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Pizza Cat Vol. 9
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Deirdre Northrup-Riesterer April 17, 2024

Corona pandemic from Christian perspective


A lot of people may be thinking: “If there is a God, why does he allow bad things to occur and people to die?” Of course the answer to this is complex, and not the purpose of this piece, but it’s important to mention, because when a pandemic takes place or something that we only notice when it starts to take away from our own selfish lives, only then do we start to question things and look for fault everywhere around us besides ourselves.

It’s time for Christians to stand up and take advantage of the
COVID-19 outbreak to share with others who may be unaware of what could possibly be taken place on the spiritual playing field. Additionally, we should not be participating in toilet paper hoarding, food stocking and overall panic if we also believe that God provides. What kind of message does that send to our neighbors? That we don’t trust the very God we pray to? That we don’t believe in what we tell others when it’s convenient for us? Maybe we should start taking our own advice, or keep our mouths shut all together.

Of course the latter is not ideal. But if we don’t have an answer prepared, we best not be putting ourselves in a situation to respond.

Let me go back to a point I brought up at first; what’s really going on in the spiritual playing field and how do we know? (If you’re a Christian, I hope this sounds familiar to you, and if you’re not, I hope you’ll at least learn this perspective, as there are many out there who believe this is the case.)

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The “end” is something that many thought was taking place
Jesus’ first time on Earth. Then there was the Holocaust­—talk about the mark of the beast. Then there was 2012, the supposed year that many thought was the end. Now there’s this. 

For centuries, many have believed the thought that, whether biblical or not, the world may be coming to an end. No one knows, and the Bible (in Matthew 24:36) also reads that no one knows the day or the hour. So if there is a Christian out there telling you that “their faith” has the answer, they’re just as clueless as anyone.

 Mark 13:8 says, “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.” 

Some may argue that famines have always been an issue, and they’d be correect. Likewise, earthquakes strike every day and have for years, whether you believe in a young earth or one that’s billions of years old.

The key here, and in other passages such as this one, is the word “birth pains” and the frequency at which we are told these events will unfold. When pregnancy is nearing delivery, contractions occur within minutes of each other. This is what’s meant by birth pains. This includes what’s going on in the Middle East (Trump working toward putting together a peace and security plan for the protection of Jurusalem), which there are plenty of verses that tie that into prophecy as well.

So what about the Coronavirus—COVID-19—or as President Trump is now calling it, the “Chinese Virus.” Is this warned about in the bible? Well, not exactly, but also yes. Let me explain.

In a way echoing what was said in Mark, Luke 21:11 says, “There will be…pestilences [key word] in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.” Obviously, no where does the bible say “COVID-19” or “Coronavirus.” But given the events that have been happening and the vulnerable state the world is now in will set the stage for what’s next: “It also forced people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name,” (Revelation 13:16-18) The number being talked about here is referring to “666” which may ring a bell.

We have the technology—there’s talk of a cashless society, especially now that there are articles reporting that cash transactions can spread the virus. 

I could go on and on about what this could mean, and to clarify, my beliefs are my own and not shared with you as if it’s the end all, be all.  Simply, my perspective is taking what’s happening around us today and comparing it to biblical prophecy and watching them line up.

It won’t do harm to pick a bible to just see what it says. You’ll at least be aware of the Christian perspective and insight into perhaps why this virus is spreading. I encourage you to read into it for yourself.

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