General News of 2014-08-10

Ebola not a punishment from God - Christian Council

The Christian Council of Ghana has dismissed suggestions that the Ebola disease that has hit some West African countries is a punishment from God.

According the council, the myth about the disease must not be entertained among Ghanaians to enable the country effectively fight against the epidemic.

"As a Council, we consider Ebola as a disease and not a punishment from God as some people are reportedly describing it. Therefore, to be able to fight against the epidemic successfully, the Council is of the view that, the myth about the disease must be demystified among the generality of Ghanaians," the statement said.

Ebola, which began in Liberia, has defied all efforts by the government as the death toll there climbed to 255. The terror of certain death has informed local concerns that the disease has a divine twist to it. According to Front Page Africa and the Daily Observer, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf called on Tuesday for all residents to fast for three days and pray for forgiveness.

That followed a recent recommendation by the Liberian Council of Churches, which said in a statement last week the outbreak has Biblical implications. “God is angry with Liberia,” the religious leaders said, according to the Daily Observer. “Ebola is a plague. Liberians have to pray and seek God’s forgiveness over the corruption and immoral acts (such as homosexualism, etc.) that continue to penetrate our society. As Christians, we must repent and seek God’s forgiveness.”

Although there is no confirmed case of the disease in Ghana, many have begun wondering how a mysterious disease could plague the sub-region so fast and so defiant of medical solutions.

But the Christian Council has moved to dismiss spiritual connotations.

In a statement signed by the General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, the Christian leaders say they are adopting a practical approach by waging a sensitization campaign to address West Africa's feared killer.

The statement said churches would partner the Ghana Health Service to support efforts to address the problem.

Nonetheless, the leaders say they will pray and hope the "good Lord" would save Ghana from any outbreak.

"We admonish everyone with Psalm 50:15 which reads; “And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”

Source: myjoyonline.com
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