Is the Coronavirus, God’s punishment on man?
The Coronavirus pandemic plaguing the world since mid-2019 has finally had an irreversible change in how the world carries out its activities. The Earth is never going to be the same again. But the question on the lips of most Nigerians is why did the Coronavirus descend on the world. Is there a non-scientific perspective to the pandemic, do we all remember the events in the book of Exodus between Moses and Pharaoh.
Are those events of the past relatable to what’s going on now?
During the compulsory stay at home order by the government due to the Coronavirus outbreak, my mum continued to give me free sermons on how the virus was just God’s punishment to the sinful world, she said
“It’s like Sodom and Gomorrah, the sins of men have gotten too much, this is God punishing man,” she said.
Omar Ricci, in his sermon, at the Islamic Center of Southern California took a lot of people around the world off guard and flabbergasted when gave the topic as; “Thank God for the coronavirus,”
His explanation to this message goes thus: “Thank God for this reminder that we are not in control and must always be dependent on God. Thank God for this reminder that we should be grateful for all things – for groceries, toilet paper, good health. Thank God for reminding us life is fragile, and “we had best appreciate the miracle and blessing that God has given us in creating us as souls.”
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Church services are beginning to take off in recent times, several sermons relating to the pandemic presenting itself as an easy topic for several pastors to teach on in their various congregations. There are also several spiritual newsletters and magazines on God’s plan using the pandemic and people are curious about whether God invented coronavirus. Questions like these below have risen among believers:
- is the virus God’s will?
- is the virus some sort of punishment?
Many spiritual leaders have downplayed these questions, stating that the suffering is just man been man and say this is not a punishment, and they encourage their followers to seek for God in the midst of all the suffering and death.
The Great Bishop Oyedepo in an interview summarised that the virus was just a tactic by the government and local idols to curtail the people of God from going to the presence of the creator, in the interview he states;
“As a prophet of God, I said … what they call the coronavirus has suddenly become an anti-church virus. Clean and clear.
“The marketplace is rocking. We have videos and I will show you. People are running over themselves. Social distance zero. Hand washing zero. And yet, Nigeria coronavirus never goes to the market. It only goes to church.”
Other Nigerian pastors view on the Coronavirus pandemic:
Pastor E. A Adeboye: “There is no reason to fear, only those whose time has come will go (die). Also, if He is in your boat, your boat can never sink. But if He is not in your boat, who can you call upon when trouble comes? It is only in the family of God that there is security when trouble comes,” the RCCG overseer said.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome in his words laid the blame on the latest 5g technology:
“The Federal government was pushed to lock down Abuja and Lagos specifically because of 5G in Abuja and Lagos. Because they already tested 5G in Abuja and they’re digging in Lagos. They’re engaged in the draining in Lagos. That is why the Federal government had to shut down Abuja and Lagos so that the 5G could be installed. And there are other cities planned for.”
“ I love technology. I’m a science and technology enthusiast, just studying the capabilities of the 5G I’m wowed and would like to go into it right away but at the same time I’m into healing and meeting with sick people every time. So, no matter how enthusiastic I am about the 5G technology I’m going to think of health implications and put my concern for the health risk involved.”
Another clergyman, Apostle Suleiman refutes the 5g and spiritual claims stating that;
“Their agenda is to humiliate him(Trump). They have succeeded in humiliating him while they are free from it but the prayer of the saints will reverse it and America will be healed. The virus was manufactured by these people (China). It is not a biological issue, it is a chemical weapon.”
What do you think about the coronavirus pandemic, is it mere human error or God’s punishment on man? leave your replies and views in the comment box.
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