But as disciples of Christ, we must know the will of God concerning blood transfusions. We don’t make decisions based on what the world does, or based on the efficacy of a practice, even if it seems good in our own eyes. Neither do we make decisions based on what the majority of other Christians believe. Rather we make our decisions based on a correct understanding of Scripture, along with wisdom and guidance from the Holy Spirit.
Scriptural Injunctions Concerning Blood
Before the Law was given, God told Noah, "Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. "Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.” (Gen 9:3-4). This also became part of the Law, and Moses taught that meat must always have the blood drained out before it is eaten.
Scripture teaches that the life of all flesh is in its blood:
In the Septuagint, which is the ancient Greek version of the Old Testament, the word for life in this verse is psuche. This is where we get the English word psyche, which is a soul or personality.
According to Thayer’s Greek definitions, the Greek word psuche means
1a) the breath of life2) the soul
1a1) the vital force which animates the body and shows itself in breathing (of animals; of men)
1c) that in which there is life (a living being, a living soul)
2a) the seat of the feelings, desires, affections, aversions (our heart, soul etc.)So when the Scripture says, “the life of the flesh is in the blood,” it literally means the soul or the vital force that animates the body is in the blood. Since the life of a human is its blood, it must be kept pure. Nothing unclean may be put into the blood. Since the life of every creature is in its blood, we must not put it into our own blood. This is the same as putting their life into our blood. Since their lives are not pure, their life weakens us.
2b) the (human) soul in so far as it is constituted that by the right use of the aids offered it by God it can attain its highest end and secure eternal blessedness, the soul regarded as a moral being designed for everlasting life
2c) the soul as an essence which differs from the body and is not dissolved by death (distinguished from other parts of the body)
|Bleeding finger (credit: Wikimedia Commons)|
Since the life of every living thing is in the blood, the LORD told the people of Israel that they shall not eat any meat with blood still in it. "For as for the life of all flesh, its blood is identified with its life. Therefore I said to the sons of Israel, 'You are not to eat the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood; whoever eats it shall be cut off.'” (Lev 17:14).
This injunction was carried over in the New Testament by the apostles and elders.
"Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood.” (Act 15:19-20)
Unlike food going into the body, which is broken down, blood going into the blood stream remains whole. It contains genetic material, DNA, as well as other components like blood cells, germs, bacteria, and somatids (see footnote about somatids). From a spiritual perspective, the blood also contains other components that cannot be viewed beneath a microscope. It has a supernatural life force within it.
Based on these Scriptures above, and other ones about blood, some Christians sincerely believe that it would be sinful to allow anyone to inject any substance containing human or animal blood into their bodies, such as vaccines or blood transfusions. (For more on vaccines, see What Does the Bible Say About Vaccines?).
Arguments in Support of Blood Transfusions
Some people argue against that interpretation by saying that vaccines and transfusions are never mentioned in Scripture. They argue that Scripture never forbids these modern medical practices. They argue that there is a vast difference between ingesting blood through the stomach (digestive system) and injecting blood or blood-containing products into the bloodstream (circulatory system). Those who make such arguments do so from the assumption that blood transfusions are medically necessary.
However, it is interesting to note that Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas is a “bloodless” hospital. In other words, it performs even complicated open-heart procedures without transfusing any blood. They say it is safe, less expensive, and the patients recover faster. Their goal is to perform 90% of their surgeries without blood. There are bloodless hospitals in other parts of the country that have been doing this for years, and this is not an experimental practice. Since one unit of donated blood can cost around $700 or more, it’s less expensive not to use it. There’s also less chance of having a problem with the blood, such as infection, and you feel better, too. So even from a medical and practical perspective, it is not as necessary as some would like us to believe.
Quality Control within Blood Banks
|Donating blood (by MartinD, Wikimedia Commons)|
Here are some guidelines on blood donations the Red Cross considers acceptable, and it is all done on the honor system, relying on the honesty of the donor answering the questions:
- “Taking antibiotics to control acne does not disqualify you from donating.”
- “Acceptable if you have a positive skin test for tuberculosis, or if you are receiving antibiotics for a positive TB skin test only.”
- “In almost all cases, medications will not disqualify you as a blood donor.”
- Regarding use of marijuana, the Red Cross states the blood is: “Acceptable as long as you are not under the influence of marijuana at the time of donation.” (Note: drug use is an occult practice).
- Regarding herpes: “Acceptable as long as you are feeling well.”
- “Donors are only required to wait 12 months after treatment for syphilis or gonorrhea.”
- Women on hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms and prevention of osteoporosis are eligible to donate. The hormone replacement pill, Premarin, comes from PREgnant MAres' urINe. Animal hormones. When estrogens and other steroid hormones go inside a cell, they can unite with a receptor to form a hormone/receptor unit that moves into the nucleus, attaches directly to special DNA binding sites, and activates protein-producing genes. The proteins drive the cell changes guiding estrogen-controlled growth and development
- “Surgery: Acceptable once the wound is healed and stitches are dissolved or removed, as long as the underlying condition is also acceptable in a blood donor.”
However, a former, high-ranking satanist has revealed that most donated blood around the world is intercepted by the satanists and used for drinking in their rituals. It’s a well-documented fact that satanic rituals involve animal and human sacrifices, as well as drinking blood, which is an occult practice. Some convicted criminals have confessed to murdering their victims in order to get more blood to drink in their satanic rituals. This is why there are so many abductions, including children. So it is not impossible that other criminals obtain the blood they need through blood banks. There is a risk for an illegal market.
Making Blood a Commodity
As I've already mentioned, blood is very expensive for hospitals, and in the U.S. the final cost to the patient for the blood can be double what the hospital pays for it! This can be as high as $1,500 USD for a unit of blood.
Due to the dramatic increase in the demand for blood, the brief shelf-life, and the constant shortages of blood supplies, the practice of offering incentives has increased in recent years, according to studies. Blood banks throughout the world offer both monetary and non-monetary incentives to donors, which can include cash, as well as things like gift cards, tax relief, travel reimbursement, paid time-off from work, and tickets to an event or museum, entry into sweepstakes to win expensive cars, or other material gifts. Studies in the U.S. have shown that over half of all blood donors received some sort of incentive in 2001. Sometimes legal defendants are given the option of a reduced fine, if they donate blood, or delinquents may be given the option to donate blood as part of their community service sentence.
Blood has now become a commodity that is bought and sold on the market. Since we know that the life or soul of a person is in their blood, then the blood centers, hospitals, patients, and criminals in the black market are buying and selling the souls of men (Rev 18:13). Human blood and the life in it has become merchandise, which is carried as cargo in cars, trucks, planes, and trains. Men are paying for blood. Yet few care whether that is the will of God.
Lastly, studies have shown that infectious diseases among donors who are recruited by monetary incentives are more prevalent. Therefore the safety of the blood is affected, and it's quality is reduced by this trend toward incentivized blood donors. Paying for blood donations is a risk.
Questions for Prayerful Consideration
In light of what Scripture teaches about blood, and the perpetual controversy over vaccines and blood transfusions, here are some questions:
- Why do satanists drink blood?
- What if a Christian’s donated blood were being used in satanic rituals?
- Can a blood donor be sure of the final disposition of his blood?
- Although many modern practices are not mentioned in Scripture, such as cigarette smoking, vaccinations, and blood transfusion, does that mean they are not sinful? Does it mean that God is neutral about these things, or can we deduce from Scripture what God’s will is?
- Since we do not know about the life of the person who donates their own blood, then what if the blood comes from someone living in sin, such as a sexually immoral person, an adulterer, a homosexual, an incestuous person, a satanist, a pedophile, a pornographer, an atheist, a rebellious person, a hateful or bitter person, etc.?
- What if the blood donor was the product of an incestuous relationship or whose birth was illegitimate in some other way?
- What if the blood donor suffered from depression, anxiety, or some other mental disorder?
- What if the blood donor has epilepsy?
- What if the blood donor had cancer either previously or unknowingly at the time of donation?
- What if the donor was sick with flu or had just taken antibiotics for a respiratory infection?
- What if the donor had been vaccinated?
- What if the blood donor had been taking psychotropic drugs (Antidepressants are a broad category of psychotropic drugs)?
- What if the donor had been using cocaine?
- What if the blood donor had recently had their ears or body pierced with a non-sterile instrument?
- What if the blood donor recently had an elective abortion? (Note: the Red Cross says this blood is acceptable).
- What if the blood donor were taking birth control pills (i.e., the hormones estrogen and progesterone)?
- What if the blood donor were taking other hormones?
- What if the blood donor had a sexually transmitted disease or herpes?
- What if the donor had undergone Sexual reassignment surgery (SRS)?
- What if the blood donor had themselves been the recipient of a blood transfusion from a foreign country with more lax screening and had received bad blood?
- Since the life of a person is bound up in their blood, how would the life of these donors spiritually, physically, and emotionally affect the recipient of their blood?
- If a Christian knew that the blood they were getting through transfusion or in a vaccine was once part of the life of a wicked person such as the kind mentioned above, or some other example mentioned above, would they still want that blood?
- If a Christian received that blood, knowing where it came from, would it constitute sin?
- If a Christian received that blood, realizing that he could not be certain where it came from, would it constitute sin?
- If God does not want His people ingesting blood into their bodies through the mouth, why would He want us injecting it into our bodies? If it still ends up inside our bodies and becomes part of our life, what is the difference?
- Whether by injection or ingestion, would a Christian want to receive a stranger’s bodily fluid -- other than blood (e.g., whole urine or components of it, sweat, mucous secretions, saliva, semen, or other bodily discharges)? If not, why then would a Christian want to receive a stranger’s blood?
- Is it holy? Is it pure?
- Is it ethical to buy and sell blood?
- Is it morally right in God's sight to do so?
Putting it All Together
In light of the uncertainty surrounding the sources of the blood in blood banks, and the quality of the blood, it presents many difficult questions of both an ethical and spiritual nature. In light of God's Word, each disciple of Christ must determine the will of God pertaining to blood transfusions, as well as other medical matters like vaccines and the use of hormone-based products. But they cannot be left to make those decisions alone. Pastors must provide those who are under their care with the Biblical guidance to make right decisions before God. For we will all have to give an account one day of everything done while in the body, whether good or bad.
This is not something to be dismissed or taken lightly. And you don’t want to wait until you or your child has a medical emergency to decide what God’s will is about blood transfusions. In a medical emergency, there may be too much pressure from the immediate situation and the medical professionals to search the Scriptures and make a sound decision. In fact, if you are unconscious, you cannot make a decision for yourself or your loved one at all. You need to prayerfully seek the Lord’s guidance now to know God’s will.
In my opinion, the Scripture has some clear guidelines about receiving the blood of another living creature into your body. The life of every living thing is in the blood, and we are to avoid ingesting it. It seems to me that injecting something directly into the blood stream is just as bad as ingesting it, if not worse.
Man wants to disregard those guidelines, thinking he knows best. But God’s wisdom is supreme. I believe blood transfusions present a significant risk, and there are no guarantees of the purity of the blood in the blood banks. Likewise, there are no guarantees of the spiritual, physical, and emotional consequences of donating or receiving blood. At best, receiving a blood transfusion is somewhat like playing Russian roulette. At worst, it may be a direct violation of God’s will. You need to decide for yourself before God.
As you make your decision, please bear in mind that if any man wants to see God, he must walk in truth, righteousness, and holiness (see Heb 12:14; Eph 4:24; Act 17:31; 1 Tim 6:11; 2 Tim 2:22; 1 Pet 2:24; 1Jn 2:29; 1Jn 3:7; 1Jn 3:10; 1 Pet 1:15-16; Mat 5:20; Rev 21:8; 22:11, 14-15). That is the only standard for heaven. The Lord Jesus Christ still loves you. But His standard is high! And His mercy is only attainable in the world.
In case you didn't know, Jesus gave his life on the cross for you. He gave His blood on your behalf. He took your place. His blood was pure, holy, and undefiled. If you will repent, give up your life of sin, ask God to forgive you, and put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, He will save you. He'll wash away your sin in His blood, and give you His perfect righteousness as a gift.
Footnote: Somatids are the tiniest life form. They are visible in living human blood, as well as reconstituted dried blood. When healthy blood is viewed in an electron microscope, somatids appear as little dots of light, which seem to dance around the motionless red blood cells. They are living and indestructible, which means they cannot be killed either by heat or by any chemical product.
References: Rewards and Incentives for Blood Donation Work, by Healthline News, Blood donor incentives: A step forward or backward, by the Asian Journal of Transfusion Science, American Red Cross, The Project Avalon Forum, HIV via blood transfusion on the rise, by Pakistan Defense, Now Five found with HIV+ after blood transfusion at Assam hospital, by Pakistan Defence, Thayer’s Greek definitions, and Blood donation by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB. Most other Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV®, unless otherwise noted.
Author's Note: This is not to be construed in any way as medical advice. Consult a physician for professional advice. If you enjoyed this post, I recommend the articles by Pakistan Defence cited in the references above, as well as my article called What Does the Bible Say About Vaccines? You may also access my complete blog directory at Writing for the Master.
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International. He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.