I realized on Sunday that I had not yet done something that was on my list of DF'ing offenses. So first thing this morning, I went and donated some blood. I must say it felt very good to do so. Has anyone else done this while in "fade" mode?
I didn't donate blood until after I disfellowshipped the apostates on the Governing Body and their 6 million supporters.
Donating blood is not a disfellowshipping offence is it, only accepting a blood transfusion is? I knew of some who were fading that donated blood. I've donated blood a few times since I've been out.
I donated blood until they kept calling me and I told them on a regular basis that I had gone thru surgery and was on some heavy meds and could not donate. After they called me every week for two months, I went nutz and told them to never contact me again. I felt like I was being stalked!
Nice one!! I did my first donation last week too, I went in pretty nervous but they were good to me. One of the nurses asked a marketing question on one of the many forms - 'why are you donating', and I had to tell her why. She wasn't as impressed as I'd hoped, but never mind.
I plan to donate blood at the next drive at the hospital I work at.
Congrats to you. I tried to get into it with a CO but he wouldn't bite. Just told me to write to the society. I gave awhile back. They just called asking me if I'd like to make another appointment for another drawing. I'll do it again. Since they called me back I guess my blood is good enough afterall.
I too was asked why I was donating. Gave a very nice witness™ to the nurse. She has relation who are witnesses but apparently as stayed away from the blood topic.
Is donating blood a DFing offense? Up until 2000 it was, where the act of accepting and donating blood became an act of disassociation.
***w05 3/15 p. 18 par. 8 "You Were Bought With a Price" ***
They knew that Elena, one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, would not donate blood or accept blood transfusions.
***w00 10/15 p. 30 Questions From Readers ***
When donating and transfusing blood became common in the 20th century, Jehovah’s Witnesses understood that this practice conflicted with God’s Word.
***w00 10/15 pp. 30-31 Questions From Readers ***
Occasionally, a doctor will urge a patient to deposit his own blood weeks before surgery (preoperative autologous blood donation, or PAD) so that if the need arises, he could transfuse the patient with his own stored blood. However, such collecting, storing, and transfusing of blood directly contradicts what is said in Leviticus and Deuteronomy. Blood is not to be stored; it is to be poured out—returned to God, as it were. Granted, the Mosaic Law is not in force now. Nevertheless, Jehovah’s Witnesses respect the principles God included in it, and they are determined to ‘abstain from blood.’ Hence, we do not donate blood, nor do we store for transfusion our blood that should be ‘poured out.’ That practice conflicts with God’s law.
***w92 8/1 p. 25 Letting Their Light Shine in India ***
Because of accepting the truth, they had refused to join a college strike and also would not donate blood during a blood-collection campaign spearheaded by the student organizer.
***w77 7/1 p. 410 Insight on the News ***
Moreover, God’s law to his people of ancient times specified that blood, when taken from a body, was not to be used for anything, but was to be disposed of. (Deut. 12:16) Later, Christians were specifically required to ‘abstain from blood.’ (Acts 15:28, 29) So, ‘donating blood as sacrifice’ is neither effective nor approved by God.
*** w61 1/15 p. 64 Questions From Readers ***
If, however, he refuses to acknowledge his nonconformity to the required Christian standard and makes the matter an issue in the Christian congregation and endeavors to influence others therein to his support; or, if in the future he persists in accepting blood transfusions or in donating blood toward the carrying out of this medical practice upon others, he shows that he has really not repented, but is deliberately opposed to God’s requirements. As a rebellious opposer and unfaithful example to fellow members of the Christian congregation he must be cut off therefrom by disfellowshiping.
I tried to donate immediately following 9/11, but a medication I was taking made me ineligible. I wasn't trying to be defiant, just trying to help.