Watchtower Top Doctor on Blood

Watchtower Top Doctor on Blood
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In 1973 the Watchtower organization’s top doctor (J. Lowell Dixon) authored an article presenting in a nutshell the theological premises underpinning why Jehovah’s Witnesses are doctrinally prohibited from accepting transfusion of blood or derivatives of blood.[1]
Dixon’s primary premise reads this way

The premise that “for the first time” God granted permission to man to eat meat after the flood of Noah is an unproven assertion and flies in the face of Genesis 1:28 where God assigns dominion of animals to humans. Many highly regarded scholars support the idea that biblically humans had permission to eat meat long before the flood of Noah. (For more on this subject see: Genesis and meat eating? and Watchtower fighting Genesis 1:26 and 28

Dixon’s premise also flies in the face of Genesis 6:21 where Noah was told “Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up; and it shall serve as food for you and for them.”—(Revised Standard Version) If we accept this directive at face value then Noah had express permission to take and eat meat as food given that meat was a then known “sort of food that is eaten.” (For more on this subject see: Pre-flood Food and Blood doctrine – thrown under the bus

A reiteration of Dixon’s primary premise reads this way

If we accept the biblical record of Genesis Chapter 9 as the underlying support for a supposed law of God regarding blood then Watchtower’s blood doctrine is unsupported for many reasons, and with each reason undermining Watchtower’s doctrine.

1. Genesis 9 addresses blood obtained from assault of living creatures (specifically: animals), yet the contemporary blood supply is obtained by voluntary donations and not from assault of a living creature.

2. Just as Genesis 9 is silent on the subject of transplanting donated solid human organ tissue it is silent on the subject of transplanting donated liquid human organ tissue, otherwise known as blood. (For more on this subject see: Watchtower’s Deception — Transplantation of Blood and Watchtower on Taking In Meat

3. Of the literal substance known as blood, Genesis 9 only prohibited the eating of blood of living animals that had been slaughtered for food. Furthermore, transfusion of blood products forbidden under Watchtower doctrine offers no dietary benefit as though “food”. (For more on this subject see: Blood Doctrine Built on “Eating” Myth and Watchtower’s expert on blood transfusion

So in year 1973 we have a rare instance where someone trained in medicine and in Watchtower’s top leadership attempted to support the religion’s doctrinal position on blood, and the attempt failed utterly.

As it turns out ancient peoples like Noah did make use of blood for medicinal purposes, including “transfusion” (as broadly defined by Watchtower: transplantation) Despite this known use of blood we find no biblical injunction suggesting this use of blood was wrong so long as it didn’t involve assault. (For more on this subject see: Medicine Practiced in Noah’s day — and Blood and Watchtower’s Deception — Transplantation of Blood

Marvin Shilmer
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References:

1. J Lowell Dixon, MD, ETHICON, The Reason Why, 1973 January, Vol. 10. Num. 7.

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