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Where is God in a Coronavirus World? by John Lennox

We are living through a unique, era-defining period. Many of our old certainties have gone, whatever our view of the world and whatever our beliefs. The coronavirus pandemic and its effects are perplexing and unsettling for all of us. How do we begin to think it through and cope with it?

In this short yet profound book, Oxford mathematics professor John Lennox examines the coronavirus in light of various belief systems and shows how the Christian worldview not only helps us to make sense of it, but also offers us a sure and certain hope to cling to.

Here’s why John Lennox wrote the book:
“This book consists of my reflections on what we are experiencing right now. I started writing it a week ago, and things have changed quickly since then and no doubt will do again…I would invite you, the reader, to view the book like this: we are sitting in a coffee shop (if only we could!) and you have asked me the question on the book cover. I put down my coffee cup and attempt to give you an honest answer. What follows is what I would try to say in order to convey some comfort, support and hope.”

John Lennox is an Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School and an Adjunct Lecturer for The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He has been part of numerous public debates defending the Christian faith against well known atheists including Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Peter Singer.

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Author John Lennox
ISBN 9781784985691
Format Paperback
First published April 2020
Dimensions 110mm x 178mm x 6mm
Language English
Pages 64
Publisher The Good Book Company

Hope Beyond Coronavirus, by Roger Carswell

Hope Beyond Coronavirus - a short message from Roger Carswell

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Who would have guessed that in the 2017 Asterix comic “Asterix and the Chariot Race” there would be a character called “Coronavirus”? Until recently very few of us had heard the word. Now, across the world, it is the most talked about virus.

Even the UK’s Prime Minister, in sober tones, has warned that some of our loved ones will die because of Coronavirus. And it is easy to fear that it may be us rather than our loved ones who will be struck down. Coronavirus is no respecter of persons: it can strike rich or poor, famous or unknown, globe–trotters as well as stay–at–homers.

Life has changed radically for the nations of the world and us as individuals.  Things we have taken for granted – freedom of travel and of meeting together, supply of basic necessities, and the hope of a long life – have been threatened. Wars, epidemics, plagues and disease have seemed so distant for most of us, but now this unseen virus is acting like a secret agent turning upside down our security and lives. We much prefer our routines, or even our ruts, to being routed by a microscopically minute virus.

There is real concern for millions whose business and employment are affected.

When life comes crashing down around us, or we fear for our future, there is still hope and security, but it is not to be found in ourselves or our circumstances.

For years we have been taught survival of the fittest and the horrible idea that epidemics are simply ‘mother earth’ thinning its ranks. Whatever some may say, life is not “just dancing to one’s DNA.” That does not ring true now. We all know that life is very precious. The Bible teaches wonderfully that God cares, and that He can cope. Writing to Christians in trouble, one of Jesus’ disciples, Peter, wrote: “Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”

Of course we want and need to act responsibly. Common sense listens to Government advice, keeps washing our hands, maintains a distance from possible infection and self–isolate where appropriate. But then what?

Sharpening our tools!

A farmer replied to the question, “What do you do when there is a storm?” saying, “I go inside and sharpen my tools!”

Once in a while that is a good thing to do. If we have to self–isolate, maybe we can rediscover the joy of life where we take time to read and not just to watch; where we learn again to appreciate and think of others; and start to rediscover a life not based on scurrying activity but taking stock and enjoying our own thoughts and company.

 Now is a good time to read one of the Gospels in the New Testament – MatthewMarkLuke or John – and let Jesus introduce Himself to you.

Of course, what we most fear is not the virus but death itself. Benjamin Franklin supposedly said that nothing is certain except taxes and death. The Bible goes further stating, “Each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment.” The thought of giving account of all we have said and done to the God who gave us life – and really knows all about us – should send a shiver down our spines.

Then some people wonder if Coronavirus is an act of God. Is He judging us?  When God sent plagues on the Egyptians at the time of Moses, pagan astrologers said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.”  “Sharpening our tools” should challenge nations and individuals to repent of turning our back on God and His commands, and lead to us turning to Him for forgiveness and help in our time of need.

For decades we have trampled on God’s standards, ignored His commands and lived as if He were either dead, or changes His standards according to our whims. Despite that, our loving God sends wake up calls to point us back to His way. God has not forgotten us. He loves us, though our sin is abhorrent to Him. Human love is capable of great things, but God’s love is so much deeper, higher and intense.  Perhaps we should take Coronavirus as a loving warning to a rebellious world.

The Book of Psalms in the Bible is a great comfort in times of anxiety or worry. It is available to read online, to read one Psalm a day. Try it and see.

As yet there is no known cure for the Coronavirus invader. But there is a cure for our wrong. God does not want to leave us in a state of despair.

We don’t know when the virus will subside, but we can know peace in the midst of trouble.

Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, calmed the storm at sea, fed the hungry, cast out demons, and cured the leprous, but His greatest work was to die. When He was crucified, He was taking on Himself our greatest enemies, sin and death. He suffered paying the penalty of the wrong of which we are guilty. Our sin was laid on Him so that if we trust Him, all His goodness could be laid on us.

The poet Cecil Frances Alexander once wrote:

He died that we might be forgiven
He died to make us good;
That we might go at last to Heaven
Saved by His precious blood.

Fear not

Jesus conquered death by rising again three days later. It is the living Jesus who says, “Fear not”. You don’t need to introduce yourself to God. He knows all about you. Ask Him to be your Lord and Saviour, your Forever Friend; He promises to take you through life, through death and into eternity with Him.  No one need fear either death and meeting God as judge, or being condemned. Heaven is not a reward for doing good, but a gift which Jesus purchased and offers to those who will receive Him into their lives. We know the dangers, but we can know the certainty of God being with us every step of the way. When we are afraid, we are told in the Bible to trust in the Lord.

Read in the Bible Psalm 103 and consider its timeless truths.

Centuries ago the Bible prophet Jeremiah saw his country and city destroyed, his temple burned to ashes, his people starving and death staring at him from the streets and houses he had known so well.  Yet in the darkness of destruction he said, “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in Him!’ The Lord is good to those who depend on Him, to those who search for Him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.”[1]

Coronavirus is awful, but if we turn to the Lord we will find that God can make great and lasting good emerge from it.

Roger Carswell is a Christian worker living in Yorkshire.

Our thanks to Roger Carswell and 10ofThose.

Copies of this Tract are avilable from 10ofThose by clicking HERE.

This is an evangelistic tract that winsomely shares the gospel, and talks into the situation of Coronavirus. It is ideal to give away to friends and neighbours and in large numbers.


Pandemic Panic

At the moment, the world doesn’t seem to know what has hit it. With all the science jumbled in with fake news and media sensationalism, nobody seems to know what’s going on. Predictive charts, maps and graphs show people’s expectations of how the rest of the year will pan out. But with constant updates and ever-changing statistics even these don’t seem to give us clarity on the situation.

Supermarket shelves are emptying as people stockpile in preparation for any eventuality; workers are being told to work from home and schools are shutting. We’re scrambling. We’re trying our best to cope with this problem so we can go back to the supposed “certainty” of everyday life. At some point, we’ve got to realise that we aren’t in control. No matter how much we think we are: God is.

God Knows The End From The Beginning

Looking at this mad scramble it’s clear that leaders are working to try and right this situation. The UK government is trying to “delay” the spread of the virus, whereas some other countries have gone into lockdown. People are trying various tactics to reduce the impact of the virus, trying to end it as soon as possible. All this makes me think of how little we really know. We don’t certainly know the cause; we don’t know the full consequences and we don’t know a cure. Yet, as Christians, we know the one who does. We can rest in the fact that God knows the end from the beginning and his purpose will stand (Isaiah 46:10). This means that, whatever happens, God is in control.

The beauty of knowing that God is in control is that we don’t have to be. We don’t have to scramble in the fear of uncertainty; we might not know the trajectory of the situation, but we’re certain that God does and we can rest in that.

Recently, I’d found myself checking the news much more often, just to see if anything had changed, and to see what more I could learn about the situation, but I had to stop. I had to stop and realise that it isn’t important for me to know about every change in an ever-changing situation. I had to realise that reading more and more about something everyone is unsure about wasn’t giving me clarity, it was just leaving me more unsure too. I should be looking to God and his promises, not the policies of each government.

The Purpose Of The Lord Shall Stand

I had thought, “this is going to be the best summer yet”. We had events coming up, people to see, things to do, and now those anticipated plans have been put into question. The potential for arrangements to be cancelled and things to not happen quite the way we’d planned has been an incredible reminder of many scriptures that teach us about the difference between the plans of people and the plans of God.

Proverbs 19:21 says: ‘Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.’ This clearly shows that whilst we may all have plans, goals and aspirations for this year and even coming years, our plans are never sure, because we aren’t the same as God. This reminded me of a verse in James that says:

‘You who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there…” yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring… instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”’ (James 4:13-15)

James is echoing the words of the writer of Proverbs in encouragement to Christians to remember to honour God in our plans, not depend on ourselves and be sure that even if our plans fail, God’s plans never fail (Isaiah 14:24).

So, when the world is facing such uncertain times, let’s try to remember that we can find rest in the fact that God knows the end from the beginning and learn to make plans with the understanding that they only come to pass in the will of the Lord.


Pippa Woods is a Christian girl, currently studying for her GCSEs.