The state refuses to recognize them and they have been victims of harassment. But Jehovah’s Witnesses insist that they lead normal lives and are not a dangerous cult.
The budgets come from donations. Each assembly room has a donation box, and people can give as much as they like. Communities also donate to one another. Thus, in Europe and the United States, where most such groups are self-supporting, money is also transferred to less solvent areas, such as Africa and Israel. Not surprisingly, this practice, too, is based on a biblical verse.
“In the past, we were more stringent with regard to blood transfusions. Today we understand that in some cases, this is a life-or-death matter, so we will not take formal action [such as expulsion from the community] against someone who has chosen to accept a transfusion. Medicine is progressing and is now capable of offering treatment without transfusions. It is important for us to point out that, contrary to all kinds of myths that are spread about us we, do not object to medical procedures, only to receiving blood.”
I associated with JWs for many years. I must say the article gives a very veneered depiction of the organisation and JWs. One concern with the article, which mentioned JWs abstinence from blood. They claim that JWs were more stringent in the past about blood transfusions. The fact is JW’s still die today by refusing this life saving treatment. The question is. Does the bible really teach that’s what God wants? Jesus taught a principal that you could break a law to save a life. Matthew 12:11 He replied, “If one of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out? 12How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” The principal here is very clear, that life is precious to God, even an animal life. If eating blood is less serious than breaking the sabbath law. How much more certain is having a blood transfusion to save a life! Not one JW should have lost their life because of refusing a blood transfusion if they took to heart the teachings of Jesus in this instance. JWs are generally very nice people but we should have concern for them. They are like many religious groups today who blindly follow a hierarchy of men without question.Comment