Can Jehovah's Witnesses accept blood transfusions in emergencies? WikiAnswers

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  • ThomasCovenant

    Wiki Answers has the following answer

    Only if the blood has been broken down into smaller parts that we call fractions.

    Firstly the 'faithful and discreet' slave are the 10 or so men in Brooklyn that make up our Organization's Governing Body.
    These men, the 'faithful and discreet slave' class, tell us not to give or receive whole blood or four main parts of blood, based on their understanding of Acts 15 and therefore we are obeying Jesus' direct commands as explained in the following quote,

    Watchtower 1959 1st May p269
    ''To hold to the headship of Christ, it is therefore necessary to obey the organization that he is personally directing.Doing what the organization says is to do what he says. Resisting the organization is to resist him.''

    Although we do not give or donate blood, we are allowed to accept blood that non-Witnesses have donated as long as it has been split into smaller parts that we call fractions.

    A Witness would be disfellowshipped and shunned by his fellow Witnesses if it became known that he had willingly taken a transfusion of whole blood, red cells, white cells, plasma or platelets. If these parts are broken down into smaller parts then that would be a personal conscience matter.

    For example, whilst red cells are not allowed to be transfused, haemoglobin which makes up only 97% of the dry weight of a red cell is allowed to be transfused as it a smaller part of a red cell.

    Whilst these definitions are not in the Bible, we as Jehovah's Witnesses put our trust in the definitions provided by our Governing Body as we believe that we should 'respond to the directions of the ''slave'' [Governing Body] as we would to the voice of God.' Watchtower 15th June 1957 p370.

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    It`s unlikely we could make the WBT$ look any Stupider..

    Who ever wrote that did a good job..

    "Look at us..We`re Idiots"..

    ............................... ...OUTLAW

  • VoidEater
    VoidEater's abstain from blood except when it's pieces of blood...

  • Juan Viejo2
    Juan Viejo2

    This is like saying that vegans can not eat meat unless the steak is cut into small squares and they leave some on their plate.

  • sir82

    Ironically, the only time JWs can accept blood is when it's not an emergency.

    When there is a traumatic loss of blood, the most pressing need is for packed RBCs, which of course is on the JW no-no list. All the EPO and Factor VIII and cell savers and so on won't do a bit of good then.

    However, when there is plenty of time to pick a procedure, a doctor, a hospital, such as for elective (or even necessary, if not urgent) surgery, then donated and stored blood is perfectly acceptable, just so long as it is broken down into fine enough "fractions" first.

  • sacolton

    Are fractions of porniea okay?

  • stillin

    sacolton,you're a funny guy!

  • keyser soze
    keyser soze

    If I only smoke a little bit of a joint at a time, am I actually smoking it?

  • ThomasCovenant

    Granted it makes them look like idiots, I think that's the idea, but is there anything untrue in the answer that a genuine Witness could argue against?

  • mentallyfree31

    So if a young person was dating, and they only fondled a "fraction" of the other person's body, would that be okay?



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