What do youthink about blood transfusion?


I think they are a great idea. God said to the Jews, “The life of every
creature is in its blood.” Leviticus 17:14. The medical wisdom of this
statement is striking. Given that the life of humans is in their blood,
then if a Christian has to opportunity to give blood to save another?s
life, that sounds to me exactly what Jesus would have done. In a sense,
that is exactly what he did (although not literally).

Some people try to drag the Law of Moses into Christianity, but this is
not justified by New Testament teaching. The books of Galatians and
Colossians were written to oppose those who try to impose OT laws on
Christians. The issue then was circumcision. The issues today are
different, but the idea is the same. We are not saved by observing the
Law of Moses. If someone can show me a New Testament passage which
forbids the giving or receiving of a blood transfusion, or even which
suggests this doctrine, I will be glad to consider it. The fact is that
there is no such teaching in the New Testament. So, you will do well to
ignore your Jehovah?s Witness or other Christian who teaches you that it
is sinful to save someone?s life through the giving or receiving of a
blood transfusion. I say that doing so is about as much in the spirit of
what Jesus said and did as anything I can think of.

John Oakes.

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