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Dec. 5, 2021

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Letter: Vaccination is Christian thing to do


I don’t know why all those health care workers at Legacy think, for some sort of religious reason, that they should ignore their management and their government by refusing to get a COVID-19 shot.

However, as a Bible-reading atheist, I can point to several scriptural statements which suggest the opposite. For example:

St. Paul told the Hebrews that not only should they obey God, but they should also “obey your leaders and submit to them.”

St. Mark, when asked about the greatest commandment, said that it was “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

St. Paul told the Philippians to look out not only for their own interests but also “for the interests of others.”

Similarly, St. Paul also told the Corinthians to glorify God by seeking “not his own good but that of his neighbor.”

These passages suggest that, had inoculations been available 2,000 years ago, the Christian thing to do would be to have them. Lastly, St. James, in writing to the Twelve Tribes of Israel, suggested that anyone who was sick should have the church elders “anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.”

So there you have it. Not only are health scientists in this country virtually unanimous in urging everyone to get the COVID-19 shot, but the founders of Christianity are also on board.

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