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  1. Outside T. Fold says:

    On the book of faces, someone forwarded an image of text of Martin Luther’s letter on Bubonic Plague. I did a search on internet to verify (because internet) and found this link: https://blogs.lcms.org/2020/read-luthers-letter-about-plague/ (there’s a button link that leads to a PDF of the full text of the letter)

    Excerpt:
    If one makes no use of intelligence or medicine when he could do so without detriment to his neighbor, such a person injures his body and must beware lest he become a suicide in God’s eyes. By the same reasoning a person might forego eating and drinking, clothing and shelter, and boldly proclaim his faith that if God wanted to preserve him from starvation and cold, he could do so without food and clothing. Actually that would be suicide. It is even more shameful for a person to pay no heed to his own body and to fail to protect it against the plague the best he is able, and then to infect and poison others who might have remained alive if he had taken care of his body as he should have. He is thus responsible before God for his neighbor’s death and is a murderer many times over. Indeed, such people behave as though a house were burning in the city and nobody were trying to put the fire out. Instead they give leeway to the flames so that the whole city is consumed, saying that if God so willed, he could save the city without water to quench the fire.

    No, my dear friends, that is no good. Use medicine; take potions which can help you; fumigate house, yard, and street; shun persons and places wherever your neighbor does not need your presence or has recovered, and act like a man who wants to help put out the burning city. What else is the epidemic but a fire which instead of consuming wood and straw devours life and body? You ought to think this way: “Very well, by God’s decree the enemy has sent us poison and deadly offal. Therefore I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance infect and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely, as stated above. See, this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.
    /Excerpt

  2. Erunner says:

    “Is God Still Good During The Pandemic?” I thought this was a very heart felt and balanced article. Thankful I read it.

    It reminded me of a documentary film I recently watched titled “Living Hope” which is the true story of missionaries who traveled from the states to South Africa during the time the Aids virus is totally out of control. If you get the chance it’s worth the time to view.

  3. Mike Ehrmantrout says:

    RE: The imprecatory Psalms..I found this article quite interesting as I have found myself praying for those who I think have done great injustice. I’ve sometimes wanted to pray that way, ask God to snuff their lives out and so forth. But I always stop myself, and do not pray what I actually feel and think. I suspect God knows what I really think. Weird how one can deceive themselves and end up not being real with self or God. I too suffered abuse and as a result from that and other things, I have PTSD and major depression. Just this morning, I found myself raging and talking, shall we say, not very nicely to God. But it was real. It was what I felt. And somehow, He wasn’t shocked or disappointed in me, at least I don’t think He was. I probably will still not ask God to kill people, but at least I know I can be real with Him about everything.

  4. Babylon's Dread says:

    Kudos to Denison on the Judgment of God thing at least he attempted to be coherent with a subject. What he demonstrates is the old dispensational kind of hermeneutics. In that world, well frankly not limited to that world, one simply creates categories into which your target must fall. All categories of judgment can be parsed to include or exclude events. My guess is that Pharaoh had no trouble creating categories for his own lack of repentance.

    In the public square today there are really no categories for divine judgment to fall. Frankly even in afterlife we have parsed out escape routes. One wonders if there is any moral sense in the universe as it is constructed in the mind today.

    A god who judges is simply a petulant being to be judged by us as unworthy of honor.

    So is there any moral sense to the present darkness upon the earth? Those who dare answer will be put to the rack.

    Judge Dread and Kin

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