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"God is Testing You"

Religious beliefs about disability have varied among the world’s traditions.

eye disability history america

In colonial America, many Christian people believed that impairment was a punishment from God. Others thought certain disabilities indicated possession by an evil spirit. In contrast, some American Indian groups did not have words for disability and instead focused on how a person fulfilled obligations to the community. Religious belief has also led people to prayer and asking for divine intervention to produce cure and healing.