I dont understand - Even the bible does not appear to support a stand against blood transfusions. Sure it is against life-blood/slaughter flow/ ceremonial blood -- but not the other ---- I can't believe I used to follow this imposed doctrine
my thoughts are:
All Governing Body Adherents take in blood willingly
Yes that's right - they eat meat that contains blood -well most do anywayz
But it doesn't trouble their conscience - Why ? Because it does not contain the lifeblood. The animal must be 'bled' (strangled products are forbidden) -as if ceremonially the life has been taken and given to Jehovah
The first mention of this principle is recorded in Genesis 9:4-
'Only flesh with its life - its blood- you must not eat'
Then again in Deuteronomy 12:23,24
'Just be firmly resolved not to eat the blood, because the blood is the life, and you must not eat the life with the flesh. You must not eat it. You should pour it out on the ground like water.'
Again - Leviticus 17:13,14
'and catches a wild animal or bird that may be eaten, he must pour out its blood and cover it with dust for the life of every sort of flesh is in its blood because the life is in the blood'
life blood (blood shed at time of slaughter) represents the life and belongs to Jehovah
rest of blood - as in what remains in meat - is ok --as it is not lifeblood
So here is the kicker....
Blood donors do not give their lifeblood !! - They still live !!
So you can have blood transfused into you- just like you eat the remnant blood in meat !!