Each of the creationist outfits we follow has a different approach to the coronavirus problem. Today we’ll look at the reaction from Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry:of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.
It’s titled COVID-19 and God, written by Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell, a creationist gynecologist. This is AIG’s bio page for her. She retired from gynecology in 1995 to devote her time to homeschooling her three children — and of course she writes for AIG. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Suffering often highlights the most important things. So also, the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and subsequent government shutdown measures have helped us focus on more consequential matters: basic necessities, family, and even God. How should we think about COVID-19 and God? [We don’t know. Tell us, Elizabeth!] Should anything about the COVID-19 pandemic make us have doubts about God? [Gasp!] His existence? His goodness? His plans for humanity?
We need answers, and we’ve come to the right place. Elizabeth says:
While the wisdom of scientists and doctors must, of necessity, change as new information is discovered, God gave us his unchanging word in the Bible. [Unchanging!] There, we have the record of God’s creation of a perfectly good world in which there was neither disease nor death. All the microorganisms in that perfect world would have functioned in the ways God originally created them. Humans could have enjoyed the world that God said was good forever, but our first parents instead rebelled against the Creator, having been first warned that the price of rebellion was death.
Adam & Eve really messed things up. Elizabeth tells us:
In the roughly 6,000 years since that time [Hee hee!], death and suffering have plagued our world, often literally. One of the ways this has happened is through the effects of viral illnesses and other infectious diseases. Things have indeed gone horribly wrong. As we live out our lives in this sin-cursed world, we know that every one of us is already living under the sentence of death from the moment our lives begin. While we continue living and loving, caring for each other, discovering the secrets of science, creating things that improve the world, and enjoying the many blessings, activities, and relationships open to us, we all know that our days are limited.
Ooooooooooooh! What can be done about it? She continues:
Death entered the world because of mankind’s sin. God, in his perfect justice, could not just change the rules once man rebelled. [He couldn’t?] Yet God in his mercy did create hope beyond death (Romans 5:19). God, in his grace, did provide a way to restore the broken relationships between sinful man and holy God, a way to demonstrate his love for every person.
Elizabeth then gives us a tale from the bible:
How did Jesus deal with the problem of suffering in his day? During his earthly years, Jesus was once asked by his disciples why a particular man had been born blind. Jesus acknowledged that there are lots of reasons people suffer, avoiding his disciples’ simplistic suggestions. But then Jesus told them that this particular man’s affliction would end up bringing glory to God, and he miraculously healed him.
Think about the healed man. Suffering was the way to bring him back to God. He was born blind but came to see his trial as a way to bring God glory in his life. When he encountered Jesus and was healed by him, he believed in him as his Savior through his trial. The man’s pain and suffering turned into joy at his healing and salvation.
Then she explains the relevancy of that tale to what’s happening today:
In the same way, this COVID-19 trial can become a way that many may be healed spiritually through Jesus. This trial of a global pandemic, social distancing, empty grocery shelves, and economic hardship can highlight one of the most important things: our spiritual need. And strangely, that may be the thing that we need the most.
Wow — what you’re going through is what you need the most! She explains why:
Pain gets our attention, prompting us to ask where it came from an what we can do to protect those we love. Priorities come into sharp focus and scream to be reevaluated when the things we value most are threatened. Pandemic even terrifies many into considering what awaits when we leave this world. Let’s be ready with the answers people need.
Isn’t that wonderful? Pain and terror are good for you! The end of Elizabeth’s article tells you what to do:
In this time of crisis, let us each do our part to share the love of Jesus Christ by helping our neighbors when we can and cheerfully cooperating with whatever measures are necessary to stem the spread of the disease. Let us also remember to live fearlessly, freely sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the true hope for every person in this world and the next.
So there you are, dear reader. Now you know that the coronavirus is your friend. Go forth and spread the word.
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