Q&A: Is getting a vaccine an act of unbelief in Jesus' healing power?

Q: Is getting a vaccine an act of unbelief in Jesus' healing power? What is the biblical view on this issue?

EDITOR'S NOTE: This question is NOT about the Covid-19 vaccine. Pastor Paul is responding to a general question about vaccines, medicines and doctors and how such things fit into a life of faith. 

What might be an act of unbelief for one person isn't necessarily an act of unbelief for another. It all comes down to the heart.

For example, one man may submit to a surgical procedure but place himself completely in the hands of God for the outcome, while another man has the same procedure and places his complete trust in doctors and medicine for the desired outcome. It depends on the individual and where their ultimate trust and confidence lies.

Obviously the Bible doesn't specifically address vaccines or even say much about doctors for that matter. But it does talk a lot about trusting God. I suppose all those passages about trusting God with all of our heart are why some claim that going to the doctor and taking medicines is not walking by faith. But those very same people walk into grocery stores and clothing stores every day and think nothing of it even though Jesus promised that God would feed and clothe us. (Matthew 6:25-33) Wouldn't that also be considered a faithless act in light of God's promise?

I don't believe using doctors or medicines or vaccines are what define our faith. Real faith is a matter of the heart. One man may take a vaccine and remain fully convinced that God is in charge of his life and health, while another man expresses this same faith by rejecting the vaccine. Each one should be fully convinced in their own heart and not cast judgment upon the other.

18 comments:

  1. Excellent explanation. Too bad there are so many closed eyes and ears in the world.

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  2. Beautifully explained... Thank you Pastor Paul... May God bless you with more wisdom so that through your teachings/explanations people like me will be cleared from all confusions..

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  3. I think many of us need to hear this since we have been in decided especially with our children. Thank you this cleared my mind. Amen to Jesus 🙏

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  4. Exactly, I believe wether you get vaccinated or not, the outcome of is decided by our LORD.

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  5. Thank you pastor Paul yet again for wonderful explanation. God bless you abundantly 🙏

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  6. Absolutely correct. Thank you pastor Paul.

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  7. Thank you Pastor Paul. I agree totally with your explanation.

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  8. Such an important matter explained so precisely. Many thanks.

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  9. I really wanted to email u on this Pastor. Thank you so much.

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  10. We are going see Gods smile. Thanks pastor Paul and your faithfulness to him is helping me grow by bringing the word.

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  11. Thanks for Balanced position
    Shalom,Shalom!
    If I may share my view, I'm more inclined to refuse the vaccine because the ultimate goal of vaccination is to aid our immune system against COVID19. God had created us so good , equipped with natural immune system enough to fight diseases even without vaccination. With it, there are no risks but all benefits. Record shows that more recovered than those who died. God's created order must not be disturbed by man's intervention except when there is no God-given natural built- in defence mechanisms.

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  12. Romans 14!

    I am not taking the vaccine!

    God bless all the saints!

    Please don't violate your conscience!

    May the Spirit of God lead us all. . . .

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  13. Good answer Pastor Paul. Either way we need to walk out in faith trusting that God will take care of us.

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  14. Excellent explanation!!
    Thank you,from Winnipeg, Canada 🇨🇦

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  15. Thank you for your answer Pastor Paul.
    I took the vaccine with 100% belief in God as I have done throughout my life. With faith I took several vaccines when I travel, as a child, several operations, flu medicines you name it. God gives us healing in different ways and I believe we just have to trust Him in all He gives to us for healing.

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  16. Your answer while a little ambivalent is pretty good. I’m reminded of the story of the couple who were stranded in the upper story of their house during a flood. A neighbour passed by in his dinghy and offered to rescue them. ‘No’ they shouted, ‘the Lord will rescue us’. The flood worsened and they climbed to the roof, and a rescue boat came by, and they responded to that offer of help in the same way. As they sat on the apex of the roof a helicopter dropped a rope ladder, but they held firm to their belief that God would rescue them. Finally the flood took them and they died. On entering heaven they asked God why he hadn’t rescued them. ‘I sent a dinghy, a boat and a helicopter, what else did you expect?’ He replied.
    If you die of Covid, and ask God why he hadn’t saved you, he might well reply, ‘I sent you doctors, and hospital treatment and above all vaccines to protect you!’ What will you say?

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