Weekly commentary on the Social Gospel Blog with Author Rev. Paul J. Bern for Dec. 12. 2021
The Corona Virus and the Bible
(or, More Proof That the Scriptures Still Matter In the 21st Century)
by Rev. Paul J. Bern
For quite some time now, over 2 years to be precise, all we have heard about on various media outlets is more than we care to hear about COVID-19, otherwise known as the Corona Virus. With over 700,000 dead in the USA alone, the Spanish Flu of over a century ago that killed over 150,000 pales in comparison to Corona Virus. Thinking back to the four Gospels, Jesus healed numerous people for anything from demonic possession to blindness. He even raised people from the dead (Lazarus is only one example of several). Jesus, on the other hand, never got sick..
Because of this alone, we need not fear getting Corona Virus. Those who fear dying from anything — from Corona Virus to all other fatal diseases to dying in accidents — overlook the inescapable fact that all life ends, and sooner not later. Sometimes I think there’s an underlying reason for the fear of dying. — many of us have not made peace with God. Just as Jesus had to carry his cross one half mile uphill only to be nailed to it, so we too must make the trek uphill with the cross of our own lives and allow ourselves to be crucified in the spirit as we surrender to Him.
For example, the following prophecy was composed by King David of Jerusalem in the Book of Psalms, of which he was the author. It had to do with disease and pestilence, as it is written: “3) Surely he will save you from the Fowler’s snare, and from the deadly pestilence. 4) He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 5) You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6) nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 7) A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.” (Psalm 91, verses 3–7).
In the previous quote a “fowler” is a hunter, shooter, or trapper of wild fowl. So we can see that no follower of Christ becomes prey for any hunter, no matter…