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Not a Virus, but a Weakened Immune System, is the Greatest Threat to Public Health

This article comes from: (https://www.hpdetijd.nl)
dr. Carla Peeters (https://www.hpdetijd.nl/auteurs/dr-carla-peeters/)
https://www.hpdetijd.nl/2021-09-09/niet-een-virus-maar-een-verzwakt-immuunsysteem-is-de-grootste-bedreiging-voor-de-volksgezondheid/
Translated by Jurgen Hofmann, 21-09-2021

Several scientific studies have now shown that immunity after a natural infection gives a better protection than immunity after Covid-19-vaccination. Natural immunity may well be necessary to build up full protection in the population, writes immunologist dr. Carla Peeters.

By now, the vulnerable and at-risk groups in most western countries have been vaccinated with one of the four ‘Under Emergency Admission’ (EUA) licensed Covid-19 vaccines. Remarkably, in the countries with the highest vaccination coverage (Israel1, Iceland2 and England3) high numbers of positive tests (also called ‘infections’,4) are detected. It also appears, contrary to expectations, that people, who have been vaccinated twice, can be tested positive, can carry a high viral load. The can also possibly transmit the virus5 and end up in hospital6 themselves. The Israeli doctor Kobi Havi indicates on Channel 13 News that 85 to 90 % of seriously ill people in hospital are fully vaccinated. The effectiveness of vaccinations appears to be declining or disappearing. The ‘one size fits all’ approach can become a dead-end when the current one-sided strategy on one virus is anxiously continued.

In England, several immunologists are speaking out about the danger of a weakened immune system in the population, increasing the risk of infections and chronic diseases7. As a result of the lockdowns and the measures—such as keeping one and a half metre8 and the wearing of masks9—the immune system may have become less effective than before the pandemic. Children and adults have had less contact with other viruses and bacteria, so the immune system is less challenged and therefore less trained. In addition, factors such as altered diet and lifestyle, exposure to toxic substances through the frequent use of disinfectants and masks, and the increase in stress, play an important role. The use of medication has also increased during the corona pandemic. In the Netherlands, the CBS reports that the mental health is the lowest since the last 20 years during the first quarter of 2021. Nivel reports10 that the use of psychopharmaceuticals among young people, aged 15 to 24, increased in the first quarter in 2021. This was previously seen in England and the United States. From the psychoneuro-immunology it is known that, mental health plays an important role in a correct functioning immune system. The long duration of the measures can weaken the innate and adaptive immune system. (See box at the bottom of this page for explanation).

Well-functioning immune system crucial for health

The ability of the total immune system to function effectively and efficiently is crucial when the body is confronted with foreign substances, pathogens or, for example, cancer cells. It is equally important for a successful responds with a good immunity (protection) after vaccination.

Studies on the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine have already shown that older people cannot always respond effectively11 on the influenza vaccine. There is often an ageing immune system in older people. This is referred to as immunosenescence. This can result in that, despite vaccination, no good protection can be generated. A study, conducted in Norway, among one hundred deceased, frail, elderly shortly after a Covid-19 vaccination12 shows that the vaccine probably played a role in ten of the deceased and possibly in 26. In addition to old people, people with chronic diseases such as rheumatism, MS or those who had an organ transplantation may have a weakened immunity. A significant proportion of the people with chronic diseases, who participated in a Dutch research, turned out not to be able13, 14 to initiate a good antibody-response after two vaccinations, with one of the four Covid-19 vaccines. In the meantime a start has been made to offer this group a third vaccination. The results of this are not yet known. Because the immune system in this group does not function optimally and the same vaccine is used for this third injection, no great improvements are to be expected. The EMA and ECDC consider a third booster for healthy groups not to be urgently needed15.

A vaccination is not the same as good protection

Vaccination does not lead to good protection in every person. The majority of people who are currently vaccinated do not know whether they have built up antibodies and/or T-cell immunity This is not measured. It is also possible that a good immunity has already been built up without vaccination due to infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus or an earlier infection (with a different Corona virus) that may or may not (asymptomatic) have been noticed16. A study, published in Nature, showed that, seventeen years after a natural infection with the SARS-CoV-1 virus, protective T-cell cross-reactivity for the SARS-CoV-2 virus could be demonstrated17. Fifteen scientific studies have now shown that immunity following natural infection gives a better protection18 than immunity after Covid-19-vaccination. An Israeli study showed a 27x less chance of reinfection and eight times less chance19 on hospitalisation compared to a vaccination.

Another recently published study20 also showed better immunity after natural infection. This may have to do with the fact that a natural infection trickers a broader immune response against a larger variety of viral coated proteins. A reduction in the efficacy of the innate and adaptive immune systems (see box) may also occur after an injection with one of the mRNA vaccines, which in turn leads to an increased risk of a more severe course of subsequent infections, as shown by a not yet peer-reviewed publication21 to which Dutch scientists also contributed.

Even before the Covid-19 vaccines were on the market, there was talk of a possible danger from Antibody Dependent Enhancement, a well-known phenomenon that was observed during the development of previous corona vaccines. This means that the body makes antibodies but is unable to neutralise the virus, whereby binding to the antibodies present in the cell, making it easier for the virus to replicate more easily. This is considered by various scientists as a possible explanation22 of the reinfections observed after vaccination. Research by the Mayo Clinic and Boston University shows that the efficacy decreased six months after the second injection with the Pfizer vaccine23 from 76% to 42% and with Moderna from 86% to 76%.

Although politicians around the world are talking about a third injection24 with the same vaccine, scientists in Iceland, England and the USA are reluctant to do so. Natural immunity may be needed to build up full protection in the population. The virus is now endemic and has a survival rate for people under 69 years of age25 99.410 % and in young people under 19 years of age more than 99,997 %. Moreover, there are no published scientific studies to show that a third vaccination actually adds value. Because of a shortage of vaccines, the WHO wants vaccines, released under the EUA, be made available for countries where hardly any vaccinations have been carried out so far

The antibodies induced by the vaccines appear to decrease after six months26. The fact that antibodies are not measurable does not always mean that people are no longer immune. It seems that after a natural infection, even though antibodies cannot be measured in the blood, antibody-producing B cells can still be detected in the bone marrow, which indicates the possibility of a rapid response reaction27 after reinfection. A survey among healthcare workers at the Cleveland clinic showed that vaccinating people who have already gone through a natural infection is nonsensical28.

Impending tsunami of hospital admissions is preventable

Some English immunologists have explained that the large increase in hospital admissions with RSV infections (common cold virus) in children in South Wales and Wales and Australia may be a result of lockdowns that have suppressed the normal function of the immune system. An increase of the RSV virus in children29 and people with fungus in their lungs in the ICU was reported in the Netherlands and Belgium30. These are infections that occur rarely and only in people with very weak immune systems. As the pressure increases through lockdowns, measures and large-scale vaccinations targeting a protein of the virus, the more likely it is that mutations will occur in the virus that could make it more dangerous for vulnerable groups. The immunity induced by the vaccine does not appear to be sufficiently effective to stop the mutant virus (Delta variant) in all people.

According to various experts, it is much better, now that a large part of society has already been vaccinated, like Denmark and Iceland, to lift all measures and let the virus wander. This would simultaneously build up natural immunity and strengthen the immune system. Vaccination-mandates with an experimental vaccine and accompanying passports cannot provide the broad protection for a strong immune system that is also effective against other viruses. Moreover, the knowledge about resilience of a natural immunity after an infection and/or through cross-reactivity with other (corona) viruses is undermined by a vaccination passport, certainly because it is now known from studies that have already shown that the risk of reinfection in vaccinated persons is greater. A focus on vaccinations with (in)direct obligations creates an unjustified and not scientifically account for the division in society. Above all, with the already shortage of healthcare staff, continuing along the same path is an invitation to an all-destroying tsunami. Not only by Covid-19, much more likely by other pathogens caused serious infections and sharp increase in cancer, cardiovascular disease and depression. The immune system is in fact also involved in the prevention of chronic diseases.

The government would do well to provide, at least children, the elderly, vulnerable groups of people on welfare, immigrants, and health care workers with a basic amount of vitamin D, which many scientific studies have shown that it strengthens the innate and adaptive immunity31. In this way, unnecessary illnesses and hospitalisations due to vitamin D deficiencies in healthcare can be prevented and better protection from infections or from vaccinations can be realised. It is always better to achieve a goal via multiple ways32.

Explanation innate and adaptive immune system

(Partly taken from an interview by Nieuws.nl33 with Dr. Carla Peeters).

The innate immune system is the first and not specific defence mechanism. It stops all potential pathogenic organisms. This system is formed by physical barriers, such as skin, saliva and mucous membranes. In many cases this is sufficient to stop a pathogen or foreign substance from entering the body. It is only switched over to the adaptive immune system when the pathogen is able to break through the first barrier. Cells from the innate immune system present the fragments of the pathogen or foreign substance to B cells and T cells of the adaptive immune system. The B cells ensure the release of antibodies. The antibodies formed move freely in the blood and can bind foreign pathogens. The pathogen-antibody complex is then broken down and eliminated by macrophages, among others. There are also T cells that directly aim on pathogens that have entered cells. They can help to destroy these infected cells and, on the other hand, reinforce the antibody response by B cells and at the same time keep them in check. The B and T cells can develop into memory cells and are activated much faster than with the first infection. The memory results in an increased response of antibodies, often with a stronger binding to a protein of the pathogen and a broader response against multiple fragments of the protein (epitope). This will increase the chance that the pathogen will be cleared effectively and quickly. You can see this in natural infections and also vaccinations. The chance that you will become ill by an infection decreases.

Footnotes:

1. (https://ourworldindata.org/vaccination-israel-impact)
2. (https://www.covid.is/data)
3. (https://theexpose.uk/2021/07/29/87-percent-covid-deaths-are-vaccinated-people/)
4. (https://www.hpdetijd.nl/2020-12-08/waarom-het-nieuwe-massatestbeleid-niet-deugt/)
5. (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/covid-vaccine-delta-variant-infections-carry-same-virus-load-unvaccinated/)
6. (https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.07.31.21261387v1)
7. (https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/1412658/Virus-fears-uk-winter-flu-immune-system-nhs)
8. (https://www.hpdetijd.nl/2020-07-05/stop-met-anderhalve-meter-afstand-en-het-verplicht-dragen-van-mondkapjes/)
9. (https://www.hpdetijd.nl/2021-06-13/waarom-de-mondkapjesplicht-per-direct-afgeschaft-moet-worden/)
10. (https://www.nivel.nl/nl/nieuws/toename-voorschrijven-psychofarmaca-aan-jongeren-tijdens-tweede-lockdown)
11. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3061971/pdf/nihms250)
12. (https://www.bmj.com/content/373/bmj.n1372)
13. (https://amazingerasmusmc.com/infectie/onderzoek-naar-covid-19-vaccins-bijkwetsbare-patienten-van-start/)
14. (https://www.skipr.nl/nieuws/veel-patienten-met-verzwakte-afweer-onbeschermd-door-vaccins/)
15. (https://www.skipr.nl/nieuws/ema-beoordeelt-aanvullende-prik-met-pfizer-vaccin/)
16. (https://www.bmj.com/content/370/bmj.m3563)
17. (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2550-z)
18. (https://www.theblaze.com/op-ed/horowitz-15-studies-that-indicate-natural-immunity-from-prior-infection-is-more-robust-than-the-covid-vaccines#toggl)
19. (https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.08.24.21262415v1)
20. (https://www.science.org/content/article/having-sars-cov-2-once-confers-much-greater-immunity-vaccine-vaccination-remains-vital)
21. (https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.05.03.21256520v1)
22. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8351274/)
23. (https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.08.06.21261707v1.full.pdf)
24. (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7034e3.htm?s_cid=mm7034e3_w)
25. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7327471/pdf/main.pdf)
26. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7327471/pdf/main.pdf)
27. (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03647-4)
28. (https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.06.01.21258176v2)
29. (https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20151127_01992372)
30. (https://www.fto.nu/nieuws/id220260-invasieve-schimmelinfecties-bij-influenza-en-covid-19.html)
31. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8052476/)
32. (https://www.hpdetijd.nl/2020-08-11/9-manieren-om-corona-te-voorkomen/)
33. (https://nieuws.nl/lifestyle/20210429/het-versterken-van-het-immuunsysteem-is-veel-effectiever-in-het-voorkomen-van-infecties-dan-alle-maatregelen/)

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This article comes from: (https://www.hpdetijd.nl)
dr. Carla Peeters (https://www.hpdetijd.nl/auteurs/dr-carla-peeters/)
https://www.hpdetijd.nl/2021-09-09/niet-een-virus-maar-een-verzwakt-immuunsysteem-is-de-grootste-bedreiging-voor-de-volksgezondheid/
Translated by Jurgen Hofmann, 21-09-2021

Christians are Anti-Vaxxers!

I have heard this accusation on the internet and it kind of intrigued me. This video is going to be a little longer than normal because I want to be a bit more precise in my explanation.

Am I Anti-Vaxx?

Am I an Anti-Vaxxer? Are Christians per definition Anti-Vaxx? For me personally I can answer this with a ‘no’. As Evangelical missionary I would say that I belong to the more conservative groups within Christianity.

My Approach

Still, when we as a family moved abroad, we did take some vaccinations. We had some good talks with the Dutch health services about what they thought what was needed for our specific country. They were very helpful in providing a list. We went through all the recommendations and determined that we didn’t need some of them. On example was typhoid fever, not to be confused with Typhus. We found that, if you’re in good health, this infection can be overcome rather easily. Even, when the infection lingers on, we can treat it with a good antibiotic. The vaccination for typhoid gives some protection with an efficacy of about 55–72%. We decided to get a natural resistance by slowly introducing us to local eating and drinking habits. Most locals in our area don’t even realise that this decease is around. After a while working and living among them we had a blood test. Antibodies were found in two of our family member’s samples. The human body is amazing!

Biblical Stance on Health

So, why did I go through all the hassle of reading about vaccines? Surely, I had better things to do with my time, right? That’s were you’re wrong! God has given us our bodies as a precious gift. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says the following: “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honour God with your bodies.” This means that we are to take care of our body ourselves. Despite the growing opinion in the West, that we are responsible for the health of others, many Christians firmly believe that they are first and foremost responsible for their own health. Yes, I agree that we need to try to help others if they want to, but only if they want to. So, as soon as someone gives me some advice about my health, I have the task to check whether I really believe this advice to be valuable.

God also gave us our minds. I would even want to go a step further. I believe that Christians should excel when it comes to rational decision-making. 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” This means that we should always examine the pros and cons. It is no secret that a good deal of medicine, certain treatments or vaccines, all have their downsides. The question than is whether the pros are outweighing the cons. When I for example, examine the pros of being vaccinated against hepatitis B, I might come to the conclusion that the pros outweigh the cons. And while I am saying this, I know others would want to shout to me not to take it! Which is perfectly fine, but in the end it is my own responsibility. In the same way I would like to tell someone not to eat that big fatty hamburger with too much mayonnaise. That’s all I can do. I can not grab that person, and force him or her to throw away this delicious hamburger (which it is… I mean I love hamburgers with too much of everything. I just don’t eat them that often).

Non-Religious Anti-Vaxxers

Now, let’s go back to the main topic. Are Christians Anti-Vaxx? Well, it might be true that religious groups use to be more anti than non-religious groups. However, over to past years we’ve seen a big change when it comes to which groups are critical about vaccinations. A few months ago I met an old friend. He is a convinced atheist and a very zealous Anti-Vaxxer. I was surprised about all his arguments. Obviously, he did not use the typical Christian arguments but mostly scientific and moral objections. My old friend is not alone in his ideas. Some would like you to believe that the group of Anti-Vaxxers is biggest in the USA, and despite public shaming of Anti-Vaxxers, the anti-vaccine movement remains fairly strong in America. Yet, it has nothing on the Anti-Vaxxers in France, a country where over 40 percent of its citizens believe vaccines are unsafe i France was followed by Bosnia & Herzegovina (36%), Russia (28%), and Mongolia (27%.) Greece, Japan and Ukraine all had 25%. Still, many would like to blame religion. But it is a bit of a stretch, to say it mildly, to assume that all these people are religious. And it is interesting to see that philosophical, non-religious exemptions in America’s anti-vaccine leader, California, outnumber religious exemptions 100 to 1.ii

Biblical Commands Against Vaccines

I will not go into all the Bible verses that Christians use to justify their stance against vaccines. These texts vary from not being allowed to mingled unrelated matter as mentioned in Leviticus 19:19 and Luke 13:1-5, to the all the verses about having to trust the Lord in everything. It will just take too much time to look whether these texts stand or not. The truth of the matter is that most Anti-Vaxxers don’t even base their opinion solely on the Bible. Most sceptics have done their homework and based on that knowledge they decide. I believe this is the way forward when you say you’re a Christian. You use your brain! You use your God given responsibility when it comes to your own health and that of your family. It is up to parents to care for their children’s welfare, according to 1 Timothy 5:8 parents have every right legally and by religious beliefs to make decisions on behalf of their children, and not the state or an individual doctor or any other person for that matter.

Love You Neighbour

Now for the last thing to think about. A Christian ought to hold to the Golden Rule: Love Your neighbour as you love yourself.

Anti-Vaxxers will have heard this often enough. They are not loving, since they are not working with others to create herd immunity, which is needed to protect the community.

People will quickly say this to be a non-issue because vaccinated people will not get sick… They are immune right? Well, yes and no. Someone who is vaccinated ought to be better protected than people who did not receive the vaccination. At least that is the theory. Whether this is always the case is a whole different debate.

However, the problem is more for those who can’t get vaccinated because their immune system is weak and vaccines might make them sick. This includes people with vaccine allergies, and anyone with an immune-suppressing disease like HIV or cancer.

Who is responsible for whose health?

But with this argument we’ve returned to the biggest question. Who is responsible for whose health? As a child I did not receive all the vaccinations children receive nowadays. That meant that when I became sick, my mother called the school and told them that she would keep me home. Most of the time a child was not the only one. It came with waves. They stayed home for a while which made sure that some weaker children were more or less protected against a massive-infection. In the end they became sick as well but mostly more graduate than the others. Sometimes, the parents of the vulnerable children decided to keep their child home to protect it against the first massive wave that was coming. These cases were rare. I can only remember one child in my class. He had a heart condition, and he had an overall weak physique. Mostly, health is a matter of common sense of every individual. It has always been normal to tell people you’re not coming to their party because you feel sick. Likewise, you would tell someone that you do not greet with a kiss because you’re having a cold.

We can not demand others to undergo a certain treatment because we want to feel safe. The only time we, as society, do that, is when someone is a real physical threat to us or the world. A knife wielding person does not belong on the street, right?

Finally

You see that this topic is not nearly as clear cut as others. One thing is for sure: The Anti-Vaxx movement is not only religious driven. Many others are sceptical about vaccines.

A very important thing for Christians however, is that a Christian should always live life in honour of God. In doing so, a Christian might decide to get vaccinated or at least get partly vaccinated. But, it can also be that others say they honour God by putting all their trust in Him and refuse the vaccinations. In both cases we are called to be one in Him who gave all on the cross, so we can be saved. Even though Christians might disagree on whether they should be vaccinated, they may argue among each other, and they might think they have all the data on their side. One thing they should never forget: Christ died for all and in doing so we, as Christians, should trust that one day all these signs of living in a fallen world will be in the past.

Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

This is God’s promise to those who put their trust in His Son Jesus Christ. I sure hope you will be there with me!


https://www.thelancet.com/journals/ebiom/article/PIIS2352-3964(16)30398-X/fulltext

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/09/france-most-skeptical-country-about-vaccine-safety

Dealing With Corona


To be clear, I am Dutch. Some things I say may not be applicable for those living outside the Netherlands… Or maybe, it does. Anyway. Christians, like all other people in the Netherlands, are affected by the Covid-Sars2 virus. How do we deal with it? Are we going to get caught up in the panic or do we stay calm. It turns out That many people are very susceptible to fear, yes, even Christians. Of course, Christians in particular will not readily admit this, after all:
2 Timothy 1: 7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
  • Brother! We must not tempt the Lord! (Deuteronomy 6:16 as well as Matthew 4: 7)

  • Exactly! We must obey the government. (Titus 3: 1)

  • Yes, moreover. It testifies to charity. You certainly don’t want anyone to get Corona through you? (Leviticus 19:18 and Luke 10:27)

Okay, okay, stop! It is clear enough! I’m probably not as educated as you are, but I know these texts and comments. I’m not going to tell anyone to disobey God’s word, okay? But now back to the question: How do we deal with this?

To start with our minds.

Colossians 3:10 speaks of Christians as being new people who must also be renewed in their knowledge. In ancient paganism, but also in the current scientific climate, people prided and pride themselves on knowledge. Knowledge of the natural is beautiful, but not complete without knowledge of Him who made it. Christians should excel when it comes to research. Why do I talk to and see so many Christians who say exactly what they have heard on the mainstream news channels? Why do I not hear much about coming from other sources? Are we too lazy to excel? Is it easy to adopt the dished knowledge because when you repeat the mainstream nobody can call you out, right?

Then fear!

No! I hear my brothers and sisters say, we are not afraid ourselves! We are just careful for the people around us. I’m sorry, but in many cases I don’t believe a word of it. Too often I have heard the excuse that people do something, not for themselves, but for the other person. This while the other person had not asked for it at all, did not even know about it or was not even concerned about it. We shouldn’t fool ourselves with nice talk. Of course! There are many Christians who are sticking their necks out today. Awesome! Let’s hear what Luther had to say. Luther was in the middle of a plague epidemic. Just for those of you who don’t know much about this decease. The plague will kill you quick and horribly. Without treatment, less than 40% of infected people survive the bubonic plague. The bubonic plague is sometimes accompanied by the even more dangerous pneumonic plague. If left untreated, pneumonic plague is fatal in almost 100% of cases within a few days. The plague does not discriminate like the Corona virus does. The plague strikes young and old, rich and poor! Luther answered this when he was asked how his fellow pastors should deal with the plague:

I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me He will surely find me and I have done what He has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbour needs me however I shall not avoid place or person I shall go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.” i History shows several times that Luther was not alone in overcoming his fear in times of crisis. Dionysius lived around 250 AD. and said:

Most of our Christian brothers showed unconditional love and loyalty, they never spared themselves and they only thought of the other. Not without danger did they care for the sick, meet their needs, and minister to them in Christ, and together with the sick they left life behind in perfect joy.” ii The Covid-Sars 2 virus cannot be compared with the plague epidemics. Still, we are only very quickly prepared to treat everyone as a potential threat. It reminds me of ancient lepers. Calling loudly and warning with a rattle, they walked, alone on the roads. Why is it that when I meet someone, I tend to shout: Leprous! Leprous!

Passivity

Finally, we need to say a thing or two about our attitude. I know there are Christians who don’t want to be involved in politics. After all, we are citizens of the Kingdom of God and have nothing to do with earthly politics. Looking at Jesus I see a completely different attitude. By definition, Jesus was not apolitical. Judaism, religion and government were inextricably linked. When Jesus tells the Roman soldiers to be satisfied with their salary, is political interference. His comment to Pilate in which He said that he would have no power if God had not assigned it to him, was political. We have seen great changes in history through active Christians. This started in the Roman Empire. The biblical teaching of Jesus Christ challenged almost everything the Roman world had stood for. iii Unwanted children were left in the mountains or forests, convicted criminals were branded, there were horrifying games where one had to kill another human or were spectators watched people being devoured by wild animals. These practices were slowly but surely abolished and even banned under the influence of the Word of God, the Bible. Christians did not remain silent but spoke out against these practices because they believed on the basis of the Bible that man was created in the image of God and that human life should be considered sacred (Genesis 1:26). iv Still, later we also see changes in many African countries. Cannibalism was common practise in several countries, and there was also a custom that when the village elder died, his wife had to be killed as well. There was also a gruesome habit in India. Suttee in India — the widow was burned at the stake of her deceased husband. And it were mostly bold Christians who helped stop the slave trade in the 19th century. v Admittedly, Christianity has not always been executed in a biblical way. Compulsory conversions under penalty of death, or burnings, beheadings, and torture of dissent are, to say it mildly, a blemish to true Biblical doctrine. Generally, Christians did not keep quiet! Now, should we claim to be passive? Tell that, to all those Christians who have been laughed at, persecuted, killed or tortured for their ‘unwanted’ opinion. Tell that, to the believers who have started hospitals, nursing homes, food banks, and projects for homeless people. Yes, we even owe several prominent universities to Christians who took Jesus’ teaching about charity seriously. In our day too, we need bold Christians. A live stream is not a permanent solution! It’s a great things that it is possible and that people have seized the opportunity, but let’s be honest … That is not fellowship. Where are the Christians who speak up and stand up for the interests of the Church? It is not hard to find people who stick their necks out for the catering industry, self-employed people and, for example, hairdressers. Fantastic. Keep on doing! But where are the followers of Jesus who fight for the weak? The elderly who are locked up in a room against their will. Yes, many people will say, but we do that for their own well-being! Well, that is great when grandma or grandpa ask for themselves, But since when do we consider it normal to deny people social contact in the last phase of their lives? And when they die we still think it is normal denying visitors to come? Where, then, are the Christians who oppose this? Was it not the Lord Jesus Himself who touched the lepers, He who was called friend of sinners. Christians have a message. That message isn’t just for a live stream. That message must be lived out and propagated. The message of freedom and joy, the message of salvation and humanity. Be inspired by all our preceding brothers and sisters, and step out of your cocoon in faith.


i Luther’s Works; Vol. 43, pag. 132.

ii Rodney Stark, The Rise of Christianity: How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became a Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries (San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1997), 82.

iii How Christianity Changed the World, Schmidt, p. 44.

iv What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?, Kennedy, J, pp. 9–11. and How Christianity Changed the World, Schmidt, pp. 63-65.

v What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?, Kennedy, J, pp. 16–17.

The Corona crisis was expected, but nothing was done.


NOTE: This article was written in March 2020. Some data (e.g. the mortality rate) or adjusted since then. I like to refer to my own video from September 2020 about this topic: Is the Church Losing Her Credibility?


By Peter Borger (21-03-2020) Corona could be preventd

It was common knowledge that some strain of Corona virus—sooner or later—was going to cause a pandemic. It was known for almost 20 years.

Why was no action taken by our governments? Why not by the WHO? The Corona crisis was not only conceivable and foreseeable, but the world could have been prepared. We could have had medication and we could have had a vaccine long ago. That is, when there had been the political will. Where is the government when we need them?

Corona viruses are well-known respiratory viruses. They are the causative vectors for the common cold. As such most of them are nearly harmless, but we know since decades they can become dangerous. A strain of corona viruses, now known as SARS-CoV, was the first which turned bad.

While visiting the yearly congress TZANZSRS of lung specialists in Adelaide, Australia in 2003, I clearly recall the special attention given to SARS-CoV, which caused severe acute respiratory syndrome. SARS-CoV had a mortality rate of 9% and was seen as a severe threat to western society. Fortunately, SARS-CoV was not as contagious as feared. Within months the threat faded. Still, we all knew this was not going to be the last corona challenge.

In 2012, the next corona virus, MERS-CoV, roared its ugly head. With a mortality of over 30% of infected persons, it is the most aggressive corona virus thus far. This virus also disappeared from the radar without causing a pandemic. Still, we all knew there would be another corona virus. It would only be a matter of time.

Now it is there: SARS-CoV2. This virus causes COVID-19. And it already went pandemic. With a mortality of 3-4% SARS-CoV2 is not as deadly as the earlier Corona viruses, but is far more contagious. Therefore, COVID-19 can be—and will be—lethal for the weakest part of our society.

Corona viruses are positive sense, single stranded RNA viruses. They originate in the genomes of higher organisms and new strains emerge all the time through recombination. Currently, we know of seven types of corona viruses that can infect humans. Infected with these viruses, humans develop respiratory symptoms of various severities. Two of them, HCoV-229E and HCoV-OC43, cause common cold. The other coronaviruses can lead to more severe respiratory tract infections and can be potentially lethal.

Between the outbreak of SARS in 2003 and the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2019 lie 16 years. In these years, the smart phone was developed. Facebook, Snapchat, and Amazon saw the light. Virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and machine learning were developed. The human genome was sequenced and charted, as well as the genomes of over 250 other organisms. The genomes of hundreds of viruses, including all corona viruses, were sequenced and mapped. On top of that, the gene editing technology Crispr-Cas was developed. In 16 years one can develop a lot of high tech gadgets and technologies. In these 16 years, was there a treatment for Corona viruses developed? Was a vaccine developed? Was a blocking antibody developed? All knowledge to do so was available. And we knew there was going to be another corona virus outbreak, most likely in China. The shocking fact is that nothing to fight the next outbreak of a deadly Corona virus was developed! Nothing at all!

Thousands of people died during the epidemics of 2003 and 2012, while surprisingly no vaccine, treatment, or diagnostic had been established. Now again, another deadly Corona Virus kills thousands and thousands of people—and there will be many more. Yes, today there are diagnostic kits available, but a vaccine or treatment was not developed since the last corona virus outbreak. I find this very hard to believe. We may really ask ourselves why our governments, led by the Who, did not install a research and development program to be prepared for the next outbreak. It would not have been a huge scientific challenge, and not very costly either, to be properly prepared. All deadly coronaviruses share very similar molecular structures. The viral genome encodes several proteins of unique functions, including a spike (S) protein and an N protein. The N protein, which is found in all aggressive Corona strains, is currently used as a diagnostic marker. The S protein provides the best target for development of vaccines and antibodies, because the protease activity of the S protein functions to enter the cells of the human body.

Studies by Markus Hoffman, which researches at the Leipnitz Institute for primate research in Göttingen, Germany, recently showed that COVID-19 uses the same ACE2 receptor to infect human cells as the 2003 SARS. An ACE2-based cure for SARS would thus have been a cure for COVID-19. That is, if it had been developed. But a cure for SARS was never developed. Neither for the highly lethal MERS of 2012. Like SARS and MERS, COVID-19 is another wake-up call for our sleeping governments, who should have taken responsibility for their citizens a long time ago. There was ample opportunity to develop cures and vaccines to prevent the Corona crisis, which in fact started 16 years ago. If they had listened to what the experts had to say about Corona, there would have now been a solution. This time they learn it the hard way. If they had spent a few millions in preventive and curative research, the world would have been prepared. They chose to be blind and risk the life of thousands of people, risking the bankruptcy of the economic system. The life of the victims cannot be reimbursed by money. But let me guess who will have to reimburse the banks next year?

Peter Borger, MSc, PhD Worked 20 years as a molecular biologist in pulmonary science and is author of Darwin Revisited.

Also read: https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2020/03/14/johan-neyts-in-nachtwacht/ (Dutch)
en: https://www.nporadio1.nl/homepage/22846-we-hadden-nu-al-virusremmers-tegen-corona-kunnen-hebben

https://www.sinobiological.com/human-coronavirus-a6109.html?utm_source=researchgate&utm_medium=cpm&utm_campaign=mar-hcov

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/926332

https://www.rd.nl/opinie/lakse-overheden-oorzaak-coronacrisis-1.1643440 See also this interview with Dr. David Ho (go to 09:35):