“Recognize the dignity that belongs to you. He did not cause your origin by commandment, but there was a consultation in God in order to know how to introduce into life this being worthy of honor…”
-St Basil the Great
The purpose of this pamphlet is to provide Orthodox Christians with information to morally navigate the new line of vaccines that have been introduced to the public in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. Though this pamphlet deals specifically with the various COVID-19 vaccines available, this information can also be applied to the investigation of other vaccines that concern Christian morality, specifically the use of aborted children in scientific research and biomedical commerce. This pamphlet will not discuss the physical risks involved in these vaccines, but this information can be found out through physicians, individual health assessment, and official morbidity and mortality rates made weekly by the CDC. Neither will this pamphlet discuss the difference between inoculation and the novel method of mRNA technology applied through many of the vaccines discussed, a topic that requires individual research. Herein the focus will be on the moral and spiritual issues presented by these vaccines.
Orthodoxy and Medicine
St Basil writes,
“Each of the arts is God’s gift to us, remedying the deficiencies of nature… And, when we were commanded to return to the earth whence we had been taken and were united with the pain-ridden flesh doomed to destruction because of sin and, for the same reason, also subject to disease, the medical art was given to us to relieve the sick, in some degree at least.”1
Thus, according to the Fathers, who are the true doctors and physicians of the Church, medicine has been given because of God’s grace and love for man. [Continue reading]