When Moses began laying heavy plagues on Egypt, the priests of Pharaoh were able to explain it away, at least at first. This is seen in the Book of Mormon where people begin to explain away the prophecies, as mere guesses. Similarly, we are told that when Christ comes, the sign of his coming will be explained away as merely a comet, planet, etc. This is often seen with respect to miracles and curses.
I never expected to see that excuse making in myself.
We live in a period of time with the greatest medical technology ever. And yet, we are on the verge of losing useful antibiotics from overuse, while new strains of Ebola ravage countries in Africa. But let’s look at something more mundane and common and present with us.
Type 2 diabetes, linked in 90% of cases to overweight and obesity, is soaring. New research shows 40% of Americans and 50% of Hispanics and non-Hispanic black women will get the disease at some point in their life and the numbers are unlikely to be much different elsewhere in the developed world
The obesity epidemic has been with us for a while, and yet, we don’t fully understand why. Only about half of it is attributable to overeating. It is more complicated than calories in, calories out. Diets are universally a failure for weight loss, as important as a good diet still is. Between obesity and the concurrent epidemic of diabetes, that is a lot of people. If we will not listen to little plagues, the alternative isn’t smaller plagues.
Mundane and partially, or even totally explainable does not mean it is not a plague. And here, gentlemen and ladies, we have a plague.