The Church

I’m a Christian, Should I Get the COVID Vaccine?

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Phillipians 2:3-4

In the year 165 A.D., the Roman Empire was hit by a pandemic that lasted for 15 years. This plague was so lethal that it killed as much as a full third of the entire population. The people were so frightened that family members would throw each other out on the street if one of them got infected, leaving them to die in literal piles of bodies on the side of the road. And then another pandemic just like it hit less than a hundred years later.

How did the earliest Christians respond to this terrifying plague that nobody knew how to cure?



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2. “Jesus is just another in a long line of mythical dying and resurrecting gods like Horus and Mithra.”

I’ve never heard this argument coming from people I actually meet, but it is very prevalent amongst the intelligentsia and ‘professional’ skeptics. And I’ll admit, the very first time I heard it I was taken aback and had to do a bit of study in order to find out about it. It’s part-truth and part-bunk.



At the urging of a few friends, I finally got around to watching the film Religulous. In it, comedian Bill Maher, who is known for his dry, cynical wit, sets off on a jaunt around the world to expose the hypocrisy and ignorance of religious folk. His thesis is that religion is a force for evil in the world and we would be better off if it were eradicated. The film shows Maher interviewing Christians, Muslims, Jews, and a couple Mormons as well (he also takes a quick potshot at Scientologists).

Maher is a very intelligent man and a gifted comic. It’s a shame that he’s used his talents to become bitter, jaded and cynical. And for all his intellect, he does an incredibly poor job at researching his chosen subject matter, as he uses outdated and puerile arguments to defend his position.