Getting the “Bugs” Out

It takes fire and battering in a “dirty” world… to shape and refine an instrument worthy for use in battle.  

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To have a chance at becoming free… and staying free, we have to endure the “hazards” of this world.  To remove them, sterilizing the world in the name of “safety”, we become rusted-out soft scrap metal (apathetic) for no other use than the junk pile (slaves of other men) (Proverbs 27:17; Hebrews 12:7-15; 2 Timothy 2:3-4; Ephesians 6:11-18).

Onto discuss some hazards…

I’m paraphrasing two viewpoints some people hold about disease, as expressed in the video on Germ Theory vs Terrain Theory.

Are they valid?  I don’t know.  I want to look at them in the context of sin and our current culture.

Germ Theory… believes “bugs” enter us from our surroundings, including other people, and we get sick.  In other words, I’m partly (or fully) responsible for your disease or illness… and you are for mine… by spreading germs.  The goal is to rid the environment of the “bugs” by drugs, vaccines, or other methods of sterilization.

Terrain Theory… believes “bugs” are already inside us from our exposure to the natural environment.  We need “bugs”, even adversarial ones, to grow stronger and thrive.  When our bodily system(s), or immune system, become compromised, the germs react causing the disease or illness.  I’m responsible for my own body… thus getting sick… and you are for yours—we don’t generally infect each other by transferring our germs to the other party.

Which theory sounds familiar with the world views, today… the reason(s) governing officials use for their current edicts?

Sin and disease cause death.  In regards to sin, which view corresponds more?

Sins, like germs… can they be transferred to another?  What I mean, are you responsible for my sins, or me for yours… are the fathers for the children’s sins or vise versa—if I sin, does that mean you’re forced to, also?  Is God’s judgment of wrath for our sins transferrable to another fellow-sinner on judgment day (Jeremiah 31:29-31; Ezekiel 18:1-4, 14-20; 33:18-20; Romans 6:5-7; Ecclesiastes 11:9; 2 Corinthians 5:9-11)? 

I’m not saying another cannot be hurt by our sins… just like those depending on a sick person can be affected… or, in every case, we not responsible for another’s sin (1 Corinthians 8:8-13; Matthew 5:32).

Thank God, we’re allowed to trade our sentence of condemnation of wrath from God with the righteousness of Jesus Christ, who was without sin.  He is the only acceptable atonement for our sin.  He is the only cure and treatment for our malady of a sick soul with sin.  And because we’re forgiven… we’re commanded to forgive those that do hurt us.

This reminds me of what I said in, Sterility

Once we find the Cure, God does not remove us from a sick, diseased, and fallen world.  We have to be exposed to the infections of… sin and failure… the weaknesses of our flesh… the destruction of a fallen world.

It’s these tests and trials of life that remind us we’re not God… that we need Him—we’re dependent on God’s Salvation offered through Jesus Christ.  In other words, it’s the dirt and disease of a corrupted world full of “messy people” that causes us to reach out to the Lord… building our Faith in Him—we develop “immunity”, a power over, the destruction of… and a “washing clean” from the condemnation of… the “filthy” sins in our lives.

Back to germs…

I’ve often wondered… did Abraham and Patriarchs of the Bible lie around wringing their hands thinking… if I don’t see a doc, get a prescription, and get vaccinated… I’m toast.  The Bible says some lived to a good old age.  With King Hezekiah, God declared when he would die… and then, Hezekiah prayed… and God changed His mind giving him more years (2 Kings 20:1-7).

Does not the God of Israel set the borders for men and nations (Job 14:1-5; Matthew 6:27; Psalm 139:13-16; Genesis 6:3; Acts 17:25-27)?

I’m not saying there are actions we can take that affect the quality of our days in this current age.  But God… not arrogant man… gives us our life-span and its quality (1 Peter 3:9-11; 3 John 1:2; Proverbs 17:21-23; Proverbs 3:1-3).

(If I know of someone, specifically, is comprised medically and my actions would make them more vulnerable, I should consider them… but only if it does not destroy someone else’s life in the process (Romans 14:20-22; Matthew 7:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8).  Do unto others… takes both lives into account—the one-size-fits-all blanket coverage, that’s being pushed with the “edicts” of today, doesn’t apply.)

Our corruption from a fallen sinful world can only be ultimately healed by… the God of Israel.  A jab or mask will not do the trick.  If we put our trust in them, they may actually hinder our true healing of victory over the grave.

From the essay, Blood, at The Series page

In the natural… white blood cells… are the immune system that protects the body.  In the Spiritual, because of the blood of Jesus Christ at the cross, there is the… white raiment… that protects the saints, forever…

It’s the soul that’s washed, redeemed, and saved by the Blood of Jesus Christ that is immune to death by sin.  Those who reject Jesus Christ as Lord, Savior, Redeemer, and the High Priest over the Household of the God of Israel for their own lives… do not have “immunity protection” from the sentence of the Wrath of God on all sin on Judgment Day.

Does not God say… James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Without “up-to-date protection”, does not Satan take advantage of the weakness… kind of like how the “Terrain Theory” people describe disease starting and growing (Ephesians 4:22-32; Luke 22:3-4; Acts 5:1-5; Luke 11:21-26)?

Like with the soul, does a healthy immune system deal with the “bugs” in our own bodies in a similar manner?  In other words, do “my bugs” (my sins) make you sick (condemned)… or is it the person’s own, in their own body?  That we take responsibility for our own actions and life… this is what BLM, social justice warriors, critical race theorists, communist, socialist, and Marxist strive to avoid.  They conceal their selfishness, self-righteousness, and greed… that they could care less about helping others.

Like with sin… is it only the “sick” that need healing?  The current focus of lining people up like cattle or sheep to vaccinate in a chute, or run through a dipping vat of medicine… take the blanket coverage (or is it kill) approach (Matthew 9:11-13). 

(Some ranchers believe if they use a therapeutic drug program to “blanket cover” their healthy cattle, the herd will implode over time from weakened traits or immune systems.)

If you take the healthy down, do the sick have a chance?  The world seems to think… it’s their only hope for governments to muzzle, jab, lockup, and destroy the “competitor”.

Is not the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, in the world that keeps society civil?  Remove those filled with Him… reducing their numbers… shrinking the Church… and will not society grow darker?  This is what we’re experiencing, today.

But… the Lord has a history of sifting, weeding, and sorting out the unfaithful from a faithful remnant before engaging in battle—the battle He will win to establish His Kingdom at the end-of-this-age (Judges 7:1-7; Matthew 7:13-15; 2 Thessalonians 2:2-4; Hebrews 12:23-29; Zechariah 13:7-9; Zephaniah 3:13-17; Romans 9: 24-29).

Sin and Satan are in this world.  They all steal, kill, and destroy… so does disease—the end product is death… the grave.

Jesus Christ came into the world.  His Blood shed at the Cross, along with His resurrection and accession into Heaven as our only High Priest, destroyed the power of sin over us.  We now have immunity from the bondage of death and destruction… the prison of the grave… the Wrath of God on Judgment Day… if we’ll receive Him as our Lord and Savior. 

Jesus Christ came to destroy the ultimate disease… separation from the Love of God and His Household, forever, in the Lake of Fire… known as, the second death (Revelation 20:11-15).


Site links

Germ Theory vs Terrain Theory https://youtu.be/zFS57OJ9VyM