Seasons Greetings
    

Flash News: Afghan interpreter for US Army was beheaded by Taliban after US withdrawal from Afghanistan      - | -     New York becomes sixth state in U.S. to ban child marriages      - | -     12-year-old Oklahoma boy found dead after participating in TikTok 'blackout challenge,' reports say      - | -     French citizen among six arrested over plan to kill Madagascar president -minister      - | -     Young people falling very sick with Covid-19 should be 'a gigantic wakeup call,' Alabama doctor says      - | -     Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he won't impose new mask mandate despite increasing COVID-19 cases      - | -     Gun that killed U.S. outlaw Billy the Kid to be sold      - | -     'Pingdemic' grips Britain as fears of food shortages grow      - | -     Capitol attack committee chair vows to investigate Trump      - | -     Biden's crisis presidency will only get harder as it passes the six-month mark      - | -     China's flood-hit Henan to get nearly $300 million in emergency aid, donations      - | -     Blue butterflies was the first to go extinct in the US because of humans      - | -     Kentucky Governor pushes for masks after fully-vaccinated lawmakers catch Covid amid Delta surge      - | -     New chief selected for Capitol Police after 1/6 insurrection      - | -     Canada extends ban on direct flights from India over fear of Covid-19 Delta variant      - | -     Hackers steal “a Terabyte of data” from oil giant Saudi Aramco      - | -     Now it's Jeff Bezos' turn to make history with flight into space      - | -     Man faces 1st sentencing for felony in riot at US Capitol      - | -     Trump says Americans are refusing to get vaccine because of Biden      - | -     US firms in Hong Kong face risks, says AmCham      - | -     Covid-19 pandemic 'is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated,' CDC director says      - | -     Father and son police officers charged with joining Proud Boys at Capitol riot      - | -     What the Stars wore to the 2021 Cannes Film Festival      - | -     Olympics-First COVID case found at athletes' village, stoking fears ahead of Games      - | -     Los Angeles County to reinstate mask mandate amid rise in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations      - | -     Condo collapse: The search of the Surfside rubble won't stop until every person is found, official says      - | -     More than 200,000 acres burned in Oregon's massive Bootleg fire      - | -     Coronavirus delta variant: What you should know      - | -     Los Angeles beaches reopen almost three days after 17 million gallons of sewage spill into Santa Monica Bay      - | -     Florida Democrats ask for 'Clarity' on 'Anti-Riot' Law after Cuba Protesters not arrested      - | -     Biden pitches huge budget, says Dems will 'get a lot done'      - | -     U.S. Senate passes bill to ban all products from China's Xinjiang      - | -     Cuba, Haiti stir fresh political pressures for US president      - | -     Lin Wood may face punishment after sharing clip of Michigan election sanctions hearing      - | -     Billions and counting: Biggest fines slapped against Google in recent years      - | -     Japan warns of Taiwan crisis, growing risks from US-China rivalry      - | -     Death toll in Surfside, Florida, reaches 94      - | -     After Condo collapse, hotel falls in China's Jiangsu province kills eight      - | -     A 'moral' fight: Biden to urge Americans to challenge efforts to restrict voting rights      - | -     65 people dead by lightning strikes and thunderstorms in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh      - | -     India celebrates woman who flew on Virgin Galactic      - | -     Infections rise in 42 states; Fauci says it's 'horrifying' to see people cheer lack of vaccinations: COVID-19 updates      - | -     Listen up: Biden speaks volumes in a whisper to make a point      - | -     Haitian doctor with Florida connections arrested in Jovenel Moïse assassination plot      - | -     “Do I trust the Taliban? No," Biden “But I trust the capacity of the Afghan military, who is better trained, Biden sets Aug. 31 for US exit from Afghanistan      - | -     Michigan attorney general to investigate 2020 election fraud profiteers      - | -     New review of potential SARS-CoV-2 origins. Here's what experts think      - | -     Rani 'World's smallest cow' could be a huge public health risk      - | -     Delta variant is 'Covid-19 on steroids,' expert says, with cases increasing in nearly half of US states      - | -     Arizona's top elections official probe on Trump over 'intense efforts to interfere' with ballot counting      - | -     Google hit with Antitrust Lawsuit brought by 36 States and Washington, D.C.      - | -     Social Media major Twitter appoints India compliance executive to comply new IT laws      - | -     Here goes Trump again! tells chief of staff “Hitler did a lot of good things”     - | -     LAPD employee who shared a George Floyd Valentine's Day-themed image is cleared of wrongdoing     - | -     Legendary actor Dilip Kumar dies at 98, leaves a void in Indian cinema     - | -     Biden administration to host Modi, other Quad leaders this year     - | -     Miami-Dade mayor becomes face of response to condo collapse      - | -     Up to 1,500 firms affected in major ransomware attack, Kaseya says      - | -     Where did watermelons come from?      - | -     India’s billionaires Ambani, Adani gets richer while coronavirus pushes millions into abject poverty      - | -     Dr. Fauci cautions on Covid-19 'spikes,' pleads with anti-vaxxers as Biden misses 70% vaccination Goal      - | -     Explosives set off to bring down rest of collapsed condo      - | -     Is iOS 14.6 draining people's iPhone batteries? Here's an easy fix      - | -     Pakistan blames India of June bomb blast in Lahore      - | -     July 4th weekend, Hurricane Elsa, Trump's Florida rally      - | -     Google to introduce HTTPS-only mode to Chrome      - | -     Afghan pullout has US spies reorienting in terrorism fight      - | -     Boozy beasts: Visiting Comet 46P/Wirtanen Is 'Abnormally High' in Alcohol      - | -     UAE bans citizens from travelling to india, pakistan and other countries      - | -     Johnson & Johnson says its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine offers durable protection against Delta, other variants      - | -     US expresses concern over China's nuclear arms buildup      - | -     Reported bomb threat at Luke Air Force Base as Arizona police investigate      - | -     At Least 63 People Died During Record Temperatures in Oregon Heat Wave      - | -     Houston Shooting Sees One Child and Two Adults Killed, Suspect at Large      - | -     Cuomo Reaps $1 Million at NYC Fundraiser Under Scandal’s Cloud      - | -     SpaceX launches 88 spacecraft into orbit — including two of Spaceflight’s orbital tugs      - | -     Trump in financial and political danger as company faces possible criminal charges      - | -     Surfside Condo Collapse: What We Know      - | -     WHO recommends wearing masks even for fully vaccinated?      - | -     3,000-year-old skeleton missing a hand and a leg is world's oldest shark attack victim      - | -     Miami-Dade building collapse leaves 9 dead and more than 100 missing      - | -     China's aggressive behavior on the global stage is an 'immense danger,' says analyst      - | -     One of his former executives says Trump 'deserves to go to jail' ahead of New York prosecutors potentially filing criminal charges      - | -     Wikipedia is at war over the coronavirus lab leak theory      - | -     Fit both Homo sapiens, Neanderthal yet neither - A previously unknown type of ancient human has been discovered in the Levant     - | -     Rep. Bob Good apparently called ‘racist’ as he questioned Biden official on critical race theory     - | -     'Brutal' third wave hits Africa as vaccination slows     - | -     Almost all COVID 19 deaths in US now among unvaccinated as per government data     - | -     Trump and the Republicans deserve credit for the coronavirus vaccine      - | -     Biden removes FHFA director after Supreme Court ruling      - | -     Western drought brings another woe: voracious grasshoppers      - | -     Merkel: Europe 'on thin ice' amid delta virus variant rise      - | -     Tulsa, Oklahoma, cyberattack: Officials warn personal information may have been leaked to the dark web      - | -     Delta variant: What it could mean for Covid-19 in the US      - | -     Tentacles of Manhattan DA's Trump probe reach former bodyguard Calamari      - | -     Is India's Delta Plus a worrying Covid-19 variant?      - | -     'Harder than Everest': record-breaking female climber stranded in Nepal amid COVID crisis      - | -     Bitcoin, Dogecoin and Ethereum are crashing, What’s the reason? China again?      - | -     Trump firm sues New York to regain control of Bronx golf course      - | -     Two employees dead as virus sweeps Manatee County government building in Florida      - | -     Alabama highway crash – a national tragedy, young victims were traveling home from beach trip when heartbreak incident take place      - | -     White House says comments by N.Korea's Kim are 'interesting signal'      - | -     Woman on zoom call in bedroom robbed at gunpoint as onlookers Watch      - | -     Virus mutation beyond control, Covid-appropriate behaviour needed to avoid next wave: AIIMS doctor      - | -     Milkha Singh: India's legendary sprinter dies of Covid-19 complications at 91      - | -     Air Force is designing bird-like microdrones for warzone surveillance      - | -     Biden urges more Americans to get vaccinated but is silent on July 4 target      - | -     Fierce Capitol attacks on police in newly released videos      - | -     The sycophantic inner circle egging on Trump – and fueling his big lie      - | -     10,000 years of climate memory have been preserved in The oldest ice from The Alps     - | -     Nearly 900 New Yorkers administered with expired Covid-19 jabs     - | -     Once hardest hit, New York, California lifts most COVID-19 restrictions as vaccination rates top 70%      - | -     US surpasses 600,000 deaths from the coronavirus      - | -     Why India's outbreak is a threat to the world     - | -     Suspected smuggling boat tragedy in San Diego adds to Biden's migrant crisis woes     - | -     Maryland votes to nix state song, a Confederate call to arms     - | -     Kim Janey rewrites history, Boston's first Black and female mayor     - | -     Gunman kills 10 at Colorado supermarket in second US mass shooting in a week     - | -     Kamala Harris laughs when asked if she will visit the border raises sharp criticism online     - | -     Roger Stone under fresh scrutiny as Capitol attack investigation intensifies     - | -     Vaccines will likely not be mandatory for teachers: Biden’s Education Secretary     - | -     Fauci warns about potential for an oncoming resurgence of virus if restrictions eased     - | -     Biden plug relief to Americans, celebrates 'transformational' victory on COVID-19 relief     - | -     LA Schools to Reopen in mid-April & NY City will open high schools next week     - | -     Women are tired of explaining to men like Andrew Cuomo why sexual harassment is wrong     - | -     Biden signs orders on gender equity, nominates two women to be four-star commanders     - | -     Nation takes baby steps to normality after year in lockdown; "The virus isn't going to go away," says Harvard epidemiologist     - | -     Rumours of vaccine site giving jabs to anyone because of low demand. Hundreds lined up     - | -     Vaccine supply will "dramatically" increase in weeks ahead: Fauci     - | -     Biden calls it "Neanderthal thinking" slams Texas and Mississippi's decisions to lift COVID-19 mask mandates     - | -     This Is What GOP Feared. Now that Trump Has Governed with Executive Orders, Dems Plan to Do Same      - | -     Man Throwing 'Incendiary Devices' at ICE Detention Center Is Killed in Attack      - | -     Mueller Hearing Pushed Back a Week to Allow More Time for Him to Answer Questions      - | -     Trump Tells 4 Congresswomen of Color to 'Go Back' to 'Crime-Infested' Countries They Came From      - | -     GOP Congressman Invokes 'The Deep State'

Your Opinion

Two-Thirds of Worshippers See Coronavirus as Message from God

viewsViews 1323

Two-Thirds of Worshippers See Coronavirus as Message from God

2020-05-15 22:51:56

Image: Man worshipping in church (Image source: Public domain)

When we're in the midst of a tragedy, such as the coronavirus pandemic, we have a tendency to ask why, why this is happening. A study found that for two-thirds of worshippers, they answer the question believing the virus is a message from God to do better. 

A poll by the University of Chicago Divinity School and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that people are looking for a deeper meaning in trying to apply answers to the novel coronavirus.

"It could be a sign, like, 'hey, get your act together — I don't know," said Lance Dejesus of Dallastown, Pennsylvania, who doesn't even affiliate with organized religion. "It just seems like everything was going in an okay direction, and all of a sudden you get this coronavirus thing that happens, pops out of nowhere." 

The poll's results show that 31 percent of Americans who believe in God feel strongly that the virus is a sign telling humanity it needs to change.

This is despite most places of worship halting in-person services while sheltering in place, with some getting their worshipping in through drive-in events and online. Some are just worshipping in private. 

A professor of religious studies at Yale University, Kathryn Lofton, believes the high number of people believing COVID-19 is a sign from God are doing so out of "fear that if we don't change, this misery will continue."

Personally, I'm caught between my beliefs with this. For one, I am a believer in everything happening for a reason. But when I apply that to the coronavirus, I can't make sense of it.  

The god that I believe in wouldn't want all this suffering and continual, ongoing suffering at that. I just can't see a god observing this and saying you need to do better or more people will die.

But I can't answer the why either. It could definitely be said that there's a message that we all need to do better. The question is where that message originates from. Is it from a higher power? 

There's also a question left behind of what will happen to places of worship when all is said and done. Life will indelibly change. There's no way it can't. Crowded gatherings will never be looked at the same again.

Will churches have the directions painted on the floors and the pews showing how far apart to sit? What happens for those religions who take communion? Will anyone feel right sharing in this manner? 

Above all, what about the part in many ceremonies where parishioners are told to be welcoming to their neighbors, and turn and shake hands with strangers sitting around them? Will this be removed from services? Or will everyone douse themselves with hand sanitizer afterward?

Certainly, that is not part of the sign from above. God certainly was not giving everyone a sign to distance. What will happen to "love thy neighbor?" 

Regardless of where the sign came from, god or another entity, or just deep within ourselves, it's a poignant one that should be adhered to. There is always room for improvement. We can always do better, and right now we must.

Post Your Comment




Most Recent Articles

It's hard to leave Atalanta - goalkeeper Golini heads to Spurs

23 July, 2021

It's hard to leave Atalanta - goalkeeper Golini heads to Spurs...More

Stars of Tokyo 2020 - Alexander Zverev

23 July, 2021

Stars of Tokyo 2020 - Alexander Zverev...More

Depay's grandfather said he'd play for Barcelona

23 July, 2021

Depay's grandfather said he'd play for Barcelona...More

Get Published

Want to publish your own articles?

Create an account, and submit your articles, photos and/or videos. They will be reviewed by our professional copy editors, and if it is approved, it will be published for all our readers to view.

 
 

MORE FOR YOU