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Vaccines

Vaccines- Part of the End Time Prophecy

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

Many would say that vaccines are not God’s mandate according to some teachings from a Bible study and human inventions in 1796 in England. The Bible also told us that anything good is from God. If you believe, you need a vaccine to be healthy, you are up in line with God’s purpose. Science should not be a burden with our beliefs. God uses many scientific methods to form our existence. Though He only uses His divine utterance, it does not mean that He did not do some work. His ways are greater than our ways, so, it means that God did some planning.

Denying God’s amazing power is denying His existence and by rejecting the immunization is rejecting His work. When science collides with our faith the results might not be fruitful and give more harm. Some stories happened many times that faith becomes a burden instead of becoming helpful. Some submit their health problem to their faith believing that healing will take place and ignore the medication.

Vaccines begin with the story of Edward Jenner of Berkeley (Gloucestershire), England, 1796. Ancient historical and biblical events can make us encourage to compare the relation of the developments of vaccines to today’s health conditions against the famine of ancient times, the events when vaccines are not available.

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

We have 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, Chickenpox have been developed. Sometimes we even forget that these diseases still exist,  but of course, they are under the control of new and improved vaccines.

Many Biotechnicalogical companies have been established to do the research and development and include improving existing vaccines.  Some are sponsored by big private companies, and some are funded by the government.

However, sometimes, exercising a little knowledge and act and claiming as if they know all the facts are more dangerous and arrogant. Sharing to 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, every time the Berean receive a message from Paul or any other preachers they gathered together and discussed among themselves if what they heard is 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, but by being extra careful we could avoid getting hooked to mistranslation or misinformation which is done with the mission to destroy our established belief system.  

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

When we receive false teachings claiming the truth and we have enough knowledge not to believe it, then we are protected by our faith. The same thing when we receive fake news, the counter defense is not to listen to them anymore. 

One of the many ways we can fight back according to the Scriptures—“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. 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. 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

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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