the conditions are right, will reproduce itself. At this point God is no longer concerned with this reproduction because He has created the process that will ensure that the multiplication continues autonomously.

At creation, God created the same process for the multiplication of animals. The Bible does not show that God is behind every plant that grows or every animal or fish that comes to life. All these processes created by God are now functioning by themselves, without His intervention.  

Genesis 1:22   And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”

Genesis 1:28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Genesis 9:1 So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.

In these three passages where God spoke both to Adam and Eve, and in the last passage to Noah and his family, it is easy to see that God gives responsibility to men to multiply. There is no notion here that God is in charge of developing children in the womb, or any other reproduction of creation. On the contrary, God has given a power, or a potential, to humans to develop, to multiply. God has created the process, but He is no longer in charge of it, because He has given the responsibility to humans. This is exactly the same as the responsibility He gave to humans to manage the earth.

Today we can see, for example, that humans are playing with biology by trying to alter some of the reproductive processes that God created. If God was behind every plant, animal or human being that reproduces, then that would mean that God would be subject to those scientific apprentices who play with these reproductive processes. 

God created these processes and has in a way automated them, so He is no longer a party to these processes.

That is why it is not God who has taken care of developing a child in the womb. God created the process, yes, but the use, or rather the initiation of the process if I may say so, is up to the parents. But once this process has started, the mother must of course live a life in accordance with her condition, i.e. conform to a lifestyle to have the best possible pregnancy. I say this simply to show that sometimes some parents (which is certainly not the case for most) have somewhat irresponsible attitudes. For example, an alcoholic who is pregnant will be at fault for any problems with the development of the baby. This is just to show that we can have a share of responsibility in certain cases and problems.

But in this case, when children are born handicapped in various ways, this is not at all due to God but unfortunately due to the sin that invaded human nature through the fall of Adam and Eve.

Of course, no parent would want this for their children, but the nature of sin is precisely to be totally unjust. And it is certain that humanly speaking, parents have no way of acting on a child's possible handicap.

Our world is thus made with sin dominating it.

The basis of sin is that it has no justice, no fairness. Sin has many consequences, all of them unjust. And disabilities are one of them.

However, Jesus has given us power over all diseases, and it is quite possible to have your child healed of a disability.

Matthew 15:31  So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.

There is no disability too severe that God cannot heal. The example we saw at the beginning of this teaching shows us that even if an organ is missing at birth, the Holy Spirit is more than able to recreate it.

This is only speculation, but in this example of a man born blind, there is a good chance that this man was born without visual organs. This would explain why Jesus took dirt mixed with His saliva and applied it to the man's eye sockets. This circumstance shows us that nothing is impossible for the One who created us. Even if a body part is missing, the Holy Spirit is powerful enough to recreate it by our faith, if we learn to use the authority of the Word of God that is already in us. 

Every born-again, Holy Spirit-filled person has been given this authority enabling them to learn to use the power of God's Word. This authority works with our faith.

Do not hesitate to contact our ministry if you wish to learn how to use the power that is available to you.

  

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