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?