How ‘nice’ are the anti-vax conspiracy theorists?

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Did you know that amongst other things, the book of Revelation prophesies the advent of big pharma and the plot by these multi-nationals to take over the world in the face of a global pandemic? Here it is in Revelation 18:23

“all nations were deceived by your pharmacy”

There you have it.  The big pharmaceutical companies have been part of a global conspiracy in order to deceive us all and John saw it all those years ago in his vision. So, how have we missed it?  Well you’ve probably read Bible versions that translated the Greek word Pharmacia as sorcery or magic.  And here’s the thing, they were absolutely right to do so.

You see, back at the time that John was writing, he chose a Greek word that was to do with the creation of potions and poisons, the work of sorcerers and magicians and used it to describe the city of Babylon, itself figuratively representing the powers and empires of the world represented at that time by Rome.  John is simply saying that those who hold such power seek to manipulate and deceive for their own ends but they will meet their judgement, Babylon will fall.

What we have here is an example of a root fallacy. This is where someone picks up the root or etymology of a word from an ancient language and assumes that our modern English word has exactly the same usage and meaning as that 2000 year old word. A well known example of this is the word “nice.”  Its roots are in the Latin for foolish or ignorant.  Yet if you were to refer to something as nice today you would not be making an insult but a gentle compliment. 

In the same way, the word used by John that was lined to the idea of making potions had given the ancient Greeks their word for sorcery but it would also later give us our word for medicine and words to describe those who invent, develop, produce and dispense such medicine.  When John talked about the disceptation of pharmacia he no more had in mind the scientists working for Pfizer and GSK than he did your local friendly pharmacist who you see when you pop into Boots to pick up your asthma inhalers and some ibuprofen.

The aim of those who are communicating this misinterpretation of Scripture is to put people off from receiving the COVID-19 vaccines and forms part of a conspiracy theory that has been going no so long. I suspect that most people sharing memes to this effect won’t be aware of this. They’ve simply been told something that sounds plausible and accepted it. Sadly, we can’t assume that the originators of such nonsense are quite so naïve. 

The problem is that there are people who are so committed to their agenda that they will do anything to persuade people including manipulating and misinterpreting God’s Word.  They are not to be trusted. 

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