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ARE BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS FORBIDEN BY GOD?

Here is what JW.org says about blood transfusions.

http://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/faq/jehovahs-witnesses-why-no-blood-transfusions/

Here is a quote:  ” Why don’t Jehovah’s Witnesses accept blood transfusions?  This is a religious issue rather than a medical one. Both the Old and New Testaments clearly command us to abstain from blood (Genesis 9:4;  Leviticus 17:10;  Deuteronomy 12:23;  Acts s the heart, vessels, and so on — it is essential for life. But when ingested it’s 15:28, 29) Also, God views blood as representing life. (Leviticus 17:14) So we avoid taking blood not only in obedience to God but also out of respect for him as the Giver of life.”

In Summary, the JW Organization view is:

1)  Bible says to abstain from blood.
2)  Life is in the blood – respect Jehovah as life giver.

OUR RESPONSE:

We know the there is much health advice in the Old Testament.  Blood in the heart and vessels is essential for life, but when ingested through the mouth and into the stomach, it is toxic. Okay, so it is good medical advice not to ingest blood.

How is a blood transfusion not respecting Jehovah as life giver?  We get the opposite thought.  By embracing the life and healing benefits of blood transfusions are we not showing our appreciation to Jehovah for his provision of the live giving benefits He has provided in blood?  Since blood represents LIFE, then why not use it save a LIFE, providing it’s not contaminate, but then again without “worldly” donators the JWs couldn’t get blood fraction!

To make a rule of no blood transfusions allowed, which has often resulted in death of a loved one, is not a position we would want to have to defend some day when standing before Jehovah’s judgement seat.

“But flesh with the life thereof, which Is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.”—Ge 9:4

THIS and other similar texts of Scripture are being used by some In an effort to prove that donating blood to save another’s life, or receiving a transfusion of blood, Is forbidden by God and a sin So gross as to result In eternal death. Are we justified In placing such an interpretation upon the divine injunction against eating or drinking the blood of lower animals?

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63 comments to ARE BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS FORBIDEN BY GOD?

  • Ted R. (Bible Student)

    I have prepared a document expressing my scriptural reasons why I WILL accept blood transfusions if it means saving my life. I am having it notarized and giving it to my disfellowship son and a copy in a sealed envelope in my car with instructions that my son give it to the doctors if needed. I have also destroyed my blood card. This takes my wife off the hook and prevents any argument among family, since I am not df’d at this time. For my wifes sake I am putting into the letter that this decision is based on my Christian conscience and in no way should be construed as a desire to disassociate. This would force them to disfellowship me at which point I could possibly have a court case against them or at least it may help open my wifes eyes. Don’t know if it will work but its worth a try.

    • greg (Bible Student)

      Ted,

      Sounds very well-thought out, and a creative solution. I hope (and trust) it will bring happy fruitage for you.

      Warmly,
      -greg

  • Jacqueline Fowler (Bible student)

    This is the first time I have ever heard this angle or from a person who actually let a child die and later found out they were wrong. If you take oxygen are you taking in water?
    http://ajwrb.org/components-of-blood-are-the-issue

    • greg (Bible Student)

      I really appreciate you posting this, Jacqueline. Thank you. I can’t imagine living with the kind of regrets I’m sure this father has.

      Although there seems to be much debate about just how much water is in blood, the fact remains that blood is an aqueous solution, and since we live in a closed eco-system, all that water will be recycled continuously forever. So really, it could be truthfully stated that water is a blood fraction. So who can say whether or not that water droplet you just consumed wasn’t previously a blood component?

      Whenever you set out to split hairs, you are only going to create more hairs to split. You’ll never finish and you’ll never be satisfied.

      -greg

      • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

        But Greg, these men are the only men on the face of the earth that God talks too. Everything they say or do are to be obeyed and believed until they change it. There would not be a legal hole they could hide in if I let my child die and found out they know the doctrine had severe problems. Oh i feel so sorry for this man and all of the witnesses that have assisted in the killing of their kids or females. They are like satan, glorying in killing women and their seed as in Eden. So glad Jesus got this! IN the Ransom for all humans. Enjoyed testimony meeting tonight.

        • greg (Bible Student)

          LoL. Even if—and of course that’s a HUGE IF, and one tht I’m not ready to swallow— but even IF they are the only one’s on the planet that God is talking to, that doesn’t mean (guarantee) they’re actually listening, nor hearing correctly.

          Sigh…

          There were some very powerful statements made on that lovely webpage. Like the one: “We cannot change this. Think about all [persons] who [have already] died [because of our interpretation].”

          It’s another way of saying, “We can’t admit we were wrong because of all the persons we’ve already killed. So now we’ve got no choice but to keep on killing others.”

          Sickening!!!!

          -greg

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