*Too few Christians know that chapters and verses in the Bible were added centuries after the original texts, primarily to assist referencing. There is an old story that modern Bible chapters and verses were invented by an itinerant preacher while riding a horse so that some splits in paragraphs occurred by accidental jolts causing him to make a mark that indicated a the start of a new verse or chapter.
Kilkis wrote:I met and worked with people who caught Polio in one of the 1950s outbreak. Go and talk to them and ask them if it is a trivial disease. It is true that not a big proportion die but many are left with permanent debilitating muscle damage in various parts of the body that has a massive effect on the rest of their lives.
What about Smallpox? That was declared eradicated worldwide in 1980. How? Through mass vaccination. In the late 60s I had a Smallpox vaccine booster because I was working in a hospital that had received a single case from abroad. It was not circulating in the UK because of vaccination but worldwide at about that time there were 15 million cases per year. The case fatality rate was around 30 % but much higher in babies. That's over 4.5 million deaths per year from a single disease. Vaccination had been going a long time by then. In the 18th century it is estimated that in Europe alone 400,000 people died from the disease per year, and that one-third of all cases of blindness were due to smallpox. Perhaps there shouldn't have been a Smallpox vaccination programme either, TweetTweet? It's easy to talk about things like Smallpox today because we don't experience it. Try looking at this image before you start to think about it. WARNING - NOT for the faint hearted.
Understanding how diseases spread, antibiotics and vaccination have been the three biggest factors in increasing life expectancy globally. I put anti-vaxers at the Hitler/Stalin/Pol Pot end of the scale of humanity. I use the term loosely.
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