OPINION: Covid, And Punishment From God

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Ewin James, is a minister and freelance writer.

Whenever disasters and catastrophes, whether man made or natural, happen,  many things are put forward as causes  of their occurrence.  The COVID pandemic is no different.  It is said to have been created by China to retaliate against the U.S.  for the policies of President Donald Trump, or by Satan; or by God as punishment for sin.

Punishment has always been a reason given for such things, maybe because we   know that we live so poorly and we break the Creator’s laws.

 The Bubonic Plague, called the Black Death, which ravaged Europe and Asia between 1347 and 1352, and killed an estimated 60 million persons, was believed by many people to be the outpouring  of God’s wrath upon man.

At a time when medical science was primitive and people were more superstitious and religious than we are, it was easily accepted that the plague came from God. The HISTORY Television Network says on its website:

“Black Plague: God’s Punishment?

Because they did not understand the biology of the disease, many people believed that the Black Death was a kind of divine punishment—retribution for sins against God such as greed, blasphemy, heresy, fornication and worldliness.”

Naturally, people went to extremes, some of them brutal, to turn away the wrath of God.  “By this logic, the only way to overcome the plague was to win God’s forgiveness. Some people believed that the way to do this was to purge their communities of heretics and other troublemakers—so, for example, many thousands of Jews were massacred in 1348 and 1349”. ( HISTORY Channel, July, 2020)

Today, in an atheistic, ungodly and nihilistic age, the suggestion that  COVID- 19 could be sent by God as punishment elicits howls of horror in protest. Even believers and Christians react to such a suggestion with horror for it would mean that God isn’t loving.

Let me say that no one knows whether or not God sent COVID. That information isn’t disclosed to man.  But let me ask, why couldn’t God have sent it? Can God send scourges such as the Pandemic?  Has he ever sent such disasters as punishment of man?

Yes, he has; for it is entirely according to his character and consonant with his justice to punish man for his sins.  His divine record, the Bible, shows this.

One of the earliest and most unmistakable was the destruction of the twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah for sexual perversion. The divine record says: “24 Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. “(Genesis 19).

This is clear: God destroyed these cities, using natural means. The fire and the sulphur, didn’t come from the celestial abode of God. They may have come from the area which was full of bitumen-(a mixture of hydrocarbons) pits. Many scholars said that an earthquake and volcanic eruption destroyed the area.  God used natural materials to rain down his judgement down on sinful men.

The evidence of destruction is still in the area today; “The Sea Region still reeks of sulphur and the strange rock formations there recall the fate  of Lot’s wife , who was been even more attached to Sodom than he was “( The New Bible Commentary, 2010, P.75.)

So why couldn’t God have used a virus, to punish sexual perversion  now being indulged in on a wider scale  than in Sodom, and a host of other sins not even dreamed of by the people  of Sodom and Gomorrah?

There is more. Later, in judgment upon Egypt and Pharoah for his intransigence in refusing to let the Hebrews go, God punished Egypt with ten plagues, some of which we would call natural disasters– pestilence, boils, locusts, and killing of the wild animals and the firstborn sons of the Egyptians.

So why could he not have sent COVID to punish us? I’m not saying he did, but we should never rule out the possibility.

Of course people have for centuries denied that God punished Sodom and Gomorrah and sent the plagues, on Egypt, insisting that  they were purely natural phenomena; or worse  the work of fiction in a book, the Bible, invented,  by men.  Why?  For the same reason that people are denying that God could have anything to do with the Pandemic.

If the Pandemic were sent by God, it would mean worse for us than  even for our loved ones who have died from it; something  we have tried desperately to deny in this godless age.

First it would mean that God exists, which is against the increasing  atheism which many people are using to justify ungodliness.  COVID  as punishment says there is a God.

Second, if  God sent COVID on us because we are sinful, then it’s proof he punishes sins.  Though we may escape COVID, we may not be lucky next time.

Finally, and worse, if God sent COVID then it is just a harbinger of his judgment on the last day, when all men will stand before him to answer for their sins. And those who rejected His Son will suffer endless punishment in the Lake of fire. Who wants to hear that?

 

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11 COMMENTS

  1. The Bible says believers will lay hands on the sick and they will recover. Why aren’t Christians going out and doing this during the pandemic? Oh, you all must be lacking in faith and truly “unbelievers.” While you’re uncertain whether COVID is from god, The Bible says definitely, Christians WILL heal the sick and raise the dead to life. I know it doesn’t say it’d always be the case but with the many Christians in Antigua and the world… no healing or resurrection happening?
    Humans care less about god because we have gotten a lot smarter. He/ She/ It does not exist.

    • “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they have done a abominable works….” Psalms 14:1

  2. This “minister” has said a lot of “stuff”, be hasn’t answered the question. I guess he/she doesn’t know. Looks like this person has used up a lot of space and didn’t answer his/her own question. By the way, is this a “real” minister or somebody who just took an online course? Just askin’? Even the wayside preachers can do better than that, and give us a real answer. The ancestors who live among us and walk in our midst in the Spirit can provide us with some important knowledge and wisdom in this time of need.

    • “Ewin James is a Jamaican living in Florida. He is a salesman, a freelance writer, & holds a Master’s degree in Educational Supervision.
      He is also a pastor who was certified by the Andersonville Theological Seminary, Georgia & is now planting his own Church, The Central Florida Word Center, in Orlando.”
      Courtesy of Google & Facebook.

      Appears he writes prolific lengthy pieces, particularly published in Jamaica.

      • Sorry, my friend, but ANDERSONVILLE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY from George (according to their own website) is NOT accredited by any Accrediting Commission recognized by the US Department of Education. Although I do not agree, some feel it is a diploma “mill”. They simply are unaccredited, but they are authorized to operate by the State of Georgia on a “religious” exemption, which raises a whole lot of questions. STAY ALERT mentions a “Master’s degree in Educational Supervision”, BUT I can’t see any listing for any such degree on the Andersonville website??? Not sure why?? There is a lot of “stuff” on the net about this organization. Just look up “Andersonville Theological Seminary – diploma mill”. Remember, you can’t always trust the internet, so you should also look up the website of the “seminary” itself. Just remember no matter how fancy they may try to explain it, they are NOT accredited by any Accreditation agency that is recognized by the US Department of Education. They’d probably like to be, but they are NOT. That doesn’t mean they are bad people, of course. Keep an open mind and be careful.

  3. Man was made as free moral beings. The fact is that God gave mankind a choice between good and evil. God is love. Love does not force its will onto another. Each way of life has its consequences. We reap what we sow. We cannot expect to get good results from our evil lifestyles.

    All the mess in this world are results of the bad choices we have made. The evil path we pursue. The arch enemy of humanity leads the way and is the author of all evil.

    I repeat: God will NEVER force His will upon man. We decide which way we want to go, If we are not allowed to chose then we would be robots.

    Until mankind recognize that our ONLY HOPE is with the Creator…we will continue to suffer.

    Can you imagine a creation actually thinks that it knows better and more than the Creator. How idiotic can that be! However, that is how mankind is.

    So we experience the pains and anguish of our choices.

    The instruction manual was given to guide us, but we reject it.

    So WORLD “CRYSIS”: will continue until only the Creator can step in to save us.

    • Well said WORLD “CRYSIS”: END SOON COME. No matter what the unbelievers say, God’s Word, the Holy Bible will always be there to guide us into all truth. There is a heaven and a hell. Choose ye this day whom you shall serve. No one knows more than God, the Creator of this whole world. lucifer, the father of lies thought he knew more than God but where is he now?

      Omnipotent God, the Creator of this whole world, You are all powerful and there is no one like You. For You Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts. If we seek You, we will find You and if we forsake You, You will cast us off forever. (1Chronicles 28:9).

    • According to Holy Scripture “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” Looks like you might be the “fool”.

  4. I am very much aware that TRUTH does cut straight at the heart. It is a two-edge sword piercing all the way through.
    Truth liberates once you accept and allow it to be your guide.
    For all the skeptics and non believers, soon and very soon, we are going to see TRUTH. The NAKED TRUTH.
    Along with it comes righteous judgement.

    So do as you wish… live as you wish… TRUTH always win.

    WORLD “CRYSIS”: TRUTH WILL BE VICTORIOUS ALL THE TIME !

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