The Danger Of Using Religion To Deny Vaccines
The internet is generally not a place you go for medical advice. It is filled with terrible information given by non-experts on complicated topics like medicine. An excellent example is this video by Brittney Kara:
Her point is basically for people to refuse vaccines because they did not exist in the Bible. Interestingly, she used Facebook to make her message, which I also believe was not around when the Bible was published.
This is actually a real problem. Several online influencers use Christian theology as a justification for not vaccinating their children. Most of the arguments are either Biblical literalism (they did not exist during the Bible) or tied to anti-abortion (vaccines are made of dead fetuses). Given that there is zero credible scientific proof that vaccines are bad for you, we won’t waste your time proving why this is wrong.
And the Bible has numerous verses that support giving your children vaccines, “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever; Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.” God does not want you to be sick. Even religious denominations that disagree with some medical procedures like Christian Scientists and Jehovah’s Witnesses support vaccines. The Catholic Church has officially stated that vaccines are part of God’s mandate. It is time for people to stop using religion to hide behind junk science and paranoid fears.