Sunday, September 2, 2007

Phantom Limb Syndrome and the Secret.

There is a rather worthwhile site called Why Won't God Heal Amputees. Which notes that in Mark 11:24 Jesus says, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." As well as other references to the same thing, Matthew 7:7, Matthew 17:20, Matthew 21:21, Mark 11:24, John 14:12-14, Matthew 18:19 and James 5:15-16. If you pray for something, the prayer will be answered. So why doesn't God heal amputees? God apparently deigns it a good idea to cure 95% of testicular cancers and 5% of Pancreatic cancers (or at the very least allow people with this diseases to live 5 years). Why is it so arbitrary? Why no amputees? Does god hate 5% of testicular cancer suffers (enough to give them cancer AND kill them), and 95% of Pancreatic cancer suffers... this I suppose could be the case. Why then does god hate 100% of amputees? And hates them to the point that he refuses to do what he said he'd do in the Bible.

Well, whatever the case, even if religion doesn't work shouldn't woo work? The Secret is an Oprah promoted bit of woo which says basically the universe is govern by the Law of Attraction, if you think believe good things and believe you have them you will have them as the universe will provide them. Despite the obvious problem that the opposites attract and not like forces, this idea promotes a blame the victim mentality (Oprah's ancestors must have really been negative ninnies to get slavery brought down on their heads), it also fails the amputee problem.

A number of amputees suffer from Phantom Limb Syndrome. Which is to say that they BELIEVE THEY HAVE THEIR DAMNED LIMB! Shouldn't the law of attraction provide them with an new leg or what not? I mean seriously, if you wanted a test case this is it. People honestly believe that they have the limbs to such an extent that they get hurt. They fling their body out of bed and use their non-existent leg to catch them to no avail. They walk through doors making sure to not bump their spirit arm. They suffer constant pain and aches in the missing part of their anatomy. Certainly, that's should provide some credit from the universe. They believe they have their limbs, shouldn't the universe provide it?

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