ACS In John 5:14, Jesus tells the paralyzed man who has just been healed, “Do not sin anymore so that nothing worse happens to you.” And in John 9:2, the disciples upon meeting a man who was born blind ask Jesus, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents?” In both of these passages the underlying assumption is that individual sin causes disability. No matter how the Lord answers, he is faithful and he will use the healing from or the situation for our good. OJC Assistant Professor, University of Dayton.

Many women in the Bible were considered barren and went to extraordinary lengths to have children. How different to the attitude I sometimes cherish - to obtain fame and recognition for my work with the marginalised, even in Christian circles.

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities.

CRCM Likewise, Paul’s description of the “thorn” (2Cor 12:7-10) reverses the commonly held medical idea that weak bodies are more susceptible to invasion, positioning his own disability as a source of strength. “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.”, In this case, God’s glory was revealed in healing.

Another strand of thought in the rehab literature is the tension between 'restoration', that is getting back to 'normal', and 'transformation', that is working with the 'new normal'. Each person, in their uniqueness, deserves the respect and love that would be shown to anyone or anything that bears the mark of the Creator. (13) In another national survey from Australia, 40% of people with profound or severe activity limitation regarded their health status as 'excellent', 'very good' or 'good'. A West Semitic language, in which most of the Hebrew Bible is written except for parts of Daniel and Ezra.

In contrast, healthcare systems today seem to have become self-seeking and populated by clinicians who see patients as 'getting in the way of them doing their job'.

What an encouraging post on the biblical view of disability. All this suffering is not in vain. Fundamental to biblical theology is the understanding that we as humans are made in the image of God. AJMB

‘WHOEVER SPEAKS, AS ONE WHO SPEAKS ORACLES OF GOD’. (7) Jesus never used people with disability to gain credibility. Is it not I, the Lord?

Why did God permit my spouse to contract this debilitating disease? Someone out there needs to hear your story so hold your head high knowing that he is using you. The good news is that we don’t have to depend on what we can or cannot do or how good or bad we feel, because greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world.


Small wonder then that people predicting their response to being disabled might fearfully say 'I would never want to live like that.'. OJCB You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. CSTA JASMI Thank you for sharing, Angie! [cited 25 Nov 2020]. NS

I tell this to my boy all the time, especially when he says he wants to be made differently. However, we can be encouraged that God often displays his power by sustaining, rather than healing those whom he loves.

JTST In Biblical times, people with disabilities were rarely fully-functioning members of society. NR

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He put every piece of me together inside my mother’s womb (see Psalm 139:16 NIV Full Chapter). God has such a different view of disabilities, and he has a purpose for them. But all is not right. 3,826 Downloads  7,750 Views  Citations, Pub.

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I’m a social worker so I know better than most that not all disabilities are physical.

This was a refreshing and encouraging post on the biblical view of disability. An Academic Publisher. I’ll pass your encouraging message along to Miranda, who wrote this post about adopting a biblical view of disability. People have intrinsic value. In addition to blindness and mobility impairments precluding entry into the temple, reproductive incapacity or “barrenness” could also preclude a person from entering the sanctuary space (Deut 23:1; Gen 25:21-26; Judg 13:2-25; 2Kgs 4:8-37).

For instance, The reason that these metaphors worked in their ancient context and still play well in the contemporary world is because of the negative value that is placed upon bodies that are in some way different from what is considered the norm. AAST A company limited by guarantee. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.


Repeatedly, Jesus had compassion on men and women who were made in God's image yet suffering with broken bodies. They do not distort that image any more than anyone else simply because their bodies or minds do not conform to what society has defined as ‘normal’.

ABCR It is not the end of the story. AJPS Disability is a 'protected characteristic' under the Equality Act 2010. OJPsych


This understanding should be demonstrated in our view of others and of ourselves. Who makes them deaf or mute? This article depicts the emergence of ancient civilizations and religions (e.g.

Verse Concepts. OJGas

IB THE BIBLICAL VIEW OF HUMANITY AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES The purpose of this subheading is not to give a detailed account of the issue under discussion, but to bring to light the original status of humankind in the creation story, the biblical view of persons with disabilities, and how people related to them in the Old Testament. Table 10: Disability Status. 12, People with severe learning difficulties or severe communication impairments may not understand anything at all, but we should not underestimate the Spirit's ability to engage with every human being – as they are – and to make known to them the love of Christ for love is something to be experienced and not understood. To view people with disabilities as flawed and defective, and possibly a divine mistake, is wrong for a church with Christlike compassion. OJPP

ARSci Ministry to people with disabilities. JEMAA