Originally posted by stellspalfie
how do christians explain away why god has aloud people to suffer from physical and mental defects? why did he build them into our make-up?
I was born with a defect in one of my eyes. This loving Father is my Father too. If God were only the God of people with two perfectly good eyes then where would I be ?
He has to show He is the God of those less fortunate in some area. He is God to them also. They are not left out.
I use to go to school near the Muscular Dystrophy Center in Manhatten. Sometimes I would come out of class and see a group of children hobbling along with their various walking maladies. My reaction was to ALWAYS stop and thank God for the use of my limbs in a normal way.
We should at one hand be THANKFUL for the blessings we do indeed have.
And we should realize some unfortunate lack is there to keep us from being too proud and unable to empathize. 
Don't work hard now to misunderstand me. Don't hunt for some logical fallacy. It is a simple matter. We ALL have things for which we can be THANKFUL to God for. And we should stop and give thanks from time to time. And we all have something a bit less fortunate than someone ELSE.
Am I right ?
Fanny Crosby lost her sight because of medical malpractice. She went BLIND because of the misdeeds of some doctor who didn't know what he was doing, at her young age.
Fanny Crosby never complained. This Christian sister penned over 9000 hymns that have encouraged and uplifted believers for decades. Fanny Crosby did not write songs about her bitterness towards God for her misfortunate. She wrote hymns to uplift the weary, strengthen the feelble, turn discouragted hearts towards Jesus. Nine thousand or more Christian hymns came from the pen of this woman.
Listen to me friend. Please listen. Physically Fanny Crosby was blind. But spiritually and according to reality she SAW more clearly and more perceptively than millions of us.
In eternity and even before that, in the millinnial kingdom, I believe Fanny Crossby will enjoy the healing of her physical sight. And she will be greeted probably by thousands of people who will thank God for some poem of praise and joy she wrote while blind in this age.
IT IS BETTER TO SERVE THE LORD JESUS.
Yes, some people have a child who died.
Some have lost a loved one.
Some perhaps born crippled.
Some born mentally retarded.
God has to show that He can be the God of these people also. How great would He be if He was only the God of those perfectly healthy in every way ?
When you meet a Christian filled with joy, do not assume too much. Maybe she has more problems than you do. She has Christ IN her situation.