I thought I start this thread up again because there were several question that were asked and I didn’t get a chance to address them before the thread was locked(I didn’t know they did such a thing).
Back in Action asked several questions which seemed sincere and seemed like he really wanted to know the answers so he could be more informed.
He asked two questions.
Why don’t JWs want blood transfusions? I understand they cite scripture, but I still don’t understand why it’s such a big deal. One of my friends growing up needed a bone marrow transplant. Without it, she would have died (she had Leukima). Would you truly reject such a treatment?
What’s so important about October 1914? I keep seeing references to this date, but am not sure what exactly transpired on that year according to JWs beliefs.
I answered the first question at this link:
BackInAction then asked the following:
In regards to the scripture you cited (in regards to the blood), do you believe they were planning this for blood transfusions or were they talking about drinking and using blood for other (non-medical) reasons? Even at the last supper, Jesus said “take this and drink it, this is my blood which I give up for you” (paraphrased). Doesn’t this suggest that since he is sacrificing himself, it would be okay for others to do the same? (such as a father donating blood to his son)?
That’s another good question. Jesus told his disciples at that if one doesn’t drink his blood and eat his flesh then they can’t remain in union with him. He said this at John 6:50-60:
50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." 52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.
In those verses Jesus compares bread to his flesh. He emphasizes bread because the Jews knew about bread due to the fact that God provided bread from heaven in the form of manna to their forefathers. Even though Jesus says his flesh and blood is real food and drink he means this in a symbolic way because partaking of the symbolic food and drink is the only way to become Jesus’ spiritual brother in heaven.
At the last supper mentioned in the gospel Jesus has a loaf of bread and a cup of wine and he explains that the bread represent his body and the wine represents his blood.
26 As they continued eating, Jesus took a loaf and, after saying a blessing, he broke it and, giving it to the disciples, he said: “Take, eat. This means my body.” 27 Also, he took a cup and, having given thanks, he gave it to them, saying: “Drink out of it, all of YOU; 28 for this means my ‘blood of the covenant,’ which is to be poured out in behalf of many for forgiveness of sins. 29 But I tell YOU, I will by no means drink henceforth any of this product of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in the kingdom of my Father.”
Jesus did not remove any flesh from his body nor did he prick himself and fill the cup of his 12 apostles so they could drink his blood. Both the literal bread and wine represented the symbolic flesh and blood of Jesus and people who drink the wine and eat the bread are the ones who have a special relationship with Jesus. They have the privledge of going to heaven and ruling with Jesus’ in his father’s Kingdom.
So taking blood into ones body either through the mouth or intravenously is different from what Jesus symbolic blood represented. This is another factor that I didn’t mention previously as to why blood is important to God. Taking in blood to save someones life devalues Jesus’ blood that was poured out to cleanse all mankind of sin and enable the opportunity of everlasting life. So we won’t do it.
A doctor giving a blood transfustion does not in and of itself cause the doctor to be in a disapproved stated with God. So no we don’t think that doctors who give blood transfusions are condemned on account of that. I can also understand from your perspective that if you were faced with a situation of either dying instead of breaking a Biblical command or accept a blood transfusion to live that you would rather take the blood transfusion.
As for you second question about 1914. I will explain that in the next post and why understanding the Bible prophecy literal means your life.
(By the way we are not encouraged to sue if a doctor wants to give a blood transfusion and a JW refuses as BodyGuard pointed out. I don’t know the situation BodyGuard is talking about so I can’t comment on it as to whether any negligence was involved or if the Jehovah’s Witness who refused the blood transfusion and decided to sue was jsut using bad judgement in wanting to take legal action).