God on the Rampage in West Africa Using Ebola to Kill Both Innocent People and Even His Own Missionaries: What Does the Bible Say?

Medical workers attend to a dying Ebola victim.
Wrath has come out from the Lord; the plague has started.” Numbers 16: 46

Plague went before him (God); pestilence followed his steps.”  Habakkuk 3:5 

As reported by the Associated Press, a deadly plague is on the move:  Ebola is believed to have killed 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since the outbreak began in February, according to the World Health Organization.

The contagious disease, which has no known cure, has symptoms that include vomiting, diarrhea and internal and external bleeding. The fatality rate of the current outbreak is around 60 percent although Ebola can kill up to 90 percent of those who catch it.

A U.S. doctor with Samaritan's Purse, Kent Brantly, has come down with the disease and is in hospital in Liberia fighting for his life as is another American health volunteer, Nancy Writebol.

Throughout the Bible, God himself is blamed for sending death among the nations for sin as pointed out by R. K Harrison, who wrote the entries for both Plague and Pestilence in the Old Testament for The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, linking both terms directly to the wrath of God.  Writing on the term Pestilence, Harrison noted, “A general though quite distinctive designation of scourges of fatal termination sent by God as a punishment, and normally linked with other catastrophic events such as famine or the ravaging of the land.” (1)
Re-enforcing this theological judgment, Harrison states in the use of the plague that “The disease in question might arise under a variety of conditions, but when it did, it as invariably to be interpreted as a divine judgment on a sinful and disobedient people. (2)
Jesus himself links sickness and disease to God for his own glory (John 9:3) as does St. Paul:
For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves.  That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.  But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment.  Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world.” 1 Corinthians 11: 29 – 32
In Revelation God uses an angel to kill a third of the earth’s population with plagues:
A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths.” Revelation 9: 18  
Finally in Revelation 19: 15, Jesus’ true nature comes out as he is personified as the murderous and wrathful Hebrew God’s son:
Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.”  Revelation 19: 15
In conclusion, while Satan is falsely mischaracterized by Jesus as both a liar and murderer (John 8: 44), Biblical facts prove that God and Jesus are condemned in their very own holy text for doing both.
If believers want apologetic proof God exists, one would do well to understand the divine use of both plague and pestilence in the Bible in relation to God’s murderous fixation on sin and when a consistent theological interpretation is Biblically viewed, Ebola has been sent from God though Jesus: (3)
He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.”   John 1: 2 – 3

Notes:
     1.  Harrison, R.K. 1962. Pestilence. Pages 748 – 749 in vol. 3 of The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible.  Edited by G.A. Buttrick. 4 vols. Nashville: Abingdon Press. 1962.
      2.  Ibid., Plague. pp. 821 – 822.
3. Though Pat Robertson, the late Jerry Farwell and even the radical preacher Fred Phelps have been attacked for viewing God in this light, Biblically their interpretations seem sound.  

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