We explain why blood transfusion is such a big no-no for this particular religious group.
This was probably the question on everyone’s mind as news of a member who refused to accept blood transfusion for his pregnant wife circulated online.
Sadly, this refusal eventually resulted in the death of both the lady and her unborn child.
This brings us back to the question — why are Jehovah’s Witnesses against blood transfusions?
The simple answer is that their religious beliefs prevent them from having anything to do with blood.
This belief is based on their interpretation of Genesis 9:4; Leviticus 17:10; Deuteronomy 12:23; Acts 15:28, 29, which they say commands them to abstain from blood.
Another reason is that God sees blood as the representation of life. This is based on Leviticus 17:14, which says, “For the life of every sort of flesh is its blood because the life is in it. Consequently, I said to the Israelites: “You must not eat the blood of any sort of flesh because the life of every sort of flesh is its blood. Anyone eating it will be cut off.”
Therefore, this group stays away from blood as a sign of respect and obedience to God.
Of course, they do. This is why they advise members to use medicine, not necessarily faith healing.
When it comes to blood, they encourage members to “go to doctors who have skill in providing medical and surgical care without blood.”
According to the group’s official site, jw.org, “Patients, including children, who do not receive transfusions usually fare as well as or better than those who do accept transfusions.”
The site adds: “In any case, no one can say for certain that a patient will die because of refusing blood or will live because of accepting it.”
The religious organization hopes that doctors all over the world will eventually learn to embrace bloodless medicine.