Monday, 18 January 2010

Which is easier?

Mark 2:9 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, take up your bed and walk'?

Been having a few of these discussions with people

most people seem to think these 2 things are equally difficult, or maybe the sin-forgiving thing is just a bit harder...

Let me ask it in another way:

If I was a carpenter.... and I decided to build my house, I'd do 2 things:

first, I'd build a house (i.e. a building) with my own hands
then, I'd build a household (i.e. a family), with my own being

If then a storm arose within both house and household,
the house building would be in pieces and the wood and brick scattered all round
and the household would be in pieces from the mistrust, dissension, anger, envy, etc...

If then I were to fix both,
for the house, I'd simply get more material, or use what is existing and rebuild,
it would take some time and have some cost

For the household.... a lifetime, my entire bank account, all my faculties, my blood sweat and tears may not be enough

The price of reconciliation is my entire being..
the cost is infinite

Which then is harder?

One comes with a snap of the Finger of God
The other, with the Blood of God

1 comment:

TEMPLE said...

The answer is clear as to which is easier. Forgiving "sins" is obviously easier, because it is completely arbitrary and depends only on perception of "sin." Nor does forgiving sin actually require any truly supernatural ability. Note that I am not equating sin with crime, as crime cannot be forgiven and does have clear legal definitions.

Regarding the other option, i.e., with respect to the paralytic walking again, this is for the most part a statistically unlikely occurrence and more or less beyond our power. Hence, it is obviously the more difficult task for the paralytic. If a paralytic does happen to walk again, it is impossible to attribute it to some sort of divine spinal cord intervention by God and not a natural event.

Of course, the big assumption that this whole discussion depends upon is that there is a God capable of healing the sick and injured. Can this be proven? If so, my question is this: why does God hate amputees? Of all the so-called instances of faith healing, there is not a single documented case of God growing back a lost limb. Not even a finger! What does God have against amputees?

Is it any coincidence that faith healing never accomplishes any truly miraculous medical feat, but only those things that could either be faked or happen naturally?