In today’s world, we often find ourselves longing for a wholehearted friend to offer YHWH-centered advice on particular situations. Our goal with the Ask & Answer column is to be those friends. We prayerfully consider each answer and test it to the Word, with the hope that you will do the same.
What are your thoughts on blood transfusions/donations, organ donations, and life support?
These are all excellent topics to ask about, especially since there are different schools of thought on this matter, making it quite confusing. One thought is that the life is in the blood and therefore we can’t give or receive someone else’s life. However, the context of this verse (Leviticus 17:11) is about the eating of the blood, (Leviticus 17:10) not using the blood to preserve life.
My thoughts are that the Father is very consistent in teaching us that there are weightier matters. Weightier matters are the things that hold the most importance, such as saving lives. For example, David ate the showbread which broke the command not to eat it, but the weightier matter was to preserve life. (Matthew 12:1-4).
Just as David ate the showbread to save lives, blood transfusions/donations, organ donations/receiving organs, and life support are all about preserving life. I see this as being completely in line with the whole Bible.
Some other verses to consider are Matthew 12:5-7, Matthew 12:10-12, and Luke 14:2-5.
As always, my very best advice is to seek the Father first and see what He has to say about it.
Hey friends! I wanted to chime in here as well because, just in the last two years, I’ve had to have a blood transfusion. I was so grateful for the ability to get one and grateful for the medical staff that so graciously served in helping me when I needed it.
In the future, it is more likely than not that I may need another one at some point, and I will be just as grateful then, too. We all do our best and no one wants to end up in a situation where they need medical intervention such as this, but at the end of the day I have people who depend on me, groups who need me, and people for whom I want to be my best self. YHWH has a purpose for me and I am grateful for His gift of these medical advances that allow me serve Him and others as long as I possibly can.
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