Ancient Chinese people believed that the harmony of heaven, earth, and man was essential for a prosperous life and society, and that any discord may result in misfortune such as plagues, natural disasters, and wars. Once that harmony is restored, the sick person or society would heal and prosper again.
Below are some miracles that happened during ancient plagues.
Story of Xin Gongyi
The story of Xin Gongyi, head of Minzhou during the Sui Dynasty, was documented in Song Feng Suo Yi (On Epidemics by Songfeng), a book written by epidemiologist Liu Kui in the Qing Dynasty.
Liu believed an epidemic was caused by vicious energy. Besides providing a variety of treatments based on traditional Chinese medicine, he also emphasized the relationship between mind and body. He advised his patients to maintain an upright mind, have less stress, and refrain from indulging themselves.
Liu also gave the example of Xin Gongyi in his book.
Xin not only fulfilled his duty well, but was also willing to take the initiative to help people. At that time, after someone was sick, the entire family would abandon the patient and move elsewhere for safety. Left behind unattended, the patient often died.
When encountering such situations during his inspection, Yin would take the patient to his office compound and make arrangements for the person to be taken care of.
During one summer, hundreds of people were infected during an epidemic and patients were everywhere at the office compound. To save space for more patients, Xin moved to the dining area, where he worked during the day in front of patients and slept in a cot at night. He also spent all of his income purchasing medicine and found doctors to treat patients. In the end, all of the patients in his office compound were cured.
Xin gathered the families of those patients and explained to them his understanding of illnesses. Impressed by the miracle, locals learned to take care of their sickened family members going forward.
In the book, Liu attributed Xin’s health tohis moral character. “Xin Gongyi was not infected because he is upright and kind. He serves as an example for other officials to follow.”
Traditional Values Across Cultures
Blessings that prevented people from becoming sick date back to as early as the Old Testament.
During the ancient Roman Empire, several plagues broke out after Nero and his successors persecuted Christians.
The story that Saint Sebastian, beaten to death on orders from Diocletian, was well known through the generations.
By 680, people began to reflect on the cruelty against Christians as well as the general moral decline of society.
That year, Roman citizens carried the bones of Saint Sebastian in a procession through the streets. As people repented their wrongdoings, the plague miraculously vanished in Rome.
When a plague broke out in Venice in 1575, about 50,000 people died; similarly, a plague occurred in Lisbon in 1599. In both cases, people marched with the bones of holy people in repentance and the plagues ended.
The current coronavirus pandemic started in December 2019 in Wuhan, China.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) covered up the initial outbreak, punished whistle blowers, and misled the public with lies, which eventually allowed the epidemic to quickly spread to the rest of the world.
Because of the CCP’s role in the pandemic, some refer to the disease as the CCP virus.
Even before this pandemic, historians had found that communism has caused about 100 million unnatural deaths in Russia, China, and other communist countries.
Nowadays, the CCP’s human rights violations continue and its infiltration into Western society has intensified.
In fact, statistics have shown that countries, communities, and individuals with close ties to the CCP regime are highly susceptible to the CCP virus.
As we practice social distancing from each other, distancing ourselves from the CCP and siding with goodness can be invaluable for our health and safety.