Interpretation of Acts 15:28,29

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    The eating‎ and transfusing are two different bodily processes. Blood which is eaten is digested

    and ‏destroyed. Blood which is transfused is not eaten, digested, or destroyed. Why? Because

    eating blood involves the body’s digestive system, and transfusion involves the circulatory


    A similar Watchtower teaching regarding the rejection of vaccinations, was classified as Biblical

    truth in the 1930’s. However, Jehovah’s Witnesses today are free to receive vaccinations and

    even encouraged to do so Will the doctrine on blood be changed also? The saddest fact is that

    because of its present teaching on blood transfusions, the Watchtower has led many to a

    pre-mature grave.

    The Watchtower uses three main Scripture references in support of their theory. The first verse

    is Genesis 9:4. Here a command is given that refers to “the eating of blood”, certainly not

    receiving transfusions. Noah is commanded not to eat flesh that still had the blood in it; in

    other words, animals not properly drained of blood. Their second “proof text” is found at

    Leviticus 17:10-16. Again, we find reference to the actual eating of the blood of animals. These

    verses are no way connected with transfusions between humans.

    The final reference examined is Acts 15:20. Here it says to “abstain from things contaminated by

    idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood.” We read in Acts 15:21,

    “For Moses, from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he is read in

    the synagogues every Sabbath.” It now becomes clear that abstaining from these four items is

    referred back to the law of Moses in Leviticus 17. Therefore, we can see, beyond dispute, that

    the abstaining from blood does in no way refer to receiving blood transfusions as the Watchtower's

    interpretation wishes it to.

    God forbade his ancient people to drink the blood of lower animals. It Is human blood that is

    used in blood transfusion.

    Drinking the blood of lower animals necessitates their death. Blood transfusions do not require

    the death of those who donate their blood.

    In Leviticus 17:10,11 we read: “And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the

    strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face

    against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people. For the life

    of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement

    for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” The expression,

    “any manner of blood,” cannot be construed to include human blood, for human blood was not

    offered on altars by Israel.

    Just thought to share some research.



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