God’s Perspective on Down Syndrome

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This is my son Isaac. The doctors say that he has Down Syndrome, but God says:

Very first off I am going to start with what the bible says. Isaiah 53:5 says that by His stripes we are healed and in 1 Peter 2:24, it says by whose stripes you were healed. I know this is a very hard concept to grasp, but we as believers are to consider ourselves healed. So, I consider my son Isaac healed by the stripes of Jesus Christ and I am standing firm on this statement forever!

Let’s look at how the world views DS first, then I will share my views on how God views DS. First I want to look at the definition of Syndrome. My advanced English dictionary on my phone says that syndrome means “a pattern of symptoms indicative of some disease”. So right from the start the world labels my son with some kind of disease. Per Wikipedia DS can be identified in a newborn by direct observation or in a fetus by prenatal screening. And pregnancies with this diagnosis are often terminated. Wow! This says a whole lot about how most of the world views DS.

Now, here is my view on God’s perspective on DS. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I have learned over the past few years that we are to look at ourselves and others in the Spirit. God is a Spirit and His Spirit is in us and that is how God looks at us. He sees us in the Spirit. The bible says that Jesus came and bore our sicknesses on the cross. He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses and diseases. Matthew 8:17 NKJV. Therefore, I believe that Jesus Christ took Down Syndrome, which is considered a disease by most of the world, and crucified it on the cross. Did you notice I said “crucified”? That is past tense. So with that being said, if God looks at us in the Spirit, then God sees my son Isaac in the Spirit – Healthy, pure, holy, and HEALED. The only Down Syndrome that God sees, if He can actually see it, is the Down Syndrome that WAS CRUCIFIED on the cross. DS has been done away with! And guess what? This is how I and my family choose to see DS. We do not go by physical appearance. We do not see Isaac as most of the world sees DS in my son. My family and I view Isaac with the eyes of faith knowing that God has healed our son Isaac. The bible says to live by faith not by sight. I believe this means that we are not to put our trust in what we see with our physical eyes, but put our trust in the things of the Spirit. We put our ABSOLUTE trust in the things that are in heaven and there is NO Down Syndrome in heaven! Our son Isaac is a normal human being just like any other normal child on this earth.

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My intention of this blog is not to offend anyone, but to show people how my family and I have chosen to deal with this circumstance. We focus on the inward appearance not on the outward and it works. Isaac is the most beautiful, very happy, and content baby boy. The bible says that God gives us believers the desires of our hearts. And my desire is for the whole world to view every person with Down Syndrome as God does- healed by the stripes of Jesus Christ. Each day as I look at Isaac with the eyes of faith, the more those physical appearances of DS are fading away. Sometimes I truly cannot see it physically at all. My desire is for the world to see NO trace of Down Syndrome in my son at all, but as a normal child with no disease, disabilities, or abnormalities. The bible also says that God’s will is to be done on earth as it is in heaven. So, I believe that God does not want DS on this earth. There is no DS in heaven, therefore God does not want it on the earth. My family and I believe that Down Syndrome does not come from God just as we believe that sickness or disease doesn’t come from God. Yes we live in a fallen world, but we live in the same fallen world that the people lived in when Jesus walked the earth. And Jesus healed everyone who came to Him. Jesus is the same today as He was yesterday.

We do not deny the fact that our child has an extra chromosome, but we DO DENY that it has a right to stay there or be there in the first place. We don’t glorify Down Syndrome or focus on it. We focus on giving Jesus Christ the glory in healing Isaac. I am reminded of the Scripture in John 9:2 when Jesus was walking along and saw a man who was born blind at birth. His followers asked Him why was this man born blind? Was it because of his sin or his parents sin. And Jesus replied, it was neither his or his parents fault. Jesus said this happened so that the power of God could be seen in him. This is what my family and I choose to focus on. The power of God seen in Isaac. We don’t focus on the problem or what caused the problem, but we focus on the end result – HEALED BY THE STRIPES OF JESUS CHRIST!

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26 thoughts on “God’s Perspective on Down Syndrome

  1. I love Isaac just the way God made him. :0)

  2. Beautifully written. Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you and your family~

  3. Isaac is beloved, and I love the way you see him.

  4. I see you guys keep deleting my comments (or any comment that disagrees with your point of view.) it’s your blog so you can do what you like. But since you don’t allow open dialogue on your blog I may write a blog post on this pointing hot the bad and dangerous theology and how you won’t allow anyone to help you think through the faults in this without deleting their comment in my blog. I feel I owe it to the community in case they were to come across this.

  5. I agree, healed by the stripes of Jesus! What a beautiful child, you are blessed.

  6. Your son is very beautiful. Who says what normal is. To be in is simply a word. You have a beautiful happy child, that in itself is a previous gift from god. I wish you and your family every happiness in the future

  7. Your son is lucky to have you! What a wonderful outlook you have. He is as lucky to have you as you are to have him. :)

  8. Bless your precious family and Isaac. I like what jerri said, what is normal. A setting on a washing machine! None of us are “normal” in the sense that since we live in a fallen world, we all have physical, mental and emotional issues, to some degree and we learn to “cope” with them. I was deeply touched by your perspective and will re-blog it on my site. I have progressing ALS, and although my body is weakening, my spirit is growing in passion and purpose. My family too works toward seeing “me in the spirit” but it’s a challenge. Thank you for the poignant reminder for all of us, but personally from me. My identity is in Christ, I am not defined by a disease! Tracey

  9. We have lived by this so called “theology” for thirty years it is absolutely biblical to call those things that are not as though they were. We are ,absolutely, to know no man after the flesh but after the Spirit. We never ask God for healing.Why ask for something that is already given? We do thank Him for HIS WORD, whom God sent to heal us and deliver us from destruction. Another past tense reference.This theology, some want to call it, has served us well in our family, who has since grown and now have their own families. I can tell of the times of being instantly healed of pneumonia, heart condition, thyroid disease, no flue, no colds, no hospitals, no surgeries; a pregnancy our daughter and her husband was told to terminate produced a beautiful baby boy, so precious and healthy. Thank God for the Godly Doctor that advised her through her pregnancy. We have nothing against doctors, we go to them for check ups, there is nothing wrong with having health care providers in your life, but Jehovah Rahpha has never let us down. What God has given us is a fruit filled garden, it is our job to chase out the fox that spoils the vine. – blessing to you, thank you for sharing your faith.

  10. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin > Quotes > Quotable Quote

    “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

  11. Thank you all for the wonderful comments. It is very encouraging to know that there are other believers out there that think the way my family and I do.. Blessings to you all :)

  12. Your son is a beautiful soul! :)

  13. Amen. I come into agreement and stand with you and your family. I life you all up so that you can continue to stand. So that the doctors and others can marvel and say:”What must I do to be saved”. God has healed me from many illnesses, I have seen prayer heal someone of MS. We thank God for what he has revealed through science but we only depend on God.:

    Father, in the name of Jesus, I come before You
    asking You to heal Isaac. It is written that the
    prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will
    raise him up. And if there have been any committed
    sins ,then we will be forgiven. We let go of all
    unforgiveneness, resentment, anger and bad feelings
    toward anyone.

    Isaac’s body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and he
    desires to be in good health. We seek truth that will
    make him free – both spiritual and natural. Isaac was
    brought at a price and he desires to glorify You in his
    spirit and body – they both belong to You.

    Thank you Father, for sending Your word to heal and deliver
    Isaac from all destructions. Jesus, You are the Word who
    became flesh and dwelt among us. You bore Isaac’s griefs and
    carried his sorrows and sickness. You were pierced through for
    his transgressions and crushed for our iniquities, the chastening
    for his wellbeing fell upon You, and by Your stripes he is healed.

    Father, we give attention to Your words and incline our ear to Your
    sayings. We will not let them depart from our sight, but will keep them
    in the midst of our heart, for they are life and health to Isaac’s whole
    body.

    Thank You that Isaac will prosper and be in health, even as his soul prospers.
    Amen.

  14. This was beautifully written and your son is adorable. I have a son with autism, and I feel the same way about him. I know many other parents with autistic kids and it is so hard for them to view their kids like I do. I hope your son remains happy and he is lucky to have parents like you.

    • Thank you so much. When my wife and I got married she had two boys with autism. one of them has been totally healed from it, and the other one is next. keep standing firm in the faith and command that autism to leave in Jesus name!

  15. A beautifully written post! Your son is absolutely beautiful. May God richly bless you and keep you. Stand firm in your faith, Dear Friend….my prayers go with you.

  16. A child is a blessing from God.
    your little boy is a cutie, as long as he is in good health, that all that matters. :)
    God bless you all!

  17. We, too, are standing for our son’s genetic healing and have been since his birth. There are others out there! You are not alone! We are in an international prayer group with 11 other sets of parents. Our son is 15 months old. He is the blessing. This diagnosis is not. We will fight for him because Jesus deserves it! He stood at the whipping post for my child’s healing. We speak LIFE into our son everyday and command every problem and lack to leave his body in the name of Jesus! The enemy can’t stop it! It’s a finished work, and we will see it manifested in our son!
    If you’re interested in being on a prayer team of sorts (with other parents) and a ministry backing you up and supporting you, please contact me. It’s been great for us to have extra prayer support, help, and encouragement!

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