Is Coronavirus a Punishment From God?

Understand the spiritual perspective of COVID-19 and other epidemics and viruses.

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Thursday | June 25, 2020 | 1:00 PM

In addition to the important official guidelines on hygiene, health, and social distancing to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, here are some spiritual and prophetic issues on the topic, which help to clarify and strengthen our Souls at this challenging time that the world is going through.

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We must stress that we are not left unprotected by God, the Heavenly Mother-Father of Goodness and Justice, neither are these challenges a divine punishment. Read the full article and understand the fraternal view of the Religion of God, of the Christ, and of the Holy Spirit1 on this topic.

Below is an excerpt of an interview with the minister-preacher of the Religion of the Third Millennium Paula Suelí. At the time, she answered two questions from our social media followers:

Question 1 – What’s the spiritual perspective of the new coronavirus?

It’s important to note that we understand a lot more about viruses and epidemics today than we did in the past, including scientific understanding. We know now that many of them are associated with our own destructive behavior.

Science has shown for decades that when we destroy ecosystems, genetically change beings or food, or send all kinds of garbage into the atmosphere, we’re creating detrimental conditions for the survival of humans and other beings.

Prophet Isaiah, who was highly inspired by God, had already warned about it thousands of years ago, at a time when we were not even considering that our bad habits might result in consequences for the environment (Isaiah 24:5 and 20).

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Prophet Isaiah announces in chapter 24:5: “The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the eternal covenant.” In verse 20, he also says: “The earth reels like a drunkard, it sways like a hut in the wind; so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion that it falls–never to rise again.”

The President-Preacher of the Religion of the Third Millennium, José de Paiva Netto, deals with this subject in his article “Be Careful, We Are Breathing Death, which was originally published on June 28, 2000, in the Brazilian magazine Manchete. He clarifies it: 

"La problemoj estas multaj, sed ĉi tiu estas gravega: ni nuntempe enspiras morton. Ni staras antaŭ speco de progreso, kiu samtempe dismetas ruinon. Nian propran ruinon.

Oni konstatas la urĝan neceson amplekse plivastigi la ekologian konsciencon de la Popolo, antaŭ ol la kadukiĝo de ties vivkvalito estos senrimeda. Ĉi tiu estas nuna defio, kiun alfrontas pluraj praktikaj idealistoj.

Tamen, foje, avido sin montras pli granda ol racio. Malzorgemo dum preparado de iuj komunumoj, por ke ili ne steriligu la grundon, sin montras pli forta ol la instinkto de transvivado.”

So as communities, families, and society, we are killing ourselves. That’s why we need to rethink the way we live and our understanding of what progress is. But it’s important to make it very clear: this is not a divine punishment.

No virus is divine punishment, because God doesn’t punish us. Punishment is an act of despair that we, human beings, adopt when we feel there’s no way out of a situation or when we assume there are no more alternatives for correcting someone.

By reducing God to our own limitations, we believe that He also despairs, that He needs to resort to punishment to teach us a lesson. So when we’re faced with pain and suffering caused by human beings, we conclude that this is a heavenly punishment, but we forget that the Divine Law is Justice and Love. It grants “each according to what they have done” (The Gospel of Jesus according to Matthew 16:27 and the Apocalypse of Christ 20:13).

We need to be aware of the fact that we, as a society, have destroyed our planet and we need to respond to our actions, and that awareness increases as we remember that we have been warned by Christ.

There is no shortage of warnings in His Gospel-Apocalypse. Let’s be more responsible and supportive and consider that we need to put our responsibility to each other before our own greed. Respect for life is unconditional and non-negotiable.

Question 2 – I’ve noticed that from time to time some countries suffer from unknown diseases. Does this have anything to do with the religiousness of these people—or their lack of it?

Well, if that were true, how could we explain the Spanish flu, the smallpox epidemics, or the hundreds of deaths from tuberculosis in the 19th century and so many other moments of suffering in nations that are known to be religious?

We need to be careful, because perhaps the concern behind this question is the idea that God abandons those who don’t believe in Him, those who don’t practice their spirituality in a way that we recognize it as being “sufficiently religious.” And that’s not true.

Jesus was very clear about this when He showed that God loves and protects everyone. He has no favorites and neither does He forget people. We need to perceive this in order to abandon our attitude of judging others. We have to change our relationships in society, so we can build a fair, inclusive, respectful, healthy, and sustainable world for everyone.

“No One Is Lost”

In this period of many doubts and fears, the Religion of God, of the Christ, and of the Holy Spirit invites us to observe the opportunity that God is giving us in the face of this novel coronavirus to be more humane, more supportive human beings and to take care, for example, of those who are most vulnerable.

Therefore, show your Love towards those who are part of your life through phone calls and text messages. Pray for them. Know how to listen to them. Be compassionate and more patient and supportive. Become their friend.

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Plus to strengthen your Soul, don't forget this powerful resource: sincere prayer! Look for solutions and balance of the Soul in God, Jesus, your Guardian Angel, and the Spirits of Light who always want the best for us.

This is the advice Jesus gives us in His Gospel according to Luke 11:11-13, when He restated that God will never leave us unprotected:

“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in Heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

+ Pray with us! Make your plea in our Ecumenical Chain of Prayers

In his book A Esperança não morre nunca [Hope Never Dies], in the chapter entitled “No One Is Lost,” writer Paiva Netto has us reflect: 

“Do you want to overcome yourselves and be winners? Let Jesus coexist in your Spirits and let the Holy Mary maternally comfort your hearts during the tough times of your human journey. No one is hopelessly lost in this world.”

Take a look at some other articles that can help you during this COVID-19 pandemic:

What to do when a loved one departs? How do we deal with the pain?

Why Does God Allow Suffering?

Improve your family life:

3 Steps to a United Family
What Can We Do for There to Be Peace in the Family?

Prayers for you to say at home:

Prayer of Caritas
Prayer of the Archangel, Saint Michael

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1 Religion of God, of the Christ, and of the Holy Spirit — also called the Religion of the Third Millennium, and the Religion of Universal Love. This is the Ecumenical Religion of Brazil and abroad. 

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