I often hear people saying that God doesn't like the handicapped etc.

What evidence is there in the Bible that suggests this? Of course there must be somewhere in the Bible that either directly suggests this or insinuates it enough for people to come to this conclusion.

So what mentions are there in the Bible that are related to the handicapped - I'm mainly looking for negative quotes but the good won't go amiss.

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    Can you please provide several examples of this kind of rhetoric? I'm not sure what statements you are talking about. In my experience, the entire bible is remarkably friendly to people with disabilities. Only some groups (Word of Faith for example) see it as a stumbling block.
    – Matt J.
    Oct 3 '13 at 21:02
  • Yes, please provide an actual instance of someone claiming this. Anyone can write "Some have said" or "People say," but without any concrete examples this is hearsay.
    – Dan
    Oct 3 '13 at 21:30
  • What @MattJ. said. I would also point out that what I usually hear is that the Pharisees of Jesus' time believed such a thing, which is one reason why it angered them when Jesus would heal the blind and such.
    – fгedsbend
    Oct 3 '13 at 22:23
  • Interesting how many hits there are if you search "God doesn't like the handicapped." Most of them are from non-theists arguing against Christianity. So it's a very commonly said statement, if not by Christians.
    – pterandon
    Oct 3 '13 at 22:24
  • Closely related: How literally is Romans 10:14 supposed to be taken?
    – fгedsbend
    Oct 3 '13 at 22:24

That will depend on who you ask. Probably the most commonly cited passage in scripture is in Leviticus 21:

16 The LORD said to Moses:
17 Say to Aaron: None of your descendants, throughout their generations, who has any blemish shall come forward to offer the food of his God.
18 Anyone who has any of the following blemishes may not come forward: he who is blind, or lame, or who has a split lip, or a limb too long,
19 or a broken leg or arm,
20 or who is a hunchback or dwarf or has a growth in the eye, or who is afflicted with sores, scabs, or crushed testicles.
21 No descendant of Aaron the priest who has any such blemish may draw near to offer the oblations of the LORD; on account of his blemish he may not draw near to offer the food of his God.
22 He may, however, eat the food of his God: of the most sacred as well as sacred offerings.
23 Only, he may not enter through the veil nor draw near to the altar on account of his blemish; he shall not profane my sacred precincts, for it is I, the LORD, who make them holy.
24 Moses, therefore, told this to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites.
(Leviticus 21, NAB)

This passage forbids Aaron and his descendants (who were given priestly responsibilities) from approaching God if their bodies were blemished in certain ways. Some of these blemishes would permanently deny this aspect of the priesthood to those people who had them:

  • permanent blindness
  • permanent lameness
  • dwarfism
  • uneven limbs
  • crushed testicles

The passage does not specifically identify the reason that God considers these blemishes to profane the altar of the temple. As far as this passage goes, “God doesn’t like the handicapped” is only an interpretation.


You may be referring to the fact that descendants of Aaron were disqualified from being priests if they had any defect.

No man among the descendants of Aaron the priest who has a defect is to come near to offer the Lord’s offerings by fire; since he has a defect, he shall not come near to offer the food of his God. Leviticus 21:21 NASB

However, this was not the only thing that would disqualify someone. In fact, 11 out of the 12 tribes were disqualified from the start.

Thus, the fact that some were disqualified for physical defects did not mean that God denounced them or did not love them--they were still a part of His covenant. It merely indicated that they were not qualified for a particular office.

So, I don't know if that was that basis for what you heard or not. If you find the references, please let us know.

  • I would interpret this as God disrespecting the handicapped, so I'm guessing this is the sort of thing I'm looking for.
    – ODP
    Oct 6 '13 at 23:24
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    @OllyPrice You can interpret it that way if you want, but then God would disrespect the other 11 tribes, all other nations, and all women. On the contrary, God created all people, loves all people, and desires that all people come to Him. Jesus died for those who hate Him. He touched the leper, honored women, fed the hungry, had compassion on the sick, and loved the unlovable.
    – Narnian
    Oct 7 '13 at 12:03

Disclaimer: I wholly reject this view, but I can offer citations as to the reason.

One way in which people have claimed that, as you say, God denounces the handicapped in the Bible, is to say that the portions of the bible should be set aside because they provide an "anti-disability bias". It all revolves around the numerous stories of Jesus healing people in the Gospels. Here is evidence of one such writer making the claim. In this interview, the writer sees two problems: 1) the idea that Jesus healed anyone shows God loves people less in their disability. If he loved disabled, he could have loved them in their disability; and 2) the idea that Jesus must have passed by 250 sick persons for every one he healed shows he doesn't care about everyone.

Look for the January 13, 2008 — Jim Autry – Rethinking Miracle Stories episode of this program, once billed "the radio ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Jim Autry is a former Fortune 500 business executive, a leadership consultant, poet and author. But he is something else too. He is the loving father of an autistic son. Raising this son has caused Autry to read the healing miracles of Jesus in a way that might surprise many conventional or orthodox Christians. If you are wondering whether or not to believe in miracles, and whether they might be pointing to something larger, this program is for you.

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    I hope the logical flaws in the ELCA's argument are easy for anyone to see.
    – pterandon
    Oct 3 '13 at 21:16

2 Samuel 5: 8 - 'the lame and the blind who are hated by David's soul'. This refers to the practice of using the lame and blind as human shields as warriors refused to kill them as it brought 'dishonor' and it was believed, bad luck. All soldiers hate willing human shields - civilians that place themselves on the battlefield and that then complain. The Levites were not allowed to be handicapped so they did not look like all the other beggars at the Temple.

  • Read in context, the Jebusites were saying the lame and blind among them could defeat David's men (the weak among the Jebusites were stronger than the strong among the Israelis).
    – Ryan Frame
    Oct 7 '13 at 0:29
  • I believe my reading is superior as it considers verse 8 and methods of war at the time. Oct 7 '13 at 7:03

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