Sunday, April 5, 2020

Biblical Sanitary Laws and Quarantine. Why Should Christians Celebrate the Passover? Feline Update.

Sanitary Laws and Quarantine from the Bible.

There are things that Moses wrote about that science didn’t learn about until thousands of years later.

The biblical laws of sanitation were clearly ahead of their time! There was really no way to fully understand the reasons for these laws until the invention of the microscope, the discovery of bacteria and the pioneering work of pathologists in recent centuries, yet these ancient biblical laws have proven scientifically valid today! People who touched a dead or diseased animal or person—or even garments or secretions from a sick person—were to bathe and wash their clothes and avoid contact with others. Contaminated garments were to be washed or burned—important sanitizing principles that are still followed today.

Dwellings that showed signs of mold, or that had harbored sick individuals, were to be cleaned, repaired or destroyed, to prevent the spread of disease (see Leviticus 13–15). Porous vessels that came into contact with dead animals were to be broken, since they would harbor bacteria. People showing signs of sickness were to be isolated—quarantined—until examined by a priest and declared well. People were to wash after having sex. Tattoos and cuttings on the flesh were also forbidden (Leviticus 19:28), for reasons that include the risk of contracting disease. Modern physicians warn that tattoos and body-piercing carry a risk for contracting infectious diseases like hepatitis B, hepatitis C, syphilis and HIV/AIDS (International Journal of Infectious Disease, 2001, 5(1), 27–34).

In Deuteronomy 23:9–14, we learn that human wastes were to be buried, away from human dwellings. Today we call this sanitary waste disposal, and its benefits are widely understood but not always practiced—especially in poverty-stricken areas. History is filled with epidemics of typhus, cholera and dysentery, linked to the careless dumping of human waste into streets and rivers, or feeding human waste to animals that are then eaten. Burying human waste breaks the life cycle of many parasitic organisms that spread disease.

This simple practice is much more effective, and less expensive, than treating disease after it breaks out—and God put this principle in the Bible thousands of years before mankind's science understood its benefit!

While some scholars assert that the biblical laws were not given for reasons of health, this same commentary states that "the spiritual and hygienic reasons for the laws may still be affirmed. They are remarkably valuable in the area of public health… These laws protected Israel from bad diet, dangerous vermin and communicable diseases... These were rule-of-thumb laws that God gave in His wisdom to a people who could not know the reason for the provision" (ibid.). Thus, the idea that these biblical laws are outdated and old-fashioned and have nothing to do with health is simply nonsense!”  Excepts from: https://www.tomorrowsworld.org/magazines/2004/march-april/bible-health-laws

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Leviticus 13 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Law Concerning Leprosy

“13 And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: 2 “When a man has on the skin of his body a swelling, a scab, or a bright spot, and it becomes on the skin of his body like a [a]leprous sore, then he shall be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons the priests. 3 The priest shall examine the sore on the skin of the body; and if the hair on the sore has turned white, and the sore appears to be deeper than the skin of his body, it is a leprous sore. Then the priest shall examine him, and pronounce him [b]unclean. 4 But if the bright spot is white on the skin of his body, and does not appear to be deeper than the skin, and its hair has not turned white, then the priest shall isolate the one who has the sore seven days. 5 And the priest shall examine him on the seventh day; and indeed if the sore appears to be as it was, and the sore has not spread on the skin, then the priest shall isolate him another seven days.

6 Then the priest shall examine him again on the seventh day; and indeed if the sore has faded, and the sore has not spread on the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him clean; it is only a scab, and he shall wash his clothes and be clean. 7 But if the scab should at all spread over the skin, after he has been seen by the priest for his cleansing, he shall be seen by the priest again. 8 And if the priest sees that the scab has indeed spread on the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him [c]unclean. It is leprosy.

9 “When the leprous sore is on a person, then he shall be brought to the priest. 10And the priest shall examine him; and indeed if the swelling on the skin is white, and it has turned the hair white, and there is a spot of raw flesh in the swelling, 11 it is an old leprosy on the skin of his body. The priest shall pronounce him [d]unclean, and shall not isolate him, for he is unclean.

12 “And if leprosy breaks out all over the skin, and the leprosy covers all the skin of the one who has the sore, from his head to his foot, wherever the priest looks, 13then the priest shall consider; and indeed if the leprosy has covered all his body, he shall pronounce him clean who has the sore. It has all turned white. He is clean. 14But when raw flesh appears on him, he shall be unclean. 15 And the priest shall examine the raw flesh and pronounce him to be unclean; for the raw flesh is unclean. It is leprosy. 16 Or if the raw flesh changes and turns white again, he shall come to the priest. 17 And the priest shall examine him; and indeed if the sore has turned white, then the priest shall pronounce him clean who has the sore. He is clean.

18 “If the body develops a boil in the skin, and it is healed, 19 and in the place of the boil there comes a white swelling or a bright spot, reddish-white, then it shall be shown to the priest; 20 and if, when the priest sees it, it indeed appears deeper than the skin, and its hair has turned white, the priest shall pronounce him unclean. It is a leprous sore which has broken out of the boil. 21 But if the priest examines it, and indeed there are no white hairs in it, and it is not deeper than the skin, but has faded, then the priest shall isolate him seven days; 22 and if it should at all spread over the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean. It is a [e]leprous sore. 23 But if the bright spot stays in one place, and has not spread, it is the scar of the boil; and the priest shall pronounce him clean.

24 “Or if the body receives a burn on its skin by fire, and the raw flesh of the burn becomes a bright spot, reddish-white or white, 25 then the priest shall examine it; and indeed if the hair of the bright spot has turned white, and it appears deeper than the skin, it is leprosy broken out in the burn. Therefore the priest shall pronounce him unclean. It is a leprous sore. 26 But if the priest examines it, and indeed there are no white hairs in the bright spot, and it is not deeper than the skin, but has faded, then the priest shall isolate him seven days. 27 And the priest shall examine him on the seventh day. If it has at all spread over the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean. It is a leprous sore. 28 But if the bright spot stays in one place, and has not spread on the skin, but has faded, it is a swelling from the burn. The priest shall pronounce him clean, for it is the scar from the burn.

29 “If a man or woman has a sore on the head or the beard, 30 then the priest shall examine the sore; and indeed if it appears deeper than the skin, and there is in it thin yellow hair, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean. It is a scaly leprosy of the head or beard. 31 But if the priest examines the scaly sore, and indeed it does not appear deeper than the skin, and there is no black hair in it, then the priest shall isolate the one who has the scale seven days. 32 And on the seventh day the priest shall examine the sore; and indeed if the scale has not spread, and there is no yellow hair in it, and the scale does not appear deeper than the skin, 33 he shall shave himself, but the scale he shall not shave. And the priest shall isolate the one who has the scale another seven days. 34 On the seventh day the priest shall examine the scale; and indeed if the scale has not spread over the skin, and does not appear deeper than the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him clean. He shall wash his clothes and be clean. 35 But if the scale should at all spread over the skin after his cleansing, 36 then the priest shall examine him; and indeed if the scale has spread over the skin, the priest need not seek for yellow hair. He is unclean. 37 But if the scale appears to be at a standstill, and there is black hair grown up in it, the scale has healed. He is clean, and the priest shall pronounce him clean.

38 “If a man or a woman has bright spots on the skin of the body, specifically white bright spots, 39 then the priest shall look; and indeed if the bright spots on the skin of the body are dull white, it is a white spot that grows on the skin. He is clean.

40 “As for the man whose hair has fallen from his head, he is bald, but he is clean. 41He whose hair has fallen from his forehead, he is bald on the forehead, but he is clean. 42 And if there is on the bald head or bald forehead a reddish-white sore, it is leprosy breaking out on his bald head or his bald forehead. 43 Then the priest shall examine it; and indeed if the swelling of the sore is reddish-white on his bald head or on his bald forehead, as the appearance of leprosy on the skin of the body, 44 he is a leprous man. He is unclean. The priest shall surely pronounce him [f]unclean; his sore is on his head.

45 “Now the leper on whom the sore is, his clothes shall be torn and his head bare; and he shall cover his mustache, and cry, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ 46 He shall be unclean. All the days he has the sore he shall be unclean. He is unclean, and he shall [g]dwell alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp.

The Law Concerning Leprous Garments

47 “Also, if a garment has a [h]leprous plague in it, whether it is a woolen garment or a linen garment, 48 whether it is in the warp or woof of linen or wool, whether in leather or in anything made of leather, 49 and if the plague is greenish or reddish in the garment or in the leather, whether in the warp or in the woof, or in anything made of leather, it is a leprous [i]plague and shall be shown to the priest. 50 The priest shall examine the plague and isolate that which has the plague seven days. 51And he shall examine the plague on the seventh day. If the plague has spread in the garment, either in the warp or in the woof, in the leather or in anything made of leather, the plague is an active leprosy. It is unclean. 52 He shall therefore burn that garment in which is the plague, whether warp or woof, in wool or in linen, or anything of leather, for it is an active leprosy; the garment shall be burned in the fire.

53 “But if the priest examines it, and indeed the plague has not spread in the garment, either in the warp or in the woof, or in anything made of leather, 54 then the priest shall command that they wash the thing in which is the plague; and he shall isolate it another seven days. 55 Then the priest shall examine the plague after it has been washed; and indeed if the plague has not changed its color, though the plague has not spread, it is unclean, and you shall burn it in the fire; it continues eating away, whether the damage is outside or inside. 56 If the priest examines it, and indeed the plague has faded after washing it, then he shall tear it out of the garment, whether out of the warp or out of the woof, or out of the leather. 57 But if it appears again in the garment, either in the warp or in the woof, or in anything made of leather, it is a spreading plague; you shall burn with fire that in which is the plague. 58 And if you wash the garment, either warp or woof, or whatever is made of leather, if the plague has disappeared from it, then it shall be washed a second time, and shall be clean.

59 “This is the law of the leprous plague in a garment of wool or linen, either in the warp or woof, or in anything made of leather, to pronounce it clean or to pronounce it unclean.” From: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+13&version=NKJV;NIV

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Why Should Christians Celebrate the Passover?

“Jesus Christ and the apostles kept the Passover. What does Passover mean for Christians today?

A man reading a Bible.Photos.com

Christians who observe this annual memorial marking Jesus’ death are reminded that eternal life is possible only through Jesus Christ.

The first of God’s seven annual festivals is the Passover (Leviticus 23:5). Passover falls in early spring in the Holy Land and is a reminder of how God spared His people from death in Egypt. To rescue His people from slavery, God took the lives of all the firstborn Egyptian males (Exodus 12:7, 26-29) but passed over the Israelites’ homes that had the blood of a sacrificed lamb on their door frames.

The blood of the Passover lamb foreshadowed the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which passes over the sins of people who repent in order to spare them from eternal death. The New Testament makes clear that Christ is the true Passover Lamb (compare Exodus 12:21 with 1 Corinthians 5:7). In observing His last Passover with His disciples, Jesus explained that the symbols of bread and wine represent His body and blood, offered by Him for the forgiveness (or passing over) of our sins and the death penalty our sins have earned for us (Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24).

The death of Christ actually took place during the daylight hours that followed the Passover evening—which was still the same date according to Hebrew sunset-to-sunset reckoning. Christ was sacrificed on Passover.

The New Testament Passover is a memorial of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. This is also when baptized members of the United Church of God renew our agreement to come under the blood of Jesus Christ, the perfect Passover Lamb, for the forgiveness of our sins. We approach this period of the year with deep spiritual introspection. We commemorate the Passover on the 14th day of the first month of the sacred year with a service based on the instructions of 1 Corinthians 11:23-28 and the Gospel accounts of the New Testament Passover that Christ instituted.

This solemn service begins with a brief explanation of its purpose, followed by foot-washing (based on Christ’s example and instructions in John 13). Then the minister gives an explanation of the symbols of the Passover, unleavened bread and wine, which represent the body and blood of our Savior. Each baptized member of the Church eats a small piece of the unleavened bread and drinks a small glass of the wine (Mark 14:22-24).

Christians who observe this annual memorial marking Jesus’ death (1 Corinthians 11:26) are reminded that eternal life is possible only through Him (John 6:47-54; Acts 4:10-12). Jesus’ sacrifice is the starting point for salvation and the foundation of the annual feast days that follow. The next one is the Feast of Unleavened Bread.” From: https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/bible-questions-and-answers/why-should-christians-celebrate-the-passover

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Update

Just like most places, not much going on here.  No Bible studies, no church, except online.  A quick trip to the Post Office to mail a package, and to the grocery store to buy fresh salad and veggies.  Everybody ‘distanced’ and there were 6’ spaces marked out on the floor at the registers.

But I got a cat!  While I was in the store a lady was buying several enormous bags of dog food.  I commented that she must have a lot of dogs, and she said she was a rescue. I said well, "All I want is an old cat", and she said "I have one".

The cat’s human died and the cat was left in the house for ages before they found him.  They thought he was dead, but revived him.  He is still skinny and his hair coat isn't what it should be, but now he is here, safe in my apartment.

He probably has Upper Respiratory Infection because he was with a lot of other cats at the rescue and he sometimes coughs with a little sneeze, but with good care he should get better in a couple of weeks.  He is a very loving and well-behaved Siamese.

On the Sabbath, I watched sermons online, and it was a quiet and enjoyable day

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Uninstall 2020. How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus. Update.

We need to uninstall 2020 and then try re-installing it.

The current version has a nasty virus !

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus  March 26, 2020

“COVID-19 is impacting our lives, and it can be a challenge to explain it to children. Here are some tips to help parents talk to their kids about the crisis.

How to Talk to Your Kids About CoronavirusFirst it was about five. Then it was 15. Then 25. Then 35. Then 50.

These were the number of daily confirmed cases of those infected with COVID-19 in Ohio (where we live). It was at around the “15” mark that Ohio decided to close its schools for three weeks. (This has occurred in other states as well.)

If parents were trying to shield their children from the unending 24-hour news cycle documenting the spread and danger of the virus, the closings of schools made that very difficult. Then when theaters, restaurants and places with gatherings of 50 people or more (or now even 10 or more) closed (including even churches canceling their services), it became impossible.

The questions from little minds poured in, and continue to pour in, and will continue to pour in. My 3-year-old caught me watching a press conference from Ohio’s governor and asked: “What’s a pandemic?”

After stuttering a little bit, I said, “Some people are sick.”

What a cop-out, right? So, we asked several of our friends what to say to our kids about the coronavirus, especially in light of our belief in a loving God who protects His people.

Some helpful themes came up, and hopefully they will be of help to your family as well.

1. Explain that God is still in charge of what ultimately happens in the world.

Jeremiah 32:27 is a helpful scripture to use to teach children about God’s ability to do anything: “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?”

When our children see clear examples of suffering, we don’t want to give them the impression that God has somehow missed it and forgot to do anything. The reason God allows suffering is a question that mature adults have struggled with for centuries, so imagine the questions a young mind will have about why our loving God would allow things like COVID-19.

Here are some helpful things our friends, with children up to school-age, shared with us:

  • “We think it’s important for little ones to know that, sometimes, God allows bad things to happen—and even though they can be scary, God is more powerful than the scary things. They need to know that God loves them and promises to watch over them, and that they can tell God about their fears, because He listens and cares. Even though He’s working on a big plan for the whole world, He still loves to hear from them.”
  • “Without a doubt, our family’s reliance upon our Sovereign God was (and remains) foundational to our daily stability during major changes. Prayer and Bible reading tethered us to God’s plan, purpose and promises. Yet we were mindful not ‘to preach.’ Sometime the best approach was reading God’s Word and allowing our boys to consider and process His truth in their time.”

You may find our booklet Why Does God Allow Evil and Suffering? a helpful resource to use when explaining this issue to your children.

2. Help your children understand that when we are afraid, God is always there to help us.

Isaiah 41:10 is a great scripture to share with them on this topic: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

Kids might also get the impression that the only way God helps people is by not allowing anything bad to ever happen. We have to explain that God doesn’t shield us from every bad thing—after all, some of the bad things that happen are because of bad decisions we make. But He does promise to help us through those things.

Some thoughts parents shared along these lines were:

  • “I think the most important thing to remember is that children imitate their parents. If we are overreacting (in any situation), it causes them stress and teaches them to handle it poorly. If we remain calm and behave as normally as possible, they do not become as alarmed.”
  • “Reading a well-chosen book can provide a welcome break from uncertainty. Our children need the opportunity to turn their attention away from unsettling situations. When our children see that Mom and Dad are not consumed by circumstances, it provides an unspoken comfort and peace.”
    “Singing hymns not only provides an opportunity for praise—but equally important, an opportunity to reinforce God’s truth and faithfulness. Singing together truly does create unique bonds of hope and joy within a family. Despite the calls for ‘social distancing,’ nothing conveys love and security like physical touch. Rubbing a back, hugging and holding a hand is worth the risk within the confines of our family home.
    “‘For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, “Fear not, I will help you”’” (
    Isaiah 41:13).
3. Teach your children that there’s a difference between “fearing not” and tempting God.

Luke 4:12 and Deuteronomy 6:16 remind us: “You shall not tempt the LORD your God.”

It is critical, especially at this time, to help our kids understand that we don’t have to fear, but that doesn’t mean we do whatever we want. There’s a big difference between having faith in God’s protection and demanding His protection by tempting Him through foolish actions.

We should encourage behavior that shows love to others and that doesn’t take something lightly that is actually very serious and deadly. We should teach our children the importance of wisdom and discretion and how that balances with faith in God. We teach them to ask for God’s protection, but to do all they can to avoid getting sick themselves.

Other parents mentioned these ideas as well:

  • “We already talk about hand washing, keeping germs to ourselves, and eating healthy all the time in our family. That doesn’t seem strange to them. The extreme isolation has been the most difficult and what we’ve needed to talk about most. Sometimes people make decisions that we don’t understand, but it’s a good opportunity to uphold the decision to our kids because it comes from a position of authority.”
  • “We put emphasis on the fact that us being quarantined is about showing love to our neighbor. That all people are our neighbors, and we are to help protect and look after one another. One way we can do that is by staying home so we don’t spread germs.”

Our article “Teaching Your Children to Honor the Elderly” can be a helpful resource for parents.

4. Help your children grasp that loving and obeying God shouldn’t depend on the circumstances.

In Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus tells us: “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”

The two greatest commandments are not dependent on whether COVID-19 is ravaging the globe. They are universal. God wants little minds to continue trusting in Him, obeying Him, learning about Him and showing love to others.

We can emphasize to them that a time like this is full of opportunities to practice these laws. We can even show them good examples of people showing love and concern for others.

Another thought from a parent was:

  • “We’ve reminded our children to remember all the blessings and joyful things that have come out of this event (Daddy being home more, extra family time together as things/activities are canceled). We have made clear that God is allowing this to happen, and He is still in control and watching over His people. We’ve asked them to diligently pray daily about the situation, that God would resolve it, make it less dangerous and that we can return to church as soon as possible according to His will.”

Another parent also mentioned keeping the same routines and expectations that would normally occur, such as holding church services at home in a respectful and special way and keeping the Sabbath holy.

How we talk to our kids is just as important as what we say. Speaking in a calm manner, and not sharing every single gruesome detail, is important.

Helping children understand a situation like this can be challenging. But, with God’s help, parents and children can face, and grow from, any challenge.” From: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/life/blog/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus/?

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Update

The infection number has soared to 2 in my county. The pastor from the church in Anderson still came to conduct our Bible study on Sunday afternoon, even though everything was locked down.  But he has a key to the Community Room, so 3 of us gathered, six feet apart, to learn more about Ephesians.

Being at home more and watching CNN and Westerns, I was amazed that those old western General Stores carried so many false eyelashes, mascara and blue eye shadow for the women of the old West ! 

Fire Ants invaded my biggest pot of aloe vera plant and started eating it.  I ‘seasoned’ the pot with Diatomaceous Earth to get rid of the ants before I could operate on it.  So my neighbor and I ventured out to our little Walmart, she wanted a few things and I needed sand and pebbles to mix with the new potting soil.  Everybody there was very polite and kept away from each other, but I find that people in small towns are more polite and considerate somehow.

My census was filled out and mailed, have you done yours?

My yearly health assessment was done remotely, and everybody is mostly staying in their apartments, except for those who have to walk their dogs.   On Friday morning, my neighbor and I still got together, six feet apart, to study the church’s Bible study for that week, even though we knew that we wouldn’t be going to church the next day.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Loving Your Neighbor. Suddenly! Trust in the Lord. Myth Busters. Update.

Ok! Ok! I know you are sick of it, but here are a few thoughts, some might be a comfort to you:

Loving Your Neighbor in the Age of Coronavirus

“Coronavirus is currently changing daily life for everyone. To younger people, it can seem like a big frustrating overreaction. But here’s another perspective to consider.
Loving Your Neighbor in the Age of Coronavirus
To everyone under the age of 70 years old:
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted all of our lives. We’ve all had to make sacrifices—and possibly will have to make more in the future—as our world struggles to find its way through this global crisis.
Sacrificing for others
The COVID-19 disease will likely have little effect on you—even if you contract it. So the sacrifices you make, the inconveniences you endure, are not really for you.
The greatest danger to human life this disease poses is to older people, senior citizens with whom you may have very little contact on a daily basis. 
As one of those seniors (I’m in my 70s), I’d like to offer a different perspective on the current crisis. It seems true that younger people who contract the virus have relatively mild symptoms, and in some cases may not even realize they are infected.
Overreaction to a virus no worse than the flu?
Many people, especially those with little or no medical training, have cited the relatively low death rate among younger people to say that this virus is really no worse than the common flu.
If that were the whole story, they might have a valid point. We could even cite the number of deaths worldwide from the virus as further proof of its limited severity, though those figures are changing so rapidly that it’s hard to make any argument from them at this point.
It’s easy to understand why a young, healthy person (with little to fear) would feel frustrated with all of the current restrictions on normal life we are facing because of this pandemic. Limiting entertainment, sports, recreation, dining out, and many other social events seems like an overreaction for such a mild disease.
Seeing faces, not numbers
The perspective I wish to offer is a little different. I am not young and healthy any longer. While the World Health Organization put the overall mortality rate at 3.4 percent globally, in my demographic, the fatality rate is around 8 percent. That means for every dozen 70-something people who contract this easily transmissible disease, one will die. (A recent report says the fatality rate is 3.6 percent for those between the ages of 60-69, but 14.8 percent for those over 80.)
If one out of 12 is going to die from this disease over the next few months, I’m not losing numbers, I’m losing friends.When I consider that figure, I honestly don’t see numbers. I see faces. I hear names. I could easily list several dozen people who are my friends and family who are in that demographic—my wife, my in-laws, many of the friends I have had since the days when we were young and healthy together.
If one out of 12 is going to die from this disease over the next few months, I’m not losing numbers, I’m losing friends. I’m losing a part of my life. For all I know, it may be my name that gets listed among the casualties before this pestilence has run its deadly course.
Here’s the point: If everyone makes the sacrifices today, some of those lives may be saved tomorrow. Perhaps it can help us to put names and faces on those lives instead of numbers. Whose life could you save by your sacrifices today?
“Love your neighbor” in the age of coronavirus
What we are seeing in all of this is the operation of an ancient principle, often ignored or minimized in modern society. In the Bible, God is recorded as telling His people to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18).
Are we just “believers”—as long as that belief doesn’t inconvenience us or hinder our ability to do what we want, when we want?The same instruction is quoted seven times in the New Testament. In addition to Jesus’ statements, the apostle Paul says that phrase summarizes the entirety of God’s law (Galatians 5:14). James refers to this principle as “the royal law” (James 2:8).
Throughout history, “love your neighbor as yourself” has always been easier said than done. What about when your neighbor is not so nice? What if he or she doesn’t look like you or sound like you or believe like you? What about when you don’t even know your neighbors? What about when they are just statistics in a news story?
That’s when loving your neighbor becomes a test of what we really are. Are we genuine followers of Jesus Christ and His Word? Or are we just “believers”—as long as that belief doesn’t inconvenience us or hinder our ability to do what we want, when we want?
You probably don’t know me, but: I’m the neighbor.
I’m part of the population that is threatened with an 8 percent death rate. I’m older and much more vulnerable than I would like to be, and I’m in need of your willingness to sacrifice your convenience to give me a better chance to survive this crisis.
Thank you for your sacrifices
To those of you diligently doing that: On behalf of all us 70-somethings, thank you. Your sacrifice means more than you will ever know.
And if you happen to be one of those complaining because of the current limits this has posed to your freedom, well, this may be the big test of whether your belief and character are genuine or just a nice slogan. I believe it’s clear what your response should be, but that choice is still entirely yours.”   From: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/life/blog/loving-your-neighbor-in-the-age-of-coronavirus/?
To learn more about how to “love your neighbor as yourself,” read “How to Be a Good Neighbor.”
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Suddenly the world changed.
New York now sleeps
Mickey Mouse went on vacation✈
The NBA said NO
The toilet paper is a treasure to find (Used as chips in poker game) 
No more vacation ✈️
We learned to wash our hands
Kisses and hugs are not daring, today they are contagious
Sanity gave way to hysteria and panic
And a virus crowns as if it were the owner of the world ...
But it is not so, and there is something that the coronavirus will not change! It is the love ❤ and the mercy of God ... that will remain for eternity! May our faith not diminish. Let's not stop praying He is in control!
I know so! And you? ❤ God is good! All the time!

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This is what Brother Oscar from my previous church in Willis wrote to the congregation:
My dear church family,
I pray that you and your family find yourself blessed and at peace in this time of concern that not only this nation is going through, but the world.
I am being asked by some of you, and others, my opinion on the Covid-19 Pandemic. A pandemic is an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population. 
First and foremost, as our Pastor mentioned, we must have complete faith in our heavenly Father YHWH through our Lord and Savior Yeshua. He is the One who is in control of all things and the One that holds our lives in His hands. We are merely on a journey, in His service, awaiting the glorious return of our Lord and Savior.
There is nothing wrong with having a “godly concern” over something, there is however, everything wrong with “worrying” about something. Scripture teaches us not to worry.
Philippians 4:6-7   Do not be anxious (worry) about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
With that said, I am in full agreement to do our due diligence and take all necessary precautions that local, state and federal government is asking its citizens to follow, Scripture teaches to submit to government:
Romans 13:1-2 and following says...
13 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves...
Scripture also teaches that we should not tempt God:
Matthew 4:7  Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”
When our government is asking us to do something that does not go against God's will, we are to obey.
It is imperative to try to nip problems in the bud and not allow them to blossom, which is what our government is attempting to do.
I am of the opinion that short term sacrifice to avert long term suffering is prudent and wise.
As I'm sure, most of you have been doing your own research, a few pointers (among many) I have found is:
The Covid-19 virus mortality rate is 10 times higher than the flu mortality rate as of today.  Mortality rate numbers will inevitably change as time goes on and more is known.
The flu has been around for about 2000 years and the human body has developed some limited type of immunity or resistance towards it.
The human body has not had any time to develop any immunity or resistance to this new virus.
Of course, anything can be found on the Internet to prove a point one way or another, but it's best to play it safe now than to be sorry later.
I believe that Non believers and God's people may be paying a consequence for disobedience towards Him with this virus, therefore, He is testing us, his people, so we ourselves, can see how we will react.
John 14:27  Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

This is excellent closing Scripture to answer all of your questions.
You are all in my prayers, God bless you all.  Be safe, be clean and most of all, be blessed.
Brother Oscar”.
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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters

Please look at these myth busters, there are too many to show on this page.
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

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Update
I sincerely pray that you and yours are all well.  Please take care of your critters, don’t go leave them at a shelter where they will be put to sleep because they can’t have Adoption Days anymore.  Though I suppose that will be better than starving to death if you can’t get food for them. 
We had the Bible studies on Friday morning and Sunday afternoon as usual, but that was all changed by Tuesday.  The apartment management locked the doors to the Community Room and the outside door too, so only the few who have a key can even get into the building to do laundry.  The Fitness Programs, Bingo and St. Paddy’s Day lunch were all cancelled.
When I went to Physical Therapy on Wednesday, they screened me with questions before they would even see me.  When I stopped at the grocery store the few that were there, were keeping their distance from each other.
Now, there is an order in TX where there can’t be more than 10 people together at any one time.  Fortunately for me, I am in a county which has no one infected so far.
On the Sabbath, our Pastor live-streamed the service through FaceBook, so my un-computerized neighbor who attends that church too, came here with her dog, and we watched it together.  I even found a website that has hymns with a piano and the lyrics, too.
Not knowing that physically going to church would be canceled, I had made a big.Cheesy-Egg-Hashbrown-Casserole.  We enjoyed some of that, and the rest will be frozen for another day.