Why is this Pandemic Happening to Us? How do we make sense of it all?

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    Jul 10, 2020 1:46 AM GMT
    Dr. Bart Ehrman
    The major “why” question has been well known for thousands of years, and has never been answered to everyone’s satisfaction. It is the standard question of “theodicy” – how does one explain suffering if there is a God (or gods), a loving divine being in the world.

    Someone else recently wrote me “the answer” that God allows suffering so we can see the good that can come out of it. There can be no joy if there is no sorrow, no happiness if there is no misery, no good if there is no evil. And hey, look at all the benefits that can result, for example, advances in medicine, a heightened awareness of the pain in the world that will make people pay more attention in the long haul, the outcome of a future election, or whatever. So look, it’s worth it. No pain no gain.

    But no, I don’t buy it.

    I had a radio debate some years ago with a well-known philosopher who taught at Oxford. I thought he was a complete idiot. He wanted to stress all the good things that came out of the Holocaust. I wanted to throw my microphone out the window. What’s WRONG with people???
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    Jul 10, 2020 1:49 AM GMT

    Why is this happening to us?

    It is happening to us because some people want to gain power and money from it.
    You wrote about Heaven and Hell but did not write about Evil as a risk of seeking power and money?

    It is happening to us and those who can prevent it from happening stand down.

    Here’s a video about what this happening has done for start-ups

    Let’s stand-down our reasoning capabilities. Instead of counting cases as 1 case equals 1 case, let’s count cases as 1 case equals 15 cases and use that to gain power to pull something over people. Let’s not talk about Vitamin D, Vitamin K, or asthma medicine, that will not make us enough controlled profit. We will create vaccine companies, we will create start-ups, so we can control a new stream of income.

    I’m living in Texas.
    Here is how my county government is following the rules to inflate the number of cases by 15 times.

    Here is the asthma medicine that takes away the grab for power and money.

    In conclusion, why should it be more than criminal activity for power and money, Bart?
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    Jul 10, 2020 1:50 AM GMT