We are at the moment living through a Covid-19 pandemic and many are asking the question why would God allow such a harmful virus and why would he allow so many people to die? Some Christian preachers are attributing this viral outbreak to our nation’s sin–two in particular but such preachers conveniently ignore other types of sins such as disregard for creation. Regardless, the preachers seem to be saying that we have this horrible virus because God is punishing us. But is that what the Bible really teaches and is that really who God is?
I begin with how the Bible speaks of God as LOVE. In 1 John 4:7-8, we are taught that God is love. Not that God loves or that God does loving things, but that God is himself love. I don’t believe God is sending lethal viruses.
God has chosen to partner with human beings
In the beginning of Genesis, God created human beings in God’s image. As image bearers God gave human beings the task of ruling in the garden. They were to produce families, food, tend the animals and cultivate the garden and co-work with God in creative ways. The first humans were to do this in relationship with God, accepting God’s wisdom, guidance and influence. But as the story goes, human beings were led astray by a deceptive being and found themselves following the wisdom of the serpent. (The serpent is an image for wisdom in the Ancient Near East). (Genesis 1-3) Continue reading Viruses, Creation Care and the Problem of Evil