A reader asked:
I have heard about a mandatory H1N1 vaccine that the US is going to force us to take the vaccine or go to a concentration camp. Have you heard about this? It is supposedly going to start as soon as October 15, 2009. If you have heard anything or have any advise I would greatly appreciate your response.
There are always rumors like this about draconian laws coming or concentration camps for resistors. I’ve heard and watched these fables come and go for years.
You know what I’ve found? They never come to pass.
Why Unsubstantiated Rumors Should Be Ignored
I can think of three reasons why:
- Most often they were just unfounded or false rumors. There is a good reason mainstream news sites do not carry such stories. They cannot be verified. This of itself does not make them false, but most unverifiable stories do turn out this way.
- Perhaps a few rumors are based on actual plans of the enemy which failed as most plans men make up do.
- Finally some may have been real plans and had a real chance but they contradicted God’s master plan. Of course, God is sovereign and his plans never fail.
In hindsight, most of the above may seem like common sense, even academic. But common sense is not always very common.
I confess it took me a few years to experience this pattern before I recognized it myself. We all have to learn most of our discernment the hard way, by experience. We must fall for a few con-men, erroneous ideas, false prophets, and false prophecies before we start to see that generally if it sounds too good to be true (or too bad to be true) it usually is. Or if too few people are saying something, it generally is false. (With the Bible this turns out to be the opposite:Â most of what is popularly taught from the Bible is in error, due to how the Bible was written)
The next time you hear an extreme rumor like this, I hope you treat it as it deserves. As an unsubstantiated rumor.