I’m not sure what you are implying here, because your line that “many of these are physical cures” suggests I’ve said that physical cures never happen. I believe they do. I simply said that I’m not aware of any cures of amputees. And I have done a “little research” into it. Perhaps you are aware of a cure of an amputee and can point me to where my research didn’t lead.
By using the term “metaphoric” are you imply these stories are purely fiction, with a moral? This view of scripture is totally off base for a Catholic to hold. Why can they not be both, an actual physical healing and also have spiritual meaning.
I think you are assuming something of my post that isn’t true. Did I say they were purely fictional? If so, please quote that part. As you said, they can “be both”. Why do you assume automatically I do not have the same view? After all, the story of the flood can have actually occured and still be a metaphor to foreshadow baptism.
Please don’t read into my words to make me a heretic.
Why? Is God not big enough?
Please, you are adding things to my words again. You separated one line from my entire explanation to make it look like I was challenging God. Upon reading the entire point #3, it should be clear that I’m not suggesting that God isn’t big enough, but that he desires for us to mature spiritually, which can come through the struggle that might be absent were the sign too obvious.
I mean, seriously, I’m simply adding my thoughts here to help the OP, and twice you’ve twisted what I’ve said to make it sound as if I am insulting God and Scripture.
Really? If it actual did happen there would still be those who would not believe it, just as those who were in Jesus’ midst did not believe.
Sure there would. But there would be others, as well. I am one of them. Had I witnessed an amputee, I would have re-verted on the spot, but I can assure you that I wouldn’t have done the spiritual searching and study that brought me to where I am today. Anyway, within my own post I admitted the limits to this theory.
So … after completely attacking my post and making me look like a heretic, perhaps you have the real answer for the OP? I take it from your post that you are aware of some evidence from the lives of saints, so maybe you could point me in that direction. And after tearing apart my ideas without presenting any of your own to help the OP, maybe you could share the alternates to my view.