另外一種觀點──PERSPECTIVES FROM ANOTHER SIDE

我們都知道,2020年新冠疫情在全球爆發了,導致健康危機的部分原因,是因為不知道如何對付這種疾病。當開始對抗新冠狀病毒時,另一場嚴重的戰爭也展開了:那就是信息的戰爭,針對這場前所未有的危機的各種爭論,涵蓋了起源、影響和治療程序等。這對我和那些與我一起工作的醫療專業人員來說,尤其造成問題,因為我們試圖在迷漫著混亂的氛圍之下,盡可能提供好的醫療照護。

隨著疫情的發展,很明顯的,人們被分成了幾個大群體:病人;醫療工作者;政客以及那些經常使用甚至濫用社群網絡的人。染病的人被傳播速度驚人的傳染病所困擾,而醫生和護士也正在與他們從未遇過的敵人作戰。政客們都聲稱他們正在努力控制局勢,但很明顯,許多人正在利用這場危機為自己謀利。社群網絡傳播了大量真實的信息,但同時也伴隨著大量虛假的、不準確的、危言聳聽的假信息。

從第一線醫療人員的觀點,我和我的妻子和女兒一起,見證了這場疫情最糟糕的時刻。許多人沒有照顧好自己,而另外一些人則選擇不理會經過審慎規劃的防護措施。這種行為令人失望,也讓我們治療病人的工作更加困難。

新冠肺炎的快速傳播時期已經減緩,我們都希望最嚴重的時期已經過去。但是在這段時間裡,我想到了另一個觀點,思考著大多數的人,被一種更具破壞性的「全球大流行」 所感染-聖經稱之為 「罪」,而且其致死率為百分之一百。在新約羅馬書中,我們看到這些話:因為世人都犯了罪,虧缺了上帝的榮耀;因為罪的工價乃是死;惟有上帝的恩賜,在我們的主基督耶穌裏,乃是永生。」(羅馬書323節、6章23節

作為一名醫生,我和我的同事一樣,盡力的治療我的病人。然而,當我意識到即便我盡了最大的努力,他們以及我們所有人,總有一天會死去。我就想問一個問題:「那時會發生什麽?」羅馬書中的另一節經文解釋了,上帝為所有願意接受祂的人提供的「醫治方法」。惟有基督在我們還作罪人的時候為我們死,上帝的愛就在此向我們顯明了」(羅馬書5章8節

我想到了我們的天父。祂看到自己的受造物,是如何蔑視和悖逆祂那成功和富足生活的 「處方」-就是神派祂的兒子耶穌基督,來拯救人的方法,但人最終還是要決定是否接受這個醫治。許多人堅持做他們想做的事,不考慮或不理會他們不可避免會面臨的永恆後果。

如果我們是基督徒,我們就是上帝的屬靈醫護人員。我們必須透過使人成為門徒,來實現祂救贖的應許(見馬太福音28章18-20節和使徒行傳1章8節)。幫助人們接受基督,以及祂提供對靈性死亡並經歷重生的同時,我們還有責任對他們進行門徒訓練,以便他們在適當的時候「…多結果子…,叫你們的果子常存…」直到永遠(約翰福音15章16節)。作為導師、門訓者或教師,我們可以盡自己的責任,與沒人能夠逃脫的屬靈傳染病爭戰。 

路易斯•塞維諾(Luis Cervino)是墨西哥科阿韋拉州托雷翁市的一名口腔顎面外科醫生,他與妻子羅西奧和他們的兩個兒子住在那里。自1997年以來,他一直是墨西哥的CBMC/CPEC成員,並從1999年開始將《週一嗎哪》從英語翻譯成西班牙語。他的翻譯作品在拉丁美洲各地都有西班牙語的讀者。

備註:如果你有聖經,想閱讀更多的內容,可以考慮以下經文:

詩篇119篇9-11節
119:9 少年人用甚麼潔淨他的行為呢?是要遵行你的話!
119:10 我一心尋求了你;求你不要叫我偏離你的命令。
119:11 我將你的話藏在心裏,免得我得罪你。
馬太福音28章19-20節
28:19 所以,你們要去,使萬民作我的門徒,奉父、子、聖靈的名給他們施洗 ( – 或譯:給他們施洗,歸於父、子、聖靈的名)。
28:20 凡我所吩咐你們的,都教訓他們遵守,我就常與你們同在,直到世界的末了。」
使徒行傳1章8節
1:8 但聖靈降臨在你們身上,你們就必得著能力,並要在耶路撒冷、猶太全地,和撒馬利亞,直到地極,作我的見證。
提摩太後書2章2節
2:2 你在許多見證人面前聽見我所教訓的,也要交託那忠心能教導別人的人。
提摩太後書3章16-17節
3:16 聖經都是上帝所默示的( – 或譯:凡上帝所默示的聖經),於教訓、督責、使人歸正、教導人學義都是有益的,
3:17 叫屬上帝的人得以完全,預備行各樣的善事。
提多書3章5節
3:5 他便救了我們;並不是因我們自己所行的義,乃是照他的憐憫,藉著重生的洗和聖靈的更新。

反省與問題討論

  1. 在這場疫情中,你是否感染了新冠病毒?如果有的話,你對照顧你的醫護人員的反應是什麽,他們是否試著幫助你恢復健康?
  2. 將罪的存在以及罪的多種表象,比作一種全球性的大流行病,而這種病只有一種醫治方法,就是透過耶穌基督,所有人都能得到這種醫治,你怎麽看待這樣的想法呢?
  3. 本篇嗎哪作者塞維諾博士說,僅僅告訴人們耶穌基督,和祂在十字架上為人類的罪所付上的代價是不夠的。他說,根據聖經的教導,我們也被賦予了 「帶領門徒 」的責任?你認為那是什麽意思呢?
  4. 你是否曾經接受過他人的門徒訓練?如果有,這種經歷對你來說是怎樣的?如果沒有,你是否有興趣成為耶穌基督的門徒,以便開始對他人進行門徒訓練?


PERSPECTIVES FROM ANOTHER SIDE

By Dr. Luis Cerviño

In 2020, as we all know, a global pandemic broke out, a health crisis that resulted in part because of not knowing how to attack the disease. As the war against COVID – the coronavirus – began, another serious war also started: the war of information, ranging from debates over the origins, effects, and treatment protocols for this unprecedented crisis. This was particularly problematic for healthcare professionals like me and those I worked with, as we sought to provide the best possible care in an atmosphere of widespread confusion.

As the pandemic progressed, it became evident that humanity was divided into large groups: the sick; the medical workers; the politicians; and those who regularly use – and abuse – the social networks. Those who were sick were afflicted by a contagion that moved with impressive speed. Doctors and nurses were fighting an enemy they had never encountered before. The politicians all claimed they were trying to control the situation, but it became apparent that many were exploiting the crisis for their own benefit. Social networks spread a lot of real information, accompanied by an abundance of false, inaccurate, and often alarmist disinformation.

From a frontline medical perspective, I along with my wife and daughter, saw the pandemic at its very worst. Many people did not take care of themselves. Others chose to ignore well-considered care measures. This behavior was disappointing, making our job to treat the sick even more difficult.

The rapid advance of the COVID pandemic has slowed, and we all hope its worst is over. But during this time, I came across another perspective, thinking about the huge number of people who are infected with an even more devastating “pandemic.” The Bible calls is “sin,” and its fatality rate is 100 percent. In the New Testament book of Romans, we see these declarations: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” and “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 3:23, 6:23).

As a physician, like my colleagues I strive to provide healing treatment to my patients. However, I realize that despite all my best efforts, they – and all of us – will die one day. This raises the question, “What happens then?” Another verse from the book of Romans explains the “cure” God has provided for all who will accept it: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

I thought about our heavenly Father. He saw how His creation was acting in defiance and rebellion against His “prescriptions” for successful, fruitful living. In His Son, Jesus Christ, God sent the means to save them, but people still had to determine whether to accept this Cure. Many people insist on doing what they want, not thinking about or ignoring the eternal consequences they will inevitably face.

If we are followers of Jesus Christ, we are God’s spiritual health personnel. We must work to bring the promise of His salvation by making disciples (see Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8). Along with helping people to receive Christ and His provision for spiritual death, it is also our duty is to disciple them, so that in due time they will “bear much fruit – fruit that will last” for eternity (John 15:16). As mentors, disciplers or teachers, we can do our part to fight the spiritual pandemic that no one can escape.

Luis Cervino is a maxillofacial surgeon in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, where he resides with his wife, Rocio, and their two sons. He has been a CBMC/CPEC member in Mexico since 1997 and has been translating Monday Manna from English into Spanish since 1999. His translations reach readers in Spanish all over Latin America.

Reflection/Discussion Questions

  1. During the pandemic, did you contract the coronavirus? If so, what was your reaction to the healthcare professionals who were caring for you, seeking to bring you back to health?
  2. What do you think of comparing the presence of sin – and its many manifestations – to a global pandemic, one that has only one cure, but one that is available to all through Jesus Christ?
  3. Dr. Cervino states it is not enough to simply tell people about Jesus Christ and His payment for their sins on the cross. He says, based on the teachings of the Bible, that we also are given the responsibility to “make disciples”? What do you think that means?
  4. Have you ever been discipled by another person? If so, what has that experience been like for you? If you have not, would you be interested in becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ so you can begin to disciple others?

(For more information on this, you can go to www.advance.cbmc.com and click the link to “Operation Timothy” under the PRODUCTS heading.)

NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more, consider the following passages: Psalm 119:9-11; Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8, 2 Timothy 2:2, 3:16-17; Titus 3:5


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