Referring to the previous posting, I think that I know the question that’s on everyone’s mind; what’s the IP Address of the church’s Minecraft server? Weeeeellll I’ll have to ask Pastor Graham if he wants that released or not, so you’ll just have to wait.
On another note, we were discussing the problem of evil. We defined what it is, gave some examples of it, and discussed a few things about it. Now we’re going to delve deeper into the topic. I think that to get right to the heart of the problem we need to ask, is the Covid-19 virus evil?
Well is it?
In the previous post I asked you if getting sick with a cold is evil? What was/is your answer to that? Do you have the same answer for a cold as you do for Covid-19?
Does our definition of evil, which is: anything that goes against God’s will, nature, character, and His holiness, tell us if the Covid-19 virus is evil or not? Weeelll kind of eventually yes, it does tell us that. Let’s start at the beginning, and yes I mean all the way back to Genesis and also to look at the end, Revelation.
I have the same question about the beginning and the end. Before the fall, was there disease? After the second coming, will there be disease? The answer to both is no. Let’s look at the life in Eden first.
First it says in Genesis 1:26 “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” As well as Genesis 1:25, “God made the beasts of the earth after their kind… and God saw that it was good.” And finally Genesis 1:31, “ God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” All three quotes show that God did not originally make disease.
When we look at the end, Revelation, we also see that there will not be any disease.
In Revelation 21:4 it says, “and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be anymourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” I think that the wiping away of tears and that there is no more pain shows that there will be no more disease. In addition to this, God is the only perfectly good and holy being. After the second coming we will live in perfect communion with God. This means that there will be no more sin, and therefore no more disease.
So there was no disease before the fall. Notice that I did not say that there were no bacteria or viruses before the fall. Not all micro-organisms cause disease. Right now you have some of these in your intestines that help you digest food, and without them you’d eventually die. So there are helpful bacteria and viruses after the fall, and I think that the same can be said for before the fall.
Is a virus, or bacteria in and of itself sinful? If a virus is sitting there in a petri dish, is it sinful? No. If you infect someone with that same virus, is it sinful? Yes. What’s the difference?
The difference is that it now has a negative and damaging effect on humans. All disease came into the world when Adam and Eve fell. If disease is not affecting us humans directly, then it is not evil. But it is potentially evil: once it affects us, then it’s evil.
Not convinced? Let’s look at a parallel example. See that sharp knife sitting on that kitchen counter? Is it evil?
If someone were to start cutting up another person with it, would that be evil?
If it’s a surgeon trying to save someone's life, then it’s not evil. If it’s someone trying to torture someone just for the fun of it, then yes it is evil. The knife in and of itself is not evil, it is not good. It’s what it does or what is done with it, that makes it evil or not.
So to FINALLY answer the question, is the Covid-19 virus evil, the answer is: it’s not a good question. A better question is: Is the fact that people are getting sick with Covid-19 evil? The knife sitting on the counter is not evil. The Covid-19 virus sitting in a petri dish is not evil. Using/having either one of them affect humans in a negative way is. The second, better, question also gets rid of any ambiguity when we refer to our definition of evil. Having a disease affect us is not what God wanted or intended. Therefore disease that does this is evil.
OK, now this leads us directly into our next question: Who’s responsible for this evil? Ask yourself this and let's see if we agree. I’ll see you all in the next blog post.