by Moody Adams
“The world moved to the brink of a global influenza pandemic Wednesday as the fast-spreading swine flu, which has gained at least a toehold in nine countries, claimed its first victim in the USA, a Mexican toddler visiting in Texas,” reports the USA Today. “The World Health Organization raised its global alert level to phase 5, just one level below 6, or "global pandemic," because the virus appears to be spreading easily person-to-person and cases are appearing that have no link to Mexico.”

It appears the world is better prepared to treat this disease and it does not appear as deadly as others have been.

There are four misguided arguments that God never sends such illness.

First, “since all sickness is not God’s punishment, no sickness is.” This is like saying since God did not put life on ever planet, He did not put life on earth.

The second is, “Since some victims are not sinners, it could not be God’s retribution against sin.” When god destroyed Sodom, innocent babies died with the wicked. When America bombed Japan innocent babies died along with the enemies of America.

Third, “Babies have the disease, and God does not punish innocent children.” Exodus 34: 6, 7 says God, visits “the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.”

Fourth, the most common argument is that a loving God could not act with wrath. To this Psalms 103:8, 9 says, “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chid: neither will he keep his anger forever.” And, “Let not man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 5:6).

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