Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Watchtower’s Answer Shows Blood Doctrine Is False

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Watchtower’s blood doctrine forbids Jehovah’s Witnesses to accept transfusion of red cells, white cells, platelets and plasma. Jehovah’s Witnesses who conscientiously accept transfusion one of these blood constituents does so under threat of Watchtower’s organized communal shunning policy whereby the Jehovah’s Witnesses, including family members, are required to completely shun the person as though dead. The sole exception is for essential family business.[1,2]

But the Bible nowhere makes mention of blood constituents such as platelets and white cells. So what is the basis for Watchtower’s position in respect to these products from blood?

In correspondence dated February 1, 2007 a writer asks Watchtower this question:



“Will you please explain the basis for refusing blood fractions such as platelets and leukocytes when the Bible is just as silent about these as it is about hemoglobin and albumin from blood?”


In correspondence dated February 21, 2007 Watchtower answered this question by providing the basis for its religious position. Since the Bible does not mention these components of blood, Watchtower turns to nature for its basis. Watchtower replied say,



“As to blood’s medical uses, a careful examination of what has been published by Jehovah’s Witnesses will reveal that our consistent position has been that whole blood of any of one of its four primary components—plasma, red cells, white cells, and platelets—should not be used. That is how unfractionated blood components settle out naturally. In its still unbroken-down state, each separated primary component, regardless of its respective percentage of whole blood, can still represent basically what blood as a whole symbolizes: the life of the creature.”


The problem with that answer by Watchtower is that it is demonstrably false. That is to say, blood does not settle out naturally into four primary components of plasma, red cells, white cells, and platelets. In the natural setting blood settles into two primary parts known as clot and serum.[4] Hence the very basis Watchtower uses to support its religious position on separated blood components is false.

Knowing the very reason why Watchtower’s blood doctrine prohibits transfusion of platelets is false, how do my brothers among Jehovah’s Witnesses find any morality in supporting and defending this doctrine, let alone teaching it as valid?

Marvin Shilmer
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References:

1. “If a baptized member of the faith willfully and without regret accepts a blood transfusion, he indicates by his own actions that he no longer wishes to be one of Jehovah's Witnesses. The individual is no longer viewed as a member of the Christian congregation because he no longer accepts and follows the Biblical prohibition to abstain from blood.”—(Watchtower letter to All Hospital Liaison Committee Members, dated June 16, 2000)

2. See article “Display Christian Loyalty When a Relative Is Disfellowshipped [or Disassociated]” in Our Kingdom Ministry, published by Watchtower, August 2002 p. 3

3. Images of correspondence dated February 1 and 21, 2010 (click to enlarge):




4. Watchtower – Blood – Natural Distinction?

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24 comments:

Joe Emerson said...

I've just put an item about this extremely important documentation on christianwitnesses.com homepage and after some days it will be moved into a news file and is already also copied into the side page titled BLOOD.

It is easy to see that in future blood transfusion related cases, attorneys and family members wanting to fight to save the lives of those bleeding to death will certainly consider entering copies of this, one of Watchtower's very own official letters, into the court records for showing Watchtower's gross ignorance or deception. Watchtower attorneys will have to explain WHY their organization puts out such letters and it may also proove to be a means for showing the organization more liable on a totally non-religious basis, important since in many lands the judiciary does not permit hearings or evidence to do with scriptures, but does permit the admission of non-religious items of proof weighing in one direction or another.

Great job, Marvin! Please see if you can get hold of other Watchtower reply letters as additional items of proof.

Anonymous said...

Good work Marvin.

And here's much more proving the Watchtower's blood policy is just flat out WRONG!

http://www.jehovahs-witness.net/watchtower/medical/150613/1/WT-SOCIETY-IS-WRONG-ON-BLOOD

exjehovah said...

Elective bloodless surgery innovations are wonderful BUT remember that in most parts of the world the complex expensive gadgets to recover hemoglobin is not available YET the ban on life saving blood transfusion is binding on Jehovah’s Witnesses in those 3rd world countries.
Jehovah’s Witnesses maintain their blood transfusion ban is from the Bible commanded by God,binding on all mankind.

Anonymous said...

I've visited many anti-Jehovah's Witnesses web sites and am amazed at how many people hate us. I'd think all you folks would have better things to do then spend your waking hours hating us. Yeah we've made mistakes, but hasn't everybody. How are our mistakes so much more treacherous than others that it causes all of you to have a mission in "enlightening" everyone to our supposed deceptive ways. Please use your energies toward more noble efforts.

Anonymous said...

hurray anonymous my self think the same all who talk and are looking for the nettle in the hay stuck in JW way of worship there fault's LOOK at your self don't be spreading hate be constructive life is short soon you will be in the hands of mercy from God whom you have so much problems adding and taking knowing all, get a life . Jehovah's Witnesses are the by the long way the cleanest honest law abiding people that i know. and I know many. no one is perfect

Anonymous said...

The A,B,C 1 2 3 of JW Issues

Jehovah's Witnesses would be obscure and no one would say anything negative about them except they cause these problems:

1) break up families under the guise of Jesus said so.

2) let kids die from no blood transfusion then say it's from God and then have all kinds of you can use blood parts loopholes.

3) go door to door and lie about why they are really there say it's to encourage Bible reading when they want to get literature in your hands ask for donation and then come back bothersome because you took literature just to be nice to them.

Get rid of these 3 things and you will do fine.

http://www.jwfiles.com

Anonymous said...

If the "no transfusion" belief is based solely on one Bible verse, ie; Levitucus 17:14, I suggest that again a biblical verse has been taken out of context as many have and will be, to the convinience of many? I always ask anyone that does this, to read the whole chapter,the verses before and after the "quoted" one, in order to get the whole picture. In this case I believe that the Bible speaks of animal sacrifices in the old testament. Bottom line, we do live in a free country and first of all God gave us all free choice. We choose, and if we choose wrong there are consequenses. So everyone will answer to God for his/her own choices, no one elses. This is the world we've created. God allows this, and I do not question Gods ways.

Anonymous said...

I would like to add to these comments by asking everyone to actually read the "acts of the apostles" properly. If read correctly, you will see no one is under any restrictions whatsoever from the laws of Moses, which Jesus fulfilled with his death, and James wrote that letter to THREE CITIES only because the Jews were jealous of the gentiles coming to the Christ and getting saved, three cities because there was a large concentration of Jews living there and they did not like it.Peter was given no instructions when being sent to Cornelius.Acts 10v33, 11v15,it was the judgement of James 15v19, 17v5-13 because the Jews were jealous.
So I urge everyone to read through the actions of the apostles correctly,ask yourselves, why only three cities? and if one does not live in these three cities today, should they take the letter seriously. It was only addressed to them not us.
James went against the holy spirit and against the apostles by writing this letter to appease the Jews.

Anonymous said...

So we don't take blood transfusions. Of what concern is that to you people. Am I going to post a blog and harass you people for all the things that you do that I don't agree with. Am I going to post a blog because Burger King messes up my order repeatedly... no I just won't go back. Do i start a crusade of "enlightenment" to warn others of your repeated non use of gods name. You people are so shallow that I can't believe that I'm actually ranting about your childish tantrums. What I do is my business and mine only. You can quote scripture just like me to defend your position, but ultimately it is each ones decision, as to what they want to do, and there is no reason for any other person to cry "foul". You should spend your time drawing awareness to human traficking. Women in the orient put on sex shows and put razor blades and eggs in them selves for the purient lust of travelling business men. Certain pig farmers let huge mounds of dead pig carcasses rot in open fields. My right to refuse blood transfusions pales in comparison to what's really happening in this world. Grow up.

Anonymous said...

You are doing a good job by denouncing their wrong explanation about blood transfusion, the bible verset said abstain from blood, it doesn't say which blood human or animal? It did not say either to separate the blood components which one to take or not to take.By the way I am JW, since the Gorvening Body came with the new explanation about blood transfusion, I think something fishy going on, it's for their own interest. I am Registered nurse,some patients have to have blood transfusion immediately or die in seconds.If you are a member once you disagree with them, Gorverning Body label you as apostate, they're so insecure and than later on GB said (" what we thought was this, is not that Jehovah God gave us new light").It's a way to cover up their mistakes. I have been a witness for 27 years, I Know brothers and sisters who have been shun, disfelloshipped for taking platelets, plasma, and wbc.They are full of it.

Anonymous said...

I must say, reading all this am so shocked. You may say why! With respect to whatever belief your rooted in, that's all you know. Am not a jw, however l can understand why they don,t take it. It's 1 of their laws, l feel for them on this law that the Gorverning Body have placed on them, plus a lot of the other laws, like friends outside the WT not being allowed, l know some jw,s but their not allowed to mix with others outside their church.Because we don,t believe what they believe!! But l accept them for who they are, As a believe in are Lord Jesus Christ, He is the way the truth and the life, my full trust is in Him. Nor any man
standing in a pulpit. This is what scares me about the control over these people,the WT have. I have seen what the jw,s study, and frankly l really don,t know how they do it. I know 1 jw that works full time in a job, plus all the study
that is done for each meeting, plus 50 hours a month door2door!!!!To tell the
truth l done some of their studyies for myself, l enjoyed them and applied it to my
own life and my own walk, however there was things that started to effect me,
and l can only say l did notice that things the WT wrote started to get a grip, l
started to be more like I HAVE TO GET THIS STUDY DONE!!!! Or GOD will be
displeased with me, and l spend every min of the day soaked in WT,my own studies when out the window.
And it soon became a heavy load around my neck.
All l know l heard matt 11v 29-30 in my ear and stopped the studies, it's not the
scriptures that bothered me it was the way the WT used and abused them to
make you feel guilty.
As for the blood law well, them couple of texts ref blood it could mean anything,
and it is sad that this law is pressed upon JWs and they can,t say if up to each
person, cause they would get shunned, and 2 most of them that would be
unbearable, they might as well take there chances not taking the blood. As for
JW,s deep down l,ve cried tears over them little do they know, and still keep praying that Gods Holy Spirit directs their steps. And not that of the WT




cannot believe that God would want anyone to die needlessly if help was at hand.

Anonymous said...

YOUR ALL SO CONCERNED WITH BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS BUT I BET MOST OF YOU ARE OK WITH ABORTION.

COMankind said...

Current JWs wonder why xJWs spend so much time being, what appears to be, destructive. And yes, many fail -as it is human nature to fail - to forgive and forget.

But current JWs must try to respect the silence in shunning felt by those that leave. Nobody listens, nobody cares about those that leave. Even close relatives are taught to stop loving. This is not a trivial policy, and is the very thing that creates the backlash.

I saw a close friend die in a hospital for refusing a blood transfusion. I thought she, and her entire support group, including her husband and newborn baby...were all blessed for supporting her. I now realize that this teaching is not scriptural...or at least cannot demand that a life be put on the line for an interpretaion. This rightfully angers people.

From the 50s to the 80s, the witnesses taught that organ transplants were akin to cannibalism. Diabetics were disfellowshipped for getting new kidneys. Truly devout witnesses died for the cause. But now...the organization has completely reversed this policies. A current JW will call that progress, light getting brighter, and will applaud the organization for acknowledging past mistakes. An exJW will call that oppressive faith that is clearly not directed by God.

Btw...The organization never said sorry for those that died as a result of their unfounded policies. This in itself is truly disheartening.

Call it pessimism if you like, but the Pharisees thought the same thing about what Jesus said 'thats hurtful, why cant you be more positive?'. A dose of reality can be a big pill, but humility and open-mindedness make it go down much easier.

Anonymous said...

At one time to abstain from blood. One was taught to have no blood transfusions of blood. If you did you were not abstaining from blood.

It appears times have changed. You can have fractions of blood. Now abstaining from blood is out and fractions of blood is in.

What changed??? Blood transfusions were a no-no. Now blood transfusions are O/K or are they?

Fractions of blood come from transfused blood. Animal or human.
What is explained to relatives who have had a family member die believing what was taught to abstain from blood?

Anonymous said...

Back in 1974 I started to study the Bible to learn to draw closer to The True God ( Jehovah, Yahweh, YHWH ) and understood that Jesus was & is His Only Begotten Son, that Jesus was in the beginning WITH God, and learned that Hell Fire was false, being raised as a Catholic, that the Earth would Not be destroyed at Armageddon and on and on with Eye opening Truths, never feeling like I was part of a "MIND" controlling cult, not sensing that my ability to be a FREE thinker, and come to conclusions on my own without coercion, without a "man made" organization like the Church of Scientology, The Mormon organization, etc etc. That being said, that was over 35 years ago, and today things have changed internally for the JW Christian organization, and many are exposing and their focus is on the errors, deliberate or not that have been made at the "TOP" level within this WTBTS representing itself as the "Faith & Discreet Slave" thus, many Ex-JW's have abandoned the Once trusted and hoped in Christian Brotherhood BECAUSE of so much Negative Propaganda ( which I agree has left me frustrated and disappointed over so much restriction and contradiction, frequent doctrinal changes etc etc) I could go on, like many here do, however, just like the apostles, JUST like when Jesus 1st told his followers they would have to "eat" his flesh and "drink" his blood, in essence become cannibals what did most do? They left following him, yet the small close group that remained had to admit, "where will we go to Lord?" You have sayings of Everlasting Life! So maybe that is what keeps the majority of JW's putting up with and remaining Loyal Despite SO Many Mistakes, so many inconsistencies, so many Wrongs committed by Anointed Members of the "GB", elders, Gilead missionary, Special Pioneers, Circuit Overseers, District Overseers, At ALL levels of the Brotherhood....even Moses was Guilty of Gross Wrongdoing! King of Israel David Guilty of Gross wrong doing..and as far as there Only being 144,000 symbolic ones that inherit the Kingdom of the Heavens? One thing Can NEVER Be refuted By any Bible Based Group out there....That God's Original Purpose was to FILL the Earth with Perfect Humans, who Would Live Forever...and We Know that God, Jehovah ALWAYS Sees His Purpose to Completion...meaning humans WILL Live Forever Upon This Earth ...we do not know when, how, We Do Know One Thing...The Choice Has always been ours, and continues to be ours...That's what God created us and Spirit Creatures with FREE WILL..The Ability To Choose One Way over another. So No Matter what has Been Done by the WBTS/JW's or Any Other religious organization out there, I, You, Anyone at any time has the right, the freedom to leave or submit, BUT Never complain or Shoot Negative Energy Toward another, because that Negative energy is being Created by the One Thinking it. Let the Reader "USE" discernment.
Energy Flows Where Attention Goes...Love - Joy - Peace - Long Suffering - Kindness - Faith - Goodness - Mildness - Self Control - With such things There is No Law.

Marvin Shilmer said...

Anonymous,

Thanks for sharing your view.

You wrote:

… yet the small close group that remained had to admit, "where will we go to Lord?" You have sayings of Everlasting Life!

The small group of Jesus’ faithful followers did not ask him where they should go, but rather the Christ was asked “whom shall we go away to?”

The biblical Jesus did not teach a religion; he taught a way of life.

Thanks again for taking time to share your views.

Marvin Shilmer

Anonymous said...

Thanks yes Marvin, "The Way" as it was known in the 1st century.

Anonymous said...

All those interested in learning THE TRUTH go to http://biblebrain.livejournal.com
Jehovah's witnesses are the modern-day Pharisees who add extra laws to the laws of Moses and put great burdens upon God's people. They are blood-guilty before our God and father.

Anonymous said...

To those JW's on here that say" so what i dont take blood, what is that ti you", my answer is, it is completely possible that my daughters, who are JW, believe this nonsense, and would sacrifice their very lives, if needed/. I think that makes it my business. and for the other kids who are not clear headed on this issue, because they have been taught that its Gods will, so they die, or, could die. Would u allow your loved one, your child, to die? if so, u must be stopped, and ignored. If you cant see this is a serious concern for anyone with a brain, or a heart, your truly messed up.

Darkangel said...

Interesting Post!

I've been a JW since birth, 35yrs in the organization. But I think that our stance against blood transfusion is erroneous.

In the Bible Blood was viewed as sacred because it REPRESENTS LIFE of the killed creature be it animal or human. Thus blood reached an important status because of this: it symbolizes life, called Lifeblood. Thus one killing somebody can be called blood guilty. However, blood has never surpassed the importance of life itself.

The Bible shows that blood is more important than life. In fact, from the time of Moses to the Christian era, Blood is always used to save lives. For example, in the last plague of Egypt, where Jehovah decides to kill all firstborn of nation, it was blood used, sprinkled to the doors, to save the firstborns of Israel.

Another example is the blood continually sprinkled in the most holy part of the temple throughout hundreds of years to pay for the atonement of sins of Israel. Blood was used symbolically to save lives again.

Furthermore, in the Last Supper of the Lord Jesus, he says to his disciples to drink the wine in the cup that symbolizes his blood, in order to save his followers. Blood again was used to save lives.

True, that blood could not be used as food as this is just a mundane/ordinary task (and there are numerous other foods to choose from); just as life should not be viewed as mundane but to be cared for and viewed special & precious by everyone; and that life is only owned by God himself. However, one should not put too much importance on blood more than life itself.

Witnesses dying due to refusal of blood transfusion are outright silly and gross misunderstanding of the scriptures. It actually goes against anything about God's view of human life. God himself wants to save all humankind bur we try to end this during life threatening situations where we desperately need blood. God's view on the sanctity and holiness of human life is trampled by our blood policy.

Darkangel said...

Interesting Post!

I've been a JW since birth, 35yrs in the organization. But I think that our stance against blood transfusion is erroneous.

In the Bible Blood was viewed as sacred because it REPRESENTS LIFE of the killed creature be it animal or human. Thus blood reached an important status because of this: it symbolizes life, called Lifeblood. Thus one killing somebody can be called blood guilty. However, blood has never surpassed the importance of life itself.

The Bible shows that blood is not more important than life. In fact, from the time of Moses to the Christian era, Blood is always used to save lives. For example, in the last plague of Egypt, where Jehovah decides to kill all firstborn of nation, it was blood used, sprinkled to the doors, to save the firstborns of Israel.

Another example is the blood continually sprinkled in the most holy part of the temple throughout hundreds of years to pay for the atonement of sins of Israel. Blood was used symbolically to save lives again.

Furthermore, in the Last Supper of the Lord Jesus, he says to his disciples to drink the wine in the cup that symbolizes his blood, in order to save his followers. Blood again was used to save lives.

True, that blood could not be used as food as this is just a mundane/ordinary task (and there are numerous other foods to choose from); just as life should not be viewed as mundane but to be cared for and viewed special & precious by everyone; and that life is only owned by God himself. However, one should not put too much importance on blood more than life itself.

Witnesses dying due to refusal of blood transfusion are outright silly and gross misunderstanding of the scriptures. It actually goes against anything about God's view of human life. God himself wants to save all humankind but we try to end this during life threatening situations where we desperately need blood. God's view on the sanctity and holiness of human life is trampled by our blood policy.

Nancy said...

Has any one noticed that the "new light" that is published by the Society only encourages staying for most people? I do know that there are scriptures they misrepresent, but by coming clean on THOSE, people would leave. Why? Because those scriptures are taught for the Society's own agenda, not for a drawing close to God in understanding. See for yourself. There are interlinear translations in the internet. Do your own Bible research, you might find that many things they teach come from man's traditional view of scripture. It is time to get real. Please. May I suggest BIBLOS and in case you are afraid it is being in company with Babylon, you are superstitious and might ask God to help you cut it out. Fear of anything but Jehovah does not please The Lord. I think we can all agree on that.

Anonymous said...

To all the JWs who claim they don't hate. We've been attending 'meetings' for quite a while and they are nothing more than hate mongering sessions. Every week they have a group they target. The last meeting we attended they accused doctors of being "tools of the devil". They also said "Doctors try to undermine the religious convictions of JWs by instilling fear in them"(regarding the blood issue). That was it for us. The following week we tied in to listen out of curiosity and they targeted scientists. As for all of their FALSE PROPHESYING they claim the excuse of being imperfect human beings but when others do something they consider wrong or feel is something against the scriptures that they usually misinterpret those other people are doing the work of the devil. As for instilling fear THEY are the ones who instill fear in their members ironically. If anyone does anything they disapprove of they get disfellowshipped and they lose all their 'friends', nobody speaks to them and they lose their connection to the Watchtower organization which means they have no more communication with God. They claim they are in the 'Truth'. The only thing true about them is that they are truly SATANIC. And that's the TRUTH!

Anonymous said...

My son is seriously thinking about joining the JW's..He has been studying with them for approx. 1 year now. I dont know what to say to him to convince him that he will be making a big mistake.