And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
(Genesis 9:1-4 KJV)

But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.
(Acts:15:20,28-29; 21:25 KJV)

The receiver of a blood transfusion must be cut off from Godís people by excommunication or disfellowshiping.
(Watchtower, Jan. 15, 1961, pg. 64)

Avoid bloodguilt from (1) eating blood [blood transfusions], (2) sharing in bloodguilty organizations...
(Watchtower, June 15, 1978, p. 25)


The Watchtower Society agrees with most Christian denominations that the "Law of Moses" passed away. However, they contend that the covenant made with Noah was "everlasting" and affected all races of the human family (since all are descendants of Noah). This idea appears to be backed up by the injunctions set forth in the book of Acts: the Gentile Christians were to abstain from blood.

The Society maintains that this "everlasting covenant" covers blood transfusions, because, they contend, having a blood transfusion is equivalent to eating blood. In support of this, the Society often cites the example of intravenous feeding: when a patient is too ill to eat, the patient is fed intravenously. Hence, receiving a substance into one's body intravenously is the same as eating that substance.

  • Has the Society stated in the past that blood transfusions are a disfellowshipping offense?
    Yes.
    No.
    Unsure.
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