The World Health OrganizationÂ has set out three essentialÂ characteristics of a pandemic: ItÂ must be a new virus to which noÂ one is immune; it is capable ofÂ producing a fatal illness; and it canÂ be transmitted from one person toÂ another.
In 1918 a flu pandemicÂ (commonly referred to as the SpanishÂ flu) spread to nearly every part ofÂ the world. Most of its victims wereÂ healthy young adults. That pandemicÂ lasted from March 1918 to JuneÂ 1920, spreading even to the ArcticÂ and remote Pacific islands. WhenÂ the killer disappeared mysteriously andÂ without a trace, it had not only left behindÂ a terrified world but also from 20 to 40Â million persons dead. It is estimated thatÂ 20 per cent of the worldâ€™s populationÂ at that time was affected in one way orÂ another, qualifying Spanish flu as one ofÂ the most lethal pandemics in history.
With good reason many are concernedÂ about the H1N1 flu that is spreadingÂ around the world. The Director of theÂ World Health Organization said, â€œAllÂ humanity is threatened by a pandemicâ€,Â and â€œEvery nation must activate immediatelyÂ its plans to prepare for a pandemic.â€
We have yet to hear the finalÂ number of those affected, but can youÂ imagine a pandemic that affects 100Â percent of the worldâ€™s population andÂ is still more deadly than H1N1 or evenÂ the Spanish flu? Sin is a pandemicÂ that commenced in the Garden ofÂ Eden. The Bible teaches that sin wasÂ introduced into the world for the firstÂ time when Adam sinned: â€œâ€¦by oneÂ man (Adam) sin entered into the world, andÂ death by sinâ€¦â€ (Romans 5:12). So this newÂ disease emerged and infected the only twoÂ humans living on the earth. The verseÂ continues: â€œâ€¦and so death passed upon allÂ men, for that all have sinned.â€ Death is theÂ result of this pandemic, and it has beenÂ passed from generation to generation. NoÂ one is immune.
We were not only born sinners, butÂ we practice sin, and â€œthe wages of sin isÂ deathâ€¦â€ Thankfully, the verse does notÂ end there, but adds â€œâ€¦but the gift of GodÂ is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lordâ€Â (Romans 6:23). Death does not terminateÂ our existence, but we will exist forever inÂ one of two places â€“ Heaven or Hell.
Have you put in motion your plan toÂ prepare for dying? Is there such a planÂ available, a remedy for your sins? TheÂ Bible says there is. â€œThe blood of JesusÂ Christ His (Godâ€™s) Son cleanseth us from allÂ sinâ€ (1 John 1:7). The sinner who by faithÂ accepts the blood of Christ as having beenÂ given for him is saved and has his sinsÂ taken away.
â€œBelieve on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thouÂ shalt be savedâ€ (Acts 16:31).
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