new_world_translationFor Jehovah’s Witnesses the Biblical perspective should be of primary importance. Just how compelling of a case can be presented for a scriptural injunction regarding the use of blood transfusions or the transfusion of the few remaining blood components currently forbidden by the Watchtower Society?

The word “blood” occurs 463 times in the Bible. It is not practical nor necessary for us to review every verse where this word occurs. We will instead focus attention on those texts that have been used in support of the doctrine, as well as a few other verses that appear relevant. We will attempt to be brief and focus attention on key points. We have by no means endeavored to be exhaustive.

Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Really Abstain From Blood?
This document can be reviewed in about five minutes and outlines some of the main points that need to be considered.

New Light on Blood
This treatise runs about six pages, covers most of the scriptural arguments, and takes 10 to 15 minutes to read.

For those interested in more in-depth scriptural analysis, we provide the following research works for your consideration. These will address the scriptural arguments regarding blood in great detail. You are invited to critically examine these works and draw your own conclusions.

Genesis 9 and the Eternal Covenant

Blood and the Mosaic Law

Acts 15 and the Apostolic Decree

Watchtower Sacrificial Lambs

Watchtower Sacrificial Lambs

Featured on the cover of the May 22, 1994 Awake! magazine are the photos of 26 children, with the caption: “Youths Who Put God First.” Inside the magazine proclaims: “In former times thousands of youths died for putting God first.  They are still doing it, only today...

Do JWs Really Abstain From Blood?

Do JWs Really Abstain From Blood?

This document is available as a brochure that can be downloaded and printed for distribution to others. Many Jehovah's Witnesses sincerely believe that it is a gross sin to accept a blood transfusion, since the Bible states that we must "abstain from blood." (Acts...

Blood, Vaccines and Organ Transplants

What follows is a collection of quotes from Watchtower Society literature.This information will help you understand the development of the blood doctrine, and document the many changes in policy through the years. Quotes are presented in chronological order. Our...

Albumin – Watchtower Quotes

What follows is a collection of quotes from Watchtower Society literature on the subject of albumin. Watchtower writers and representatives are fond of saying that they have "commented consistently" on albumin and other blood fractions. Their published statements...

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