Recently, there have been an outbreak of "atypical" pneumonia in Hong Kong, causing many to be hospitalized.
Infection is through droplets breathed out by the sick. This reminds me of a teaching I was taught when young -- "Use a handkerchief when you sneeze or cough".
LORD GOD has taught us many "cleanliness" rules in the Old Testament. These cleanliness rules have helped the Israelites for thousands of years.
I think it is a mistake not to teach the congregation these rules. These rules are simple and effective and are of great importance to our health.
For example, there are the cleanliness rules,
- Touch not unclean; if touched that, wash clothes, take a bath before sunset (or before going to bed),
[Lev 11:39-40][Lev 15] [Num 31:22-24]
- Touch not grave, dead bodies, dead bones; if touched such, clean with "Water of Impurity on the 3rd and 7th day".
- Eat not blood.
- Eat not fat.
- Eat only "clean" animal, "clean" birds, "clean" sea food or river food, "clean" insects.
[Lev 11], [Ex 22:31]
LORD : "Flesh that touches any unclean thing shall not be eaten; it shall be burned with fire."
LORD : "And every person that eats what dies of itself or what is torn by beasts, whether he is a native or a sojourner, shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening; then he shall be clean"
LORD : "You shall be men consecrated to me; therefore you shall not eat any flesh that is torn by beasts in the field; you shall cast it to the dogs." [Ex 22:31]
- Rest on Sabbath;
[Ex 20:8-11] [Ex 23:12]
- Rest 1 week during Feast of Passover;
[Ex 23:14-17] [Lev 23]
- Rest 1 week during Feast of Booth;
[Ex 23:14-17] [Lev 23]
- Rest 1 whole year during Sabbatical Year;
- Rest one more year during Jubilee Year (i.e. rest on the 49th, and the 50th year);
- For women, rest after giving birth; rest also on menstruation.
[Lev 12], [Lev 15:19]
- Quarantine to avoid infection
It is my opinion that we should teach the congregation such; but requires only 4 to be compulsory,
- Eat not food sacrificed to idols;
- Eat not strangled animal;
- Eat not blood;
- No unchastity ( = no adultery);
Servants of LORD, of Jesus should be familiar with
I have fallen ill many times in past, YET I HAVE NEVER EATEN ONE SINGLE PILL FOR THE PAST 17 YEARS. Usually I recover within one week; at worst within two weeks. In recent years, I rarely become ill; even if I become ill, my body would recover in a few days. (Note : if you have sons or daughters, you would have noticed that they would usually recover in a week, or at most two weeks.)
I hope my experience would be useful to you, as well as to the sheep, because there might be other strange diseases in the future, not restricted to this "atypical pneumonia". GOD's teachings are simple and effective that every sheep should know.
Last, but not the least, is to keep our heart "Clean", "pure as a child that harbours no evil, thinks no evil",
LORD:" Say to all the congregation of the people of Israel, You shall be holy; for I the LORD your God am holy.."
From a preacher of Christianity,
Wu Siu Yan.
Wu Siu Yan
18 Mar 2003
Up to today, there are more than 100 people affected by this strange variant of pneumonia (in Hong Kong), and the doctors said that there was no known medicine that was effective against this virus.
But in the Bible, LORD had repeatedly taught us cleanliness rules, and how to deal with "uncleanliness". "Scarlet stuff, hyssop, cedar wood" being the most prominent things in killing germs/virus, apart from spices.
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Any vegetable or fruit that is red or orange in color.
For examples :
- Red apple,
- Red chilli,
- Carrot (those orange in color),
- Red cherry,
- Red plum,
- Red currant,
- "Lee Chee" of China (a fruit with red skin, white fruit).
Hyssop is an evergreen perennial. Its leaves are aromatic and have a minty, bitter favour. I don't know if it is common in your country, but in Hong Kong, it is not on sale in the market. Therefore we can use something similar instead (aromatic, minty, or bitter),
- Onions, shallot,
Cedar is something like Christmas tree, and its wood is red in color and aromatic. Cedar wood is used in preparing "Water of Impurity" [Numbers 19] to be sprayed on persons who have touched dead body, grave, bones of the dead, ... But the message here is that vegetable or fruit which is red in color and aromatic, probably has disinfectant usage.
I am a Chinese living in Hong Kong. Chinese has different philosophy as to treating illnesses :
West : how to kill the germs, how to kill the invading bacteria. But in killing the bacteria, you kill many of your own cells, thus the kidney, liver, ... may all be affected. Side-effects are great.
East : How to boost our immune system so that it may be better equipped to fight the invading bacteria. . Therefore one medication consists of many types of herbs, (if you visit Hong Kong, you can find "Herbal tea with 24 herbs" on sale, less than US$1 per bowl, price in year 2003). The more material our body gets, the better is it capable of manufacturing its own weapons of defence to kill the invading germs. Side effect is minimal unless dosage is excessive.
But, alas, the "formulae/recipes" have rarely changed over the years ! What the herbal doctor used today is little different from what the herbal doctor used a thousand years ago ! Therefore some herbs which were common are not common today, making them very expensive.
Because the cost is high, I myself would not buy such. Instead I borrow the principle : "Boost our immune system by providing more material for it to build its own defence" -- I would choose only vegetable/fruit commonly available in the markets (hence the price must be low in comparison with the medicinal herbs), and that appeals to my appetite, then I put them into an electric blender (10 grams this vegetable, 15 grams that fruit, 10 grams .... all according to what my appetite craves; somewhat like the herbal doctor who weighs out the various herbs), and cook them with my own meal (rice or noodle).
For the last 17 years, I treat myself this way. Usually I recover after 1 week, (sometimes 2 weeks). I HAVE NEVER TAKEN ONE SINGLE PILL FOR THESE 17 YEARS.
Personally, I think the modern society is using too many chemicals -- the various sprays (hair spray, mosquito spray, sun spray, ...), the various cosmetic or body caring products, the various additives in prepared food, ... not to mention medicines coming out from research laboratories -- all these contain man-made chemicals. We must have absorbed and accumulated a lot of artificial chemicals in our body, and I don't think it is healthy.
I have written my own experience here, and I hope it would be useful to you. Lastly, I hope you would pay attention to LORD's words -- whether we are sick or not is not chance event, but whether we have broken LORD's laws/commandments/ordinances/statutes or not. There are numerous unseen angels out there so that LORD's words may be fulfilled,
LORD : If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give heed to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon you which I put upon the Egyptians; for I am the LORD, your healer.