In a recent email thread forwarded on to us by relatives there was a discussion about the benefits versus the potential drawbacks of wearing masks for preventing Coronavirus. I responded with the following brief email and thought to share it here:
I think the best advice for disease control and prevention came from a source much older than the CDC…
“Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.” Isaiah 26:20
The basis of all modern hygiene measures is first laid down in the Tanakh (Bible) primarily in the book of Leviticus, which is the original collection of hygiene guidelines given by the Most High Himself. It prescribes 7-21 day quarantine protocols for sources of infections and establishes bodily fluids as the source of 'uncleanness and defilement.' Long before science existed as a body of knowledge our Creator taught us what a BIOHAZARD is in the book of Leviticus. It is upon this wisdom that the ancient Jewish sages developed beautiful traditions tied to washing the hands, long before anyone understood the science of germs. In fact, with the exception of Christianity, every major faith tradition prescribes the washing of hands before and after meals as well as before and after toileting and other intimate acts. But it takes the CDC saying so for anyone to take it seriously.... But it is good that entities like the WHO and CDC are slowly starting to acknowledge the wisdom of the Tanakh which condemns things like 'wet markets' and prescribes handwashing all the time, not only for pandemics.
Recently while being confronted with the blaring and still growing death toll numbers from the Coronavirus Pandemic it occurred to me that the number of deaths, while horrific and large doesn't even touch the number of aborted children that are pureed and vaccu-sucked out of the wombs of mostly willing women EVERY YEAR! I ran a quick search and found that the site worldometers.info actually keeps a running total of the number of abortions worldwide.
This is a staggering number especially considering that we are not even halfway through this year! The Tanakh clearly states that there will be an accounting for the shedding of innocent blood, and that even ANIMALS will be called to account if they take a human life (Genesis 9:5)! Those statistics are not just numbers though, they are living souls. They are 15 million pairs of eyes that will never open to see the wonder and the woe of the world we all take for granted. They are 15 million toothless smiles that will never take away the breath of any person lucky enough to be their recipient. They are 15 million first steps that will never be taken, and 15 million first words that will never be uttered. To put this number into perspective, the average NFL stadium seats about 60,000 people so more than 250 football stadiums of tiny human beings each with a distinct fingerprint and iris shade were wiped away silently while a mere 250,000ish people who were previously born died of COVID-19 since January. These people had a first step, a first smile, and a first word. Those unborn never will. While I am most decidedly NOT implying that there is a direct relationship between the two, one cannot help but be reminded, when pondering these numbers, that only last year the New York Senate stood up and clapped and cheered when legislation was passed that removed gestational limits on abortion, making it legal for women to kill their unborn child, even up to birth! Now that is not the reason that New York has the highest death toll in the USA, but it does give one pause. Sadly while the quarter million (and counting) Covid-19 deaths may not have been preventable, these abortions largely are as only a minute fraction of these abortions are medically necessary.
As we pointed out in our earlier post, if the judgements of the Torah were universally upheld in our world we wouldn't have "wet markets" and viruses like this would seldom if ever make the cross species jump from animal to human. If people followed the purity laws it would minimize the spread of such pathogens. But more importantly, if we universally upheld the morals that are laid out in the Torah and thus valued life at inception (See Exodus 21:22) the COVID-19 outbreak would PALE in comparison to the ROEWADE-73 Plague that continues to claim the lives of tens of millions of innocent unborn lives every year around the world!
Forest & Andrea Acker