Exhortations

Vaccines

Vaccines- Part of the End Time Prophecy

When we hear of vaccines, our first thought is it’s a cure for a contractable disease; being in that state scares us. Therefore, we all submit ourselves to get the vaccine. Getting a particular vaccine also ensures that we are protected from any illness. 

According to some teachings from a Bible study and human inventions in 1796 in England, many would say that vaccines are not God’s mandate. However, the Bible also tells us that anything good is from God. You are aligned with God’s purpose if you believe you need a vaccine to be healthy. Science should not be a burden to our beliefs. God uses many scientific methods to form our existence. Though He only uses His divine utterance, it does not mean He did not do some work. His ways are more significant than our ways, so it means that God did some planning.

Denying God’s incredible power is denying His existence, and rejecting the immunization is rejecting His work. When science collides with our faith, the results might not be fruitful and cause more harm. So many stories have happened that faith becomes a burden instead of being helpful. Some submit their health problem to their faith, believing that healing will occur, and ignore the medication.

Vaccines began with the story of Edward Jenner of Berkeley (Gloucestershire), England, in 1796. Ancient historical and biblical events can encourage us to compare the relationship between the developments of vaccines to today’s health conditions against the famine of ancient times and the events when vaccines were unavailable.

Famine has multiple causes: natural disasters, environmental issues caused by men, and personal hygiene. In ancient times, famines such as Leprosy, soring boils, and other famines that struck the nation, either food shortages or illnesses, sometimes became fatal due to the non-availability of medicines.

We had incidents in the Philippines when tuberculosis became one of the deadliest killers in the country, which ended the life of the former President of the Philippines. Malaria also became deadly during the Second World War, and many other viruses, such as Polio, Tetanus, and Chickenpox, have been developed. Sometimes, we even forget that these diseases still exist,  but of course, they are controlled by new and improved vaccines.

Many Biotechnicalogical companies have been established to do the research and development and include improving existing vaccines. Big private companies sponsor some, and the government funds some.

However, sometimes, exercising a little knowledge and acting and claiming that they know all the facts are more dangerous and arrogant. Sharing with the public without proof may cause more harm than good. To fight a piece of fake news or message is to counter it with the good news of the Bible. In Acts 17, whenever the Bereans received a message from Paul or any other preachers, they gathered and discussed whether what they heard was true.

Acts 17:11—”Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” It is not because we do not trust the messenger. Still, by being extra careful, we could avoid getting hooked on mistranslation or misinformation, which is done to destroy our established belief system.  

We want to share this knowledge of known facts in our little way. A virus is a small parasite that cannot reproduce by itself. When they get into our body, they look for a host cell that will be used to accommodate the intent to reproduce more viruses of their kind and spread harm to all parts of the body when they are fully developed. We must boost our immune system to protect the cells vulnerable to viruses’ habitat.

We are protected by our faith when we receive false teachings claiming the truth and have enough knowledge not to believe it. The same thing happens when we receive fake news; the counterdefense is not to listen to them anymore. 

One of the many ways we can fight back is according to the Scriptures—”For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Therefore, live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. They have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.” Ephesians 5:7-12.

Another response we can do is “do not be partners (fellowship) with them.” Ephesians 5:6

God is all in all.

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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