Although there are no officially published statistics, it is estimated that about 1,000 Jehovah Witnesses die each year through abstaining from blood transfusions(20), with premature deaths(7,8).
What happens if a Jehovahs Witness receive blood?
Jehovahs Witnesses believe that it is against Gods will to receive blood and, therefore, they refuse blood transfusions, often even if it is their own blood. The willing acceptance of blood transfusions by Jehovahs Witnesses has in some cases led to expulsion from and ostracisation by their religious community.
Does the Bible say no blood transfusions?
Jehovahs Witnesses believe that the Bible (Genesis 9:4, Leviticus 17:10, and Acts 15:29) prohibits ingesting blood and that Christians should therefore not accept blood transfusions or donate or store their own blood for transfusion. Specifically, their beliefs include: Blood represents life and is sacred to God.
Do Jehovah Witnesses still refuse blood transfusions?
Nearly all Jehovahs Witnesses refuse transfusions of whole blood (including preoperative autologous donation) and the primary blood components – red cells, platelets, white cells and unfractionated plasma.
What do Jehovah Witness use instead of blood transfusion?
Multiple transfusion alternatives have been developed, and many are generally acceptable to a Jehovahs Witness patient, including tranexamic acid, prothrombin complex concentrate, and fibrin glue.
Where does the Bible say not to eat blood?
For the life of all flesh – its blood is its life. Therefore I say to the Israelite people: You shall not partake of the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood. Anyone who partakes of it shall be cut off” (Leviticus 17:13-14).
How do you politely decline a Jehovah Witness?
“You have your beliefs, I have mine, and they arent the same”. Simple as that. Be direct and say you appreciate his time but youre not interested. If he asks why, just keep saying youre not interested.
Is it OK to eat your own blood?
Animal blood is high in nutritional value . It can help fortify your diet with iron and other nutrients. Drinking animal blood is generally safe in small quantities. Chowing down on a rare steak or a blood sausage link usually wont have any ill effects.
Can a doctors give a Jehovahs Witnesses blood?
A small group of people belonging to a certain religion, called Jehovahs witness do not accept blood transfusion or blood products, based on biblical readings.