The Best Defense Against Swine Flu

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In the Bible, God has promised that he will protect his people from the “noisome pestilence.” This description certainly applies to this new disease. If you believe in God and the Bible, you don’t have to be afraid that you will get the Swine Flu. God has assigned his angels to protect you from it.

This promise of God is in Psalm 91. I am quoting it here from The Living Bible. Make this your prayer for your whole family.

We live within the shadow of the Almighty, sheltered by the God who is above all gods.

This I declare, that he alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I am trusting him. For he rescues you from every trap, and protects you from the fatal plague. He will shield you with his wings! They will shelter you. His faithful promises are your armor. Now you don’t need to be afraid of the dark any more, nor fear the dangers of the day; nor dread the plagues of darkness, nor disasters at noonday.

Though a thousand fall at my side, though ten thousand are dying around me, the evil will not touch me. I will see how the wicked are punished but I will not share it. For Jehovah is my refuge! I choose the God above all gods to shelter me. How then can evil overtake me or any plague come near. For he orders his angels to protect you wherever you go. (Psalm 91:1-11)

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6 Responses to The Best Defense Against Swine Flu

  1. Annonymous says:

    I appreciate you trying to spread the Christian faith, but I don't believe this passage can be interpreted as protecting anybody from disease (swine flu or anything.) Firstly, as the Psalms are poems they are not always to be taken literally. The "plague" mentioned in the passage could simply be describing evil in the same way that someone today would say "plague of Nazism." And that particular word does appear in the middle of a poetic repetition:

    "Now you don’t need to be afraid of the dark any more, nor fear the dangers of the day; nor dread the plagues of darkness, nor disasters at noonday."

    The pattern is dark, day, dark, day; a more expressive way of saying that (what I think at least) with God you do not need to fear evil ever. But if God tells us not to fear, does that mean nothing bad will happen to us? The obvious answer is no, and is confirmed by numerous stories of faithful people suffering (Christ himself, the man with perfect faith.) It is also said that we would be "assayed like gold in a furnace,"(read: purified through pain) a verse that should put to rest the notion that faith protects from pain. What I believe is being talked about here is God protecting man from evil corrupting the spirit. This idea also shows up in the Lord's Prayer: "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." ("Evil" can be translated also as "the evil one.") The Lord's Prayer here is not asking God to not tempt us, because as James says God never tempts, but that he gives us our ability to use free will and resist. If God chose not to help us, no man could resist or overcome sin. He makes this promise to us that 'we will not be tempted beyond what can be endured.' And I think both of these passages are saying something similar, that God working through us with love can overcome evil. But while we are in the world, physical pain will almost always be a reality.

    Another interpretation is that this is a Messianic prophecy, talking about how God would protect Jesus. My thoughts on this come from the last line about the angels being ordered to protect 'you.' Satan referred to something along those lines when he tempted Christ to jump from the top of a church because angels would catch him 'lest he dash his foot against a stone.'

    My thoughts are that the passage is a combination of the two, although I doubt my interpretation is wholly correct and everything important is included. This concerned me not only because I thought it was wrong, but because 1) it could cause believers to doubt if they did become sick and 2) Christianity is hard enough for people to accept without controversial claims such as this; if a Christian did become sick the first line of defense would be a logical fallacy saying that they simply weren't 'christian' enough or lacked faith. I would be annoyed right along with the atheists. I hope that you don't view this as an attack, but great care must be taken when extrapolating something from a book that has Authority.

  2. Annonymous says:

    I appreciate you trying to spread the Christian faith, but I don't believe this passage can be interpreted as protecting anybody from disease (swine flu or anything.) Firstly, as the Psalms are poems they are not always to be taken literally. The "plague" mentioned in the passage could simply be describing evil in the same way that someone today would say "plague of Nazism." And that particular word does appear in the middle of a poetic repetition:

    "Now you don’t need to be afraid of the dark any more, nor fear the dangers of the day; nor dread the plagues of darkness, nor disasters at noonday."

    The pattern is dark, day, dark, day; a more expressive way of saying that (what I think at least) with God you do not need to fear evil ever. But if God tells us not to fear, does that mean nothing bad will happen to us? The obvious answer is no, and is confirmed by numerous stories of faithful people suffering (Christ himself, the man with perfect faith.) It is also said that we would be "assayed like gold in a furnace,"(read: purified through pain) a verse that should put to rest the notion that faith protects from pain. What I believe is being talked about here is God protecting man from evil corrupting the spirit. This idea also shows up in the Lord's Prayer: "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." ("Evil" can be translated also as "the evil one.") The Lord's Prayer here is not asking God to not tempt us, because as James says God never tempts, but that he gives us our ability to use free will and resist. If God chose not to help us, no man could resist or overcome sin. He makes this promise to us that 'we will not be tempted beyond what can be endured.' And I think both of these passages are saying something similar, that God working through us with love can overcome evil. But while we are in the world, physical pain will almost always be a reality.

    Another interpretation is that this is a Messianic prophecy, talking about how God would protect Jesus. My thoughts on this come from the last line about the angels being ordered to protect 'you.' Satan referred to something along those lines when he tempted Christ to jump from the top of a church because angels would catch him 'lest he dash his foot against a stone.'

    My thoughts are that the passage is a combination of the two, although I doubt my interpretation is wholly correct and everything important is included. This concerned me not only because I thought it was wrong, but because 1) it could cause believers to doubt if they did become sick and 2) Christianity is hard enough for people to accept without controversial claims such as this; if a Christian did become sick the first line of defense would be a logical fallacy saying that they simply weren't 'christian' enough or lacked faith. I would be annoyed right along with the atheists. I hope that you don't view this as an attack, but great care must be taken when extrapolating something from a book that has Authority.

  3. LarryVaughn says:

    I see that you have spent a considerable amount of time thinking about this post. Your points are well reasoned and insightful. I see what you are saying, and you are right. I did give the impression that God will keep us from getting sick, but that's not what I intended to say.

    What I wanted to say is this: As Christians, we don't have to be afraid of getting the Swine flu and dying from it. The television newscasters are constantly talking about it, and pointing out how deadly it is. I'm just saying, don't be afraid of this particular sickness, the swine flu, because you have a God that loves you and watches out for you. I believe that God provides for us and protects us.

    There are several Bible verses I could have quoted, but Psalm 91 means a lot to me personally. It is one of my favorite scripture passages, and I believe that it is the testimony of God, and it is his promise to protect us. Especially the last three verses, where the narrative changes voices from that of the Psalmist to that of God, where God says these words about the Psalmist,

    "Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him."

    The last verse clearly shows that this is talking about men, and not Jesus. Jesus' life on earth was short. He is Eternal Life and He is Salvation. "With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation."

    I do disagree with you concerning the Psalms. I believe they are just as much the word of God as anything else, because of 2 Timothy 3:16-17, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."

  4. LarryVaughn says:

    I see that you have spent a considerable amount of time thinking about this post. Your points are well reasoned and insightful. I see what you are saying, and you are right. I did give the impression that God will keep us from getting sick, but that's not what I intended to say.

    What I wanted to say is this: As Christians, we don't have to be afraid of getting the Swine flu and dying from it. The television newscasters are constantly talking about it, and pointing out how deadly it is. I'm just saying, don't be afraid of this particular sickness, the swine flu, because you have a God that loves you and watches out for you. I believe that God provides for us and protects us.

    There are several Bible verses I could have quoted, but Psalm 91 means a lot to me personally. It is one of my favorite scripture passages, and I believe that it is the testimony of God, and it is his promise to protect us. Especially the last three verses, where the narrative changes voices from that of the Psalmist to that of God, where God says these words about the Psalmist,

    "Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him."

    The last verse clearly shows that this is talking about men, and not Jesus. Jesus' life on earth was short. He is Eternal Life and He is Salvation. "With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation."

    I do disagree with you concerning the Psalms. I believe they are just as much the word of God as anything else, because of 2 Timothy 3:16-17, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."

  5. LarryVaughn says:

    I see that you have spent a considerable amount of time thinking about this post. Your points are well reasoned and insightful. I see what you are saying, and you are right. I did give the impression that God will keep us from getting sick, but that's not what I intended to say.

    What I wanted to say is this: As Christians, we don't have to be afraid of getting the Swine flu and dying from it. The television newscasters are constantly talking about it, and pointing out how deadly it is. I'm just saying, don't be afraid of this particular sickness, the swine flu, because you have a God that loves you and watches out for you. I believe that God provides for us and protects us.

    There are several Bible verses I could have quoted, but Psalm 91 means a lot to me personally. It is one of my favorite scripture passages, and I believe that it is the testimony of God, and it is his promise to protect us. Especially the last three verses, where the narrative changes voices from that of the Psalmist to that of God, and God says these words about the Psalmist,

    "Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him."

    The last verse clearly shows that this is talking about men, and not Jesus. Jesus' life on earth was short. He is Eternal Life and He is Salvation. "With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation."

    I do disagree with you concerning the Psalms. I believe they are just as much the word of God as anything else, because of 2 Timothy 3:16-17, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."

  6. LarryVaughn says:

    I see that you have spent a considerable amount of time thinking about this post. Your points are well reasoned and insightful. I see what you are saying, and you are right. I did give the impression that God will keep us from getting sick, but that's not what I intended to say.

    What I wanted to say is this: As Christians, we don't have to be afraid of getting the Swine flu and dying from it. The television newscasters are constantly talking about it, and pointing out how deadly it is. I'm just saying, don't be afraid of this particular sickness, the swine flu, because you have a God that loves you and watches out for you. I believe that God provides for us and protects us.

    There are several Bible verses I could have quoted, but Psalm 91 means a lot to me personally. It is one of my favorite scripture passages, and I believe that it is the testimony of God, and it is his promise to protect us. Especially the last three verses, where the narrative changes voices from that of the Psalmist to that of God, and God says these words about the Psalmist,

    "Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him."

    The last verse clearly shows that this is talking about men, and not Jesus. Jesus' life on earth was short. He is Eternal Life and He is Salvation. "With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation."

    I do disagree with you concerning the Psalms. I believe they are just as much the word of God as anything else, because of 2 Timothy 3:16-17, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."

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