We did a month long conference on this topic and had two Jehovah witness become

We did a month long conference on this topic and had

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followed up with excommunication. We did a month-long conference on this topic and had two Jehovah witness become free from the guilt they carried in accepting “a blood transfusion in a moment of weakness” and join a mainline Christian church.(New Watchtower Blood Transfusion Policy | Watchman Fellowship, Inc," 2009) For example in their watcher tower publication, Myth: Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that faith will heal a person’s ailments. Fact: We do not practice faith healing. Blood serum is the clear fluid that remains after the cellular components (red cells, white cells, platelets, clotting factors and fibrinogen are removed. It includes all proteins not used in the clotting process. Information from the Watchtower Society literature on blood transfusion, blood products etc. continues to change, as it has in the past i.e.
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the Watchtower policy changed six times in the twenty year period between 1958-1978. ("Blood Serum – Watchtower Quotes | AJWRB.org," 2014) We are to love the Jehovah witness and perhaps use their own latest watchtower information to educate them on their own ability to choose for themselves without the fear of punishment or shame. Would you be willing to answer a patient's spiritual questions if asked, even if it made you uncomfortable? References Blood Serum – Watchtower Quotes | AJWRB.org. (2014). Retrieved from The Holy Bible: Containing the Old Testament and the New. (1648). Cambridge [Cambridge shire: Printed by Roger Daniel. New Watchtower Blood Transfusion Policy | Watchman Fellowship, Inc. (2009). Retrieved from - witnesses/new-watchtower-blood-transfusion-policy/ I agree with 100% you, “cultural education is necessary to understand other beliefs”. I respectfully disagree with the explanation of the bible verses cited. The old and new testament both forbid the act of consumption of blood. First of all blood transfusions were not practiced at the times of the biblical writings, and thus are not directly addressed by the Bible. For this reason orthodox Jews, who rigorously follow kosher laws, allow transfusions while forbidding ORAL blood consumption. Second, the reason why God placed a restriction on blood in the first place was because as Leviticus 17:11 says, "for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul." God was sanctifying, setting apart for a holy
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purpose, the symbol of life and man's redemption, so that man would have the highest respect for it. Third, many pagan religions profaned blood by the way they used it. For instance it has been the view of many in occultism religions in both ancient and modern times that if you would eat animal, or even human, flesh while it was still living you would receive in yourself the strength, or life force, of the thing being eaten. This abomination was the reason why God placed such a restriction on Noah and Israel.
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