Follow the Motives

The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him. – Proverbs 18:17

The topic of Covd “vaxcines” has been the source of hot debate recently, with strong emotions on both sides. After all, it is a life-and-death issue that requires each of us to make a personal decision. Now that the door is opening for children to receive the shots, the stakes are even higher.

Medical experts on TV are telling us, point blank, that we all need to get these shots, and the sooner, the better. There is also the concept that getting the shot somehow protects the people around us, a claim never before made about a vaxcine. We’re told that those of us who have had the shots are still vulnerable, and that we can still spread the viris, so it’s selfish of the rest of us not to have them, too. I am having a hard time understanding this logic, but what do I know? I’m not a doctor. – Most of us aren’t.

At first I accepted everything that was said about the pandemik on the news, because, after all, these guys were the experts. But by the time the vaxcines were being rolled out, I found out there are many other experts who are waving red flags and telling us the shots are extremely dangerous. I listened to some of their speeches and interviews, and these people seem to make sense, too. Some of them are even researchers who helped develop the shots in question, who are now saying they’ve made a terrible mistake!

So here’s the problem: There are people way smarter than I am on both sides. To catch any of them in a lie would require me to go to medical school and study harder than they ever did.

(Not gonna happen.)

So, when two equally qualified groups of experts take opposite sides of an argument, how does one know which side to believe? – Throwing up your hands and saying “I don’t know” isn’t an option.

I couldn’t help noticing the various methods the first group used in presenting their arguments.

At first the message was, “There’s a deadly disease out there! Protect yourself or you’ll die!” – maybe not in so many words, but fear was definitely a motivator.

When the vaxcine became available, there was much celebrating with the promise that we can now “get back to normal!”

Soon rewards were offered for getting shots, – free donuts, $10 off your grocery bill, $50 off a plane ticket, free marijuana (seriously?!), or eligibility in a million dollar raffle.

When many people still didn’t want to take what they felt was a risk to their health, they were called “selfish,” “ignorant,” or just plain “evil.” When everyone was told they still had to wear masks and socially distance, the “unvaxcinated” people were blamed.

When shaming didn’t work, the non-compliant were threatened with termination of employment, inability to participate in social events, and travel bans. Then it got nasty.

In other words, incentives went from fear, to the band wagon, then bribing, shaming, insults, threats, coercion, even blind hatred. – “I hope they die! someone tweeted. (Really?)

What’s going on?!

In a criminal trial, motive is a crucial factor to take into consideration. If someone has no motive, it’s hard to convince a jury that that person committed the crime. One common motive is greed. The familiar phrase, “Follow the money,” comes to mind.

There are big pharmaceuticle companies making billions (maybe trillions) on these shots. Hospital employees aren’t making trillions, but they do want to keep their jobs. Are they being pressured by the hospital executives, who are being pressured by Big Farma? Or are all these experts simply urging others to stay healthy out of the goodness of their hearts? The cynical side of me has my doubts.

And what about the other side? What could their motives be? It’s one thing for thousands of workers to have chosen to be fired rather than being vaxcinated. They might just be ignorant, paranoid fools. But why are hundreds, maybe thousands of medical workers choosing to sacrifice their careers rather than take the risk? What do they know that we aren’t being told? Why would they give testimonies that aren’t true? Why is it that the top virologists and epidemiologists and immunologists who have come out warning against the vaxcine have been censored by the mainstream media and, if mentioned at all, are vilified and repudiated? Why not just get both sides out there, and let people decide for themselves?

“What’s in it for them?”

The doctors pushing for the vaxcine are keeping their jobs, and Big Farma is making gajillions of dollars. These are also the doctors we see on the news daily, so theirs are household names, and will probably be in the history books.

The doctors opposing the shots are having their careers destroyed, as they are maligned, censored, and receiving death threats. So, why are they still passionately sounding the alarm?

Considering the consequences of each position, I tend to trust the ones who are risking everything to get their message out, over the ones making money hand over fist. But that’s just me. You need to decide for yourself. But whatever you decide, I wish you and yours the best.

Having said all that …

There’s an ancient question, equally universal and infinitely more important than imunization. It involves not just this life, but ETERNITY.

Jesus claimed to be the only way to eternal life (John 14:6)- IS HE?

I propose we examine the lives of His disciples, the ones who spread this message, and some with another claim, asking ourselves the same questions: “What’s in it for them?” and “Why would they lie?”

After Jesus’s crucifixion, the disappearance of His body was a huge problem for those assigned to guard the tomb. For a Roman soldier, dereliction of duty carried a death sentence. But it was also a huge problem for the chief priests, who hated Jesus. His promise to rise from the dead threatened their religious authority, and they desperately needed proof that He was still dead.

The two groups got together and devised a way to help them both. The priests “gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, ‘You are to say, “His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.” If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him [with another bribe] and keep you out of trouble.’ “ (Matthew 28:12-14)

So, the guards told a story that saved them from execution.

Jesus’ disciples, on the other hand, told a different story – “He is Messiah! He is risen! We have seen Him!”

Their story brought them persecution, prison, and martyrdom. Yet not one of them ever recanted, not even when facing torture and death. Why would they go through all that for a lie?

Whose story do you believe? Whom would you trust?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, You came to tell us the way to salvation, and You gave Your life to prove how much You love us. I believe You! Thank You! – Amen.

53 thoughts on “Follow the Motives

  1. Everything you’ve presented here rings true. For sure, follow the money. I’m just as outraged as you that scientists, healthcare workers and researchers are risking their careers yet their concerns are being dismissed and we’re all being treated like cattle. Your concluding with how Christ’s disciples did not renounce their witness to His resurrection though it cost them their lives makes a powerful point to its veracity. And relevant to how we discern truth during these uncertain times. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
    pax,
    dora

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  2. Yes, the medical experts who oppose the shots–or at least the mandates–are being censored and maligned. Thankfully, they’re willing to take a stand. On another but related note: may we American Christians also take a stand for the Lord in the face of mockery of our faith; many of our brothers and sisters elsewhere in the world are facing death for theirs.

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    1. Amen, Keith. The situation with Christians in the U.S. the past few hundred years has been the exception. Everywhere else believers have routinely seen persecution. But as I said, their faithfulness in suffering is the very thing that makes their testimony so credible.

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  3. You know those masks people wear and put so much faith in…see I use to be a fit tester with the military. When the swine flu was around we had to test them. Well guess what? They are useless. As soon as you move your face in the slightest, talk, move you cheek bones, nose, smile, etc., no good! Air is mobile…It’s all about control and money.

    Most doctors don’t like to give out anti biotics too much as it will weaken the immune system. When you mass vaccinate a population it actually forces a bacteria or virus to mutate. I know this because I do have a degree in Health and Safety and Disaster and Emergency Management. This is biggest racket ever put forward. And they are counting on the fact that most people will just swallow what they are being told out of fear. They have. Their god is government. And since when did government start all of a sudden caring about the elderly and the vulnerable? REALLY? I have been in more old age homes in the last 10 years and I can assure you they don’t give a you know what about the elderly or considering about what they given them in old age security as well. And then I’ve heard the one where “Oh well we need to protect the children” Oh yes because when you are speeding around in your car 20 and 30 and 40 km above the speed limit you really care about others and their children right? Protecting them because you are so unselfish…….please forgive my sarcasm. I have just had about enough of the hypocrisy.

    Anyway you have a great day GOD BLESS you and may JESUS protect you and you family!

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  4. It’s a complicated issue, and one that is being given a lot of thought by people all around the world. But, as you point out, perhaps the more important question we should all consider is: Was Jesus truly the Son of God, and how should that impact my life (and my decision for eternity)?

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  5. Hi Annie, thank you for sharing your thoughts. Some of your reasoning has crossed my mind too. And then there is the fact that the vast majority of us are ill equipped to be able to ascertain as to whether we are being given accurate honest information by the source we are looking at, in the first place, not to mention if individually, we have the mental where-with-all (medical and scientific training) to be able to comprehend the many sometimes complicated variances that are often highlighted with regard to the vaccine issues.

    The subject matter is highly complicated and unfortunately, constantly changing. Educated assumptions have not always proven to be accurate because the experts are still learning. We are dealing with a constantly changing virus that has the potential to kill millions more than it already has. Wishing it away because we are tired of the intrusion of the repercussions it has introduced into our lives, is not going to change that reality.

    And then you mentioned motives, which undoubtedly is a huge factor. Motives are even more difficult to evaluate, because we are dealing with a wide variety of possible factors that cause us to do what we decide to do and determine how we come to make a judgment on why we do it. The level of sincerity that we possess with regard to our judgment on something, in itself, is not always an accurate factor, because people can be very sincere and yet wrong. To ignore the reality that there is much misinformation and disinformation on this subject of vaccines for Covid19 (both pro vaccine and con vaccine) would be fool hardy.

    The level of professional credibility in the specific fields of medical science that we are dealing with, for our sources, is vitally important. Then determining what the general majority consensus of those professionals is, is normally a good indicator of the way to go. I say “normally” because there are exceptions, hence the complications surrounding this whole issue. And bear in mind that you do usually find professionals who do not agree with the general majority consensus. The amount of media coverage given to those professionals who adhere to a minority consensus then also becomes a factor.

    The current problem being of course, is the reality that we have a surplus of conflicting facts, on just about every conceivable area of Covid19 and the produced vaccines, not to mention the various practical preventive measures that are advocated by some professional authorities to be used. Sources conflicting with other sources. So who do you believe?

    I know I am not about to change anyone’s mind. I have a son and a daughter that spend an inordinate amount of time researching this subject, as I also have, and unfortunately our conclusions are at polar opposites. I have experienced first hand, the frustration that results from producing research on a particular accusation that I deem to be disproven or proven, only to have it disregarded, because my sources are in opposition to their sources. They believe their sources are more credible and I think my sources are more credible. And then we have the cascading effect, where one accusation feeds into another, and another, and another. It just never ends.

    So we have agreed to disagree and give each other the right to make our own independence decisions without cross examining one another, to the point where it begins to affect our relationship. It is not easy. In fact, it is extremely difficult but that is the way that it is. I value our relationship more than I value being deemed as possessing the right perspective. What happens next is that each of us will bear the associated repercussions of our independent decisions. Will their determined course of action or non-action have an effect on me or vice versa? I don’t have an answer to that question, maybe it will and maybe it won’t, or maybe it already has, to a degree.

    What I do know is that damage control on my part is necessary before immediate harm to our relationships is done. Long term damage? I have no choice but to accept their opposing decisions and ride it out and trust in God, who knows my heart and their hearts, much better than I do. I may not agree with them but I can still love them.

    Covid19 is but one factor that divides our nations, there are many more that run even deeper. I don’t see these divisions that we have melting away by themselves. What I do see is that the divisions are getting out of hand, and damage control is necessary, at a bare minimum. If we as Christians, are truly to love our neighbours as ourselves, then we need to acknowledge their decisions, even if we disagree with them, while still loving them. And if you stop to think about it, that is exactly what God did with us. Romans 5:8 comes to mind: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

    I’m thinking that if we forget that, we’re really in trouble, which is not to say that we are not in trouble now.

    Sorry for the long narrative Annie, hoping this helps a little.

    God’s continued grace, peace and blessings to you and yours.
    Love in Christ – Bruce

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    1. Hi Bruce our pastor practically preached this very message this morning! Our unity as brothers and sisters in Christ needs to be our focus!
      The principles of 1 Corinthians 8 are a good reminder that each person is going to hear differently from the Holy Spirit on this vaccine matter, as it is a matter of personal conscience.
      -Jo

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      1. Thanks for your input, Jo. One of the things that really bothers me is the hostility shown to those who don’t agree. Here’s one point where the Church can really stand out by loving one another unconditionally. I would hope that would say volumes to the world about the Love we have, and possibly entice them into checking into what gives us such peace.

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    2. “They believe their sources are more credible and I think my sources are more credible. And then we have the cascading effect, where one accusation feeds into another, and another, and another. It just never ends.” Exactly! This scenario has Satan’s fingerprints all over it. Let’s not fall for it!

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      1. Absolutely! We are all prone to confirmation bias, and the way social media algorithms work only reinforces our bias. We will always find evidence to confirm our bias and every “like” confirms it further. Amen let’s not fall for Satan’s tactics and let’s be united. United is not Uniformity!

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      2. Yes, I’m waiting eagerly to see how my church will respond. So far, we’ve been able to hold services for all believers since the auditorium is large enough. But what will happen when restrictions bring us down to 25% capacity or 10%? Will my church segregate its people into two services, one for vaxed and one for nonvaxed? I hope not. I feel that that would be feeding the division. Oh, for wisdom! Jesus, come help our church leaders discern the times and make wise decisions.

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  6. Thank you so much for the way you presented each side of this important issue. So glad that the Lord uses you to spread the message of salvation. Blessings to you my friend.

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  7. Nicely written Annie. A perfect segue to the Way, the Truth and the Life of our risen Saviour.
    Our bodies are not our own. They are Gods temple, where the Holy Spirit dwells. So why would we defile it with a concoction that has seriously questionable ingredients and is unproven to be safe and effective? …..By his stripes we are healed.

    1 Peter 2:24
    Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

    1 Corinthians 6:19-20
    What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
    For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

    Thank you Annie. Be ye blessed in the Lord. 🕊

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  8. “The protected need to be protected from the unprotected by forcing the unprotected to use the protection that didn’t protect the protected.” (Thompson Engles)
    Beyond the money issue is a huge “control issue.” This is a dry-run, if you will, for getting everyone ready to receive a Mark that will allow them to buy and sell anything, even groceries.
    We may be years away, but the enemy is trying to put everyone under the thumb of governments so that when he comes on the scene, he’ll meet less opposition.
    Watch for digitized money to take the world by storm in a few years ahead, precursory to a Mark. The simple logic of it will be irrefutable. You cannot lose it like cash or credit cards; no one can access but you; you can access it anywhere in the world.
    WHY would you resist? Everyone is doing it and it is so easy to do!
    Even so, come Lord Jesus, come. 🤠

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  9. If you told me in 2019 that the US government would fund CN’s gain of function research of a virus, I wouldn’t have believed it. But with the latest leaked doc by the Intercept which the Left loves to quote, well, here we are…

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  10. Thanks for this post, Annie. I understand your reasoning completely. These days, it takes courage to be the “odd” ones, those who are willing to hear both sides of the story and use our brains and instincts to make important personal health decisions, rather than following the mainstream narrative. God bless you and keep you. May he give each of us peace with our decisions.

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  11. Although my husband and I made the decision to be vaccinated, after a lot of prayer, research, and asking our trusted doctors’ opinions, I do understand the points you made here, Ann. It’s a real mess these days, trying to sort out truth from lies and wisdom from ignorance. My husband and I are trusting in the Lord to be a shield of protection for us, even if we sometimes make a mistake in judgment. He knows our hearts.

    I just want to add that I completely share your mistrust of “Big Farma”. With my history, I feel the same, which is why I rely on natural treatments as much as I can. I learned about the benefits of natural health supplements from a wonderful Christian nurse instructor, way back when I was in nursing school. Grape seed extract has done wonders for me and my husband.

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    1. I just want to add that when I first read this post a couple of days ago, it scared me. A lot. I thought “Wow, I wish she had written this post, BEFORE my husband and I were vaccinated!” But when I read Bruce Cooper’s comment, and the great post he turned it into, I felt a lot better. Praying and remembering how my husband and I both felt led by the Lord to get vaccinated — and we had that sense of His leading, on the same day — also calmed me down.

      All things considered, I believe we made the correct decision at the time, for us. But if we were wrong, God’s mercy, grace, love, and power can override our ignorance. We belong to Him and the Lord is our Shepherd! Hallelujah!

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    2. I’m the same way, Linda. Before we moved to Kentucky, I was blessed with a doctor in Michigan who was knowledgeable about nutrition, exercise, and other natural ways to stay healthy. Drugs and surgery were the last resort.
      I eat organic, take supplements, avoid sugar, white flour, and caffeine, and at times I catch myself relying on all that instead of the Lord! [NOT GOOD.] So there’s a balance, for sure. He created each of us uniquely and differently, so I avoid telling people, “This worked for me, it’ll work for you!” I don’t know that. So, as I said, I have to choose for myself, and others should do the same, and leave the rest to the Lord. ❤ Love you, friend.

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      1. That was supposed to be the reply for the comment before. (Technologically challenged…)
        Linda, I hesitated to express my thoughts (questions) because most people who were going to get the shots already have, and I didn’t want to upset people about something they can’t do anything about. I don’t think I know any people who have actually changed their minds on this.
        I may have said this in another comment, but as far as my loved ones who have had the shots (and there are a lot), in case what the opposing side says is right (and I really hope they’re wrong), I’ve been praying Mark 16:18 over them and entrust them to Jesus. Our lives are in the Lord’s hands, so we’re going to be OK. If He wants us to live, we will. And whenever He’s ready to call us home – even better!

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  12. Politicizing the medical arena is the most dangerous of all. We know this type, this template is what shapes the public to accept a system where you can be cancelled from buying & selling if you don’t take a certain mark. The political massaging of citizens to take a mandated vaccine is a nice training system.

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  13. Following the money is getting tougher because there are so many people making money off lies and fear and misinformation. But it’s not hard to follow the vaccine money that flows to Big Pharma. The trail goes from the FDA to GAVI to CDC to WHO to the UN to the White House and to the bankers. Maybe not in the order, but it’s all connected. Even with our Covid experience, or maybe because of it, we still choose not to get the shot.

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