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5 Ways the Bible Supports Vaccines?

By    |   Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 10:40 AM

Vaccines have become controversial, leading some Christian parents to believe they can do more harm than good. However, others strongly believe vaccines have been a positive development in modern medicine and can save lives.

Here are five ways the Bible supports the use of vaccines:

1. Preventive medicine has benefited the world in many cases, which adheres to the teachings of the Bible, as long as Christians take responsibility and examine the possible benefits of medicine carefully. The Bible does not speak specifically to vaccines, but points to preventive medicine. In 1 Timothy 5:23, the apostle Paul advises Timothy to "use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses."

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2. Many Christians may object to vaccines that are made from human tissue. This was the case with the rubella virus vaccine. The original vaccine came from an aborted fetus, performed to avoid the risk of major birth defects. Since the vaccine was developed in the lab, there was no need for further human tissue. The rubella vaccine has prevented thousands of abortions by protecting women from infection. James 1:5 says to ask God for wisdom in making choices.

3. The Bible teaches that people should be responsible for what substances they put into their bodies and how they use them. In 1 Corinthians 4:2, it states: "Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful." Information about vaccines are available to everyone. In this regard, Christians need to look at all factors involved in vaccines and how they can benefit people around the world.

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4. Christians gain wisdom by trusting in God. Paul points out in Romans 8:28, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." God can use good and evil to make things right. The rubella virus vaccine may have started out with a mistake, but it turned into a lifesaver for thousands of children and adults. The vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella no longer use aborted tissue to save lives. Vaccinating is a way to take care of your children.

5. The Bible also teaches Christians to avoid and ignore lies. A study that kicked off the anti-vaccine movement in the 1990s was found to contain many flaws. Several major studies since then revealed the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. Looking for the truth by reviewing all studies will help the many children whose lives have been saved through vaccines.

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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