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The journey continues…
“All truth is God’s truth,” is a statement attributed to theologians, Saint Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and John Calvin. John Calvin wrote “As truth is most precious, so all men confess it to be so. And yet, since God alone is the source of all good, you must not doubt, that whatever truth you anywhere meet with, proceeds from Him, unless you would be doubly ungrateful to Him.” God reveals his truth in other ways apart from the Bible, and science is one such medium. Scientific studies have discovered information that is true about COVID-19 vaccines. The COVID-19 is a relatively new virus and the trials regarding the vaccines are ongoing. So, it is expected that more discoveries will be made which may enhance the effectiveness of the vaccines.
The most recent scientific data indicate that COVID-19 vaccination reduces the risk of getting COVID-19 and help to protect you from severe illnesses. Vaccination can reduce the spread of disease, which helps protect you and the people around you. It is recommended that the wearing of masks in public, frequent sanitizing of hands, and maintaining social distancing are practiced. These measures help in the reduction of the transmission of COVID-19.
Faith and COVID-19
Some religious people believe that their faith in God can protect them against COVID-19, although many of their spiritual brothers and sisters have died from the virus. Furthermore, the large numbers of COVID-19 cases in countries indicate that most believers’ faith are not strong enough to protect them and their loved ones from contracting the virus. Against this background, the notion of using one’s faith as a protective measure should be revisited.
Jesus healed many diseases during his earthly ministry. Still yet, he did only a few miracles in his home town because of the people’s unbelief (Matthew 13:58). Jesus is healing diseases today and many people will not be healed of COVID-19 because of their unbelief. Faith is believing in your heart and mind that God has the power to heal. Faith leaves no room for doubt. Declaring pertinent Scriptures or words of healing does not mean that you believe with your heart. God admonished the Israelites because they worshipped him with their mouth and not their heart (Isaiah 29:13).
God’s will and COVID-19
Contrary to popular belief, exercising faith does not give you everything you want. Abraham was known as the father of faith and he died without seeing all the things promised (Hebrews 11:13). Elisha, an anointed prophet of God died from a disease (2 King 13:14); his faith did not heal him. The apostle John says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14). Some people will contract COVID-19, while others will be spared because it is God’s plan. Likewise, some people will be healed, while others will go home to be with the Lord because it is God’s plan. God’s plan should not be ignored. It cannot be controlled by human effort. Humble submission to his plan helps us to effectively deal with our circumstances.
The conclusion of the whole matter
Since most people’s faith in God is not strong enough to protect against COVID-19, and we do not know God’s plan at the moment, then there are only two options. The first is complete vaccination and adherence to the associated protective measures. Secondly, live in isolation, that is, work from home, have grocery delivery, and interact with loved ones via social media. The second option may not be feasible for most people. As such, the first option is the better one. Empirical studies have shown the effectiveness of vaccination and safety precautions, hence they can be trusted.
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6).