Not so long ago I posted a question on the Ask An Apologist section of this website. My query went something like this:
Why doesn’t God heal amputees (ie. regrow a limb)? We are led to believe that God heals others. For example, cancer disappears, people regain their vision, etc. after prayers for the afflicted. So why not amputees?
Michelle Arnold provided a possible explanation: God does not do things that would override our free will. So if we suddenly watched someone’s arm regenerate after numerous prayers, we’d have very little choice whether or not to believe that God made it so.
However, I take issue with that answer. Isn’t the sun dancing around in the sky, as supposedly happened at Fatima, a pretty fantastic example of God’s intervention in this world? Seems in that case, too, we wouldn’t have too much of a choice in believing that God made it so. Sure, the sun dancing around in the sky after Mary promised a sign could be a massive coincidence, but it seems extremely unlikely to be just a big coincidence. We would have a choice to believe whether or not God intervened, but it doesn’t seem like a very difficult choice. In fact, it seems nearly irrational to say God did not intervene in that case.
So the question remains. If God almost overrides our free will by making the sun shoot around in the sky at Fatima, why not almost override our free will and regenerate a limb? Why do we have no credibly documented cases of such a thing happening?