It was good to see the letter by Erica Butts in the April 3 edition of the paper. In it, she encouraged people to "...find comfort in God's word and fully trust in him...". She then quoted Psalm 91:10, which says in part "...neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”

To the Editor:
It was good to see the letter by Erica Butts in the April 3 edition of the paper. In it, she encouraged people to "...find comfort in God's word and fully trust in him...". She then quoted Psalm 91:10, which says in part "...neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”
This is truly a comforting verse, and one worthy of being expounded upon during the coronavirus crisis.
                  Bible scoffers, in particular, may challenge whether this promise in the Psalms is true. It's important to note, therefore, that many such promises in the Bible are “conditional” promises. Very similar to a parent who may promise to take their child to the Dairy Queen - "if" they get their school project done first. So...when it comes to protection from plagues, we see the conditional principle first introduced in Exodus 15:26 which says in part "...if thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee...".
                  Interestingly, we saw an example of this promise fulfilled during the Black Plague in Europe in the 14th century. Whereas about half of the overall population perished, the Jewish population was largely spared. Although the Jews had rejected Jesus as the Messiah, they (for the most part) were paying attention to the dietary laws and those of hygiene and sanitation. They washed their hands, properly disposed of human excrement, and abided by a number of other practices we commonly accept today. But, non-Jews didn't and perished in large numbers.
                 Nobody knew anything about germs in those days before microscopes. In fact, it wasn't until the mid 1800s that even doctors who performed operations (or midwives who delivered babies) began to realize that washing hands prevented infections - and the resulting death due to those infections.
                 So...can we find comfort in God's word like Erica Butts said? Well, we can “if” we trust God and follow his word. The Bible does not one time mention the words germ, bacteria, or virus. But 3,000 years ago the Bible was penned with the instructions that would enable us to avoid the perils associated with the plagues they cause. We just need to accept and abide by God's word.
Sincerely & respectfully submitted,
Gary Klavuhn
Short Gap