Vaccination: A Biblical and Scientific Perspective
“The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.” (Prov. 18:17 )
We (Janny & Samantha) are back at it again with our favorite topic: vaccines. This time, from a biblical perspective. Few subjects cause more controversy than vaccination - even in the church. While some church leaders have stepped out in support of vaccination, voices of opposition or concern are often ignored on the basis that "the science is settled."
We believe such a complex issue warrants further discussion among believers and non-believers alike. However, regardless of where you land on the topic of vaccination, we are calling on the body of Christ to publicly support the religious freedoms that allow Christians to live in accordance with the guiding of the Holy Spirit in their lives. The freedom to opt out of all or some vaccines is one such issue.
We hope this episode will provide some much needed context for this issue and prompt you to discuss this with other believers.
3:00 - Summary of four takeaways for this episode
8:45 - Immunity (natural vs artificial)
12:30 - Vaccines as a contributor to decline in infectious disease
14:20 - A note on the immunocompromised
17:10 - Vaccine adverse event reporting
19:10 - Clinical trials and placebo studies
25:40 - Herd immunity
30:45 - Autism, vaccine court, and the National Vaccine Injury Act (1986)
41:15 - CDC whistleblower and Andy Wakefield
45:25 - Aborted fetal tissue (ethical and health implications)
55:45 - Should Christians be skeptical of the CDC, HHS, or vaccine manufacturers?
1:01:20 - Christians and the common good
1:06:45 - Vaccines as "God's gift," moral responsibility
1:14:10 - Closing words, action items