• Barry G. Carpenter

Is the Covid-19 Virus Judgment from God?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

There is a sense in which all disease, illness, and death is a sign of the judgment upon humanity. We age, we get sick and we die because we are under the curse. When Adam sinned, God pronounced a curse upon all of creation. Death is part of the penalty of sin. In the broadest sense, we could say that any death, any virus or any illness is part of the judgment of God that abides upon humanity.

Life Under the Sun

Some things that are just normal in our Fallen world. Sometimes wicked people prosper and there are times when righteous people suffer. We should not be too quick to jump to any conclusions. God is working out His plan and He has not chosen to tell us all the details. The rain falls on the righteous and the unrighteous. Both sinners and saved get sick. Death is no respecter of persons. For any person to claim that this is judgment, that person would have to be able to prove that they heard from God. No man can say that this is a particular act of judgment. God has spoken to us in His Word and that is enough.

Is Calamity always Judgment?

There are two verses that I find very helpful when I consider questions like these. Both verses are quotations of Jesus on the topic of sin and judgment.

John 9:1-3

As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents, but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

There are things that happen not because of personal sin or because of a generational curses, but so that God can fulfill His purpose.

Luke 13:1-5

Now on the same occasion, there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. And Jesus said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

We tend to think only of the temporary and neglect thinking about the eternal. All tragedies are not necessarily judgment. We should also consider that the death and tragedy we see here on earth is a small picture of the eternal judgment to come and the punishment of hell that awaits many.

Let us use this time to preach the Gospel and compel people to repent.

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