This is a question that cannot be answered by scientific research in some World-class laboratory. Medical experts can explain what covid-19 is, they can tell us the concept of naming viral species , and tell us why it is not covid-20 or 23, but what next? Did you know that how terrible and menacing the virus is, can be eloquently explained by scientists? Nevertheless, knowing the baleful possibilities of this pandemic does not solve the problem. It leaves the human family with woes exacerbated. We are left in in a dark labyrinth and a complicated maze with the remaining glimmer of hope, risking deep darkness.
The virus has arrested the entire third planet, people are tired and confused. Being forced to brood all day in tenements hoping for a better day, only to be met by a disturbing news of more cases of infections… Others are mad and terribly bitter. Hurling curses and evil surmisings upon China, the epicentre of this global bully. The Meme Lords are busy in their labs day and night trying to make us laugh at the approaching doom. This reminds me of a proviso made by one Miguna Miguna in Jeff Koinange’s interview, “You don’t joke with torture“.
We are left at the mercy of Conspiracy Theorists and propagandists, that maybe it’s a bio-weapon. Maybe China is trying to leapfrog Western Economies to the Peak of global power through confounding the World with a fatal virus and thus diverting the global attention. Religious demagoguery is also favoured, as the prophets of baal are leaping and bleating around brocken altars trying to give direction to a doomed planet.
So, why covid-19?
When our political pundits and opinion leaders cannot save the situation, is there hope? Well, even if there’s no hope according to empirical evidence we must reject it , for hope is our lifeline for now. We urgently need hope, or we will plunge healong into the netherworld.
How many things are halted by the pandemic? There’s no English Premier League, NBA and other sporting activities that are responsible for global fanaticism. There’s no formal education as institutions are closed down for a while; education which encourages free thinking in ignorance of God and which without scruple, attatch 30 marks to a Question asking us to explain that God does not exist!
What has been halted by this tyrant?
No employment and formal labour; companies that does not care about human rights and freedom of worship, threatening t?us of quick replacement as the number of unemployed is skyrocketing. No religious gathering as many churches, mosques and temples are forced to close down. Institutions which have become citadel of corruption and mere profession of faith but denying the power of it’s action… of such religious practices a writer has this to say: “If we choose to disobey His(God’s) commandments, we may cry, “Faith, faith, only have faith,” and the response Will come back from the sure WORD of GOD, “Faith without works is dead.” Such faith will only be as a sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal.”
~Ellen Gould Harmon
What a doom to those whose family altars are broken down. Those who can gyrate for hours in spiritual gatherings but their bibles remain closed at home. Those who will traverse lands and oceans to reach heathens far away, but their own children are strangers to the faith they profess! Those who will look for the needy in the Church for show, yet their own children are desiringly missing their hospitality. By the way how is your family altar? Are you having time with God or He’s a stranger at your door? You must be sure of your statement of Spiritual position. I know you may have food that can sustain you incase of a total lockdown, how about a Spiritual back-up plan? Is there any?
But the big question is still here, why Covid-19?
Now I want to go very fast and give a sincere thought. The scientific community could not answer this, so I encourage all of them to join the audience. While the religious leaders could be confounded, the bible is not and cannot be dumbfounded, we will therefore, check a few things to see if it can answer us.
The Bible from the onset, presents to us a GOD who always want to be with us. A God who is concerned about our affairs. In the sinless Eden, God would visit the population of the World then, at the cool of the Day.
When sin entered the World it corrupted the human DNA; man started running away from God and blaming others for his fault. A sinner naturally dreads the presence of God. When sin is cherished, holiness is uncomfortable and is seen as a punishment. In order to reach the Sinner, God must use another instrumentality of the same kind but who have changed to His side. Prophets are God’s mouthpiece to reach humanity. A true prophet does not speak unless God instruct him to speak. But what happens when we deny the Prophet a chance and refuse to be adressed. Or listen for show and continue in our familiar path?
To answer this we must narrow down to real life examples recorded with the pen that knows no bigotry. Noah preached repentance to the antediluvian World and only beasts of the field were converted to the Ark. A merciless deluge followed, when offers of grace was rejected. Moses was commanded by God to ask Pharaoh , “Let my people go”. When the Prophet was ignored and threatened, series of marauding plagues followed in quick succession climaxing in a terrible loss in the Red Sea. When the Israelites ignored the messages of mercy and exhortation from Patriarchs and Prophets, from Prophets and Kings, national apostasy preceded national ruin. Series of wars, plagues, captivity and destructions which defies description, followed.
When the voice of the prophets are rejected God Will use nature to communicate. No one can reject nature. No one can defy nature. Did you know that even the devil feared for his life during the flood. See this:
“As the violence of the storm increased, trees, buildings, rocks, and earth were hurled in every direction. The terror of man and beast was beyond description. Above the roar of the tempest was heard the wailing of a people that had despised the authority of God. Satan himself, who was compelled to remain in the midst of the warring elements, feared for his own existence. He had delighted to control so powerful a race, and desired them to live to practice their abominations and continue their rebellion against the Ruler of heaven. He now uttered imprecations against God, charging Him with injustice and cruelty. Many of the people, like Satan, blasphemed God, and had they been able, they would have torn Him from the throne of power. Others were frantic with fear, stretching their hands toward the ark and pleading for admittance. But their entreaties were in vain. Conscience was at last aroused to know that there is a God who ruleth in the heavens. ~Patriarchs and Prophets 99.3
The world is yet to crown a man who can ignore hurricane and defy tornadoes. No one can ignore war or rumours of war. No one can ignore famine and pestilence. While reasonable warnings can be ignored, when God decides to use nature, even the scientific community and the Board of stoic and epicurean philosophers must listen…
Have you seen any bird or animal lamenting at covid-19? Time has come when money cannot help, and even medical research may not help… Could it be that you are ignoring the voice of warning? Because of Human disobedience, the world must face all these despondency.
We must go back to God’s way. I will finish my appeal this way:
There are divinely appointed rules which, if observed, will keep human beings from disease and premature death… ~Medical Ministry 49.2