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I was born in Dublin in 1949 moving to Liverpool with my family in 1957. At the age of 17 I became a Christian though the work Princess Gate Baptist Church in Toxteth. The church started a Coffee Bar to reach out to local youth. In 1969 I went to train for the Christian ministry in The Bible College of Wales, leaving in 1971 to return. After a short spell in Ireland I returned to Liverpool and work in Youth evangelism before accepting a call to the Baptist church in Partington where I stayed for twelve years. I then worked with The Evangelization Society for five years travelling in the UK, before I became an Independent evangelist serving alongside the Evangelical churches in Greater Manchester.

Coronavirus: A Biblical & Practical Perspective

Coronavirus: A Biblical & Practical Perspective

by Dr. Andrew Fabich on March 6, 2020

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With all the press on Coronavirus, we are pleased that Dr. Andrew Fabich of Truett McConnell University graciously allowed us to reprint his recent blog as a preliminary scientific response. More papers are to come as the situation unfolds.

COVID-19

As of March 4, 2020, at 11:50AM EST, there have been a total of 94,383 confirmed cases of this novel coronavirus with 3,221 deaths worldwide.1 The virus hit the world by storm when the Chinese began reporting a mysterious virus causing pneumonia-like symptoms infecting many of its citizens. We now know that the novel coronavirus of 2019–2020 (called COVID-19) originated in bats and jumped the species barrier into the human population (probably in a food market located in the Wuhan province).2

When I first heard people talking about this outbreak, I was confused by everyone calling it a coronavirus because that term is a broad term to describe an entire family of viruses. The coronavirus family is known to infect a wide range of animals and humans, including the SARS outbreak in the early 2000s and the MERS outbreak more recently. This family of viruses can cause many different symptoms affecting the lungs, liver, kidneys, GI tract, and nervous tissue. COVID-19 is a respiratory infection spread by aerosol droplets like other diseases we often hear about.

TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS CURRENTLY HAPPENING WITH COVID-19, WE SHOULD COMPARE IT TO WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT ANOTHER VIRUS TRANSMITTED THE SAME WAY: THE FLU.

But to understand what is currently happening with COVID-19, we should compare it to what we know about another virus transmitted the same way: the flu. What most people are unaware of is that the flu has been averaging between 9 and 45 million cases per year with 12,000 to 61,000 deaths per year since 2010.3 But are you as scared about getting the flu or are you more scared about getting COVID-19? When put in proper perspective, you can see that this COVID-19 is not as bad as the headlines are making it. I’m not aware of anyone who buys a surgical mask for the flu every year (on top of that, viruses are smaller than the holes found in those surgical masks . . .).4

What we ought to be asking ourselves is: What can we learn about how the flu is spread each year that we can do to prevent COVID-19?

  • First of all, washing your hands. The primary way we make ourselves sick is by touching our face. If you pick up COVID-19 by coming in contact with some contaminated surface, you will likely give it to yourself by touching your face. The CDC recommends washing your hands for 20 seconds (they suggest hand sanitizers work, but I’m skeptical as of today).5
  • Second, avoid touching common objects when out in public. When I first got out of graduate school, I got the flu for two years in a row, even though I knew better. After that, I became more vigilant with what I touched when out in public and haven’t gotten the flu since (in combination with handwashing of course).
  • Third, stay away from people coughing to reduce your exposure.
  • Fourth, if you are the person coughing, cough into your elbow and minimize how much travels through the air or gets on your hands.
  • My fifth point relates to the flu and not COVID-19, get your flu shot this year and sign up for a COVID-19 shot if one is developed. While the flu shot does not work every year, I still get mine because some protection is better than none.
  • Sixth, make those around you aware of any international travel you have done since December 2019 (making you potentially a carrier).
  • And last but not least, be prepared and do what you need to do (within the constraints of government recommendations and mandates) as any other day because we know that God is sovereign and can handle a disease outbreak like this.*

What we should learn from this COVID-19 outbreak is that life is short and we’re not guaranteed tomorrow (James 4:13–17). While we all live forever, some will spend eternity in heaven and others in a real place called Hell. The difference between heaven and Hell is a relationship with the Creator of the universe: Jesus Christ. Click here to learn more about how to have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ today.

Originally published as Dr. Andrew Fabich, “How Nervous Am I About The Coronavirus (COVID-19)?” Truett McConnell University blog, March 5, 2020. Reprinted with permission of Dr. Andrew Fabich and Truett McConnell University. Dr. Andrew Fabich is a professor of microbiology at Truett McConnell University, a Creation College in Cleveland, GA.

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This article does present us with some balance to the present crisis we are facing in the Europe, and helps to lesson our fears.

 

Greg Hanley

In Six Days

All 50 of these scientists, through faith and scientific fact, have come to the conclusion that God’s Word is true and everything had its origin not so very long ago, in the beginning, In Six Days.
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Evolution and the Christian Faith

Theistic evolution in the light of Scripture (£7.80 + postage)

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‘Debate over the opening chapters of Genesis has continued for over a century and a half since Charles Darwin advanced this revolutionary ideas.  Arguments that once raged between liberals and evangelical are now mainstream evangelical debates. Was there a historical Adam and Eve? An actual Fall (Original sin?) What about suffering? And how did the New Testament writers, including the Lord Jesus Christ himself, treat Genesis?

Does theistic evolution enhance our understanding of origins and Christian doctrine? Or does it hinder it as some maintain? This book sets out to explore these questions in detail.  It assesses the impact of evolutionary thinking in the society at large and whether or not theistic evolution is compatible with core Christian doctrines.’