[Jehovah’s Witnesses and Blood Transfusions]
According to their data, there are 8,201,545 Jehovah’ Witnesses grouped in 115,416 congregations around the world. (Watch Tower Society 1). For such a new religion, the Witnesses have spread at an incredibly fast rate. Almost every person in America has been approached by a Jehovah’s Witnesses, which speaks of their pervasive tactics of proselytism. However, throughout its history, the religion has had a series of problems because of their beliefs and their rather a strict observance of certain rules. For that reason, this essay shall be centered in of those reasons that can be considered challenges for contemporary Jehovah’s Witnesses, the issue of refusing blood transfusions.
Nowadays, refusing blood transfusions can be regarded as extreme, but Jehovah’s witnesses support their decision using the Bible, particularly the Book of Leviticus, chapter 17, versicle 14.
“For the life of every sort of flesh is its blood, because the life is in it. Consequently, I said to the Israelites: “You must not eat the blood of any flesh because the life of every sort of flesh is its blood. Anyone eating it will be cut off.” (Leviticus 17:14)
Hence, like the ancient Israelite tribes, Jehovah’s Witnesses consider blood as the life, which does transfuse blood an act similar to giving someone other individual’s life. For that reason, although clinics are legally forced to accept the Witnesses’ d…
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