Bible, Vaccine and Christians

~ Dr. James Kalong

  1. In the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation, there is no reference to “vaccine” of
    any sort, literally or metaphorically.
  2. The reference to 666 or “the number of the beast” in Revelation 13:18 has nothing
    to do with vaccine. The use of 666 in Revelation is an ancient practice of gematria for
    coded numbers which is accurately deciphered as “Nero Caesar” to refer to the cruel
    Roman emperor Nero who lived in the first century AD. The author of the book of
    Revelation was equating Nero with a ferocious mythical beast because of his
    extreme cruelty, and hence, “the number of the beast” which is “the number of a
    man,” namely, Nero. Nero is long dead—two millennia ago, so his power of cruelty
    died with him 2000 years ago and has no effect today. So any reference to Covid-19
    pandemic and prophecies against vaccinations in the Book of Revelation is totally
    unfounded. 666 is not the number of a vaccine! Equating 666 with Covid-19 vaccine
    is unbiblical.
  3. Be weary of the many doomsday false prophets and fake prophesiers around us,
    which is biblical (Matt 7:15; 24:24; 2 Pet 2:1; 1 John 4:1)! God in His own time used
    prophets to communicate His Word to humanity. But with the sending of His
    incarnate Son Jesus to this world and to us humanity, God has reached out and
    spoken to us directly through His Son so we do not need another “intercessor who
    claim to be a prophesier” other than Jesus Christ. If our salvation is affected by a
    vaccine or an injection, the sacrificial death of Jesus for us on the cross is rendered
    useless. In other words, Christ died for nothing! For we have been saved by grace
    through faith—it is a gift from God, God’s gift of His Son for us on the cross
    (Ephesians 2:8).
  4. God’s grand wisdom endowed upon humanity has enabled many scientific
    inventions, discoveries, and technologies to develop good things for human
    sustenance, and one such amazing thing is medical sciences. If a simple Stopache
    tablet can give me relief from headache and a tetanus injection can protect a wound
    from getting septic, vaccine enables our human body to boost our immunity as well
    as protect us from infections of particular diseases at any given time.
  5. Vaccine has eradicated polio in India. Smallpox has been eradicated from the world
    because of vaccination. Covid-19 vaccine has been developed and tested for months
    and administered now to curb the pandemic and also for safety for us all just like
    many other vaccines that have so far prevented humanity from numerous other
    diseases and illnesses. Most children are apparently not getting infected by the
    Covid-19 because these days most of them are adequately vaccinated for many
    other forms of diseases and their immunity is apparently working very effectively.
  6. Reliable medical data shows that those who are hospitalized and are severely ill, or
    those who die of Covid-19 are mostly those who have not been vaccinated. Those
    who have taken both doses of the vaccine rarely get sick, hospitalized, or die of
    Covid-19.
  7. People who hardly read, who are not well informed about the Bible, and who are
    ignorant about current affairs and scientific advancements, they are easily wont to
    rumours, myths and prophecies. These people are easily brainwashed and 2
    emotionally manipulated by half-baked preachers and fake prophesiers who have no
    other job but to go around invoking fear psychosis among the people on all kinds of
    matters. People whose faith in God is shallow and who are biblically misinformed are
    usually the ones who believe on these kinds of preachers and prophesiers and not
    on God. Such people of shallow faith are the ones who are usually against taking the
    vaccine.
  8. Christian faith is a faith of hope, not fear. Medical science effectuates hope to bring
    healing through various forms of treatments and medications. Many good doctors,
    nurses, and medical practitioners are committed Christians, both in their lives and in
    their professions, and their touch in our bodies gives us hope for healing. We trust
    them, we trust their treatments and we trust the medications they prescribe and
    provide for us. So also, the Covid-19 vaccine is a prescription from the medical
    fraternity bringing us hope to be safe from this deadly pandemic.
  9. As Christians, it is our personal responsibility to be safe, and as well, we must
    practice responsibility towards our neighbors (family, friends, colleagues,
    shopkeepers and many more whom we encounter in our daily intersections of life)
    to keep them protected and safe.
  10. The vaccine is safe and it will keep each one of us safe and our communities safe.
    Get the vaccine shot to save yourself and save humanity towards a safe world.

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