Is there anywhere in the bible a hint or something saying Jesus healing someone with a chromosome defect? For example somebody with a Down Syndrome or similar.

What about today's healings? Was it ever recorded a Down Syndrome person miraculously healed?

If not what is the explanation for why this type of handicap God doesn't choose to heal? (for this sentence I need a Catholic view).

  • Please remember that the Stack Exchange model is one-specific-question/one-best answer. By "mental genetic defect" I assume you mean a brain defect vs a nervous system defect or muscular defect? (I ask because blindness (e.g. "the one born blind") can happen for a variety of reasons - including brain defect.) Also, Jesus and His followers brought people back from the dead - what makes you assume any disease or defect might not be curable? – JBH Oct 17 '18 at 15:12
  • @JBH, I gave you the example(a DS person) and I'm not assuming anything. I edited my question. – Grasper Oct 17 '18 at 15:18
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    OK, to help set an expectation... A down-syndrome child is active in our congregation. He'd likely have been described as "dumb" by people 2,000 years ago. He'd have been described as "dumb" by people 200 years ago. Your question might not be answerable to your satisfaction as the phrase "down syndrome" didn't come into use until the 1970s. Which is a lengthy way of saying "maybe, but we can't know due to the lack of detail provided in the scriptural account." Blind, dumb, and palsied people were healed Biblically - all potentially systemic/genetic conditions. But that's the best we can say. – JBH Oct 17 '18 at 15:27
  • @JBH, What about today's healings? – Grasper Oct 17 '18 at 15:32
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    That makes sense. Let me add one more insight. I've a niece who suffered brain damage due to an auto accident decades ago. Despite many blessings for healing (and I've personally participated in healing blessings that miraculously healed...) she has never been healed. Sometimes individuals are healed to show the glory and power of God. Most often, individuals are not healed to allow others to show their faith in God through service. The Lord, Himself, healed many - but none simply for the convenience of the afflicted. It's a heartache I know very well. – JBH Oct 17 '18 at 16:19

The Bible was written down about two thousand years ago, when nothing was known about "Chromosome defects". So the Bible writers didn't record whether any of the people Jesus healed had chromosome defects. Nor did they give us enough information to work our for ourselves if they had them.

  • The question isn't whether it is a problem for him but whether he did it. And that's a different story. I don't think your reasoning is correct. I'm sure people would be able to distinguish from the physical appearance that this defect is different than any other. They would be able to describe it. I.e. - a dumb person with mongoloid eyes or something similar. – Grasper Oct 17 '18 at 17:48
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    They might be able to describe it, but considering that Down syndrome wasn't recognized as a specific condition until the 19th century, it's unlikely that they would have described it this way. People thought about diseases and medical conditions differently before the late 19th century than they do now. – Matt Gutting Oct 17 '18 at 18:22
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    @Grasper My last sentence is addressing the question in your last sentence. – DJClayworth Oct 17 '18 at 18:41
  • well I was looking for something that would explain the meaning of why it shouldn't be healed, not whether it is possible. – Grasper Oct 17 '18 at 19:26
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    You did say 'can't'. I think that would be better off as a separate question. – DJClayworth Oct 17 '18 at 19:39

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