Christians who do not believe vaccines will help their children can look to certain Bible verses for support. Although the Bible doesn't speak specifically about vaccines, it does teach about one's choice.
Here are five ways some Christians believe the Bible decries vaccines:
For Christians who do not wish to participate in the vaccination process due to religious beliefs, as well as the use of genetic engineering can look to Leviticus 19:19 for guidance. "Thou shalt not let they cattle gender with a diverse kind: though shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woolen come upon thee."
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Many substances in vaccines have contained human and animal tissue. The Bible warns of sinners who mix human and sacrificed animal blood. In Luke 13: 1-5, it says, "There were present at that season some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things?"
Parents who choose not to have their children vaccinated are supported through verses in the Bible. It is up to parents to care for their children's welfare, according to 1 Timothy 5:8. Parents have every right legally and by religious beliefs to make decisions on behalf of their children, and not the state.
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If Christians believe that injecting unknown substances into their bodies or the bodies of their children poses health risks, they can read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. "The temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own. For ye are bought with a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
Parents who disagree with vaccination are often told that vaccinating their children also protects other children in the community. Many Bible verses tell Christians not to harm their neighbors. But avoiding vaccines does not necessarily harm neighbors. If vaccines are effective, those who are vaccinated will be protected. Those who believe vaccines contain harmful substances won't expose neighbors to the substances.
This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.
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