Did God or Satan Create the Coronavirus Pandemic?
Last Updated: March 26, 2020
Okay, I’m the first to admit there are a lot of things that infuriate me such as cruelty to animals, injustice, prejudice and heinous disregard for others.
But this situation may have put the cherry on top for me. Religious leaders are telling people that they don’t need to alter their actions or their lives because Jesus will protect them from getting coronavirus. Other religious leaders are saying COVID-19 is the definitive sign of the end of days and impending Armageddon. One pastor has told people the coronavirus is the work of Satan, but as long as they are being good Christians and tithing, they won’t get it. (Just send him $$$ and all is well.) Another preacher has said that if you get the virus it will be because you haven’t been repentant enough. An extremist has said that the coronavirus is a death angel and a plague sent by God to purge the world of sin.
I’m not going to publish the names of these religious leaders or provide links to their stories because I don’t want to help facilitate their fame or harmful advice. Here at CDC we preach, too. We preach for you to be educated, informed and rational. We scream it from the rooftops in opposition to such ridiculous claims.
Bad Things Happen to Good Christians
If you’re a Christian and you believe you’re immune from contracting COVID-19, how do you explain these events:
- On Sunday, December 26, 2004, while Christian churches were packed with worshipers, an earthquake triggered a Indian Ocean tsunami which swept through a dozen countries killing in excess of 225,000 people. People were not spared because they were Christians.
- To date, Italy has experienced more COVID-19 infections and deaths than any other country. Italy is the home of the Pope and the Vatican. As of today (March 26, 2020), 80,589 Italians have been infected and 10% of them (8,215) have died. 80% of Italians claim to be Christians, with the majority of those being Catholic. Being Christian has not cloaked these people in a veil of protection.
- In South Korea, at the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony, several hundred members of the congregation became infected with the coronavirus resulting in many deaths. Despite the warnings from the health officials and government, the church leader told the members they had nothing to worry about. He told the members to take off their masks because it was disrespectful to God to pray with their masks on. It is believed that all of the cases of coronavirus experienced in South Korea originated at that megachurch. The government finally took control and closed it down. The leader of the cult-like church has proclaimed that he has donned the mantle of Jesus Christ and that he will take 144,000 people with him to heaven on judgment day. (Don’t drink the Kool-Aid.)
- In an Arkansas church, the pastor, his wife and a large segment of the congregation were infected with COVID-19 when they attended a children’s event during the first week of March, 2020. Those good Christians weren’t immune from the virus, including innocent children.
I could write an entire book with additional examples, but I’m sure you get the point.
Religious Leaders Should Protect Their Congregants
Religious leaders have a duty to help and protect people, not put them at risk. Do NOT believe or listen to people who tell you don’t need to worry about this virus or there is no danger to you, as long as you are being a “good” Christian. If someone tells you there is no need for you to practice physical distancing and other health measures, they do not have your best interests at heart. No one is immune from this virus. Not only are you risking your own health and safety by doing this, but you are putting your family, friends and everyone you come in contact with at risk. An act of wisdom and restraint on your part may very well be the blessing that preserves the life and health of someone else. If you don’t care about your own health, then do the right thing and care for others.
Man Is Responsible for COVID-19
The coronavirus is real and it is dangerous. It was not sent by God or Satan. Man created this virus, not the devil. While weather or geological events may be acts of God, we have no one to blame but ourselves for viruses. Overuse of antibiotics, eating diseased animals, chemical warfare and other man-made actions create deadly resistant viruses.
Listen to the Experts
Dr. Ian Lipkin, who is known in the field of epidemiology as a “master virus hunter” has stated that the SARS-CoV2 (aka 2019-nCoV) is “the most infectious virus I’ve ever seen.” Dr. Lipkin suspects that before the world reaches a complete resolution to the virus, half of the world’s population will become infected. How do you like those odds? Does that make you want to take this virus seriously?
(W. Ian Lipkin is the John Snow Professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and Professor of Neurology and Pathology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. Lipkin is also Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity, an academic laboratory for microbe hunting in acute and chronic diseases.)
Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones
The only way to beat COVID-19 is to remain very vigilant in hygiene and containment protocols to the very best of your abilities.
- Stay home
- Wash your hands
- Keep your distance from others
- When you do have to go out wear a mask
Blessings, Health and Happiness to All,
Celebration Discovery Church