In The News: Faith complicates a young mother's life-or-death decision on lung transplant
The original article can be found here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/16/AR2010021606057.html?nav=hcmodule
Nowhere in scripture am I aware of a passage that prohibits medical treatment. The most telling quote of the entire article is this: “What’s more important: five, six, 10 or 20 more years on Earth? Or living forever?” asked David Valdez, a Jehovah’s Witness minister at the Kingdom Hall in Alexandria, where Perez worshiped. Breaking God’s law on blood, Valdez explained, could condemn one to an eternity of nothingness.”
WE ARE NOT SAVED OR CONDEMNED BY OUR ACTIONS! This the consistent issue separating Christianity from other faiths. Nowhere in the Bible have I seen a passage condemning a person because they received medical assistance. Looking up information on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jehovah%27s_Witnesses_and_blood) I came upon this page that supposedly spoke to why people should not engage in medical procedures involving transfer of blood. I understand the woman is devoted to her principals, which I can in some ways admire in this shallow shot-term oriented society we live in, but the fact remains that it is not a proper interpretation of scripture and an unnecessary doctrine. Where does God ask us to refuse medical attention or help for our physical health? Not to mention if she is going to have to live on earth for another 1000 years (according to their beliefs since the 144,000 chosen spots in heaven have already been spoken for) she’s probably going to have to keep her body in tip top shape.
Bottom line: Misinterpreting scripture is foolish and dangerous. A blood transfusion will not determine her salvation, it will be whether or not she has grace alone, by her faith alone, in Christ alone that will determine her final destination. I pray that she does find that before it’s too late.
If you can find scripture to counter my argument please post it. I would be very interested in seeing it.