Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Question For You Regarding Differently Abled People?







What About The Salvation Of Differently Abled People Of Severe Mental Handicap For Life?



Question: I have a question for you, I often think about an important issue: "How does God deal with disabled people or people with learning difficulties and mental handicap, and people who cannot read and write, or have severe mental health problems for life, who cannot understand or even read the bible, or be able to learn. Are these people responsible for their sin nature, or are they not, and if they do understand a little, but cannot read the Bible, how do you think they fare with in the great scheme of things.

Thank you in advance for answering this question. I personally not sure about this at all because every person is an individual, and only God knows who we are, so I cannot find an answer.

God bless you

Answer: Greetings in Jesus wonderful name! I am sure you have thought a great deal about salvation and its effect on mankind, that this has come to your mind and that you need an answer. I appreciate your sincere desire to know the Word of God more and more in depth. The Bible has all the answers.

First of all God's will for Adam in the Garden of Eden was not for him to eat the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen 2:9; 2:15-17), to thus disobey God and fall in to sin himself and his wife to push all humanity in to sin, rather it was God's will that they should overcome the test and be prosperous in the Garden of Eden (1 Tim 2:11-15). When Adam failed to teach Eve the laws of God rightly and keep her in submission through himself being submitted to God through working and taking care of the Garden of Eden which was God's mandate for him, Adam failed by reversal of role through hearing his wife's voice rather than God's voice in the test God has kept, and sin came in to humanity to rule over them (Eph 5:23; 1 Cor 11:8-9; 14:34-36). So God did not intend death, sin, disability to be experienced by humans, but it came as a result of our forefathers disobedience to the Word of God (Gen 3:6, 12; 4:7; Rom 5:12).

Did not God know that these things will happen by His sovereign omniscience? Yes indeed, He knew it all, but had His own genius idea before time in Christ to redeem all humanity (Rev 5:9; 5:12; 13:8; Isaiah 53:7; John 1:29; John 1:36; 1 Peter 1:19). In fact, God is like a Movie director who sits outside and watches the movie but doesn't influence the actors in any way but give to them the moral choice to decide and take part in the way they choose which is the greatest ability of liberty that God has given to humans (2 Cor 3:17). But as God is omniscient and knows all things beforehand, he knew that Adam will fall in to sin and therefore He had the great idea of revealing Christ Jesus to all nations to redeem all mankind and bring them back in to friendship with Himself.

This is what the apostle Paul revealed regarding the coming of Jesus to the earth, "[At the appropriate juncture, in due course...] 4 ...when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law [(i.e.) Jews under Mosaic Law and Gentiles under the Law of God written in their hearts (Gal 3:19; Rom 2:14-15, 12)], that we might receive the adoption as sons [i.e. by faith in Christ Jesus (Gal 3:26)]. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!" (Gal 4:4-6).


Think About It!

Some people easily throw words at God saying, 'Why should God judge all as sinners, why should I be affected by the sin of my forefather?' But little do they realize, that if God had begun to judge us individually with our sin, who on earth could ever be justified from sin (Psa 130:3)? Who on earth could go to heaven with their own righteousness which is compared to a filthy rag and not a dress of royalty which God expects us to wear before Him (Isa 64:6; Zec 3:3, 5)? Who on earth could ever stand before God and have friendship with such a God of purity and righteousness (Psa 76:7)? In fact, the Bible reveals that by saying, ""Who can say, "I have cleansed my heart; I am pure and free from sin"?" (Prov 20:9, NLT). The Bible itself gives the much needed answer to this question by saying, "Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins." (Eccl 7:20, NLT). Even if we say that we have 99.9 percentage of righteousness in our religious works towards God, and just 0.1 percentage of sin, we still fare equally with a sinner who has scored a big zero in righteousness and are disqualified in our friendship and qualification for heaven. As the Bible declares that none as humans can ever score 100 marks of righteousness that God expects, "If we claim to be already free from sin, we lead ourselves astray and the truth of the Bible that says that we are all sinners with no hope of achieving perfect righteousness except through Jesus' righteousness has no place in our hearts." (1 John 1:8).

So we can come to the clear conclusion in this matter, that the genius mind of God planned all to be declared as sinners in our forefather Adam, so that in the last Adam Jesus Christ all could be declared as righteous in the sight of God (Rom 3:10; 5:12-21). Paul the apostle beautifully reveals "All this [i.e. fall of Adam in to sin, resulting death, severe mental health problems for life, disabled people or people with learning difficulties and mental handicap who cannot read or write, sickness and diseases which lead to death, etc...] happened so that just as sin ruled by means of death, so also grace might rule through causing people to be considered righteous, so that they might have eternal life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord." (Rom 5:21).

In the above verse we see the key to justification of all disabled people by God when it says, "grace might rule through causing people to be considered righteous, so that they might have eternal life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord," in other words, God saves every individual by His grace through faith and not by their works that they might be tempted to boast before Him (Eph 2:8-9). The disabled or differently abled people with severe mental problems should be given the gospel as much as possible by us, which we should not neglect on our part, but on God's part He will see our faith to save our household member and heal their spiritual sickness or even the physical one to bring glory to His name (Luke 5:20; Matt 9:2; Acts 16:31).

In other words, God sees the ability of the disabled in their capacity to understand the Gospel or reject it by their own choice, and then will save them through the blood of Jesus which comes under the grace of God to give them eternal life as a gift and not as a goodness achieved based on their merits of righteousness. Paul said, "At one time I was alive without any connection to the Law. But when the rule [of Law] was revealed, sin sprang to life." (Rom 7:9, ISV). From the above verse we come to understand that babies, children and other disabled or differently abled people with severe mental problems are automatically saved by God as they are alive without any connection to the Law before the age of accountability which actually varies according to the travel ability and knowledge of each individual generation (Deut 1:39; Num14:31; Luke 21:23; Matt 24:19; Dan 12:4). When the first baby of David who was born to Bathsheba died because of the sin of adultery and murder, the man of God understood this deep doctrine of God and uttered these wonderful words, "But now that he has died, what's the point of fasting to bring him back to life? Can I bring him back again? No because God has already decided, rather I'll be going to be with him in heaven, but he won't be returning to me for earthly living again." (2 Sam 12:23, Paraphrased). Yet they are admitted in to heaven based on the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ who had died for them on the Cross to justify all of them from sin and give them a place in heaven to grow and glorify Him in the life to come. Glory to God!

God is a righteous judge, that is why Abraham had the audacity to ask God as His friend the following question, "Should not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?" (Gen 18:25). In fact, God was willing to show his mercy and grace to those undeserving people of Sodom and Gomorrah until Abraham stopped praying to the Lord. This shows that God as a righteous judge had never faltered or will never falter in his judgment any time in the future. Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert the right? (Job 8:3). The Bible reveals, "The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love." (Psa 33:5) and further it says, "God is a fair judge, a God who is angered by injustice every day." (Psa 7:11, GWT). As a fair judge over all the earth, God will not make the babies or children before the age of accountability or the disabled or differently abled people with severe mental problems to make a conscious decision for Christ when they are in fact do not have the capacity to make a conscious voluntary decision for Christ or against Christ.

Also Jesus told, "But the one who did not know and did things deserving of blows will be beaten lightly. Much will be required of everyone who has been given much. And even more will be expected of the one who has been entrusted with more." (Luke 12:48, HCSB). God's standard of judgment will always be based on what has been revealed to those who know Him, rather than what they do not know about Him (Rom 1:21-32). God's perfect judgment always gives to people what they deserve, not what they actually need to get for what they might have done. In short, God loves to show His mercy to the undeserving rather than His judgment (Mic 7:18). That is why Jesus was first sent to save the sinners, and then those who reject the rescue of God accomplished through the righteous judgment of sin of humanity for which Jesus was judged by Him, finally supplies them with justice that they deserve from Him as a God of justice. That is why God has told all humanity to consider the "goodness and severity" of God (Rom 11:22). They will be judged according to their works on the final day of the White Throne Judgement which cannot justify them 100% of time as those religious righteous works done by them are all filthy rags before Him (Rev 20:11-13). These people by their own choice will be sent to hell fire on that day (Rev 20:14-15).


Did Not God Know That Sin Will Cause Such Disability? Then Why Allow?

The Bible says, ""Two sparrows are sold for a penny, aren't they? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father's permission." (Matt 10:29, ISV). Thus we come to know that nothing in the entire universe happen without the knowledge of our God and Heavenly Father. If it is so, then we deal with this question, 'Did not God know that sin will cause such disability in humans and great innumerable suffering? Then why allow and give permission for that to happen? As I have already told previously, sin is real and the disobedience of our forefather is very real against God, thus he became a rebel and a enemy of God through inheriting the very nature of sin to let themselves be controlled by it (Rom 6:16, NIV). God thought that letting mankind in their own way of free will to choose is much more important to reflect the image of God, than in containing them to do what He wants in order they may exhibit the very nature and characteristics of God as his sons and daughters of God by their own voluntary choice. So God took the risk and also the risk is to go to the extend of sending His only begotten Son Jesus Christ in to their future as a Lamb to be slain in order to redeem the mankind He wanted to forgive and show His love to them (Rev 5:9; 5:12; 13:8; Isaiah 53:7; John 1:29; John 1:36; 1 Peter 1:19). So God did not just run away from the mess of sin that caused havoc on the entire earth and untold human suffering, instead He voluntarily by His own choice entered in to it to clear the mess and take mankind in to His divine eternal blessing once again. Here is how God took the responsibility for the devastation that sin had caused by saying, "The LORD said to him, "Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD?" (Exo 4:11). Here we see in this verse the God of justice and righteousness, who took charge of humanity and claimed responsibility for all the disability in His righteousness.

What good thing does disability produce? We know that a family with at least one person who is disabled will have a soft heart of compassion that will be missing towards the disabled in the other normal families. Thus God's heart is revealed through it to show special compassion to the weak and the lonely. A person like Nick Vujicic in our present generation is such an amazing soul, born with no arms and no legs, Nick had two choices in life: stay depressed and helpless for the rest of his life, or not see himself and unable to do all the things he wants to in life. But thank God he became an inspiration to millions of people to what Jesus Christ can do in such a differently abled person's life. Nick had no self pity for himself, but lifted himself up by the grace of God from all depression and got married even to have two kids to live for the Glory of God. I personally think that this testimony is worth more than a person with no disability glorifying God. What about Helen Keller? Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. She is remembered as an advocate for people with disabilities, amid numerous other causes. The Deaf community was widely impacted by her. She traveled to twenty-five different countries giving motivational speeches about Deaf people's conditions. GLORY TO GOD! These testimony of people like Helen Keller doesn't end, it keeps on going through many such lives who bring more glory to God than the normal people with all faculties could normally bring with their lives. Glory to God!

It is worth it all for God to allow such disability, who become differently abled by the power of God so that according to the Word of God to prove it that says, "But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong." (1 Cor 1:27). The disabled people prove that to us, Nick Vujicic said, “In life, if you don’t know the truth, then you can’t be free, because then you’ll believe that the lies are the truth. But once we realize that when we read the Word of God, and you know the truth of who you are, then I’m not a man without arms and legs. I am a child of God.” God can much more be glorified in the weakness of people, but never in their strength as it is impossible to stay humble headed and level headed with all gifts at their disposal.


Disobedience To God's Voice The Cause Of Disability?

God said to humans in the beginning, "Multiply and spread to fill the earth and subdue it, and rule over every living creatures...." (Gen 1:27-28). But we know that disobeying the command of God, they began to build cities and then a tower of Babel to worship their own might and glory in their own strength and in the creation of their hands to intermarry to settle in one place when God wanted them to spread in all the world (Gen 11:1-9). Then God scattered them in all the earth, after this God gave laws to Moses to prohibit the marriage of very close blood relations or keep those close relationship sacred as the sinful fallen DNA of what is at lack with diseases in it, could get copied and get aggravated if there is any kind of disobedience to the laws of God. Even in today's world, we see those people who marry their blood relative and inline breeding causes disability in some of their children or in all of them (Lev 18:1-30). So in a way disobedience to the voice of God and breaking of His laws can cause disability in a child.

Idolaters were traitors to God’s theocracy. Besides the abhorrent practices which accompanied idol worship in the Old Testament (Deut 12:31), idolatry had a way of ingraining itself in a culture. Children raised in such an environment would keep the tradition going and practice similar idolatry, thus falling into the established pattern of disobedience. The tendency to repeat the mistakes of history is especially strong in an idolatrous culture and that is what God says as, "I am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me" (Exo 20:5). In others words, disability may also be caused due to such curse that God sends upon people who are in idolatrous rebellion against Him (Deut 27:15-26; 28:18, 64).

At the same time not all disability are due to sin and curse of God, one time seeing a blind man the disciples of Jesus asked Him saying, "Rabbi [i.e. Teacher], who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" (John 9:2), Jesus' answer amazed the disciples who believed otherwise. Here is what Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned. Instead, he was born blind so that God could show what he can do for him." (John 9:3). Then Jesus spit on mud and placed it over the blind man's eyes to make him wash him in a particular pool, as he obeyed the words of Jesus, his eyes opened to see the whole world in a new light that Jesus gave. Sometimes the reason God allows disability in people is to show that He can heal them, or He can use them for His Glory with it having no power over them. Praise the Lord!

Thus we come to the conclusion that God has his own reason for allowing anything and everything in this world, be it a disability, a sickness, a weakness, a pain, a disease, etc...and He has the right to allow it all because He has the power to turn it in to something good for the person who trust in Him (Rom 8:28). Only God has the power to turn a curse in to a Blessing (Deut 23:5; Nehemiah 13:2; Matthew 5:44).


Conclusion:

No matter what are the reasons for disability of people, yet God has a way out through His grace to let you carry on through your suffering as He will start to carry you through your weakness and disabilities (Isa 46:4). Without an iota of doubt, as we have seen previously, with in the great scheme of things God saves the babies, children under the age of accountability, and people with differing disabilities, then He lets them know of the Gospel, and begins to use them for His Glory with His strength if they trust Him and are positive enough to be blessing to others.

Much Love and Blessings....



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