Here is a reminder of my aim in looking at this question. It is to stir up our philosophical side by asking questions about the question, to help us to think through the issues. I also want to speak to this issue theologically, to allow the Word of God to be the authority on this issue. May it strengthen our trust in God and His Word and equip us for profitable service. Please feel free to interact with me on this.
A Reminder of Part 1: What is behind the question?
We saw that behind a question like this, whether consciously thought or not, is the idea that if there is a God, He would allow only “good” things to happen to “all” people. These presuppositions suppose that
- God only does good things.
- People deserve only good things.
- All people are the same in relation to God
A Reminder of Part 2: Who determines what “acceptable” behaviour is?
The secular thinker would answer this question, society defines proper behaviour, and it includes not harming others but being kind. The problem with this view is 3 fold,
1. This view doesn’t explain the universal nature of right and wrong
2. This view can only work if everyone agrees on what “harm” is, and we don’t
3. This view can’t fix the reality that we ARE harming one another
The biblical worldview understands and answers these foundational questions far more adequately and hope filled than that of the secular view.
Part 3: Does God allow Coronavirus?
In part 3 we will look at this question from a purely theological perspective. The question “why does God allow Coronavirus,” is really asking “why does God allow things that are bad and that cause suffering?” Behind this question is the assumption that God DOES allow these things. So, does He? I am not going to answer this question, you are. Please look up the following Scriptures [take your time], and answer the question, does He?
Scriptures where God Himself is speaking and His actions are judgement on His own people
Leviticus 26:22, Jeremiah 18:7-11; 21:10; 32:42; 42:6; 44:27, Hosea 9:16-17, Amos 4:7-10, Micah 4:6, Zechariah 8:10-11
Scriptures where God Himself is speaking about general truths concerning His sovereignty
Exodus 4:11, Deuteronomy 32:39, Job 38:22-23, Isaiah 45:6-7, John 9:2-3
Scriptures where other authors acknowledge God’s judgement on His own people
Deuteronomy 28:63, Joshua 23:15, Judges 2:15, 2 Samuel 24:15-16
Scriptures where other authors see God behind the action
Exodus 21:13, Judges 21:15, Ruth 1:13; 21, 1 Samuel 2:6, 1 Kings 17:20, 1 Chronicles 5:22, Job 42:11, Psalm 90:15; 119:75, Romans 1:24-32
Scriptures where other authors acknowledge God’s sovereignty
2 Kings 5:7, 2 Chronicles 25:8, Job 1:21; 2:10; 5:18, Proverbs 16:4, Ecclesiastes 7:14, Lamentations 3:38-39, Romans 3:5-6; 9:17-21
Scriptures where other authors acknowledge God’s judgement in general
Above texts that don’t blame God
Psalm 119:75, Lamentations 3:38-39, Romans 3:5-6; 9:17-21
Your answer, according to the Scriptures above, does God allow things like coronavirus? Yes or No. Now, if your answer is yes, the next question is, why? This will be the topic of part 4
Grace & Peace