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AIDS and MERS are NOT something new under the sun

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According to a May 18 in, the MERS virus was transmitted from one person to another in the United States for the first time. The men came in contact with each other in Indiana. The Centers for disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did not believe that citizens are in any increased danger.

MERS, or Middle East respiratory syndrome, was first discovered in 2012, according to Wikipedia. It has since spread to several countries, including the United States. The virus was believed to be transmitted from hand to hand. MERS is typically treated in the same manners as the flu (IV/ fluids and pain and fever meds); but there currently is no known cure.

The Bible does not call out every disease by name. In the Psalms, God is praised for healing all diseases. The book of Luke speaks of 10 men who had leprosy. All 10 were healed. King Uzziah (of Isaiah 6) also was stricken with leprosy; but he later died. The names, impact, and outcomes (of diseases) were not all the same.

The Bible does not promise that every disease will be cured. The book of Jeremiah speaks of the restoration of Judah; but not without consequence. God outlined that some of their pain (both spiritually and metaphorically) and afflictions would not be healed. This judgment was due in large part to their disobedience. Paul’s affliction was different than the Israelites. The Bible does not attribute Paul’s challenges to disobedience. However, God chose not to heal him.

One Christian stated that the focus should not be on the name; it should be on our approach to it. “Faith is not new, and your result will be found in the power of your tongue. You can call it a fever or aids; but call it curable. God is faithful.”

Science has experienced many breakthroughs over the years in modern medicine. While they still haven’t found cures for them; they have been able to treat and extend lives. How much faith do you put in medicine? Do you anticipate more and more diseases being discovered?

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