What does the Bible say about heeding government guidelines in crises like the corona situation? Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90
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Divine Protection, Corona and the Bible

Why bother protecting ourselves? Isn’t it all in God’s hands, anyway?

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Orthodox religious Jews in Jerusalem are fighting with police and emergency services who are trying to protect them from the spread of the deadly virus at their cooperate prayers, weddings and funerals. Even Israel’s Minister of Health seems to be putting more confidence in the Messiah coming before Passover to protect us from Corona than the very national health services he leads.

On the other side of the world, a pastor in the US was arrested this week and fined for holding a large church service in blatant defiance of restrictions on large gatherings. During the service he encouraged congregants to shake hands and trust God for protection against contamination.

Why should we bother, isn’t healing God’s realm?

Logically, we could argue that no one needs to worry about protections or even treat those how are sick since God clearly says in the Torah that sickness is a form of punishment for our sins, and that He will heal all of our diseases (Exodus 15:26).…

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