You probably realize that God certainly could have prevented COVID-19 if He had chosen to do so. After all, God has the power to do anything He wants to do, right? So then why didn’t God prevent COVID-19, especially given all the serious consequences this pandemic has produced in our world today?
In order to answer this provocative question, the first thing we must realize is that God isn’t sitting up in heaven saying, “Well why didn’t I think of that?” In other words, COVID-19 didn’t slip past God undetected.
The truth is that God saw COVID-19 coming long before it landed on our doorstep. And yet the Lord nevertheless allowed this virus to be unleashed first in China, and then globally. But why? (My recent video message addresses this question.)
In our quest to understand why God didn’t prevent COVID-19, we need to look at the big picture. You see, the answer to this question leads us to look at much more than just COVID-19, but also many other instances of disease, destruction and death. This certainly isn’t the first time people have wondered why God didn’t prevent something painful from happening.
While COVID-19 has already taken the lives of more than 100,000 Americans, the bigger picture includes these deaths as well:
Estimated U.S. Death Toll
1919 flu pandemic: 675,000
Civil War: 620,000
World War II: 405,399
World War I: 116,516
1957-1958 flu pandemic: 116,000
1968 flu pandemic: 100,000
Vietnam War: 58,220
Korean War: 36,574
So you see, the question of God preventing COVID-19 involves much more than just the current pandemic. Disease and death have plagued our world ever since Adam and Eve chose to eat the forbidden fruit.
“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” (Genesis 3:6,7)
This fateful decision opened a Pandora’s box that has remained open to this day. “Sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.” (Romans 5:12)
God of course has free will, and “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created Him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27) Adam and Eve chose to exercise their free will when they ate the forbidden fruit. And it is impossible to wrap our mind around COVID-19, or any other pandemic, without first understanding free will.
We do not know exactly when God created the angels, as I address in the article, “How Old are the Angels?” God chose to give the angels free will, and it was Lucifer who chose to “go rogue” and rebel against God in heaven. He was tired of seeing God get all the credit and all the glory, and the Bible informs us that Lucifer’s “heart become proud on account of his beauty.” (Ezekiel 28:17)
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Dan Delzell