Watchtower praises donation/feeding of blood

by Marvin Shilmer 13 Replies latest jw friends

  • whereami

    Great find Marvin!!! Once again, top notch researching/reading.

    This "Organization" is a bunch of schizophrenic, hypocritical idiots.

  • GLTirebiter


    Didn't the blood policy get started years after this article came out? I thought it was a Knorr-era doctrine.

  • Marvin Shilmer
    Marvin Shilmer

    GLTirebiter writes:

    “Didn't the blood policy get started years after this article came out? I thought it was a Knorr-era doctrine.”

    In year 1927 Watchtower—under Rutherfordian influence—taught that it was wrong to eat blood.[1]

    Witnesses didn’t pay too much attention to that teaching, which is evidenced by every single Witness held at Ravensbrueck concentration camp being willing to eat blood sausage as late as the early 1940s.[2]

    In year 1944 Watchtower—under Knorrian influence—began teaching that it was wrong to transfuse blood.[3]

    Witnesses didn’t pay too much attention to that teaching either, which is evidenced in a pre-1961 dearth of court sponsored medical custodianship granted to the State of underage Witness patients in need of blood transfusion.

    In year 1961 Watchtower—still under Knorrian influence—began enforcing its teaching against blood transfusion under pain of its harsh organized communal shunning program known as “disfellowshipping”.[4] Only at this time did courts begin seeing measureable traffic of requests to take medical guardianship away from Witness parents in order to administer blood products to minors in need.

    Getting back to the 1924 article published by Watchtower in its Golden Age journal, it is no more and no less a historical piece of information showing that Watchtower has not always taught it wrong to eat blood. Contemporary Watchtower teaching that says it is wrong to eat or transfuse blood is, therefore, a 180-degree departure. Furthermore, Watchtower has elevated its prohibition to the status of “a core tenet of the faith”.[5] Hence not only has Watchtower changed its teaching, it has added a “core tenet” to its religious dogma.

    Marvin Shilmer



    1. The Watchtower, Dec. 15, 1927 pp. 371-372.

    2. Under Two Dictatorships by Margaret Buber, translated by Edward Fitzgerald, London, Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1949.

    3. The Watchtower, Dec. 1, 1944 p. 362.

    4. The Watchtower, January 1, 1961 p. 63.

    5. Statement to the media, published by Watchtower, June 14, 2000 p. 1.

  • scary21

    Thanks for the info Marvin............I love to read also!

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