After the kite flying, P1 and I watched 20/20. They had a segment about an armless, legless man who tours the world giving motivational speeches. Now, don't get me wrong: his tenacity is inspiring and I have a soft spot for people who deal with disabilities. I can't imagine what it would be like to grow up without your limbs. His choice to be a motivational speaker is honorable. However, the following discussion took place between this guy and the interviewer.
Interviewer: "You pray to God that he will give you your limbs back?"
Nick: "Yes. I still do."
Interviewer: "Do you think God can do that?"
Nick: "Absolutely, I do."
Interviewer: "Do you think God will give you your legs and arms
Nick: *hesitates* It's his will. I think he could if he decided
That is paraphrased (as the transcript isn't up yet). I think it's pretty accurate, though. So...here we have a man who's a Christian motivational speaker who has admittedly prayed to god every day, since he was a toddler, to give him his arms and legs. But, this God he believes in chose not to. And, note that he feels God can do it, but won't. I say this with the most respect I can give to NickVujicic: How can you worship and serve a God who left you with a debilitating defect and claim that that God is the most awesome entity in the universe? Nick says:
"No matter who you are, no matter what you're going through, God knows it," he
said. "He is with you. He is going to pull you through."
How can God be attributed with benevolence if he allows a baby to suffer this fate. I don't care what the long term purpose is. Nick claims to have gone through phases where he wanted to commit suicide. To say that he was limited by this disability is an understatement. I ask this with sincere curiosity: How can you still worship that deity if you believe "He" created you to suffer? If God "knew it", then he allowed it. And, any manner in which this deity "pulls (you) through" is a situation of cruel predisposition. It's kind of like a mother with Munchhausen's By Proxy who makes her child sick to play the martyr. If God exists as a supreme ruler, then why would he need to make one his creations so physically handicapped just to get some glory? If a father chopped off his son's legs to allow the son to go on to be a motivational speaker and run a ministry, then we'd question the sanity and motives of that father. Why does God get a pass?
To top it off, Nick's father is a minister. A man who serves this same God that, according to his beliefs, left his son severely handicapped. If a parent worships the cruel person who takes away their child's limbs, then wouldn't we tend to call that person unstable?
The unanswered prayers he made as a child haven't left his mind, nor has he
stopped praying occasionally for arms and legs.
Interesting. So, God is purposefully ignoring a faithful devotee? Does the Bible not say that God will heal you and "ask and you shall receive"?
"I totally surrender that to God. I would be obviously elated if I had arms and
legs right now ... but I know that God's in full control. And do I believe that
He can give me arms and legs? Yes, sir ... The world doesn't understand how you
can have these two parallel thoughts, where you can say, on one hand ... 'yes, I
believe in the miracle,' and on the other ... say, 'You know what? I'm fully
content. I'm not discouraged if He doesn't give me arms and legs.'
I'm glad that Mr. Vujicic has found a way to live a meaningful life. He's done more than some non-handicapped people have done (including getting a degree in finance and accounting). But, am I the only one who thinks that any deity who would do this is cruel?
"That's where I am. That's the freedom and victory I have. I believe in a God
who can do all things, but if He chooses not to give me arms and legs, I know
it's for the better. And I may not understand it, but all I need to know is that
He's going to carry me through, that there is a purpose for it."
How is not having limbs "for the better"? I suppose it's good that Vujicic has found comfort with his disabilities and limitations, but I don't understand how a lack of legs and arms is "for the better" for anyone? What is the purpose? If God is all powerful, then you'd think He could rustle up some motivational speakers without maiming and torturing them. All his story serves to illustrate about this deity is that said deity, if he exists, uses and abuses innocent children.