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Letter: Taking a biblical view of the pandemic

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We would do well to look at the corona virus epidemic from a biblical perspective.

Job 1 and 2 tells us Job was the most righteous man on earth. If anyone should have been guaranteed a trouble-free life, it would have been Job. Job loses his children, his possessions and he is afflicted with terrible illnesses. We are not told why God did this, but Job is an example of faithfulness that speaks to us today.

In John 5 Jesus healed the lame man at the Pool of Bethesda. Jesus sees the man later and says, “Now you are well, so stop sinning or something even worse may happen to you.” (All quotes from “Today’s Living Translation”).

John 9:1-3 tells about Jesus healing a man who was born blind.

Jesus’ disciples ask if it were the man’s sins or his parents’ sins that caused him to be born blind. Jesus answered, “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins. This happened so the power of God could be seen in him …”

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These three passages show different causes of affliction. Job and the blind man had their problems because God had purpose in their suffering. The lame man at the Pool of Bethesda seems to have had a serious problem of sin in his life.

Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” Everything? Even terrible wars, famines, and epidemics?

We must be careful not to ascribe motives to God unless The Bible tells us why He did what He did. We can, however, sometimes see blessings amid turmoil.

During the Great Depression, World War II, 9-11, and the present Corona crisis, our country understood the need for us all to pull together.

Meanwhile, we must trust God’s sovereignty.

Russell A. Scott

Roswell

 

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