BCiF: I only mentioned that sexual immorality is a good means to spread the virus. Sharing sex partners and so.
NO, what you said was "Aids and STIs and STDs are a judgement for fornicators and adulterers, who sell their virginity for vanity."
What you're literally saying is that Jah wanted to punish people who fornicate and so he controlled either the origin or spread of the virus to kill people. Forget any sort of plan of salvation. Forget any sort of forgiveness or repentance. Forget that plenty more homosexuals who never got it so now you think its okay to judge some sinners and not others for the same sin when many if not most of them were never under the covenant.
Let's put all that aside. Wouldn't Jah have the power to simply strike them down where they stand? Or do you believe Jah has to use poison or some other method? What does it say that Jah tries to kill Magic Johnson and Magic outlives (and continues to do so) people like Chadwick or many others who die from other diseases or accidents? If you take the right medicine, you saying that you can stop Jah's judgment?
Let's put that aside. Are you saying that since in 2016 438 children got infected PER DAY and Jah never lifted a finger to heal them? The majority of child HIV cases are in Africa.
Let's put that aside. Why would Jah target Africa over the United States? The vast majority of HIV is in Africa. 2019. 54% eastern and southern Africa. 13% in western and central Africa, 15% in Asia and the Pacific, and only 6% in western and central Europe and North America combined. So either Jah's aim is like that of a star wars storm trooper or it didn't come from an all powerful magical being who should be using magic if he got it, instead of diseases that can affect populations disproportionately and unfairly.
If the problem started in Africa I would suspect most of the infection to be in Africa. We see the same thing with SARS, MERS, etc. The only reason there's so much COVID cases in the US is because China and forced strict safety measures to get the spread of infection under control early. The US didn't. So it is only shear incompetence the US is struggling with this virus. It's not a rebuke of God as you said. It's because Donald J Trump is a moron who thinks he's good at science. I do not blame God or gods for stupid human decisions. The American people, by the electoral college, elected a stupid person who is afraid to even show his high school grades, and so this is simply the natural result of having bad leadership.
And again... the coronavirus has spread in African countries, Central and South America. So what does Brazil have to do with Europeans doing business with China when practically every country buys products made in China. You're trying to assign blame based on your biases. I'm trying to show you that doesn't work.
Instead of looking for a religious reason for everything, look for the natural reason first. Look for the most simple reason first. Most things that happen don't require some grand conspiracy theory. There are simple reasons behind most events. At least take a scientific approach first. If you can't find an answer there THEN go to the proverbial magic 8 ball.
If you start with science then you can't be contradicted by science. Not true? Do you think I'm trying to mislead you right now? Or am I just giving you factual information that you can look up for yourself?
You are 25 after all. Not 12. If I didn't respect you I would treat you like a 12 year old and let most everything you say slide. My expectations of you are higher than a 12 year old. I don't expect a 12 year old to look everything up or know what they're talking about. Why? Because they're used to adults telling them what they need to know (and believe). Therefore they easily communicate whatever they've heard and whatever they think without evidence or fact finding. So I expect them to speak recklessly and irresponsibly. I DON'T expect that from a 25 year old, especially about subjects that may be life and death for some. So I'm going to be "tougher" on you because my expectations are higher. I don't want you to regurgitate what other people say, what conspiracy theories you heard, etc. I want you to think critically, rationally, if you're curious about something, go study it. Investigate. Cross-reference. Confront your own biases. Etc. That's how you become a knowledge seeker. These are things I wish **I** had known when I was 25.
Disagreeing with you is not an attack on you. It's what you need to grow. Imagine a world where no one ever disagreed with you. Would you be smart or stupid?
It's not about whatever sounds good. What sounds good is whatever story does the best job of appealing to your beliefs and preconceived notions. That doesn't make it true. It just means we WANT it to be true and therefore it is EASIER to think that it is. That's not knowledge. That's belief. Real knowledge doesn't conform around you. You conform around it.
I don't mind using the bible to make many points because I know where all lines are and how far it can be trusted as a source of information. So the point I would make to you and everyone else on this forum, about viruses, is that they are naturally occurring and have been so since the beginning.
Because if you understand the dietary laws you can clearly see that they offer protection against various diseases and bacteria. No, they didn't have electron microscopes back then, but what they had was trial and error. After many generations it is easy to figure out why people get sick and how doing things differently can influence that. It doesn't mean that Israelites never got sick. Not at all. It just means that their lifestyle adapted in order to survive against their environment; diseases being part of their natural environment.
They weren't scared of blood. What they were scared of was what we call blood borne pathogens. Many Hebrew women were barren, people got leprosy and other diseases. This was a CONSTANT problem. So no... it makes no sense to say that diseases are punishments from God when we have been living with them forever. The only difference is that now a person can travel across the world in a matter of hours, where as viruses could not have hoped for such a mobile host thousands of years ago. Think of viruses like parasitic organisms that procreate and spread just like trees spread their seeds or flowers spread their seeds. The seeds of a flower are similar to a virus in that they are carried by animals like: bees, elephants, dogs, squirrels, birds, ants, etc.
Animals disperse seeds.
Humans are animals. Therefore we spread parasitic organisms as well. It's that simple.
As far as sexual immorality, I'll make another thread to discuss that.