10 Reasons Why God Does Not Heal Everyone and/or Prevent Evil

These are the questions:

“If God exists and is good, then why does God allow evil and suffering?” —Atheist / Agnostic

“If God is all powerful, then why don’t Christians go into hospitals and psych wards to heal everyone?” —Skeptic

“Will God heal the non-believer just the same as a believer?” —Inquiring Christian

“I prayed for a miracle, but God did not do it. Why?” —Disillusioned Christian

These are the biblical answers:

1. Human free will stands, according to God’s original design. By it we fell into sin; with it, each of us may be redeemed by grace through faith. Free will means others may affect my life, and that is just the law of existence, which God set into motion. Their freedom is your freedom; and God will not remove it. He keeps His own laws. Mankind makes evil and hurtful or neglegent choices, because mankind is corrupted in nature, not God.

BUT, God promises He alone can redeem these evils into something eternally good, if He is willfully entrusted with both the wrongs and His prescription on how to cope with them. Finding out & following His ways can treat and / or prevent much evil, inner suffering & even physical ailment.

Sometimes God won’t heal us or heal instantly, because He wants us to use our will to find healing by searching out and living in His freeing Truth & ways. That is, God may delay a healing or spread it out over time in order to build the faith of the recipient. Instantaneous healing does happen, but so does prolonged healing.

If He has assured us of healing based on His Word and the illumination of the Spirit, then we must continually believe with praising, or “pray through.” This builds a strong faith! Again, God is more interested in cultivating our person in trusting Him than in providing quick fixes for our temporal, physical bodies. See Luke 18:1-8

And, yes, emotional and psychological healings come at His hands too… but often take much time and much truth.

2. Some (NOT ALL) torments are the result of sin. Examples include: guilt, not forgiving others, the results of covetously seeking riches and fame or worldly success, bitterness or blaming God for not getting your strong desires met, dabbling in occult ritual or magic, bringing railing accusation against / commanding angels, speaking evil/reviling angelic majesties without knowledge/understanding. These must be confessed and renounced in Jesus’ Name before we can command the tormentors to go. (See Jude; Matthew 18:34; Hebrews 12; 1 Timothy 6:10; James 4-5)

3. Our understanding is limited; God’s is limitless. It may be redemptive suffering or glorification of God in unseen realms… Or seen realms (Ex. Job, John 9:1-12). We are not gods; He is God. It is about His glory, AND He rewards those who suffer but keep faith! [See Befitting Rewards Series and 1 Peter 4 & Luke 22:31]

4. This is a fallen world in an evil age—temporal—not Heaven. Sickness, disaster, disease & death are not only possible but probable; but God wants our trust in Him for the rescue of our eternal soul—even above trust for temporal fixes—as well as the maturing of our (believers’) person into Jesus’ likeness. We did not give God trust in a perfect age (Garden of Eden). This present evil age is about trusting Him while enduring ills. If we do so, He will give us His wisdom & understanding. Therefore, He may or may not heal / deliver based on our need to grow into Christ’s likeness. Jesus suffered and was perfected by it too, but He suffered so that He could rescue us from eternal separation from God in judgement. The rescue and mature development of your eternal soul is more important to God than your temporal / bodily desires. Only by suffering, can we be made better (more empathetic, wise, understanding, compassionate, self-less, content) people.

Speaking of being mortal, getting older and chronically sick is hard. King Solomon puts it best by saying: “Remember your creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and you say, ‘I have no pleasure in them’ (Ecclesiastes 12:1). God says you were supposed to have spent your youthful years learning the Wisdom of God, SO THAT when you are older and sicker and feeble you would be prepared instead of lost for answers about life in this fallen world. Youth is preparation for getting older, not a thing to be squandered as if to say, “Tonight, we are young. So, let’s set the world on fire.” The best way to age gracefully is to age (gain) in wisdom. Even wine gets better with age, even though it rots.

See Romans 8:29-30; John 16:33; Ecclesiastes 12

5. God is not partial or vengeful. He gives both blessings and trials to the just and the unjust alike. He lets good things and “bad” things happen for a reason, which is: both blessing and suffering are meant to lead us to faith in God, either in response for his goodness OR in seeing the brokenness of the fallen world & desiring to be rescued from this present evil, fallen age. See Matthew 5:45

6. The proud, rich & affluent of this world are often self sufficient (poor in faith). We think we have a remedy or fix or prevention or insurance for everything… somehow invincible. We need to learn our frailty and vulnerability and trust in the presence of God (See above). To become spiritually rich, we must fully realize we are poor in spirit; and a revelation of our spiritual bankruptcy before God does not happen without trials. By the way, if we treat prayer for healing like a “treatment” so that we can go on living in our godless and selfish ways, then God won’t heal us. See James 2:5; 5; Matthew 5:3

7. Someone must ask for healing (spiritual & physical) in Jesus’ Name. If one does not believe in Him as the only true God and Savior, why should He give them a healing / deliverance? In the Bible records, healings are always given so that faith may be established in Him. This is not to say God will not preserve life, even in miraculous ways, until that one has a chance to hear the Good News of Jesus. God has and will heal, or allow a near death experience, or miraculously protect or deliver someone from tragedy, if/when that person needs to hear / accept the Good News of Jesus.

[See Bible passages recording healings and “What About Those Who Have Not Heard?“]

8. Believers do not direct or empower spiritual gifts (healing, etc.) to use at their will, as if the power is theirs. It is God’s power and at His will. (See above & 1 Corinthians 12:11)

9. Prayer is aligning with God’s rule & will over us. Sometimes He says no, even to those who are righteous (repentant attitude). To pray for His “Kingdom to come & His will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven” is not a question of His will getting done, as if God can’t do everything He wants in this present, evil age. But rather, to pray this is to practice aligning ourselves with God’s will and rule by agreement of spirit and a confident trust in Him. This is called faith, and untainted faith is sourced in (or flows out of) love. If we love God, we desire His rule and his will to happen on earth, even if it goes against our natural desires; and this stands in direct contradistinction to the collective will of fallen, unregenerate humanity… which seeks self-will and self-rule at all costs. The “Lord’s Prayer” is a form of worship, not a revelation of God’s impotence. So, we may pray outright for healing (believer & non-believer alike), but if God does not heal you—in His Divine wisdom—will you love him and trust him anyway? Will you learn to pray with agreement from the heart, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done.” [*Note: this prayer is also prophetic concerning His future 1000 yr. reign from Jerusalem]

As Nick Vujicic says:

If you don’t get a miracle, be the miracle.”

10. God wants fellowship. More than any, God has suffered; because in all our suffering, He suffers. We are His Creation gone astray by the free will he gave us and enduring evils He never would have chosen for us. He also provides the remedy of His Son at His own costly expense. But, just like Abraham and all the patriarchs and great people of faith, they endured great hardship & testing down here, so that they would know the fellowship of Christ Jesus’ sufferings… a necessary “evil” that must go alongside of knowing “the power of His resurrection!” These people were called “friend” by God and enjoyed deep relationship with Him while on earth and afterward in Heaven. Are you desiring exemption from this? As Romans 8 puts it, “I reckon that the present sufferings of this age are nothing to be compared to the glory to be revealed in us…. If we suffer with Him, we shall also reign with Him.” See Romans 4; 5:3; 8; Hebrews 11

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OTHER RESOURCES:

Key Word Search: Trials of Faith 

Dealing with Loss, Evil, Suffering and Hopelessness

For a list of people in the Bible who were righteous and not healed, see Warnings about the Word of Faith Movement

When God Says No

My Testimony & Calling | TBN

And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. (Revelation 12:11)

Nothing that we can say or do as Christians is more glorifying to God or more effective in spiritual battles or more influential with other people than our own life testimonial. Here’s my story, as given August 15, 2016 on TBN 42 Indianapolis: [scrub the time bar to 2/3rds in]

Warnings About the Word of Faith Movement

Even though I shared my testimony on TBN 42, I do not ascribe to or recommend the Word of Faith movement. In fact, I call it apostacy. I have only shared my testimony, as my Heavenly Father has given opportunity. Below is a compilation of warnings about that movement. May our Lord Jesus grant us discernment in these last days.

10 Ways the Word of Faith Movement Went Wrong | Charisma Magazine

Is the Word of Faith movement biblical? | Got Questions

3 Word of Faith Errors | Christianity About

What’s Wrong with the Word of Faith Movement? Part One | CRI

What’s Wrong with the Word of Faith Movement? Part Two | CRI

Audio Christian Errors: Word of Faith | CARM

The Word-Faith Movement | Rapidnet

Word of Faith Movement: A Doctrinal Critique | Evangelical Reformed Fellowship

Exposing the Word of Faith Properity Gospel | Justin Peters

Ex-Word of Faith Preacher tells “THE TRUTH ABOUT THE WORD OF FAITH” 

The 9th Planet, Eris… or Xena (X)

 

Caltech Researchers Find Evidence of a Real Ninth Planet  | Caltech.edu, Jan. 20, 2016

Discovering Planet Nine | The New Yorker, Jan. 20, 2016

KUIPER BELT OBJECTS POINT THE WAY TO PLANET 9 | UniversityToday.com, March 11, 2016

Researcher links mass extinctions to ‘Planet X’ | Phys.org, March 30, 2016

IS PLANET X LINKED TO MASS EXTINCTIONS? | UniversityToday.com, April 1, 2016

Space Nottity | Snopes.com, April 7, 2016 “A sensational tabloid article built upon benign statements from a retired astrophysicist to surmise that a “newly discovered” planet could imminently destroy all life on Earth.”


 

Despite recent hysteria that the world will be destroyed this month (April, 2016), the biblical prophetic narrative gives no indication of such an immediate and complete destruction. Moreover, the Bible (as interpreted by the historical, classic evangelical method) leads one to see that evolutionary theory and its according theory of mass extinction due to comets are in direct contradiction to its accounts.

Does the Bible say anything about comets, asteroids or falling starts in end-times prophecy? YES, absolutely. Revelation, chapter 8, verse 11 describes a great star falling from heaven (our solar system). That star’s name—according to the angel which instructed John the Apostle—is Wormwood. Whether the star is an angel, or whether it is an actual comet, scholars often disagree. Yet, again, according to the historical, classic evangelical method of Bible interpretation, this “star” means Aster… the same word from which English derives “asteroid.” The star’s falling from heaven is the result of a set of judgments sent by God upon those who ‘dwell on earth.’ The asteroid strikes 1/3rd of the waters and makes them toxic. As a result, many die.

The timing of this asteroid’s collision with earth is farther down the biblical prophetic line. There are many signs and events which must take place beforehand. As it is poised to do, if the War of Gog and Magog were to culminate tomorrow, loosely followed (days or months) by the revealing of Anti-Christ [loosely contemporaneous to when the Church is gathered together with Christ], then and only then can we start to calculate this star’s collision with earth. If those things were to happen tomorrow, we’re talking 3.5 – 4 years away at a minimum.

But the Lord has not appointed this doom and wrath for those who have repented toward Father God of sinfulness and have placed trust in Jesus of Nazareth as the only true God & Savior of mankind (1 Thessalonians 5:9). “Flee from the wrath to come! Flee for refuge to lay hold on the hope set before us—Jesus Christ” (Matthew 3:7; Hebrews 6:18).

AFTER 5 YEARS, WE’RE PREGNANT, AND THERE’S A STORY TO THAT

On January 19, 2016, we found out that Kristi is at most a couple of weeks pregnant.

To those who might say, “oh, they just found out they are pregnant. They shouldn’t say they are pregnant until after the 1st trimester. What if they miscarry?” I can only reply by saying,

“Read the below story. You’ll see that our being pregnant has a ‘God story’ to it… and if it is God’s reputation that has allowed us to become pregnant, then God’s reputation won’t be tarnished by a potential miscarriage. Besides, we’ve come to trust him no matter what regarding this matter of babies. Of course, we will do our part to protect and nurture what we’ve been entrusted; but, whatever HE decides will find us content. That is the point of the story below.”

FOR 5 FULL YEARS,

…we were tempted by nearly everything you can imagine.

We’ve known all of the inner, negative and accusatory thoughts… “There is something wrong with me. Is something wrong with him/her? There is something wrong with us; are we incompatible? Has God cursed us to be childless?”

For 5 full years, we were goaded by all of the presumptions and “should’s & should not’s”—spoken and unspoken—of family, friends and fellow Christians.

Sometimes we wondered why it was so difficult for us compared to those who seem to become effortlessly pregnant, or even those who do not want the unborn child they’ve been given… or yet, those who choose to prevent pregnancy from ever happening. Had we done something wrong?

Oh sure, we contemplated all of the contemporary methods of medical fertility, but we personally never felt comfortable playing God. How ever much our faith had to grow over these past 5 years, we were always certain that God was our God, and that, His Word tells us that HE is the one who “opens the womb” and that “children are an inheritance handed down from God” to a man & wife for them to nurture and raise up in ways glorifying to God. We both decided that methods of fertilization would always leave us with a lack of confidence that God had given us a child/children in HIS time and in line with His grand plan for our part in HIS universe.

By the way, the fact that we are now pregnant does not mean “our faith” is somehow the thing to be praised, but rather, God is the one who gives… and only through trusting Him completely can we be confident that what we receive is from Him. “The justified (in Christ) shall live by faith.” Sometimes God needs to teach us lessons of patient trust in Him. That is what life is about.

The only peace we got these past 5 years was proportionate to our trust in God as the all-wise, all-powerful LORD of our life together. As our view of God got bigger, our trust in Him became more sure; and our peace multiplied in that grace. We became certain that our lives were on His plan… down to the timing of children, or no children at all. We both came to certainty that his plan was absolutely best, even if that meant no children! We became able to praise God with contentment for our life as it was. This is a lesson that not only married couples should learn about children, but it is a lesson that singles must learn about singleness. It is not about you. It is about God and His path for you.

Don’t get me wrong, though. We did not become passive in the matter of asking God for a child. It is a natural desire for a married couple to have children, just as it is a natural desire for a man and woman to become one in holy marriage. If the desire is not there, then that is God’s gift to you. But, if the desire is there, then take it as a sign that God means to fulfill that desire in His time and way. [As an aside, for many, one of God’s ways is adoption. Even now that we are pregnant, we still hope to adopt one day because we see the love of God best displayed in adoption.]

At a certain point, and above all, we decided that we would not listen to any voice but God’s, not even our own. 

“No, there is nothing wrong with us, together or separately. God is well able to work miracles.”

“No, we’re not going to cause ourselves stress and worry by trying to make sex an empty duty of punctual attempts at pro-creation, according to ovulation and temperature and extreme dietary course.”

“NO — Who cares if family, friends or fellow-Christians are imposing their opinions on our faith, timing, intimacy, etc. What does God say?!”

ABOUT THIS TIME NEXT YEAR

At the 3 year mark for us (Dec. 2013), I began to seek the Lord earnestly about what HE was saying regarding our having children. I am the spiritual leader in my home. It was up to me more than any to seek the LORD on this… so that I might obtain blessing for myself and my wife, and bless my wife with truth and words from our God.

At just beyond the 4 year mark (Dec. 2015), my seeking grew more intent. Because I had been dealing (for 4 years) with a set of small but painful cysts above my left testicle, I wanted to seek the Lord for healing and for children. I prayed much and sought books like, “Divine Healing” by R. A. Torrey. I asked God to teach me about his healing power. I had believed for healing for others’ cases in times past, but this was different… this was me, and sometimes selfishness and doubt and sin get in the way.

On January 7th, 2015 I met Candy Gunther Brown [fellow Christian & Religious Studies professor at I.U.] and Dr. Joshua Brown in Bloomington, IN.

In brief, Josh [fellow Christian, brain neurologist and professor at I.U.] had been miraculously healed of an inoperable brain tumor as—again—a result of divine healing in the face of great spiritual warfare. Besides sharing their uplifting story, Josh and Candy also put me onto a book called, “Needless Casualties of War.” These two beloved friends have walked a long and faith-strengthening path, and they quickly became good friends to Kristi and me.

On January 14th, 2015 I attended a scheduled a prayer meeting with the Healing Rooms of Bloomington, where Josh and Candy work to pray for and then document confirmed cases of divine healing to the glory of God.

The following is what I entered in my journal entry for that evening:

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“Prayer with Candy Brown (and others) at Genesis church for healing. Gen 18:10… prayed about children, among many other blessings.”

That night, I also shared with Kristi what I had prayed about with the brothers and sisters at the Healing Rooms.

On January 15, 2015 my journal reads,

“Email sent to Candy Brown

Candy and friends,

One of the prayers last night centered around “a child in a year’s time” as was promised to Abraham.

This morning, our family Bible reading (in a chronological Bible) was Genesis 18&19. When I read the same passage [Genesis 18:10] about which we prayed last night, I knew it was a promise from the Lord beyond coincidence. May the Lord be exalted, as Kristi and I believe Him for this.”

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Now, Candy’s response to this email was understandably careful. She essentially stated that she did not specifically receive a word from the Lord to pronounce that Kristi and I would have a child in a year’s time; but that, in the tenor of prayer we were having, it was a passage that she felt drawn to mention.

BUT, as I said, due to the Holy Spirit using the Word to work faith in my heart through illumination, I knew it was beyond coincidence. It was like God saying, “This is for you.” Kristi and I calculated 9 months backward from January 2016 into 2015. We expected to be pregnant by the end of April, 2015 so that we would deliver by about January 2016…thus fulfilling the word of the Lord to us. We did not change any schedule or routine. We simply lived life and loved spontaneously.

The truth is, the months passed and we still were not pregnant. Yes, we were a bit discouraged, not knowing how to meet the expectation of our faith with the reality we were experiencing. Nevertheless, we told God we love Him and trust Him, and that we were willing to say that our selfishness had led us to “force” his Word into what we had been hearing.

We continued living life and loving spontaneously. And, as I state above, we both came to certainty that his plan was absolutely best, even if that meant no children! We became able to praise God with contentment for our life as it was.

Then, January 19, 2016 rolled around—“about a year’s time” from last January 15—and Kristi said, “I’m kinda late, ya know.” She tested, and the results for us are nothing short of a miracle.

How closely do you believe God wishes you to walk with Him? Do you believe he will work miracles for you in your faith and life as he did the patriarchs’ lives? More than working miracles for you, do you value God’s desire to shape and mould your soul by life’s lessons of patient trust in Him—to give Him as much unconditional trust as He gives you unconditional love?

Do you believe your life has its integral part to play in God’s plan for the universe? Wouldn’t that mean you are on his time and plan? Is He still the same today as he was yesterday and forever past? The answer is, of course, yes. He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek HIM!

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