Masks, Vaccines, and the Bible

by Matthew W. Bassford The following restates the biblical principles that should govern our speech and behavior when it comes to masks, vaccines, and discussion of the same. In areas where we are given liberty by man and God, we must respect the liberty of others. We must not judge or show contempt toward those…

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Is it a sin to get vaccinated?

Question: Hello beloved brother! I always give thanks to God concerning you, for your exhortation, correction, encouragement. The worldwide has been overtaken by the coronavirus pandemic, which is responsible for a scary number of deaths daily.  The various religions seek responses to give to the hopeless world, trying to comfort the world. Many theories have been given…

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Does wearing a mask mean you don’t trust God?

Question: I am in a battle with some of my family members regarding following the CDC guidelines concerning COVID 19 (they are reckless). With the numbers going up where I live, I have chosen to follow the guidelines regarding wearing a mask in public and social distancing, and not socializing between households. My family members…

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Love in the Time of an Epidemic

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton A friend of mine recently posted a passage written by Eusebius, an early historian of the church, which I wish to share with you. At the peak of the Cyprian Plague, which ran from about A.D. 249 to 262, there were as many as 5,000 deaths per day throughout the Roman…

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A Sound Mind in a Sound Body

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/SoundMindInASoundBody.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: I Timothy 4:6-16   I.         Back in the time of the early church, a Roman poet, Juvenal, stated “You should pray for a sound mind in a sound body.”             A.        The thought is clear. To have one without the other is far from an enjoyable life.             B.        But what is meant by…

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I have an incurable body odor issue. Why should I continue to live?

Question: My question straight forward and honest is would God send me to hell if I’m tired of living?  Let me explain.  For many years, I have been dealing with an incurable body odor issue, which causes me to smell of ammonia, regardless of how hygienic I am.  This is not a matter of hygiene. …

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What if someone is allergic to an element of the Lord’s Supper?

Question: How do people with severe allergies take communion? If someone has a severe allergy to gluten or flour or something else that is needed to make the bread, what are they supposed to do? Can they bring their own tapioca wafer or are they merely doomed to Hell? What about the fruit of the…

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Is taking an antidepressant for fibromyalgia just an easy way out?

Question: Hi, I’m going to have some tests for fibromyalgia, etc., due to body pains. My doctor wants to put me on antidepressants for when I have flare-ups and for stress. I don’t want to use medicine as a crutch, and I have asked God for his help on this. I try to tough it…

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Can medical conditions be behind negative thoughts, worries, and anger?

Question: I often wonder if medical conditions can be an excuse for how we feel? Take someone that has started having anxiety attacks out of the blue. They have never been someone that worries but because of a hormone imbalance they often have negative thoughts. Are they in sin? How can God help them? I…

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