A John Ankerberg Show viewer asks: “As a practicing JW, born in, I’m thinking, If we can take FRACTIONS of blood, then why can’t we celebrate FRACTIONS of birthday parties, Christmas, July 4th and New Years eve etc? We could sing ‘Happy birthday,’ blow out the candles, but NOT eat the cake.
My Religion’s doctrine does not make sense anymore.”
This is a GREAT question. In fact, I loved it so much I added it to my YouTube series, “Quick Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses.” The video is titled, “#40 Fractions Don’t Add Up- Quick Questions For Jehovah’s Witnesses.”
The fact of the matter is, there is no valid reason why the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society forbids blood transfusions of whole blood, yet allows fractions of blood. Even if the Bible’s injunction to “abstain from blood” (Acts 15:20) referred to blood transfusions (which it does not), there is no mention of accepting fractions of blood.
If to “abstain” is meant to allow some fractions, then let us interpret the whole verse with this thought in mind. The New World Translation of Jehovah’s Witnesses should translate this verse, “but to write them to abstain from SOME things polluted by SOME idols and from SOME fornication and from SOME OF what is strangled and from FRACTIONS OF blood.”
If certain fractions of blood are acceptable, then which things sacrificed to which idols are acceptable and which actions of fornication are allowed?