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I believe that disability is a result of Adam and Chavva's sin.

Here's the logic behind my reasoning.

  1. Adam and Chavva were not disabled according to scripture.
  2. Adam and Chavva committed sin.
  3. Disability occurred after their sin.
  4. Therefore, disability was a result of the introduction of sin.

How does one reconcile the belief that disability is a result of sin, and sin affecting the world, with the following scripture (Exo. 4:11):

And YHVH said to him, "Who made man's mouth? Or who makes the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, YHVH?"

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Likewise, John 10. "This man was not born blind because of his sin or his parents' sin, but in order that the glory of the Lord might be shown." –  Affable Geek Dec 18 '12 at 19:04
    
I don't know that this is constructive. You're taking one person's comment (admittedly may people would concur with that one person) and asking for how that one person would reconcile it with Scripture (or worse, asking how others would justify that person's statement.) Either way it boils down to personal interpretation, understanding, and search for meaning, rather than something objectionably answerable. –  David Stratton Dec 19 '12 at 7:09
    
How about my edited version? –  H3br3wHamm3r81 Dec 19 '12 at 8:48
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Isn't 3/4 the very definition of a "post hoc ergo propter hoc" argument? which is to say: a logical fallacy? You could just as easily simply state "physical disability is statistically pretty rare; if you take any two people at random, of fertile age (i.e. not OAPs), then it is unlikely that there will be any obvious physical disability". –  Marc Gravell Dec 19 '12 at 9:42
    
All things were created "very good." Is there anyone who does not agree that disability is not something "very good"? I'm not saying that God's glory cannot be manifested in those with disabilities. I'm simply saying that God did not create Adam and Eve with the susceptibility of acquiring a disability. He either did, or did not. Which one is it? –  H3br3wHamm3r81 Dec 19 '12 at 9:52

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In the post that you are referring to, it is possible that when the person says "disability is the sad result of sin in the world" they are referring to the perfect vs. post-perfect world in Genesis with Adam and Eve. God created Adam and Eve in His own image ( Genesis 1:27) and after the fall death entered the world through sin (Romans 5:12); therefore, physical disability must have come from sin eventually because sin entered through us all from Adam and Eve.

However, this might not be of what they were referring when they said "disability is the sad result of sin in the world." I do not think that disability is a direct result of your sin or the inherited sin of your fathers NECESSARILY. I will conclude with two points.

1 God does what He wants.

For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. 6 Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps. 7 He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth, who makes lightnings for the rain and brings forth the wind from his storehouses. - Psalm 135:5-7

2 God is smarter than we are.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. - Isiah 55:8-9

That's why disability exists, plain and simple. Because God said it does. Because sometimes it brings Him Glory even if we can't see it.

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Disabilities exist because our bodies are biological and biology is messy. Genetic mutations, environmental pollutions, accidents, disease, old age... there are many things that can result in our being disabled or disfigured. If these things were the result of sin then shouldn't we expect to see a whole lot more than we do?

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Your question is not simple to answer to because what you call 'original sin' can have several meanings and interpretation.

The logic you presented works hardly: it is very simple and do not take into account other "variables". For instance, is the 'first sin' inherited by us?

Also, according to your reasoning, can you individuate the first passage where, in the bible, it's spoken about disability? Then all the facts/events that happen before could be the cause of disability.

This is just to say that having a rigid logic is not, in my opinion, the best approach to the Scripture.

Thus said, like @AffableGeek was suggesting, the passage from John 10 contains some answers: "This man was not born blind because of his sin or his parents' sin, but in order that the glory of the Lord might be shown."

According to this passage, but also other reading other miracles in the Gospel, we understand that:

  1. Sin is not inherited: to actualize it in our daily life, my interpretation is that there is not direct connection with our parent's sins. Hence if my father killed a man, God is not going to punish me for that (to put it veery simply!). However (and this is an angle of view I really like and use often as an approach to the scripture) it DESCRIBES how things work in real life: if my father killed a man, he will be probably have troubles in his life, and it will negatively reflect on my growth as a child, on my personality... So, the evil (sins) around us can create disabilities: pollution, incests, hazards caused by man not respecting nature and so on.

  2. The scripture invites us to understand not much the CAUSES of the disability, but its purposes! It's revolutionary! We always try to understand why something happened, while in Chirst's view is more imortant to understand how the glory of God can manifestate.

I also worked some time with handicapped people, and I can assure you that staying close to such people OBLIGE you to make a lot of virtuos things like:

  • realizing which are the important things in life
  • appreciate what you already have
  • give love and care to somebody, thus 'training' your hearth not to be selfish
  • ... and many others...

So, to answer to your question, I think that the best way to reconcile with the belief that disability is a result of original sin, and sin affecting the world, is:

  1. accept the disability
  2. accept that it can eventually come from other (or yours) sins
  3. MOST IMPORTANT: try to live the real but misterious fact that disability is a place where God want to manifestate his presence.
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Nevermind "original sin." All I meant was the original sin of the world, i.e. the very first sin. Nothing more. –  H3br3wHamm3r81 Dec 19 '12 at 9:52
    
@MarcGravell yes it is probably a logic "material fallacy", a post-hoc. I'll update the question. However the question still make sense, and I find the idea that the things that were not "created very good" can be a place of God's Ephiphany is great. –  Daniele B Dec 19 '12 at 9:58

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