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 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.
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One small paragraph was all I could find that was in reference to my actual question. I was anticipating someone to expand on the fingerprints of the
creator himself, but instead, I get defensive responses about how there’s alternatives to blood transfusions and reasoning behind why blood
transfusions themselves can be considered dangerous, etc.
That’s the funny thing here, I am not advocating for or against transfusions. I was simply opening up a door to discuss the intricate fingerprints
of God in our individually unique DNA, and how that revelation can open the door to a conversation about knowledge that has perhaps been lost on
followers of God in modern times..... as I stated earlier.... the central theme to all of our history is wrapped around blood... dna, bloodlines,
genetics, ritual sacrifices to gods through numerous cultures, evidence that it could still be happening, and our entire modern calendar is set at 0
according to the crucifixion of Jesus on the cross.... because his “blood” was shed for our sins, right? When someone mentioned the refusal of
blood transfusions, even if in an accusatory way, I saw it as an opening to discuss what has been lost, our understanding of how and why the life and
spirit is considered to be found coursing through our veins.
We know that things are passed down in our genetics and we know that science is tinkering with every aspect of it as if we were all just one big
science experiment. Nobody bats an eye, because we have I guess decided that as long as we’re alive in this physical existence that’s all that
matters..... but apparently there has been a hard to diverge from belief, passed down for thousands of years, that there’s something special about
the blood of certain individuals and something corrupted about others....
I understand my interests aren’t everyone’s interests... and that many simply see it as “obey and don’t ask questions” so maybe it’s my
entire concept of feeling like I am free to ask the questions that is the problem.... not the question itself. And that is why so many are turned off
by the idea of an intelligent designer of our existence, because religion perverted him, by its design, which is in direct opposition to God.
I’ll play devils advocate here, and answer my own question.... I think perhaps the reason for the deluge that wiped away all but Noah (who was
“pure” in his generations”) was the concept of corrupted DNA/ beings filling the earth that were no longer operating with the DNA/blood God
intended us to have, because that opposition to the creator would like very much to erase Gods fingerprints from the creation, and inside our blood,
our unique DNA, is where his fingerprints are found.
My mind contemplate the line and how we will know when we’ve crossed it, as it is written that “as it was in the days of Noah so then shall it be
again” or something. I just wondered if perhaps this particular religion held any kind of specific beliefs about the sanctity of our unique DNA
made by the God who knows the number of hairs on our head..... all the way to the epigenetic memories and generational traits passed down to us and
expressed through our DNA .... or if it was simply that the religion is taking the words of the Bible and just saying “this is what we obey”
without understanding the why behind it.
Nobody needs to convince me there’s an agenda to persecute religious beliefs like this from the scientific and medical community and the world at
large, there is. What I did want convinced of, however, is that adherents to the belief understand why they adhere to it, and I have better
articulated the way in which blood could be viewed as something to be precautious of dabbling in, because of its apparent unique fingerprint of God
within each of us.
That’s a difficult thing to discuss with regard to the basic understanding that these procedures save lives, modern advancement in medicine has
given the infertile ways to conceive, the broken ways to repair themselves, and the future a glimmer of hope for some that we might eventually
“overcome” physical death completely....
All off topic to converting someone to JW, sure, but in the grand scheme of things- very relevant to the concept of Gods omnipotence and power, and
the wisdom that can be found behind his instruction- but only if you can see it in the big picture view kind of perspective.
Again, I’m not “for” or “against” anything, but just thought the discussion itself could be of value.
I find the conversation to be of more importance sometimes than the conclusion reached.... because most people cannot do this respectfully and
intelligently. It’s why subjects like this show up on an alternative website to social media and lunch break conversations.... we’ve lost our
ability to reasonably discuss things.
Also, I can put anything I want into google and get anything back it wants me to have- so condescending me for asking what I’m trusting to be real
humans about their real experience of things is actually smarter than letting a well scripted website answer my questions without any attached emotion
to the equation. Everything is about proper presentation these days because everyone’s trying to sell something. I’m not looking to buy, I’m
just here to enjoy the stories.
I remember someone I once worked with tearfully telling us her sister had died, because she had declined a blood transfusion for religious purposes.
She wasn’t there to defend her beliefs, so I only got the side of the emotion filled heartbreak from her sisters viewpoint. Asking someone who
adheres to that belief would give me somewhat of another side of the story, no? Maybe someone could articulate their deep faith in God and his
sovereign plan for their lives, and that they trust when he calls them home it’s time to go? See I can jump around and TRY to see it from more
angles than my own viewpoint, but still, I’m limited. This is where Jehovahs Witnesses and every other person who wants to use themselves as a light
to guide other souls to eternal life..... could take advice...you don’t ONLY use the story that’s already written, and expect others to buy it
just because you have...
You use your own story. “Testimony”
First, though, gotta write It
Everyone attacked me as if I am someone who’s going to condemn those who would object to blood transfusions as lunatics, when I was actually opening
a door where someone could better explain the reasoning behind it. The beauty of Gods fingerprints in us. Weird how this worked out, though. Makes me
feel as if JW aren’t interested in discussing the wonder and intricacy behind our design and the goodness of our creator, but to instill fear of
disobedience without further substance or explanation. That’s where religious indoctrination has failed God, sorry to say.
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