Can the outbreak of coronavirus be attributed to an act of God as his punishment for the wickedness of humanity? Zimbabwe’s defence minister, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri believes so.
The minister said at a rally over the weekend that coronavirus is a “punishment” to the US and Europe for imposing sanctions on Zimbabwe since the early 2000s over alleged human rights abuses.
“Coronavirus is the work of God punishing countries who imposed sanctions on us. They are now staying indoors. Their economies are screaming just like they did to our economy,” Ms. Muchinguri claimed.
The Zimbabwean minister also said that COVID-19 would teach US President Donald Trump that “he is not God”.
Public commentators have said that the minister’s comment may be too early because Zimbabwe has not yet officially registered a coronavirus case.
Should that happen would the minister’s theory apply to Zimbabwe as one of the countries receiving God’s punishment.
What about other African countries who have recorded number of coronavirus cases. Are they also being punished by God with coronavirus?
The Zimbabwean minister is not alone in her claim. In an article published on the India Post, A Q Siddiqui argued that the virus was God’s way of punishing humanity for its wrongdoing.
Mr Siddiqui argues this is evident as religious sites across the globe have cancelled events due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
The writer believes that there too much hate in humanity, and compares COVID-19 to previous biblical claims such as the flooding of Earth in the story of Noah.
Another article published on the Trumpet by Gerald Furry mentions biblical prophecies about natural disaster that will take place before the end of the world. Flurry argues that the coronavirus outbreaks is one of the fulfilment of these prophecies.
“These are not dusty old prophecies. They are mostly for our time today! They are dramatic, dire prophecies whose fulfillment lies directly before us! Multiple millions of people are prophesied to perish from sickness and disease,” Flurry said.
Flurry had predicted earlier before the global spread that Wuhan coronavirus would spread like medieval pandemics and kill millions of people!
However, a US pastor, Robert Jeffress of the Dallas First Baptist Church said that while “all natural disasters can ultimately be traced to sin, the coronavirus isn’t a specific instance of God’s wrath because the Antichrist hasn’t appeared yet.
It is a popular teaching in the Evangelical Christian movement that the appearance of the Antichrist, the figure who will appear to attempt to replace Christ with an evil presence, must arrive before the natural disasters that will lead to the end times.