If You Were Born Without Arms Would You Curse God?

A while back I highlighted a film called Wrestling For Jesus by Nathan Clarke.

If you haven’t seen it, you must. It’s fantastic.

Seriously, go buy it right now and watch it. You’ll be glad you did.

Anyway, Nathan’s latest short film, co-directed with John Harrison, is called A Day With Greg Buell.

It’s a short (only about 5 minutes long), but fascinating look into the life of a man born without arms and how he reconciles his Christian faith with the difficult cards he’s been dealt in life.

I especially love Buell’s blunt and honest take on Jesus’ response to the Pharisees that a man born blind was born that way for the glory of God.

I won’t spoil it for you, but I will say this.

If, like Greg, I had been born without arms, I don’t know if I would have the sort of dedication to faith that he does. I hope I would. I want to believe I would. But if I’m being honest, I have to wonder if I wouldn’t just toss out all my theological answers to the problem of evil, curse God, and wallow in my misery.

Now, I don’t know Greg Buell personally, but if this short film is any indication, he’s a much better man than me.

But I’m curious to know what you think about Greg’s testimony and/or how you would respond if you were in his shoes.

So, check out the video below, then let me know in the comments what you think about Greg’s story.

  • Rob L

    I would have to say that he is a better man than me also. I do believe that GOD has given each one of us gifts to use for HIS glory and Greg might not have found his gifts just yet or maybe he has. Only he and GOD know. I sometimes wonder why things have happened within my body to cause me pain but I know that GOD can and will most likely use it for HIS Glory. Even if it ONLY helps one person our struggles in life will be used for HIS Glory.

  • http://www.GodsElite.com/ Dustin@ God’s Elite

    Inspiring story.I honestly don’t know what I would do if I were in his shoes. I might do like you said, “Curse God, and wallow in my misery”.
    Another question is presented(no answer required): If you had the opportunity to donate one arm to him, leaving you with one arm, would you?

  • Steve Dustcircle

    If I didn’t know what it was like to have arms, it wouldn’t make a difference to me. It’d be like being born without a mole.
    Besides, as an atheist, I wouldn’t curse a non-existent deity. I wouldn’t curse at all.

  • Brian Pike

    Being born not able to walk, I can see where this guy is coming from and I completely agree with him in HATING the view that this is for God’s glory… and so I don’t believe that at all :)

    We are born into a sinful, fallen world where bad things happen to everybody, I tend to believe indiscriminately because if God ordains bad things happening… well then, that is no god to worship at all! But what God does do is allow good to come from this fallen condition! I get to expose people to an entirely new perspective… I get to give kids rides on the back of the motorized chair… I get to exhibit independence and dependence, both of which I have a hunch we will exhibit fully after we receive our glorified bodies after the resurrection.

    In fact, after reading N.T. Wright’s “Surprised by Hope,” I wonder if I will still not be able to walk after we’re all raised (a la the nail holes in Jesus’ flesh) because it has shaped who I am and what my faith is like. Plus it builds even more authentic Christian community when you do truly need to look after someone’s needs that are very different than yours. Hmm… :)

  • http://www.braintarts.wordpress.com/ MichaelL65

    Well, I certainly would not be giving Him the finger…