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從聖經看災病與我們的信仰 BIBLICAL RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

2020年三月14日 March 14, 2020 – First draft

引言 Introduction 

I am a North American Chinese Christian, currently living in SE Asia.  

Pandemic began in Wuhan China; then focus was on China; then China, S. Korea, Iran and Italy; at this point (mid-March 2020) epicenter is Europe, and USA will face reality in next 4-8 weeks. 

這是前所未有的災難嗎?UNPRECEDENTED DISASTER? 

Covid-19 pandemic = unprecedented.  

Yet we are not exactly without precedent.  Plague… SARS … MERS … EBOLA… 

These disasters remind us of: 

Limits of human understanding, despite advances in medicine and technology – esp. the cause of the virus 

Scale of human need and suffering 

How we are all connected globally 

Wonder of human compassion and heroism 

Reality of human sin, both individual and corporate  

Unanswered questions 

普遍回應與觀點COMMON RESPONSES AND PERSPECTIVES 

Panic buying.  

Many Christians are focused only on their own welfare: they only pray for healing safety.  

Escapism/fatalism: there is nothing we can do.  

Blaming others. 

Lose faith 

Direct evangelism. 

Yes we can analyze and critique responses by governments and international entities. 

We can also celebrate heroism of medical workers, delivery workers, etc.

But…

我們的觀點 OUR PERSPECTIVE

What does the biblical, Christian faith AS A WHOLE teach us as to how to interpret this pandemic?

And how to respond?

This implies that the Bible has something to say about:

Meaning of life, sickness, suffering and death 

Who God is: what kind of God is our living God 

Source of hope and meaning in life 

What kind of work we can do NOW

上帝與COVID-19冠型病毒 GOD AND COVID-19 

God is a God of mercy.  Common grace and Gospel grace. 

Purpose: that men and women turn to him.  

God is sovereign over life and death. 

Purpose: that men and women fear him and turn to him 

God is sovereign over the world of nature, from cells to the whole planet. 

Purpose: that men and women may submit to his lordship and place our lives under his control.  

God is holy and will judge mankind.  Our planet is under his curse, despite common grace. 

But it is not up to us to interpret the specific, time-space reasons why God judges. 

God is gracious and offers cleansing and hope. 

Thus: Judgment, yes, but also hope. 

Not “cheap hope.”

基督教信仰與 COVID-19冠型病毒 CHRISTIAN FAITH AND COVID-19

Ministry of mercy and compassion.  

Love our neighbor: 2nd most important commandment.  

What is the goal of life? Westminster Shorter Catechism Q. 1:

Glorify God, 

Enjoy him forever. 

What do Scriptures principally teach? 

What we are to believe concerning God, 

And what are our duties.  

Issue of online worship … We need to take precaution. 

Obedience, radical discipleship.  

Deeper faith.

Simple lifestyle. 

Where is source of hope?  Kingdom of God will spread vs. Empire of greed… 

How to face death. 

Are we ready to face death?  If not, we are not ready to face life. 

What is Gospel?

Not just blessing… yes, indeed, blessing, but …

Not just comfort … yes, indeed, comfort, but …

COVID-19冠型病毒與其他世界事件 COVID-19 AND OTHER GLOBAL ISSUES

Empire vs. Kingdom: why sports, entertainment, stocks crash … and these are reported FIRST? 

Globalization – injustice. 

Injustice and inequality in education and employment. 


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林慈信博士,西敏神學院神學碩士,天普大學歷史系哲學博士,加州洛杉磯「中華展望China Horizo​​n」創辦人。致力於護教與神學信仰的工作,在神學、宣道學、及歷史學等都有相當的造詣。林牧師不僅著力於出版歸正信仰的書籍,並且發表至少500篇的論文。著重系統神學、護教學、清教徒的成聖神學與聖經輔導學等;同時任教於美國國際神學院、西敏神學院、聖約神學院等校。推動聖經輔導不遺餘力。


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