Blood Fractions – Which ones can Jehovah’s Witnesses actually take?

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

Our Kingdom Ministry Nov 2006

Blood Plasma components

Blood plasma consists of these components:

  • Water (ca 95%)
  • Proteins
    • Albumins
    • Globulins
    • Fibrinogens
  • Glucose
  • Clotting factors
  • Electrolytes
  • Hormones
  • Carbon dioxide
  • Oxygen

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.

Water

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

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.)

Electrolytes

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.

Hormones

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.

Carbon Dioxide

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.

Oxygen

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

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?

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

White Blood cells come in 5 different varieties:

  • Neutrophils (62%)
  • Lymphocytes (30%)
  • Monocytes (5.3%)
  • Eosinophils (2.3%)
  • Basophils (0.4%)

The thing about white blood cells is that all of them are transfered from mother to child via the breast milk.

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.

Platelets

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.

What does the Watchtower say about bone marrow?

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?

Conclusion

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.

Praying to Jesus – 2 Corinthians 12:8-9

Should you pray to Jesus?

If you were a Jehovah’s witness before 1954 then worshiping Jesus was part of your belief (making it a polytheistic religion), but after that worshipping Jesus was seen as wrong. Before 1954 you could be disfellowshipped for not worshipping Jesus, and after 1954 you could be disfellowshipped if you did worship Jesus. That’s quite a big change.

But what about the first Christians?

There are several examples that the first Christians worshipped Jesus. They did this, and modern Christians do too, and that’s no problem for them. They can do so without being polytheistic because the Trinity doctrine states that Jesus the same God, albeit a different person.

But let’s see an example.

2 Corinthians 12:8-9 — 8 Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it would depart from me. 9 But he said to me: “My undeserved kindness is sufficient for you, for my power is being made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly, then, I will boast about my weaknesses, in order that the power of the Christ may remain over me like a tent.

Here Paul says he begged the Lord, in other words he prayed. But to what Lord? The Father, or Jesus?

The Lord answers “my power is being made perfect in weakness”. So the power comes from this Lord. What power is this?

Paul continues saying it’s “the power of the Christ”. The power of the Lord equals the power of Christ, hence this Lord equals Jesus Christ, thus we see that Paul was praying to Jesus Christ.

And you should too.

Every knee will bend

If you do a search for “knee” and “bend” in the NWT Bible, you get three results from Isaiah, Romans and Philippians. Let’s see the first one:

Isaiah 45:23 By myself I have sworn; The word has gone out of my mouth in righteousness, And it will not return: To me every knee will bend, Every tongue will swear loyalty

If you look at the context this chapter talks about Jehovah. Every knee will bend and every mouth will acknowledge him. So far so good. Let’s see the next one:

Romans 14:11 For it is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says Jehovah, ‘to me every knee will bend, and every tongue will make open acknowledgment to God.’”

Romans obviously quite or paraphrase Isaiah here. It says that every knee will bend and every tongue acknowledge him. Who is he? Here the NWT alters God’s word by adding “Jehovah” where the manuscripts say “Lord”. Ironically trying to sneak in Jehovah here only makes things worse when we have a look at the third scripture:

Philippians 2:9-11 – For this very reason, God exalted him to a superior position and kindly gave him the name that is above every other name, 10 so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend—of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground—11 and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

So Philippians shows that inserting “Jehovah” in Romans was a dumb idea, because here it reveals before which name every knee shall bend and every tongue acknowledge: Jesus.

So the one whom every knee will bend before and whom every tongue shall acknowledge is Jesus. And as we read in Isaiah the same one is called Jehovah. This shows that Jesus is Jehovah if the Old Testament. Jesus just means “Jehovah saves”. This also explains why the name Jehovah has no place in the New Testament and why scriptures like Romans 14:11 are mistranslated in the NWT.

After all, Jesus is the name above every other name, including the name “Jehovah”. So if you put the name of Jehovah as the primary importance, you’re not honoring God the proper way, by giving glory to Jesus Christ.

Mainline Christian Views — The Small Flock and The Other Sheep

This series of articles aim to not convince, but explain mainline Christian views to Jehovah’s witnesses.

The phrases “little flock” and “other sheep comes from two different scriptures, one in Luke and one in John.

Luke 12:32 “Have no fear, little flock, for your Father has approved of giving you the Kingdom.

John 10:16 “And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; those too I must bring in, and they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock, one shepherd.

Jesus often referred to his disciples as sheep and lambs and himself as the shepherd. The “little flock” is mentioned in passing in the middle of one of his sermons, while the “other sheep” is part of a longer series of illustrations he gave at another time.

In John chapter 10 Jesus describes his followers as sheep and him as the good shepherd. He calls his sheep and they listen to him. He warns of false shepherds. Then he mentions that he has other sheep that he will bring and they will all become one flock.

Who were Jesus addressing?

Often the question of what is meant is answered by simply asking who it was directed to, when, and under what context? When Jesus used these illustrations he had not yet died, so the New covenant was not instituted. He spoke solely to Jewish people. He speaks to large crowds. So when he says “you” “little flock”, he’s talking to the Jews who followed him.

This is contrasted with “other sheep”. What other people started following Jesus after his death and became the same big flock thanks to the new covenant?

Gentiles.

The little flock were Jewish believers.

The Other sheep were gentile believers.

Simple as that.

Mainline Christian views — Jehovah

Many Jehovah’s witnesses get their views of Christianity from the Watchtower, which is like asking Apple for reviews on Microsoft products – unreliable. This series is not meant convince, just to inform Jehovah’s witnesses of what most Christians actually believe about different topics. This part takes up the name Jehovah.

Simply put, Christians know about the name of God, YHWH, rendered Jehovah, Yahweh, Yahuwah or similar. It’s not a secret and knowing about God’s name is not unique in any way.

Then why do they not use it all the time?

Christians believe that the name YHWH applies to God, that is the triune Godhead consisting of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. However the Bible is a progressive book and in the New Testament all the prophecies about YHWH’s salvation are fulfilles in Yah-Shua (meaning Yah’s salvation) commonly known as Jesus.

Hence they know that Jesus is Jehovah because Jesus is God (one of the persons of God, hence fully a God the same way as the Father.)

Furthermore many scriptures like shows that Christians should focus on the name of Jesus. One example is Philippians 2:9-11:

Philippians 2:9-11 9 For this very reason, God exalted him to a superior position and kindly gave him the name that is above every other name, 10 so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend—of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground—11 and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

Notice that the name of Jesus is above every other name. Every other includes the name of Jehovah.

Thus by worshiping and glorifying Jesus, Christians also worship Jehovah and glorify the name Jehovah.

”Bad associations spoil useful habits”

In a recent Watchtower study we had this gem:

While a bit creepy, it does point out that parents have responsibility for their children. Fair enough. But what I’d like to focus on is the scripture referenced to support this. A scripture you’ve probably heard a million times and always used to prevent you from broadening your perspectives:

1 Corinthians 15:33 — Do not be misled. Bad associations spoil useful habits.

On its own it seems quite clear and is always used to warn you against associating with unapproved people. But since the Watchtower is notorious for using proof text and take things out of context we are going to look at the context today, because “if you take the text out of context, the result is a con.” And we do not want to be conned, do we?

So let’s start in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 to understand what Paul is writing about.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 — Now I remind you, brothers, of the good news that I declared to you, which you also accepted, and for which you have taken your stand. 2 Through it you are also being saved if you hold firmly to the good news I declared to you, unless you became believers for nothing. 3 For among the first things I handed on to you was what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; 4 and that he was buried, yes, that he was raised up on the third day according to the Scriptures;

The topic of discussion in 1 Corinthians 15 is the good news of salvation:

  • Jesus died for your sin
  • He was buried for 3 days
  • He was resurrected, defeating death
  • Through faith in his sacrifice and resurrection we are saved from death

This is a “first thing” or the basics of Christian faith. This is what saves you (and not your membership in a society belonging to a printing corporation.)

But Paul goes on to belabor the third point, the resurrection of Jesus and how important it is.

1 Corinthians 15:12-14 — Now if it is being preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how is it that some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If, indeed, there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised up. 14 But if Christ has not been raised up, our preaching is certainly in vain, and your faith is also in vain.

If Christ was not raised from the dead, our faith is in vain, completely pointless. And how was Jesus raised from the dead?

1 Corinthians 15:20,22 — But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep in death. […] 22 For just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all will be made alive.

So everyone will be resurrected in the same manner Jesus was resurrected. And how was that? What did Jesus say?

Luke 24:39,40 — See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; touch me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones just as you see that I have.” 40 And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.

John 20:27,28 — Next he said to Thomas: “Put your finger here, and see my hands, and take your hand and stick it into my side, and stop doubting but believe.” 28 In answer Thomas said to him: “My Lord and my God!”

John 2:19-21 — Jesus replied to them: “Tear down this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said: “This temple was built in 46 years, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was talking about the temple of his body.

Jesus said he was to be resurrected bodily. The same body he died in was resurrected fleshly, with one difference, which Paul discusses in 1 Corinthians 15:

1 Corinthians 15:35,42,44 — Nevertheless, someone will say: “How are the dead to be raised up? Yes, with what sort of body are they coming?” […] 42 So it is with the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised up in incorruption. […] 44 It is sown a physical body; it is raised up a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual one.

The resurrected body is incorruptible, spiritual. So how does this harmonize? Jesus was raised in a physical body, but Paul talks about a spiritual…

  • Either Jesus was a spirit and he lied about not being a spirit and deceived the apostles by manifesting a fake body complete with wounds they could see and handle. Hence Jesus is a liar, deceiver and a fraud.
  • Or Paul didn’t mean “a spirit”, but a body that is elevated above the physical, given incorruptibility. And Paul didn’t say “spirit body” but “spiritual body” meaning that it has spiritual qualities a regular physical body doesn’t have.

The Watchtower society believes it’s the first one: That Jesus life to his disciples and defrauded them. The Jesus that the Watchtower promotes is a deceiver, fraud and liar. That’s qualities of Satan, not of God.

Jesus was resurrected in the same body, only it was immortalized, glorified and spiritual. It had the capability to travel vast distances instantly, appear and disappear anywhere, even in locked rooms, and of course it’s immortal.

If the Watchtower is correct then it also means that you will not have a physical resurrection, since everyone will be resurrected in the same manner as Jesus.

However if the idea of a spiritual glorified immortal physical body that can freely move through time and space, such as Jesus and Paul describes, is true then you are looking forward to an amazing future!

And this is what 1 Corinthians 15:33 is all about. It means “have nothing to do with people who say that Jesus wasn’t resurrected, or that his resurrection wasn’t a physical one.” They are the “bad associations” and “false witnesses”.

So the next time you hear 1 Corinthians 15:33 quoted, think about who teaches falsehood about Jesus’ resurrection, how it distorts the resurrection hope, how you should avoid such bad associations, and also how they are trying to con you by taking the text out of context.

What does the Bible really teach – Who is Jesus Christ?

As I was browsing trhrough the What does the Bible really teach book, chapter 4, I came across paragraphs 11-13 and they contain some prime examples of how the Watchtower uses dishonest writing, misdirection and half truths to mislead readers. Let’s dig in.

Jesus is Jehovah’s most precious Son​—and for good reason. He is called “the firstborn of all creation,” for he was God’s first creation.* (Colossians 1:15) There is something else that makes this Son special. He is the “only-begotten Son.” (John 3:16) This means that Jesus is the only one directly created by God. Jesus is also the only one whom God used when He created all other things. (Colossians 1:16) Then, too, Jesus is called “the Word.” (John 1:14) This tells us that he spoke for God, no doubt delivering messages and instructions to the Father’s other sons, both spirit and human.

bh 4:11

Let’s start off with a light assumption and contradiction. The Bible says, and the paragraph quotes that Jesus is the “only-begotten son”. The word only-begotten, or monogenes, means unique or special. The same appelation refers to Isaac, who was neither first nor only, but he was special to Abraham. But that’s just a side-note, because what does the word “begotten” mean? To beget something means you are the parent by blood, it means the same a to give birth, only men (or spirits) don’t give birth, but they beget children. Adam begat Seth, Abraham begat Isaac. It means that the one begotten is the same kind of creature as the one doing the begetting. A dog begets a dog. A giraffe begets a giraffe. A human begets a human. A God begets a God. That Jesus is “begotten” means that Jesus is also a divine being. It means Jesus is the same kind of being as his Father. It means that Jesus has the same nature as his Father.

But then they play a word trick by in the very next sentence using a word that means something completely different but is similar enough to confuse people. Can you spot it?

Yes, “create”. Create is not the same thing as beget. Create is to make something that is different than yourself. You don’t “create” a child. You create a robot, or a meal, or a car, or a piece of art. But you don’t “beget” any of these. Create implies the creation is not the same nature as the creator. See how they cleverly uses a word that is totally different than what the Bible actually uses. Jesus was begotten, not created. BIG difference.

Now, on to the next paragraph.

Is the firstborn Son equal to God, as some believe? That is not what the Bible teaches. As we noted in the preceding paragraph, the Son was created. Obviously, then, he had a beginning, whereas Jehovah God has no beginning or end. (Psalm 90:2) The only-begotten Son never even considered trying to be equal to his Father. The Bible clearly teaches that the Father is greater than the Son. (Read John 14:28; 1 Corinthians 11:3) Jehovah alone is “God Almighty.” (Genesis 17:1) Therefore, he has no equal.

bh 4:12

In this paragraph they rely on people being ignorant about what the doctrine of the trinity actually says. What does it mean to be equal to God? Equal in nature, or equal in rank? If you don’t know what that means, that’s exactly what they’re hoping for.

They claim the son was created, which we already covered. The son wasn’t created, but begotten. The son is not part of creation, his origin is in eternity, before time began. So they follow it up with a false conclusion. A false premise leads to a false conclusion.

The only-begotten Son never even considered trying to be equal to his Father. The Bible clearly teaches that the Father is greater than the Son.

Just to rub it in how you missed the part about “begotten”, they again mention that Jesus is begotten, not created. They say he never considered trying to be equal to his father. Technically that’s true, but again, what do yo mean by equal? In nature or rank? And yes, the Bible teaches that the father is greater in rank than the son, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not equal in nature.

If it’s confusing, think of it this way: My father is Human. My father has seniority over me, his son. Does this mean that I am not human? Of course not!

My father is human, that’s his nature. I’m human, that’s my nature. But my father has seniority over me, that’s his rank.

Jesus father is God, that’s his nature. Jesus’ is God, that’s his nature. But Jesus’ father has seniority over him, that’s his rank.

The doctrine of the Trinity is not more complicated than that.

Jehovah alone is “God Almighty.”

Jehovah is God Almighty is technically true, but they again rely on your ignorance of the trinity doctrnie. Jehovah is the name of God, of the whole “Godhead” or Divine Nature consisting of the three persons. Jesus is one of the persons of the Godhead. Jesus is one of the persons of Jehovah. Jesus is the second ranking member of God. The name “Jesus” literally means “Jehovah saves” because that’s his job, he’s the member of Jehovah that saves humanity.

So they’re mixing and jumbling concept and hope that you won’t understand what any of them mean.

Jehovah and his firstborn Son enjoyed close association for billions of years​—long before the starry heavens and the earth were created. How they must have loved each other! (John 3:35;14:31) This dear Son was just like his Father. That is why the Bible refers to the Son as “the image of the invisible God.” (Colossians 1:15) Yes, even as a human son may closely resemble his father in various ways, this heavenly Son reflected his Father’s qualities and personality.

bh 4:13

It would be impossible for The Father and Son to not enjoy close association since they existed together for eternity (together with the Holy Spirit). That is why “God is love”. Think about it, the only way God could be love is if God consisted of at least two minds or persons. Because you can’t have love unless there’s a give and a receiver. If there was a point in time where the Father existed without the Son, then who did the Father love? There was no one to love, hence he could not love, hence he could not be love.

If you believe “God is love” then you must necessarily believe that God consists of at least two individual minds or persons.

the Bible refers to the Son as “the image of the invisible God.”

One of the jobs of the Son is to represent God before humanity. Hence he is necessarily the representation or image of God. He’s the manifestation of God in the physical universe.

I have a fish tank in my living room. The little fishes have no idea what goes on outside their little world. They may have some kind of idea that I exist, but can’t fully comprehend me. If I put my hand down my fish tank to move about a stone or something, then my hand is the visible representation of me inside their little universe. So the question is: Is my hand a part of me, or not?

Jesus is the part of God that interacts with the universe.

this heavenly Son reflected his Father’s qualities and personality

This tries to strip Jesus of his glory and divinity.

Colossians 2:9 — because it is in him that all the fullness of the divine quality dwells bodily.

Jesus has all the fullness of the divine nature, meaning he is fully God, just as his Father is, even though his rank of authority is one step lower.

John 1:14 — So the Word became flesh and resided among us, and we had a view of his glory, a glory such as belongs to an only-begotten son from a father; and he was full of divine favor and truth.

This scripture emphasizes that Jesus glory is the glory of God, because they have the same nature, he being begotten of the father.

Summary

This is an example of dishonest writing. The Society use words they hope you don’t know the definition of, and they mix and jumble concepts like “create” and “beget” and make unfounded assumptions to come to a conclusion that goes against clear Bible teaching.