"Nearly 200" Deaths: Metro New York SDA Churches Ravaged by COVID-19

CORRECTION: The original version of this story, posted June 5, 2020, contained misinformation regarding Yvonne Rodney and her late husband, Donald. Neither has been a victim of COVID-19.  Our sincerest apologies to the family.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://spectrummagazine.org/news/2020/nearly-200-deaths-metro-new-york-sda-churches-ravaged-covid-19

It is heart breaking and tear inducing to see these photographs of our church members lost to the WUHAN virus —each picture radiates a lovely person, one who we would have wanted to hug, when meeting them at church each sabbath morning !

What a loss ! I grieve with their families and friends.

I myself lost two close friends to the virus, within three days of each other — each had struggled valiantly on a ventilator for a month prior to their demise, and each dying alone after not having been able to see family nor friends during their month in isolation in an ICU.

Just as many of our seniors, isolated in care homes, have died alone.

And each friend was in his fifties, previously healthy and without co morbidities — as each of these lost church members in New York, seem to be not in the elderly demographic, more prone to the virus.

This virus is EVIL, not only destroying the lungs, but heart muscle, kidneys, brain and multiple organs while causing clotting in blood vessels.

That such a tiny, microscopic organism should contain within it such dire destructive design, raises questions about its origin.

I am not talking about “ wet markets “ in Wuhan, nor bio warfare labs in China.

I am asking who created it ?? Do we believe that EVOLUTION somehow evolved an incredibly complex lethal entity ?

We are told that only God is capable of being a creator — that Satan has ZERO creative powers…

We are surrounded by myriads of microorganisms with morbid, mortal lethality. Most are incredibly complex — the malarial parasite, killing millions over millennia, has a super complex life cycle in the human host , and another totally differing cycle in the mosquito — and only a tiny fraction of the mosquito species can carry the virus .

Who created these malaria parasites, and more to the point, who created the mosquito vectors, which appear to have no pertinent biological function other than to harm humanity being vectors for multiple diseases- yellow fever, Zika, dengue, West Nile and malaria.

Why would a supposedly loving God create such an invidious insect with no other biological function than to harm humanity ? Not to mention my itchy red skin welts lasting for days, when I am attacked by malicious mosquitos on my balcony !

More Adventists, world wide will succumb to the woeful Wuhan virus supposedly endemic in bats.

Which raises the question — what function do bats serve in the scheme of things ? And why were they created, by whom?

If God is omniscient, why did he not predict the eventual resulting pandemic when He created bats ?? .

I find your comment very unfair towards God.

You speak about highly complex malaria parasites, but what about humans?
Were they designed to murder, to torture, to lust, to abuse, to oppress, to hate, to steal, etc…?

The answer is no: it is the result of sin, rebellion against God’s law.

God created a perfect world, which sin has corrupted, and which is now groaning in pain because of sin — until the appointed time in which God shall restore the world to its original state of perfection.

In many cases, man is the cause of suffering, because, as you have also alluded, viruses can be and have been engineered by man in laboratories, rivers and ocean are polluted by man, air is made toxic by man, diseases can be and have been caused by man (mad cow disease for instance which appeared because man gave animal proteins to vegetarian animals just to maximise profits) , oppression, abuse, suffering, crimes, wars and socio-economic injustices are perpetrated and perpetuated by man, nuclear bombs and weapons of mass destructions were invented by man, deadly chemicals such as gliphosate (roundup) or agent orange contaminating soil and crops for decades were created by man, and the list goes on and on.

But Satan is also actively engaged in a work of destruction (like he did against Job), either directly or indirectly through human agents.

“God could have destroyed Satan and his sympathizers as easily as one can cast a pebble to the earth; but He did not do this. Rebellion was not to be overcome by force. Compelling power is found only under Satan’s government. The Lord’s principles are not of this order. His authority rests upon goodness, mercy, and love; and the presentation of these principles is the means to be used. God’s government is moral, and truth and love are to be the prevailing power.
It was God’s purpose to place things on an eternal basis of security, and in the councils of heaven it was decided that time must be given for Satan to develop the principles which were the foundation of his system of government. He had claimed that these were superior to God’s principles. Time was given for the working of Satan’s principles, that they might be seen by the heavenly universe.
Satan led men into sin, and the plan of redemption was put in operation. For four thousand years, Christ was working for man’s uplifting, and Satan for his ruin and degradation. And the heavenly universe beheld it all.” (DA 759.1-3)

The following description of the new earth to come gives us an idea of what creation looked like before sin:

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:6-9)

"The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.”
In its current state the world corrupted by sin is not full of the knowledge of the Lord, so there is violence, suffering, disease, and death.
Mosquitoes who were designed to suck only fruit nectar (the male mosquito still does) now suck blood and spread diseases.

However, natural remedies (Artemisia in the case of malaria) and healthy diet and lifestyle, are effective ways to combat many diseases.

Things could have been much worse, and many authors have given a glimpse of what the world could look like if Satan had free reins (SAW, The purge, I am a legend, Handmaid’s tale and many more that I would not recommended to read or watch), if God did not hold the winds (Revelation 7:1).

We are approaching the end of 6000 years of mercy before the judgement and the 1000 years of rest, and the sign of Jesus’ second coming are multiplying, "and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.’” (Revelation 21:4)

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