What is the basis for refusing blood transfusions but accepting
(Refer to Figure 1 for the percentage of the four main components defining blood and to Figure 2 for the basic position on blood held by Jehovah's Witnesses.)
That being the case, how can Jehovah's Witnesses harmonize their view of blood and what is or is not allowed by means of conscience with what the Bible has to say on the subject? Is it a rational view, or is it irrational? The following will be different yet related lines of thought that come together to mold the religious decisions on blood that we have formed.
First, one must appreciate that our view is one that is left up to the individual's conscience as to what they will partake of and what they will not and yet hold intact the command to abstain from blood. Is it possible to take blood, fractionate it to a certain level, and use it for human need without violating the scriptural command to abstain from blood? That is what the following will be addressing as best as possible within the scope of the following articles. Surely this will not cover every aspect of the subject, but it endeavors to address the aspects mentioned above as to whether a rational view can be presented to defend the belief that we have established toward accepting blood fractions below the cellular and whole plasma level and yet not be in technical or scriptural violation of abstaining from blood.
"In-Depth" presents articles that explore the history of abstaining from blood from Genesis to Acts, and how this has a direct bearing on Christianity. Appendix articles have also been prepared: the first focuses on the choice of consuming blood-products or not in a life-threatening situation—in the setting of what actually occurred in a Nazi concentration camp; the second considers the controversial issue of organ transplants in light of its historical and medical context, and the last one similarly addresses the related vaccination situation. Finally, please consider what Jehovah's Witnesses have officially published in response to various inquiries on this complex topic in "Additional Reading."
If you truly believe that the Bible is the unerring, inspired Word of God, and you are sincerely interested in knowing the truth of this matter from God's perspective, then please carefully consider the following detailed presentations with questions and answers.
2. "Blood Transfusions." supra note 1. For further information on blood and minor blood fractions, see Blood: Why So Valuable? <http://www.watchtower.org/e/200608/article_01.htm>, which appeared in the August 2006 Awake! cover series, and "Questions From Readers" in the June 1, 1990 and June 15, 2004 issues of The Watchtower (back)
3. A similar diagram entitled "Basic Stand on Blood" has been published by Jehovah's Witnesses. (back)
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