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Answering The Atheist
February 12, 2006 / Volume 6, Issue 7

THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
Who makes people deaf and blind? In Exodus 4:11, God says that He does, but in Mark 9:17, 25, we're told that foul spirits do. Is there a contradiction?

RESPONSE:
Moses sought to exclude himself from the work which God commissioned him to do, claiming he was "slow of speech and slow of tongue." (Ex 4:10). When God spoke to Moses, "Who has made man's mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? have not I, the LORD?", He is declaring Himself to be the Creator of all. His point is not that He has made all deaf people deaf, or all blind people blind. We know this not to be the case, as some people become deaf or blind accidentally, or in the first century, some demon possessed became deaf or blind as a result. What then is the point? We have no right to exclude ourselves from any task which God calls us to based upon a disability. God is the maker of man, and knows the ability of man.

There is no contradiction.

This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible