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最近新型肺炎冠狀病毒 2019-nCoV 自去年十二月在武漢發現病例直到二月初,已經造成全球人傳人的傳染病,超過兩萬人確診感染,四百人死亡!雖然其死亡率低於十七年前的「非典」SARS,但是它的傳播速度卻超過以前的病毒,其中的原因是它的潛伏期在兩週以上,許多感染者又無明顯的症狀!為了防止疫情在春節期間的蔓延,中國政府採取了封城封關的行動。與此同時,各國亦紛紛派遣專機到武漢接回他們的僑民,並且在到境後必須接受十四日的隔離觀察,將受感染者送院就醫。中國的病毒專家也將這個冠狀病毒的基因圖譜及時提供給國際專家們進行深入的研究,期盼盡快研發出有效的疫苗與解藥!由於現代社交媒體的發達,疫情傳播的消息在許多地區引起恐慌,一時造成口罩供應的短缺,出現千人排隊搶購的風潮!為什麼會有如此的現象發生呢?我們又應當如何預防這種病毒的感染呢?

最早發現病毒的是在德國的一位俄羅斯人馬丁烏斯·貝傑林克 Martinus Beijerinck 於 1898 年發現並命名「煙草花葉病毒」,迄今已有超過 5000 種類型的病毒得到鑑定。由於病毒的體積比細菌微小,可以穿透檢測細菌的濾器,所以又稱為濾過性病毒。病毒是一種無生命體的有機物種,由一個核酸分子(DNA 或 RNA)與蛋白質構成,它必須靠寄生在生命體中才能存活。由於它擁有完整的基因體,所以當它接觸到人體細胞後,就會開始進行大量的複製與繁殖,如果我們體內的免疫細胞不能辨識它們的侵入並將其消滅,人體的健康就會受到破壞,嚴重的結果足以致命!最近美國的感冒病毒已經造成四千八百人死亡,八萬千七人癱瘓,美國疾病防控中心(CDC)更預測未來將有一千九百萬人感染病毒,一萬人死亡!(注一)

為什麼病毒對人體的危害如此嚴重呢?因為至今醫學除了研製出預防疫苗以外,並未研發出任何針對病毒的特效藥。人體面對病毒的威脅,唯一可以防護的就是自身的免疫系統,這個系統由皮膚至體內的免疫細胞都是我們天然的良藥,而且人體在消滅病毒之後還會產生抗體,不怕病毒第二次的攻擊,但是病毒也會變種成為免疫細胞更難辨認與消滅的超級病毒!近年來的禽流感、SARS、MERS 與這次新型肺炎病毒等冠狀病毒,比ㄧ般的流感病毒對人體的攻擊還要嚴峻!正所謂「魔高一尺,道高一丈!」隨著人類文明與科技的進步,我們對防疫的警覺性也在不斷地提升,雖然目前的醫學尚未研發出醫治病毒的特效藥,但是在個人衛生與習慣方面的防護卻是預防病毒感染最好的方法,這也是為何如今出現「一罩難求」的原因。可是病毒並非只由口鼻的呼吸進入人體,它也可以經由眼睛、食物、手腳、外衣、鞋子、體液與皮膚的接觸等途徑間接侵入人體!若是如此,是否除口罩外,還當戴上眼罩、帽子、手套等全副裝備來防疫呢?這樣豈不又造成更多防護物資的短缺,引起更大的恐慌嗎?

其實在我們的周圍,時刻都佈滿了無數的細菌與病毒,它們都是我們肉眼無法看見的微小有機體。然而我們的免疫系統自幼長大經過了無數個與病毒細菌的鬥爭,生命的力量戰勝了大小的疾病,我們對於維護健康的知識與智慧也在不斷地增加,在生活上充滿更多信心與盼望,生命才會更感到有價值與意義。

試想我們過去的人生是在誰的保護之下而得以平安的呢?如果我們如今因疫症的信息而恐慌,我們的免疫系統就會開始失調,人際關係也會更加緊張!聖經說:「喜樂的心乃是良藥;憂傷的靈使骨枯乾。」(箴言17:22)當我們把生命交託給神,專心信靠祂的話語,就必得安慰與平安!因為祂是我們最大的保護,隨時的幫助!當您面對危難的時候,請向耶穌呼求吧!您可以向神如此祈禱:「親愛的天父,我感謝祢賜給我生命,又保護我成長,我把我的生命、身體與靈魂都交託給祢,求祢時刻與我同在,我相信祢的拯救,也願意接受耶穌基督做我個人的救主,使我的罪得赦免,賜給我永生,我如此誠心誠意的禱告,是奉主耶穌的名,阿們!(阿們就是誠心誠意)


但願各位都能夠對神有堅定的信心,對每日的生活要有盼望,面對疫症也不要恐慌與焦慮,盡力做好正確的防護,謹慎接觸所有的東西,憑著信心渡過難關!

「我要論到耶和華說:他是我的避難所,是我的山寨,是我的神,是我所倚靠的。他必救你脫離捕鳥人的網羅和毒害的瘟疫。他必用自己的翎毛遮蔽你;你要投靠在他的翅膀底下;他的誠實是大小的盾牌。」(詩篇91:2-4)

(作者:美國加州羅省聖經宣道會主任牧師)

注一:"Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 31 Jan. 2020, www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm#ILIActivityMap.

 

喜樂 Joy

喜樂的心乃是良藥;憂傷的靈使骨枯乾。箴言 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

然而,我要因耶和華歡欣,因救我的 神喜樂。哈巴谷書 3:18
yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:18

要常常喜樂,不住的禱告,凡事謝恩。帖撒羅尼迦前書 5:16-17
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

饒恕 Forgiveness

主啊,你本為良善,樂意饒恕人,有豐盛的慈愛賜給凡求告你的人。詩篇 86:5
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5

你不要說:“我要以惡報惡”;要等候耶和華,他必拯救你。箴言 20:22
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you. Proverbs 6:14

你們饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必饒恕你們的過犯;馬太福音 6:14
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14

你們不饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必不饒恕你們的過犯。馬太福音 6:15
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:15

你們各人若不從心裡饒恕你的弟兄,我天父也要這樣待你們了。馬太福音 18:35
This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart. Matthew 18:35

謙卑 Humility

敬畏耶和華是智慧的訓誨;尊榮以前,必有謙卑。箴言 15:33
Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33

敬畏耶和華心存謙卑,就得富有、尊榮、生命為賞賜。箴言 22:4
Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4

凡事不可結黨,不可貪圖虛浮的榮耀;只要存心謙卑,各人看別人比自己強。腓立比書 2:3
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

驕傲 Pride

驕傲來,羞恥也來;謙遜人卻有智慧。箴言 11:2
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

驕傲只啟爭競;聽勸言的,卻有智慧。箴言 13:10
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Proverbs 13:10

驕傲在敗壞以先;狂心在跌倒之前。箴言 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

忍耐 Patience

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

並且你們要為我的名,被眾人恨惡,惟有忍耐到底的,必然得救。馬可福音 13:13
Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Mark 13:13

不但如此,就是在患難中也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance. Romans 5:3

我們行善,不可喪志;若不灰心,到了時候就要收成加拉太書 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

你們也當忍耐,堅固你們的心,因為主來的日子近了。雅各書 5:8
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8

溫柔 Meekness

回答柔和,使怒消退;言語暴戾,觸動怒氣。箴言 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

溫柔的人有福了,因為他們必承受地土。馬太福音 5:5
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

用溫柔勸戒那抵擋的人;或者 神給他們悔改的心,可以明白真道。提摩太後書 2:25
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 2:25

只要以裡面存著長久溫柔、安靜的心為妝飾;這在 神面前是極寶貴的。彼得前書 3:4
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:4

嫉妒 Envy

不要為作惡的心懷不平,也不要向那行不義的生出嫉妒。詩篇 37:1
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong. Psalm 37:1

心中安靜是肉體的生命;嫉妒是骨中的朽爛。箴言 14:30
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30

在何處有嫉妒、紛爭,就在何處有擾亂和各樣的壞事。雅各書 3:16
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16

生氣 Anger

當止住怒氣,離棄忿怒;不要心懷不平,以致作惡。詩篇 37:8
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. Psalm 37:8

好生氣的人,不可與他結交;暴怒的人,不可與他來往。箴言 22:24
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered. Proverbs 22:24

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

生氣卻不要犯罪.不可含怒到日落。以弗所書 4:26
In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26

我親愛的弟兄們,這是你們所知道的,但你們各人要快快的聽,慢慢的說,慢慢的動怒,因為人的怒氣並不成就 神的義。雅各書 1:19,20
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19,20

災難 Calamity

謹守口與舌的、就保守自己免受災難。箴言 21:23
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23

民要攻打民、國要攻打國、多處必有地震、饑荒.這都是災難的起頭。馬可福音 13:8
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. Mark 13:8

憂愁 Worry

你們不要憂愁、因靠耶和華而得的喜樂是你們的力量。尼希米記 8:10
Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

主雖使人憂愁, 還要照他諸般的慈愛發憐憫。耶利米哀歌 3:32
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. Lamentations 3:32

凡勞苦擔重擔的人,可以到我這裡來,我就使你們得安息。馬太福音 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

我留下平安給你們、我將我的平安賜給你們.我所賜的、不像世人所賜的.你們心裏不要憂愁、也不要膽怯。約翰福音 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。神所賜出人意外的平安,必在基督耶穌裡,保守你們的心懷意念。腓立比書 4:6,7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7

因此, 你們是大有喜樂, 但如今, 在百般的試煉中暫時憂愁。彼得前書 1:6
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1 Peter 1:6

患難 Trouble, Suffering

義人多有苦難,但耶和華救他脫離這一切。詩篇 34:19
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19

神是我們的避難所,是我們的力量,是我們在患難中隨時的幫助!詩篇 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

耶和華本為善,在患難的日子為人的保障,並且認得那些投靠他的人。那鴻書 1:7
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7

為義受逼迫的人有福了,因為天國是他們的。馬太福音 5:10
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10

不但如此,就是在患難中,也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Romans 5:3

我想現在的苦楚,若比將來要顯於我們的榮耀,就不足介意了。羅馬書 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

因為你們蒙恩,不但得以信服基督,並要為他受苦。腓立比書 1:29
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him. Philippians 1:29

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