Blood Transfusions – What Would Your Choice Be?

Consider a person who is told by a doctor that he must abstain from alcohol.  Would he or she be obedient if he quit drinking alcohol but still had it injected directly into his veins?  Or consider this….If God commanded you to abstain from [eating] blood, would you do so?  Would you still be obeying God, if instead of eating or drinking it, you injected it into your body?

Acts 15:29 says, “..to keep abstaining from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication….”  Lev 17:10 prohibits eating ANY source of blood.  Anyone that would purposefully go against God’s Word, has little faith or none at all in Him.  I have a lot of faith because I have the hope of the resurrection which is what God promises to his true followers.  (Acts 24:15, John 5:28, 29)  So, if someone is dying, they need not to feel so sad. 

Doctors all around the world, and only because of Jehovah’s Witnesses, perform many non-blood transfusion.  Dr. Denton Cooley, a heart surgeon from Texas, says, “We became so impressed with the results from using non-blood plasma on the Jehovah’s Witnesses, that we started using the procedure on all our heart patients.”

When there is a severe blood loss, the greatest need is to restore the fluid volume.  Our blood is, actually, over 50% water; then there are red and white blood cells and so forth.  When much blood is lost, the body itself, pours large reserves of blood cells into the system and speed up production of new ones, but fluid volume is needed.  Plasma volume expanders, that contain NO blood, can be used to fill that need and these expanders have been used on thousands of people with excellent results.  Since using no blood, this would be acceptable to God.

I knew two people that gave their children blood transfusions.  One, at the age of 1…that child is dead now, because he contracted AIDS from the transfusion and died at the age of 8.  They were not Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Another woman allowed her son, at the age of 2, to be given a blood transfusion, he immediately contracted an infection from the blood and died that night.

I have known people, that are full out crack addicts, that go and donate blood every two weeks for money.  So the blood is not being tested thoroughly, evidentaly, because they return and have their blood taken again and again.  I would not want my child to get that one’s blood and end up addicted to crack because I didn’t go the safer or healthier way to save my child.  That is my goal (the safer and healthier route)…..NOT to maybe cause them more suffering.

I have heard many people say that they ‘believe in the Bible, but not ALL of it is true.’  They pick and choose what part they want to believe in.  But, 2 Tim 3:16 tells us that, “All Scriptures is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness.”  So, we either believe in God’s Word or we don’t.  We either serve God or we serve Satan.  We either follow in the footsteps of HIM or in the footsteps of Satan.

Mark 8:34 – 38, “…..For whoever loses his soul for the sake of me and the good news will save it……”  Putting one’s life ahead of God’s law is fatal.

2 Timothy 3:2 tells us that in the last days “…men will be lovers of themselves…”  So the issue here, is really, your loyalty to God.  

Don’t you agree that, when face to face with death, turning ones back on God by violating his law, would be a poor decision?  I have faith in God and His Word, the Bible, do you? 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Blood Transfusions – What Would Your Choice Be?

  1. Nicki Green says:

    You have to ask yourself would God punish someone who is trying to maintain the life that he has been given, especially since blood transfusions do save lives and they have been perfected enough so that they now are relatively safe? There is nothing in the Bible about transfusions, nor is there anything in the Bible about organ transplants, or the many thousands of other medical procedures that have only recently come into existence. I think God would be very displeased if a person forfeited his life needlessly. Life is very precious to God and I don’t think that he would accept the careless throwing away of a life just because some man, through erroneous interpretation, thought it wrong to take blood transfusions.

    Also ask yourself, would God punish someone who donates blood with the intention of trying to save another person’s life? Trying to save the precious life of another one of God’s own children? That’s an act that shows great love for your fellow man. I think that God would look very favorably on the person who is trying to save the life of another by giving some of his own blood. And that may also be another reason why God allows the blood in our bodies to be renewed rather quickly.

    It is very true that there is still a possibility that a person can acquire Aids from a transfusion. But that isn’t God’s fault. Man has created the Aids epidemic all by himself, and instead of stoping the evil practices that causes AIDS, he instead greatly increases doing those exact same things that spread the disease. The last thing that sinful man wants to do is stop committing those sins that causes Aids in the first place.

    Man has advanced in all areas and blood transfusion is only one of them. God would take a very dim view of someone who could save their life or the life of another, but didn’t, all because he was under the mistaken belief that blood transfusions are against the Word of God.

    I am not writing this to start an argument, but to simply let you know my belief. I was saved by several blood transfusions after giving birth to Adriana. I was at complete peace. My heart rate never changed. I was not afraid to die and be in the arms of my Savior. If God was ready for me he would have taken me with or without the transfusion. He is in control not man or the works of man. And lastly, whether eating and receiving a transfusion are equivalent or not, Jesus’ words would apply in either case, “There is nothing that enters a man from the outside which can defile; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man” (Mark 7:15, and see verses 18-23; also 1Cor 8:8).

    • I wouldn’t ever think you’d write something to start an argument, Nicki. 🙂 This is just a healthy discussion about one’s beliefs. On that note….

      1. ‘Would God punish someone who is trying to maintain the life that he has been given,..’? If it goes against His laws, then yes, he would. If someone tells you to bow down to them or they’re going to shoot you in the head, would you bow down because you are just trying to ‘maintain’ your ‘life’? I wouldn’t. (Exodus 20:5)
      The Bible says to ‘abstain from from blood’. (Acts 15:29) (Erroneous interpretation?) There is no other interpretation needed. It also says, in the same scripture to abstain from idolatry and fornication….so are we to take THOSE literally, but NOT the abstaining from blood part?? Oh, because it didn’t say ‘blood TRANSFUSIONS’? How is it, then, that you can shoot blood inside your body and still be abstaining from it??
      (Oh, and just in case you were misinformed (because so many are) we DO accept organ transplants…through bloodless surgery…..and we DO except transfusions, just bloodless ones.)

      2. AIDS is just one of the many many diseases, along with the infections, one can get from a blood transfusions….
      After discussing the more well-known diseases, Techniques of Blood Transfusion (1982) addresses “other transfusion-associated infectious diseases,” such as syphilis, cytomegalovirus infection, and malaria. It then says: “Several other diseases have also been reported to be transmitted by blood transfusion, including herpes virus infections, infectious mononucleosis (Epstein-Barr virus), toxoplasmosis, trypanosomiasis [African sleeping sickness and Chagas’ disease], leishmaniasis, brucellosis [undulant fever], typhus, filariasis, measles, salmonellosis, and Colorado tick fever.”
      Are blood banks faced with more long searches for tests to make blood safe? Citing the problem of cost, a director of the American Red Cross made this disturbing comment: “We can’t just keep adding test after test for each infectious agent that might be spread.”—Medical World News, May 8, 1989.
      Actually, the list of such diseases is growing. You may have read headlines such as “Lyme Disease From a Transfusion? It’s Unlikely, but Experts Are Wary.” How safe is blood from someone testing positive for Lyme disease? A panel of health officials were asked if they would accept such blood. “All of them answered no, although no one recommended discarding blood from such donors.” How should the public feel about banked blood that experts themselves would not accept?—The New York Times, July 18, 1989.
      Really, only time will tell how many blood-borne viruses are lurking in the blood supply. “The unknown may be more cause for concern than the known,” writes Dr. Harold T. Meryman. “Transmissible viruses with incubation times measured in many years will be difficult to associate with transfusions and even more difficult to detect. The HTLV group is surely only the first of these to surface.” (Transfusion Medicine Reviews, July 1989) “As if the AIDS epidemic were not misery enough, . . . a number of newly proposed or described risks of transfusion have drawn attention during the 1980’s. It does not require great imagination to predict that other serious viral diseases exist and are transmitted by homologous transfusions.”—Limiting Homologous Exposure: Alternative Strategies, 1989.

      Man has TRIED to advance in blood transfusions, but men HAVE advanced in diseases and infections. So, no…..blood transfusions ARE NOT safer today than years ago. There are a lot more statistics and information at. http://www.watchtower.org/e/hb/article_02.htm Or, another site http://www.watchtower.org/e/19980822/article_01.htm can tell you about the bloodless surgeries that not only patients, but doctors prefer to use.

      And I, also, want to point out that we’re not choosing to die. We just choose a safer way of transfusing…..a safer way that is acceptable to God.

      3. ‘If God was ready for me, he would have taken me with or without the transfusion.’ That, which many believe, also, confuses me. I’m assuming (and my assumption may be wrong), that you believe God takes you when He is ready. That when you die, no matter how young or old or no matter how you die, it is your time to go?? Are you saying that with or without the transfusion, if God wanted to ‘take you’, He would have?? Then…why get the transfusion?? (And don’t get me wrong! I’m glad your made it through Adriana’s birth safely!!)

      But, if this IS what you’re saying, lets say, for instance, a child dies. Do you honestly believe that God…would give you a child, then snatch them away from you to take them back to heaven…to what?? To have another angel? As if God needed that child more then the parents did? If it were true that God takes children, would that not make him an unloving, selfish Creator? The Bible says: “Love is from God.” (1 John 4:7) Would a God of love cause a loss that even humans with any measure of decency would not tolerate?

      Or, lets just say, that you were standing on a sidewalk with your child and a huge piece of stone, from the building above you fell off and landed on the child and killed them. Would you sue the company?? I mean, you believe that was God’s doing, soooo….it certainly could not be their fault..??

      I wrote this article to inform, not to belittle anyone. So, thanks for not taking it that way and thank you for replying and sharing with me and others what it is that you believe. (At least, I know a couple people read my blog! 🙂 I think I got out more info out in my reply than I did in the original article! ha)

  2. I am thankful to blood donars and would not be here if people didn’t donate. I had to have blood transfusions with the birth of the twins. I plan to give back, too, and be a donar.

  3. I went through a similar instance with Zevyn. In his first year of life, he was anemic….severely anemic, even though they prescribed and I had been giving him iron drops. They wanted to give him a blood transfusion, but I refused. They did not push the matter but accepted giving him a shot of B12 ( <– I think that's what it was) to boost his blood cells. By the next doctor's visit, his blood cells were up and he was not anemic anymore….nor did he even need to take the iron drops anymore. He went from laying around, weak to an energetic lil' one! After reading up about the subject of blood transfusions, I am thankful I had the information to make this decision.
    As I had written before, I had known two children who did accept these blood transfusions, who died. Not from blood loss, but from a disease and infection from the blood of their donor. Amanda, when you have time…..read the links that I put in Nicki's reply to learn more information and about the statistics of blood vs bloodless transfusions…

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