Genesis 9:4,Leviticus 17:14,Acts 15:20,What do these scriptures mean? Should a Christian transfuse blood?

Clearly, God’s Word treats both life and blood as sacred. ... (Le 17:13, 14) Anyone who ate blood of any sort of flesh was to be ‘cut off from among his people.’

Noah and his sons were allowed by Jehovah to add animal flesh to their diet after the Flood, but they were strictly commanded not to eat blood. (Ge 9:1, 3, 4) God here set out a regulation that applied, not merely to Noah and his immediate family, but to all mankind from that time on, because all those living since the Flood are descendants of Noah’s family.

Concerning the permanence of this prohibition, Joseph Benson noted: “It ought to be observed, that this prohibition of eating blood, given to Noah and all his posterity, and repeated to the Israelites, in a most solemn manner, under the Mosaic dispensation, has never been revoked, but, on the contrary, has been confirmed under the New Testament, Acts xv.; and thereby made of perpetual obligation.”—Benson’s Notes, 1839, Vol. I, p. 43.

The laws and principles found in the Bible reveal Jehovah to be both a wise Legislator and a loving Father who deeply cares about the welfare of his children. (Psalm 19:7-11) Although the command to “abstain from . . . blood” was not given as a health regulation, it does shield us from complications related to blood transfusions. (Acts 15:20) In fact, many in the medical field rate bloodless surgery as the “gold standard” of modern medical care.

God’s concern for the welfare of his people in ancient Israel was reflected in many of his laws. For example, he required that Israelite houses have a parapet around the roof to prevent accidents, since roofs were places of considerable activity. (Deuteronomy 22:8; 1 Samuel 9:p. 8025, 26; Nehemiah 8:16; Acts 10:9) God also commanded that dangerous bulls be kept under guard. (Exodus 21:28, 29) To ignore these requirements showed a gross lack of respect for the welfare of others and could have resulted in bloodguilt.


Why not think about your vehicle, your driving habits, your animals, your home, your place of work, and your choice of recreation? In some lands, accidents are the leading cause of death among the young, often because they take needless risks. However, young ones who want to remain in God’s love value life and do not seek excitement in dangerous activities. They do not foolishly think that youth spells invulnerability. Rather, they enjoy their youth by warding off needless calamity.—Ecclesiastes 11:9, 10.

Update 2:

Andrew if you don't believe in the Bible, why comment?

Update 3:

@Non-Believers Are Dead Inside Yes blood is sacred to God just as life is, but he does not tell us to take it in our bodies or drink it. Maybe because is SACRED....they were not drinking literal blood during the Last Supper. Christ sacrifice had a different meaning then what I am discussing here.

No where in the scriptures do worshipers of God take in or drink blood, due to God's principles on the matter.....

Update 4:

and for the record, these scriptures I quoted are from the Bible and not from JW's....they many support what the Bible says though....

7 Answers

  • Micah
    Lv 6
    7 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Certainly not!!

    You know what is really interesting Voney is that I can never imagine someone being given an actual cup (pint) of human blood in a hospital and then if the doctor told them "please drink this and it will save your life" they would do it. They would probably respond " what do you think I am- a vampire.? I don't drink human blood."

    Yet they reason that if the same blood is injected into their veins, that's perfectly ok. Not sound reasoning at all.

    Jehovah commands us to abstain from blood. Abstain means to keep away from.

    The dictionary defines abstain as : to refrain voluntarily, especially from something regarded as improper or unhealthy (usually followed by from): example: to abstain from eating meat.

    It is very unwise to disregard Jehovah's righteous laws. He created us; He knows what is best for us.

  • BJ
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse to accept blood transfusions. This refusal is based on Bible commands, the earliest of which says: “Only flesh with its soul its blood you must not eat.” First-century Christians were told simply: “Keep abstaining from blood.”

    “It is well-known that Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse blood transfusion because of their adhering to Bible principles, but this does not mean that they do not accept other treatments. In fact, Jehovah’s Witnesses value their health.

    They strive to find the best medical care available for themselves and their children. They are more than willing to cooperate with doctors, on the condition that their beliefs are respected.”

    Even though Jehovah’s Witnesses’ stand on blood goes “against the mainstream,” many doctors now see merit in their position. The Witnesses’ stand has been a major factor behind a number of innovative medical procedures that reduce blood loss during surgery.

    This has resulted in benefits to Witness and non-Witness patients alike. However, the main reason Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse blood is firmly founded on the Bible, as noted in the introduction.

    This Scriptural stand is often misunderstood. Sometimes people assume that Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse all medical treatment or that they simply do not value life. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jehovah’s Witnesses seek the best medical care available to them and their family members. However, they seek nonblood medical management. Why?

    Their stand is based on a fundamental law that God gave to mankind. Just after the Flood of Noah’s day, God gave Noah and his family permission to eat the flesh of animals. God imposed this one restriction: They were not to consume blood.

    To Jehovah’s Witnesses, it is clearly impossible to abstain from blood while taking it into the body in a transfusion. They therefore insist on alternative treatments.

    That Scriptural stand often results in an even higher standard of medical care. No doubt that is why many people who are not Jehovah’s Witnesses also request bloodless medical treatment.

  • 7 years ago

    God supports saving the life of another not only that Jesus states that there is no greater love than to lay down your life for your friends, Jesus' commandment "Love your neighbors as you love yourself". Jesus had shed His blood for the sake of mankind, and as Jesus stated to the Apostles at the Last Supper this is the cup of my Blood drink this in memory of Me. So to give your blood in order to save another person's life is considered a good deed and is pleasing to God.

    The Jehovah Witnesses will only lead you away from what Jesus had taught.

  • 7 years ago

    Deuteronomy 12:27

    And thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, the flesh and the blood, upon the altar of the LORD thy God: and the blood of thy sacrifices shall be poured out upon the altar of the LORD thy God, and thou shalt eat the flesh.

    God loves burning blood.

    Funny that you ignored that bit.

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  • 7 years ago

    It has to do with eating kosher, try not to make up anything you want.

  • Andrew
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    They don't mean anything. They're just stories made up by old men trying to get a bit of glory.

  • 7 years ago

    Ok let’s look at this hypocrisy about the ‘eating’ of blood:

    Why don’t you eat Kosher meat?

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    The ever changing rule:

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    Why do you take blood products out of the blood banks but don’t contribute yourselves?

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