Disease travels in tandem with fear.
Before that it was AIDS , which has killed tens of millions and even today is still decimating the populations of some countries. In this series we have been examining each of the first four seals of Revelation 6. Each of these seals represents powerful forces that devastate human life on the earth.
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We now come to the fourth seal, the fourth horseman, and his ride of death by plague. Revelation Revelation 7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And power was given to them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. The seals have a cumulative effect.
False religion causes instability within relationships leading to war. Famine follows war, and when malnourishment occurs and social systems break down, human beings are more susceptible to disease. There would be other calamities as well. The latter part of Revelation Revelation And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. Perhaps the most famous plague in history is the Black Death of the 14th century, thought by most to have been bubonic plague.
In , reports reached Europe of a devastating disease from China that was affecting many parts of Asia.
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The next year a mysterious disease appeared in Italy. Ships from the Black Sea sailed into Messina with sailors infected with black boils in their armpits and groins. The disease was so lethal that people were known to go to bed well and die before waking. There were two types of this plague. The first was internal, causing swelling and internal bleeding. This was spread by contact.
The second concentrated in the lungs and spread by coughing airborne germs. Parents abandoned children; husbands and wives left each other to die. In many cases no one was around to bury the dead, both from fear of contagion and lack of concern. In that age, the Bible was the primary means to measure any natural calamity. The only way to understand what was happening was to believe the world was coming to an end.
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The bubonic plague has appeared in more recent times as well. The Great Plague of London in resulted in more than 70, deaths in a population estimated at , The plague came to America from Asia in Today cases are still reported, and an average of 15 people die each year.
The disease originates in rodents and is usually transmitted to people by fleas, although animal bites can also be the means of transmission. It is still a virulent disease. Perhaps disease transmission from rodents is part of what Revelation Revelation And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.
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Throughout its history, plague has been used as an offensive weapon against populations. In U. President Richard Nixon ordered the research stopped, and in the United States signed a treaty with 70 other nations outlawing the production, stockpiling and use of biological weapons as a means of war. The former Soviet Union conducted a sophisticated effort to manufacture biological weapons during the Cold War years.
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in , the tracking and inventory of all this work has been a great concern. The location of these weapons since that time is part of the unsolved mystery of that regime. You must face up to life, to moral decisions.
But there is dignity in that grown-up courage. You stand tall and face into the keen wind of reality. Dennett dives deep into the intricacies of his positions and spares a mention of Hitchens only to the extent of disagreeing with him , Harris, writing about the depredations of the Zika virus, manages to signal the same prickly hubris that characterizes his books:.
In the absence of God, we find true sources of hope and consolation. Art, literature, sport, philosophy - along with other forms of creativity and contemplation - do not require ignorance or lies to be enjoyed. And then there is science - which, apart from its intrinsic rewards, will be the true source of mercy in the present case. When a vaccine or a cure for Zika is finally found, preventing untold misery and death, will the faithful thank God for it?
The dialogue is reproduced here without editorial intervention; there are no stage directions to help newcomers picture the interpersonal dynamics at play. Likewise the subtle mental fencing match that sometimes breaks out between Hitchens and Harris, and also the tinny tone that appears when Hitchens strikes a note the others find too absolutist even for that table:. I have no interest at all in what they think.
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