This is a photo of the Our Kingdom Ministry for November 2006 which had a handy-dandy list of which blood fractions are acceptable and which ones are not. Notice that some fractions have a certain percentage point, like albumin being 4% of plasma. So I decided to do a little bit of digging to find out exactly what was in the rest of the blood components
Blood Plasma components
Blood plasma consists of these components:
- Water (ca 95%)
- Clotting factors
- Carbon dioxide
The Watchtower only mentions Albumins, Globulins and Clotting factors as being a matter of conscience, so there must be something among the other components that is not a matter of conscience, something that a Jehovah’s Witness couldn’t possibly accept. Let’s go through the list.
Plasma consists 95% of water. Is water something that Jehovah’s witnesses can not ingest or inject into their bodies? Definitely not. You’d die within days without water.
Proteins – Fibrogens
The two other types of proteins present in plasma – albumin and globulin – are OK for Jehovah’s Witnesses to use if their conscience allows it. What about Fibrogens? Fibrogens are a type of protein that is one of the clotting factors, and clotting factors are allowed, so fibrogens are also allowed.
Glucose is sugar. I know of no ban against sugar among Jehovah’s Witnesses. (Although some of the brothers in the Governing Body could probably benefit from a lower glucose intake.)
It’s what plants crave. Blood plasma’s got electrolytes. Blood plasma has got what plants crave.
Electrolytes are nothing but electrically charged minerals, found for example in many sports drinks, such as Brawndo- The Thirst Mutilator.
Blood plasma contains regular human hormones. As far as I know there is no restrictions on hormone treatments. Insulin, estrogen, as well as thyroid and adrenal hormones help many people live healthy lives. The Watchtower does not condemn them.
It’s the gas you expell when exhaling. It’s what green plants loves and what’s causing such a ruckus in the Gaia worshiping population lately. But it’s not condemned in the Bible.
You need oxygen to survive for more than a minute. It’s not condemned in the Bible.
Conclusion about Blood Plasma
There is no single component in Blood plasma that is condemned either by the Bible or by the Watchtower. So if you in theory took all the components and mixed them together, it would be a mixture they consider completely OK to transfuse. However if you have the exact same components in blood plasma, for some reason it’s wrong. That’s like saying it’s wrong to eat bread, but it’s ok to eat flour mixed with yeast, sugar, salt, water, kneaded and baked in an oven. Just doesn’t make sense.
Red Blood Cells
Red blood cells, or erythrocytes, are very simple cells. They don’t even have a nucleus with DNA in them. Apart from the cell membrane they only contain hemoglobin. Hemoglobin contains hemin. Since both hemin and hemoglobin are allowed by the Watchtower, the question is, is there something wrong with cell membranes?
All human (and animal) cell membranes are made the same way, so if you eat one, you can eat the other. If you eat meat, fish, fowl, you are eating cell membranes that contain the exact same components as red blood cell membranes. Also it is impossible to remove all red blood cells out of meat, so if you have ever eaten meat, you have eaten red blood cells. Furthermore as you will see in the section about white blood cells, we humans also ingest other humans’ cells at least at some point in our lives, so the argument can’t be made that somehow ingesting human cells is different.
White Blood Cells
White Blood cells come in 5 different varieties:
- Neutrophils (62%)
- Lymphocytes (30%)
- Monocytes (5.3%)
- Eosinophils (2.3%)
- Basophils (0.4%)
Yes, Jehovah designed humans so that mothers feed their babies this blood fraction for several months. Breast milk contains all sorts of goodies that bootstraps and boosts the baby’s immune system, including white blood cells. One drop of breast milk contains around a million white blood cells.
And this is true for other species as well, cows, goats, you name it. If you have ever drunk milk, eaten butter or cheese then guess what, you have eaten blood fractions by the billions.
If the Watchtower wants to disfellowship people for eating blood fractions, then they must disfellowship everyone who has ever been breastfed, eaten butter, cheese or drunk milk.
According to Wikipedia, platelets are “cytoplasmic fragments of bone marrow megakaryocytes”. This means that they are tiny parts of bone marrow that break off and enter the blood stream.
Animal bone marrow was apparently used for food by the Israelites. (Compare Mic 3:2, 3.) It has a very high nutritional value, being rich in protein, fats, and iron. Jehovah’s banquet for all the peoples, therefore, fittingly includes symbolic “well-oiled dishes filled with marrow.”—Isa 25:6.
The Israelites ate bone marrow. Micah 3:3 describes how they used to do:
Micah 3:3 – Smashing their bones, crushing them to pieces, Like what is cooked in a pot, like meat in a cooking pot.
And in Isaiah 25:6 it says:
In this mountain Jehovah of armies will make for all the peoples A banquet of rich dishes, A banquet of fine wine, Of rich dishes filled with marrow, Of fine, filtered wine.
So Jehovah offers you platelet-filled bone marrow. Will you accept it?
There doesn’t seem to be one single blood fraction that is actually prohibited by the Watchtower. Therefor the four main components – Red and white blood cells, plasma and platelets – can’t be wrong to use either. So if anything, only whole blood could be said to be prohibited.
Leviticus 17:11 – For the life of the flesh is in the blood…
Blood is truly life giving, and as you can see from this brief overview. The Watchtower says “There was only one use of blood that God ever approved, namely, for sacrifice“, but as you have seen, God has even created us to automatically transfuse blood to our offspring, so apparently the Watchtower is jumping to false conclusions. Their previous, more strict view of blood fractions has already cost the lives of thousands of brothers and sisters. Some day you may give your life for a policy that they may change a day later. This kind of frivolous deaths for religious reasons is no different than the human sacrifices to Molech that Jehovah condemns over and over again.
But notice that the Bible only ever prohibits the eating of blood, so using it’s components for medical purposes would be in line with the principles we learn in Matthew 12:10-12:
10 and look! there was a man with a withered hand! So they asked him, “Is it lawful to cure on the Sabbath?” so that they might accuse him. 11 He said to them: “If you have one sheep and that sheep falls into a pit on the Sabbath, is there a man among you who will not grab hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do a fine thing on the Sabbath.”
The Jewish rabbis had a principle called “Life before law”, which mean that when life was on the line, you were allowed to break the law. They tested Jesus by seeing if he would heal on the Sabbath. If it was a matter of life and death they would also agree that it was right to save the life of someone on the sabbath. But Jesus elevated this principle as he healed the man, even though it wasn’t life threatening. “It’s lawful to do a good thing on the Sabbath.”
If it is ok to break the law to cure an infirmity, then it is much much more ok to break the law to save a life.
If the religious leaders who were so headstrong that they opposed Jesus were asked if it was right to use a blood component to save a life, they would say an emphatic yes! Isn’t it then sad that the religious leaders that call themselves the “Governing Body” believes that it is better for you to die than to use blood components?
If Jesus were here, he’d run into their conference room with a whip of ropes, flip the table over and drive them out while shouting curses at them for sacrificing thousands of their followers to Molech. That’s what he’d do.
The Watchtower says that in the first century all Christians were anointed. This is interesting because the place where we get the number 144.000 is in the book of Revelation. It was written by the end of the first century. And according to scholars, by that time there were already around 500.000 Christians.
So if the Watchtower is correct and all first century Christians were anointed, the 144.000 anointed were already fulfilled 3 and a half times over by the time the number is even mentioned in Revelation. So either the Watchtower is wrong about all Christians being anointed, or they are wrong about only 144.000 being anointed.
2 Timothy 3:16,17 — All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.
You know it, I know it, you’ve used it a billion times. But have you ever thought about what it means when it comes to how you should read your Bible?
The Watchtower has long claimed that without their literature there is no way for people to understand the Bible. Even Russell wrote:
if he then lays [The Studies in the Scriptures] aside and ignores them and goes to the Bible alone, though he has understood his Bible for ten years, our experience shows that within two years he goes into darkness.
So the question is, can we understand the Bible ourselves, or do we need someone to interpret it for us?
Think of the wording of 2 Timothy 3:16,17. “All Scripture is inspired of God”. All of it. This is in stark contrast to what the Watchtower says about the spiritual guidance of the Governing Body, that it’s “neither inspired nor infallible”. So which one is the wisest to trust?
After listing the benefits, verse 17 goes on to say why the scripture is inspired by God. “so that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.” God inspired the Bible so that reading it, and it alone, we will be fully competent and completely equipped.
What does fully and completely mean?
They mean that there is nothing else to add. In other words, the Bible contains all the information we need.
But what if there’s something we don’t understand?
We sometimes need help to understand the Bible. Jesus knew this, but did he tell us to “Look it up in the Insight book” or “Search the library for an article from the Watchtower about it”?
No, this is what he said:
John 16:13 — However, when that one comes, the spirit of the truth, **he will guide you into all the truth**, for he will not speak of his own initiative, but what he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things to come.
Our Helper, the Holy Spirit is the one who will guide us into all the truth. Not the Watchtower. The Holy Spirit. And God has promised to give Holy Spirit to everyone who asks for it.
John further underscores this in his first letter:
1 John 2:27 — And as for you, the anointing that you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to be teaching you; but the anointing from him is teaching you about all things and is true and is no lie. Just as it has taught you, remain in union with him.
Is there other help?
I’m glad you asked. There are many many excellent concordances, dictionaries and Bible commentaries with which you can do research and see what scholars say about different passages. But remember that you should never trust any human completely in their interpretations of the Bible, just as you should not trust the Watchtower’s interpretation without checking with other sources.
Especially considering that the Watchtower Society is notoriously uneducated. They basically have no scholars of their own but rely heavily on cherry picking Christendom’s scholarly research.
For example, the reason why the NWT translation committee wanted to stay anonymous is because of their lack of education. Only one of them had even a rudimentary understanding of Greek, the rest, none. They basically just copy-pasted other English works and added, removed and changed words to fit their doctrine.
The Bible tells us
1 John 4:1 — Beloved ones, do not believe every inspired statement, but test the inspired statements to see whether they originate with God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
The Bible commands you to not trust the Watchtower but to test their statements to see whether they are false prophets or not.
So read only the Bible, let the Holy Spirit guide you, look up words and context you need to understand. But if you want to see what other humans have said about it, compare many scholars and be sure to not put your complete trust in any particular interpretation, but let Holy Spirit guide you.
In the watchtower study article 52 of 2019 we had this gem:
As anyone who’s ever been involved in archery knows, you want all arrows to be as identical as possible. Whether in a competition, hunting or at war, if you draw an arrow from your quiver and it’s thicker, thinner, heavier, lighter, bent, broken , too short, too long, or have any variation from what is optimal, it’s going to severely affect your performance. You want all arrows to be as similar as possible.
If anything this scripture means that children are useful, can be a protection, something that intimidates your enemy, something to show how manly you are. It does not mean that each child should be treated as a special individual though, the illustration simply does not lend itself to that interpretation. The direct opposite in fact.
The writing department of the Watchtower have yet again showed their incompetence. These are the people you trust for your life decisions?
From 2012 to 2017 the Australian government examined how child abuse was handled in various institutions. Among them religious institutions. Among them Jehovah’s witnesses. The result is not flattering.
70 survivors told us about abuse in the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Of the victims we heard about, 80.0 per cent were female. The average age of victims at the time of first abuse was 8.4 years.
8.4 years. On average! That means half of them were younger than that.
As part of our case study, the Jehovah’s Witness organisation provided us with files containing allegations, reports or complaints of child sexual abuse. They provided us with documents relating to at least 1,800 children and over 1,000 alleged perpetrators.
So the 70 survivors in the report was only 4% of the number the Society themselves knew about, but refused to help. They protected over 1000 pedophiles!
the organisation dealt with allegations of child sexual abuse in accordance with internal, scripturally based disciplinary policies and procedures.
Bringing reproach to Jehovah’s name and the Bible by claiming their loveless procedures are “scriptural”.
individuals making complaints of child sexual abuse were required to state their allegations in the presence of the person against whom the allegations were made. The ‘two-witness’ rule applied – that is, wrongdoing could only be established on the basis of testimony from two or more ‘credible’ eyewitnesses to the same incident
As if being raped is not traumatic enough, you also have to face your rapist before a tribunal of old men. And you must provide additional eye witnesses testimony, because your word means jack shit, and small children apparently always make sure there’s at least one other adult watching them get raped, right?
Allegations were investigated by elders, all of whom were men and had no relevant training.
True. The Elders don’t know how to handle these things. Their role is to make the congregation appear spot free.
the Jehovah’s Witness organisation had inadequate regard for the risk that the person might reoffend. Alleged perpetrators of child sexual abuse who were removed from their congregations as a result of allegations of child sexual abuse were frequently reinstated.
They favor the abuser rather than the victim.
We found no evidence of the Jehovah’s Witness organisation reporting allegations of child sexual abuse to police or other civil authorities.
NO EVIDENCE of doing what comes natural to sane, loving people. NO EVIDENCE of reporting a most heinous of crimes to the proper authorities. NO EVIDENCE of doing what is right.
survivors of child sexual abuse […] were not provided with adequate information by the Jehovah’s Witness organisation about the investigation of their allegations, felt unsupported by the elders who handled the allegations, and felt that the investigation process was a test of their credibility rather than that of the alleged perpetrator.
We also heard that victims of child sexual abuse were told by congregational elders not to discuss the abuse with others, and that if they tried to leave the organisation, they were ‘shunned’ or ostracised from their religious community.
So when a child is raped, the Jehovah’s witnesses side with the rapist, make everything as traumatic and difficult as possible for the child, fail to support the victim, tells the victim to shut up to “not bring reproach to Jehovah’s name” most likely, and if the victim can’t take this extra abuse and decides to leave these psychopaths, they are cut off from their entire social life forever, just like their dead.
Just a fine example of “unfailing love”, isn’t it?
Who in this scenario is actually “bringing reproach on Jehovah’s name”?
Why is it this way?
The Jehovah’s Witness organisation addresses child sexual abuse in accordance with scriptural direction, relying on a literal interpretation of the Bible and 1st century principles to set practice, policy and procedure. These include the ‘two-witness’ rule as discussed, as well as the principle of ‘male headship’ (that men hold positions of authority in congregations and headship in the family). Scripturally, only men can make decisions. Other scripture-based policies include the sanctions of reproval (a form of discipline that allows a perpetrator to remain in the congregation), disfellowshipping (exclusion or excommunication as a form of punishment for serious scriptural wrongdoing), and shunning (an instruction to the congregation not to associate with a disfellowshipped person). As long as the Jehovah’s Witness organisation continues to apply these practices in its response to allegations of child sexual abuse, it will remain an organisation that does not respond adequately to child sexual abuse and that fails to protect children.
None of these principles are scriptural or applicable to Christians. The two witness rule was for Jews under the mosaic law. Male headship was severely relaxed in the Christian congregation with sister being deacons (ministerial servants). The only example we have of Sanctions of reproach is when a brother commutes a sin that was against Bible principle but not an illegal crime (marrying his fathers widow). Disfellowshipping and shunning are unscriptural and based of a misinterpretation.
What’s the solution?
We recommend that the Jehovah’s Witness organisation abandon its application of the two-witness rule in cases involving complaints of child sexual abuse (Recommendation 16.27), revise its policies so that women are involved in processes relating to investigating and determining allegations of child sexual abuse (Recommendation 16.28), and no longer require its members to shun those who disassociate from the organisation in cases where the reason for disassociation is related to a person being a victim of child sexual abuse (Recommendation 16.29).
Until the organization changes these things they are going to continue protecting and supporting pedophiles. And as long as you support them, you support pedophiles and child sexual abuse.
The Society have long claimed that the number of anointed Christians taking part in the Memorial is relevant to how far away the end is.
Six Convincing Lines of Evidence…
…that we are living in “the last days”…
Sixth, the number of genuine anointed disciples of Christ is dwindling, though some will evidently still be on earth when the great tribulation begins. Most of the remnant are quite elderly, and over the years the number of those who are truly anointed has been getting smaller. Yet, referring to the great tribulation, Jesus stated: “Unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones those days will be cut short.” (Matthew 24:21, 22) Evidently, then, some of Christ’s “chosen ones” will still be on earth when the great tribulation begins.
Or in the yearbook for 1981
Over the past seven years, from 1974 to 1980 inclusive, Jehovah’s Witnesses have made steady progress. Their growth is healthy. Only as to Memorial partakers has there been a gradual decline, which is in accord with Scriptural expectations. Thus there is no doubt that Jehovah has been guiding his people unfailingly through Christ Jesus their leader. Observe the following graphic picture of the worldwide progress of Jehovah’s work on earth in these last days.
So it’s clear the Society thinks that the number of memorial participants is corelated to how close we are to the end, the fewer, the closer.
So it must have been a nasty surprise for them when around 2007, the numbers started to increase rapidly. By 2018 they have almost 2.5 times as many participants!
Is Jehovah selecting an virtual avalance of new people? Or is the end getting father away? In any case the Society was wrong about yet another thing.
And it gets worse! Consider that the number of participants of today account for 14% of the 144.000. So it seems less and less likely that to everyone that the full number wouldn’t already be fulfilled. Especially considering that even before the Bible was completed, there was already over 500.000 Christians on earth – more than 3 times 144.000.
Could they possibly accept that just maybe their predictions about the 144.000 were wrong?
“Jehovah knows those who belong to him.” (2 Tim. 2:19) Those taking the count at the Memorial cannot judge who truly have the heavenly hope. The number of partakers includes those who mistakenly think that they are anointed. Some who at one point started to partake of the emblems later stopped. Others may have mental or emotional problems that lead them to believe that they will rule with Christ in heaven. Therefore, the number of partakers does not accurately indicate the number of anointed ones left on earth.
No, in classical Watchtower spirit, nothing is ever their fault. If someone claims to be anointed it just means they are mistaken or insane!
The truth is, of course, that they’re wrong about this. The number of anointed is rising because more and more friend start to understand what it means to be anointed.
The year 607 BCE is pivotal to all of Jehovah’s witnesses theology. It’s the basis for calculating the year 1914, and without 1914, you don’t have 1919, and the Watchtower claims that in 1919 they were selected as the sole channel of God’s communication.
So knock out 607BCE and it all comes tumbling down.
First if all we need the lengths of the reigns of the Babylonian kings from Nebuchadnezzar to Nabonidus. You’ll find them here:
Nebuchadnezzar reigned 43 years, Evil-Merodach 2 years, Nerglissar 4 years, Labashi-Marduk 9 months (started and ended the same year, so 0 years), and Nabonidus 17 years.
When did Babylon fall? In 539BCE.
So the combined reign of these 5 kings is 43+2+4+0+17=66 years.
So between the destruction of Jerusalem there was 66-18 years, or 48 years.
So what year is 48 years before 539BCE?
539 + 48 = 587.
Yes, the destruction of Jerusalem occurred in 587BCE, just as all the history experts say. And now we proved it using ONLY watchtower publications.
There is NO way you can add it up to 607 BCE without getting gaps of up to 20 years between the kings. The Watchtower’s claim is clearly false, as proven by their own data and elementary school math.
No 607? No 1914!
No 1914? No invisible coming nor selection of a “Faithful servant”.