Many Christians don't believe in evolution, but nonetheless get their flu shot every year? Why?

I asked this question in a different way recently, but wanted to give a more specific example to spark debate. The flu, and viruses in general are a perfect example of evolution in hyperspeed, because they have thousands of generations in the time it takes man to go through one generation. We all know that the flu is constantly "evolving" because there is always a "new strain" that gets people sick, even for those who got shots last year. And sometimes it mutates into a form that is downright deadly. How do Christians take these kinds of drugs, knowing they were created by scientists using their understanding of evolution to fight the disease and reconcile it against their disbelief in evolution.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    its kiind of two different things, dont you think? maybe you should spend a little more time outside, away from your computer

  • 1 decade ago

    All knowledge is God's knowledge. So there is no debate about whether a Christian can use something developed by an evolutionist, atheist, etc. If that reasoning were valid then none of us could use knowledge from people with different belief systems. And you would be jumping off buildings since Newton was a Christian and therefore, you would have to reject the notion of gravity.

    I do not believe that a virus mutating into a stronger form is an example of evolution. It is not one species changing into a completely different one as evolution proposes.

  • Erika
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    not all Christians disbelieve evolution. And besides, the Christians who do doubt evolution purely doubt that a collection of little differences can finally turn one species into yet another. case in factor, that mankind advanced from an ape-like ancestor thousands of thousands of years in the past. So the theory that a germ can mutate is in no way incompatible with the disbelief of that type of evolution. For the record, i'm a Christian who accepts evolution, and that i have not had a flu shot for an truly, very lengthy time period.

  • Lilah
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Evolution happens in many forms and can be classified as "adaptation" as well. The flu virus adapts and mutates so that it can survive. I am a Christian and believe in the evolution/adaptation of a species. It happens all the time...just look at nature and how it changes so that it can survive. Very cool stuff. Just because I am a Christian does not mean I ignore the scientific advances humans have made....that would be foolish.

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  • Just because there are different "strains" or "kinds" of viruses that have "mutated" from the original, it doesn't mean that there is any type of evolution going on. The Bible states (and Christians in general believe) that each organism will produce "after his own kind". This means that changes can occur in the more specific groups under "kind" but not in the species itself. A bacterium will never produce anything but more bacteria.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Evolution is a very small glimpse into the power of God. God has set it in motion and evolution is the result. In the first 6 days in Genesis, time is not defined. A day to God is unknown to man. Viruses are just apart of everyday life. God gave man the intelligence to come up with anti viruses, through trial and error, to combat disease. For a Christian to take a flu shot is not a compromise in their beliefs, it is another thing to say thank you God for allowing mankind to evolve through strength and intellect. Just another reason that we are not related to monkeys.

  • Personally I don't get a flu shot as I feel it is better in the long run to get natural immunity some times. But I might add that some of us Christians have a little known verse in our Bible that reads,"Honor the physician for his skill comes from God." That informs us that there is nothing wrong with utilizing medicine and therefore science to our benefit. I am not sure about evolution but it does not affect my faith as the Church has stated that it sees no conflict with that and Catholicism.

  • 1 decade ago

    How many people who take a flu shot even consider any of those things? Do they even consider the side effect? There is a chance with the flu shot to be paralized in some or all of the body and this can last up to a year...I know someone it happened to.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Unfortunately, many of the people who don't accept evolution do so because someone told them not to accept it. These people don't think for them selves. Notice I say "accept", to me evolution is not exactly a belief but rather an acceptance of the current conclusion based on science. These conclusions change or get refined all the time. What bothers me is that I see no conflict between evolution and the bible. The conflict is created by the overly zealous control freeks who enjoy telling you what to think. As for intelligent design, God problably used evolution as a beautiful and elegant way to achieve intelligent design.

  • 1 decade ago

    evolution is a natural act of nature that would take place over time. Getting a flu shot is not necessarily "survival of the fittest." Getting a flu shot is about being healthy, not evolution. I see where you are coming from, but do not agree at all.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I am a Christian, and I don't get a flu shot, and I don't get the flu?

    so what ?

    do you think that GOD didn't have the forethought to design a species that could evolve to meet it's own needs or meet the needs of an other species?

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