We all know the Watchtower's stance on Blood:
- Whole Blood-No
- Blood Components, Plasma, Red Cells, White Cells and Platelets-No
- Fractions-Your bible trained conscience
Just want to dwell on that last point for the moment, "Your bible trained conscience" we have all heard this many times over the years, but what does this mean?
Well it is their "Get out of jail free card" they cannot answer the point themselves so the onus is placed upon on us. But, and it is a big but, they are Christ's brothers, they are to receive immortality from Jehovah God when they finish their earthly course, they are the faithful and discreet slave that have bestowed upon them God's Holy Spirit.
Now what is interesting is that Holy Spirit gives them and them alone insight on the understanding of the deep things of God. Now this is odd as they do not know the answer to blood fractions despite their exulted position in God's Kingdom. Yet we who are considered less than their superior position have such understanding of the unknown position of God's word, that our Bible trained conscience can give us a definitive answer. The reality is I am not aware of anyone who honestly understands this position, for example they say I will accept this one and that one, but not this one or that one. On what professional medical decision do they base their conclusion on? Surely logic dictates that either all fractions are acceptable or none at all!
The other point I wanted to raise was that of the components, in particular plasma. So what is Plasma?
This is what the American Red Cross says:
Plasma is the liquid portion of blood – a protein-salt solution in which red and white blood cells and platelets are suspended. Plasma, which is 92 percent water, constitutes 55 percent of blood volume. Plasma contains albumin (the chief protein constituent), fibrinogen (responsible, in part, for the clotting of blood) and globulins (including antibodies). Plasma serves a variety of functions, from maintaining a satisfactory blood pressure and volume to supplying critical proteins for blood clotting and immunity. PlasmaIt also serves as the medium for exchange of vital minerals such as sodium and potassium and helps to maintain a proper pH (acid-base) balance in the body, which is critical to cell function. Plasma is obtained by separating the liquid portion of blood from the cells.
So Plasma is 92% water which effectively means water is one of the four major components of Blood, I am sure that the ORG would challenge this supposition. So lets assume then, that water is a fraction of Blood/Plasma, this could explain the ORG's flip-flop over Blood and fractions over the years. If water is a component of Blood they would effectively kill all JW's within days. However, if water is a fraction it can then be ignored by the ORG providing all fractions become a matter of choice for the person's "Bible trained conscience"
As a side note that phrase "Your bible trained conscience" to me is a coded expression, meaning that although the Bible is silent on the subject the Magnificent Seven clearly disagree with the transfusion of Blood, fractions and all the other procedures listed by the ORG.
Anyway, just my thoughts on the matter.