The Real Reason Why Jehovah’s Witnesses Refuse Blood Transfusions
Jehovah’s Witnesses say that their refusal to accept blood transfusions is based on what the Bible says about blood. They refer to Acts 15:20 where it says, "abstain from blood," and reason that transfusing blood is not abstaining from blood.
But what the Bible says about blood is not the real reason why they refuse blood transfusions. The real reason only shows up when looking at what Jehovah’s Witnesses always do when the Watchtower Society stops teaching something. For example…
For decades they believed that it was "the Creator’s promise" in the Bible that the New World will be here before the generation of 1914 passes away. They said they believed this because of what Jesus said at Matthew 24:34 about "this generation will not pass away until all these things (including the new world) occur." But in November of 1995 the Watchtower Society stopped teaching such a thing. What did Jehovah’s Witnesses then do?
If the real reason they believed that teaching was because it was really based on the Bible, then even though the Society stopped teaching it Witnesses should have continued to believe it anyway. But they didn’t. They all stopped believing it the moment the Society stopped teaching it. What does this show?
It shows that the real reason why they believed that teaching was because that’s what the Watchtower Society was teaching. They started believing it when the Society started teaching it and they stopped believing it when the Society stopped teaching it. Therefore what the Bible says at Matthew 24:34 is not the real reason they believed it.
Again, this is what Jehovah’s Witnesses always do when the Society starts and stops teaching something. While they are teaching it is called "a true teaching of the Bible." When they stop teaching it is called "old light." This is the way it has always worked with this religion.
Is there any reason to believe that it is any different with the Society’s current teaching about blood transfusions? Do Witnesses believe that transfusions are against God’s Law because of what it says at Acts 15:20, or because this is what the Watchtower Society happens to be teaching at the present time? Here too the real reason will only show up if the Society ever changes what it teachers about blood transfusions.
Why are they so willing to change what they believe whenever the Watchtower Society changes what teaches? I feel Ray Franz has the answer to this question on page 296 of his "Crisis of Conscience" where he said…
"I believe that (all Witnesses) are, in effect, the captives of a concept.The concept or mental image they have of ‘the organization’ seems almost to take on a personality of its own, so that the concept itself controls them, moves them, or restrains them, by molding their thinking, their attitudes, their judgments…The …concept of ‘the organization’… becomes, in fact, the dominant, controlling force."
That’s where the title of the book "Captives of a Concept" came from..