from an earlier topic-
"Moshe, Ready for another biblical smackdown?
Acts 15:28, 29: "The holy spirit and we ourselves [the governing body of the Christian congregation] have favored adding no further burden to you, except these necessary things, to keep abstaining from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled [or, killed without draining their blood] and from fornication. If you carefully keep yourselves from these things, you will prosper. Good health to you!" (There the eating of blood is equated with idolatry and fornication, things that we should not want to engage in.)"
Amazing how a JW can admit that Acts 15 is all about not eating blood and then accepts the no-proof WT mind jump that a, blood transfusion= eating blood.
I have asked many JWs this simple question, "will a blood transfusion save the life of a starving man?" . They always have an "oh,oh" look on their face and try to worm out of answering the question. When finally cornered, they have to answer, NO, and in so doing they admit that blood transfusions have nothing to do with the OT Jewish laws, which Acts 15 is founded upon. A blood transfusion has no food value for the body- blood is food only if it is eaten. Now the WT tries to imply that blood transfusions- taking in blood- is forbidden, but that is just the opinion of a handful of men.
If I asked you, "to abtain from WatchTower", what do you think I meant? --abstain from, eating, reading,drinking,touching,selling,idolizing,etc. There is no way you would know what I meant, as the meaning of "abstain", is found in the context of the sentence. The only meaning a 1st century Christian could apply to abstain is eating or drinking- nothing more.
In Bible times, pouring out blood meant the death of the person or animal, but blood transfusions do not cause the death of the blood donor- a fact that JWs recognize, because they depend on the blood donations of non-JWs for all the blood derived fractions and drugs keeping them alive, which is rather hypocritical, if you ask me. Blood donations save lives and blood transfusions are given to save lives. If Jesus thought it proper to disobey the Sabbath law( death penalty) in order to rescuse a sheep that had fallen into a well (save the life of an animal), then why wouldn't Jesus want you to save the life of a child?
Bane, I suggest you talk to a Jewish Rabbi and learn why NO Jews consider blood transfusions a violation of their Bible laws (and they have 613 of them). This is very serious, as you seem to feel you have no blood guilt at all for following your WT leaders. Since blood transfusions are not mentioned in the Bible, it must not be a God-given requirement that Christians abstain from having one. God could have inspired the Bible writer to be more explicit in the details of what "abstain" meant, taking into account that God could see into the future and know that blood transfusions would be invented in only a couple days (God's time). But God didn't do that, so he either didn't care, wasn't able to inspire the writer, the actual words have been lost in time, or the words were just from men all along.
Finally, if JW's really believed in Acts 15, they would be eating Kosher meat, to ensure they weren't eating any blood.