Africa and AIDS pandemic- What’s worse?

One of the greatest pandemics in Africa today is the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or commonly known as AIDS. Statistics vary, but it is estimated that there are about 5 000 new infections daily and about 1.2 million Africans that die each year from this deadly disease. Most people know that AIDS is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) which is spread through various fluids like blood and sperm. When the virus enters the body, it invades a cell that’s part of the immune system, and turns the injected cell into a virus factory, churning out copies of its invader. These many copies of the original virus attack other cells that are key parts of the immune system. AIDS infected victims can treat this virus through the use of antiretrovirals (these slow down the multiplication of the virus) but it cannot be cured! In the end victims don’t die from AIDS but from a host of opportunistic diseases which the immune system would normally be able to fight against. It can take as long as 5 to 15 years before someone knows that they have AIDS. This is because it sometimes takes longer for symptoms to occur. Therefore the only way to be absolutely sure that someone has AIDS is to do a blood test. A sample of the blood is checked to see if it contains antibodies to the HIV virus, which causes AIDS. If it does, then at some point in the past, the virus has entered the body and that person has been infected. This is known as being HIV positive.

The Bible’s teaching on SIN bears a few similarities to that of AIDS. Firstly it is similar in its invasion into the world. Originally there was a ‘patient zero’ who became infected and spread the disease to someone who was uninfected. The first ‘patient zero’ was Adam who was originally created without sin but who possessed the capacity to spread it. This was because he had a physical body and a will. Thus the choice to either obey God or disobey God. Sin is essentially disobeying God and missing the perfect standard set by Him (1 John 3:4; Romans 3:23). As the story goes he choose the latter! Listen to the first part of Romans 5:12 which amplifies this reality, “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man…” Sin originated with the devil, but invaded the human race through Adam.  Secondly it is similar in its ultimate outcome. Like AIDS, sin has observable symptoms (Romans 1:28-32; Galatians 5:19-21). Sin and AIDS can be managed temporarily but they are both incurable in the end by the infected patient’s own powers. The test to know whether you’re infected with sin or not is physical death. If you’re not convinced after reading this then visit your local mortuary- The evidence is there for you to see! Listen to what the rest of Romans 5:12 says, “And death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.” Adam was the representative of mankind. When Adam sinned the human race sinned in him and with him. Therefore we are sinners in Adam. As my pastor recently said, “Dogs give birth to puppies, cats give birth to kittens and sinners give birth to sinners.”

It is at this juncture that SIN and AIDS must part ways because of the differences between their dominion and penetration. AIDS has infected many people but not all. Sin on the other hand has reigned supreme in its universal dominion over all mankind. The Bible teaches that the human race descended from one man (Acts 17:26). That one man, Adam, was the original ‘patient zero’ and sin entered the world through him and as result every human being has come into this world infected with sin. I know that it might be a tough pill to swallow and you might even live in denial of its truth in your life but remember the test for sin- physical death! Sin has also reigned supreme in its universal penetration of all mankind. It is inescapable and no one is the exception to the rule. We are all sin positive. And moreover than that, it has penetrated beyond our physical bodies and effected our souls. Sin brought physical and spiritual death into the world. Spiritual death speaks into our broken relationship with God.

Friends if you stumbled across a cure for AIDS, would you keep it to yourself or would you share it with the world? How much more a cure for sin?

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