Why Won’t God Heal Amputees?

There is an entire web site dedicated to this question.  It came to my attention when a friend of mine forwarded me an e-mail her husband (who has yet to put his faith in Christ) sent her. 


He argued that if God could answer some medical conditions, like brain tumors, for example, by shrinking them or completely removing them, why wouldn’t he regenerate someone’s limbs? 


Are the prayers of an amputee not as faith-filled?

Is God limited somehow? 

“If God intervenes with cancer patients to remove cancerous tumors, then God should also intervene with amputees to regenerate lost limbs.” 


But He doesn’t.  He never has. 


At first, I rationalized the argument thinking, “this is just another man’s attempt to disprove the existence of the all-powerful God.”  And I still think that to a certain extent.  From what I know of this man, he’s grasping at everything he can to excuse God.  (I personally think He’s closer to surrendering his life than he’s ever been… and that excites me!)  But I also didn’t want to turn a blind eye to the questions raised.  I honestly don’t know what to think… or say in response.


I invite you to check out the web site and consider my friend’s questions above.  Share your thoughts and maybe I’ll have some valid arguments to share with my friend.  Help me out… what do you think?


Why won’t God heal amputees? 


7 Responses to “Why Won’t God Heal Amputees?”

  • It’s to early, my mind is to small, I’ll come back to you later.

  • Chad Payne says:

    I know of missionaries who have seen people with missing limbs healed in other nations. The truth is, there are profound miracles happening in many parts of the world. Why we don’t see more in America is an equally profound question.

    I know that when I ministered in Mexico, it was so easy to pray and see people healed. One lady was instantly healed of a hernia when we prayed for her. But, although we do see miraculous healings from time to time here in America, it is much more unusual.

    Hey, I enjoy your blog. Keep up the good work!

  • Chad’s right. There are CRAZY things that happen in other nations. We don’t see much of that here. Or we don’t hear of them. Regardless, i’m not real sure why God won’t re-grow a limb, but I guess I wonder what would be the advantage? Don’t get me wrong, I would want my arm back for sure, but it’s not life threatening. I guess that leads to does it have to be? Ok, here’s my answer…i don’t know :) Put it on your list of what to ask God when you get to heaven!

  • Anna says:

    Scott–I’d like to hear what you think
    Chad–I totally agree… we’re taught to DIS-believe in America… we’re taught that stuff like that… just doesn’t happen… I wonder what life would be like if we were taught to BELIEVE
    Natalie–LOL… thanks for the honesty! Unfortunatley the web site does say something about causing death… it is quite a bizzar page… you’ll really have to check it out…

  • That whole site’s argument is as fallible as they come. That God hasn’t healed an amputee (that the author knows of) is proof that God won’t.

    Of course, three years ago, someone could have made http://www.whywontgodhealfullblownrabiesvictims.com and made the same argument, that because God hasn’t healed someone from full-blown rabies that he can’t.

    I can’t say with any degree of certain whether or not God has healed (or will heal) amputees (since I haven’t seen it myself).

    I guess if for the sake of discussion, we assume he won’t, then my answer to your questions is, “I don’t know.”

  • Rachel says:


    tell your friend to check out Nick Vujicic. He has no arms and no legs, and has a faith like I’ve never seen! We met him, he’s so amazing! Maybe your friend can learn from him!

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