Bloody Religion

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Mother dies after refusing blood


Emma Gough's funeral

The 22-year-old’s funeral took place at Telford Crematorium



A young Jehovah’s Witness has died after giving birth to twins, amid claims that she had refused a blood transfusion because of her faith.

Emma Gough, 22, of Telford, Shropshire, gave birth on 25 October. The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital said an internal review into the case would take place.
The twins, a boy and a girl, are healthy and are being cared for by their father, Anthony Gough, 24.

A friend said the family was going through “immense… turmoil and grief”.

“We follow the Bible and abstain from blood and I’ve got no reason to believe that Emma didn’t share those views,” the friend Terry Lovejoy added.


After reading on what happened to the poor mother, I did some minor searching and this is what I’ve found from Jehovah’s Witness Official Website:
I’ve heard about Jehovah’s Witness but I don’t think that the (shall I call it) religion exists in Indonesia (does it?) so I’m not familiar with it. I’m not even a Christian or Catholic, even though I went to all-girls-Catholic school from kindergarten to high school and was taught about bible, Jesus, mass, and some singings. But my school really respected the pupils’ religion they let us studying Qur’an and we had discussion about the difference between Qur’an and Bible in a very constructive way.

 
Belief Scriptural Reason
Bible is God’s Word and is truth 2 Tim. 3:16, 17; 2 Pet. 1:20, 21; John 17:17
Bible is more reliable than tradition Matt. 15:3; Col. 2:8
God’s name is Jehovah Ps. 83:18; Isa. 26:4; 42:8, AS; Ex. 6:3
Christ is God’s Son and is inferior to Him Matt. 3:17; John 8:42; 14:28; 20:17; 1 Cor. 11:3; 15:28
Christ was first of God’s creations Col. 1:15; Rev. 3:14
Christ died on a stake, not a cross Gal. 3:13; Acts 5:30
Christ’s human life was paid as a ransom for obedient humans Matt. 20:28; 1 Tim. 2:5, 6; 1 Pet. 2:24
Christ’s one sacrifice was sufficient Rom. 6:10; Heb. 9:25-28
Christ was raised from the dead as an immortal spirit person 1 Pet. 3:18; Rom. 6:9; Rev. 1:17, 18
Christ’s presence is in spirit John 14:19; Matt. 24:3; 2 Cor. 5:16; Ps. 110:1, 2
We are now in the ‘time of the end’ Matt. 24:3-14; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; Luke 17:26-30
Kingdom under Christ will rule earth in righteousness and peace Isa. 9:6, 7; 11:1-5; Dan. 7:13, 14; Matt. 6:10
Kingdom will bring ideal living conditions to earth Ps. 72:1-4; Rev. 7:9, 10, 13-17; 21:3, 4
Earth will never be destroyed or depopulated Eccl. 1:4; Isa. 45:18; Ps. 78:69
God will eliminate present system of things in the battle at Har-Magedon Rev. 16:14, 16; Zeph. 3:8; Dan. 2:44; Isa. 34:2; 55:10, 11
Wicked will be eternally destroyed Matt. 25:41-46; 2 Thess. 1:6-9
People God approves will receive everlasting life John 3:16; 10:27, 28; 17:3; Mark 10:29, 30
There is only one road to life Matt. 7:13, 14; Eph. 4:4, 5
Human death is due to Adam’s sin Rom. 5:12; 6:23
The human soul ceases to exist at death Ezek. 18:4; Eccl. 9:10; Ps. 6:5; 146:4; John 11:11-14
Hell is mankind’s common grave Job 14:13, Dy; Rev. 20:13, 14, AV (margin)
Hope for dead is resurrection 1 Cor. 15:20-22; John 5:28, 29; 11:25, 26
Adamic death will cease 1 Cor. 15:26, 54; Rev. 21:4; Isa. 25:8
Only a little flock of 144,000 go to heaven and rule with Christ Luke 12:32; Rev. 14:1, 3; 1 Cor. 15:40-53; Rev. 5:9, 10
The 144,000 are born again as spiritual sons of God 1 Pet. 1:23; John 3:3; Rev. 7:3, 4
New covenant is made with spiritual Israel Jer. 31:31; Heb. 8:10-13
Christ’s congregation is built upon himself Eph. 2:20; Isa. 28:16; Matt. 21:42
Prayers are to be directed only to Jehovah through Christ John 14:6, 13, 14; 1 Tim. 2:5
Images should not be used in worship Ex. 20:4, 5; Lev. 26:1; 1 Cor. 10:14; Ps. 115:4-8
Spiritism must be shunned Deut. 18:10-12; Gal. 5:19-21; Lev. 19:31
Satan is invisible ruler of world 1 John 5:19; 2 Cor. 4:4; John 12:31
A Christian ought to have no part in interfaith movements 2 Cor. 6:14-17; 11:13-15; Gal. 5:9; Deut. 7:1-5
A Christian should keep separate from world Jas. 4:4; 1 John 2:15; John 15:19; 17:16
Obey human laws that do not conflict with God’s laws Matt. 22:20, 21; 1 Pet. 2:12; 4:15
Taking blood into body through mouth or veins violates God’s laws Gen. 9:3, 4; Lev. 17:14; Acts 15:28, 29
Bible’s laws on morals must be obeyed 1 Cor. 6:9, 10; Heb. 13:4; 1 Tim. 3:2; Prov. 5:1-23
Sabbath observance was given only to Israel and ended with Mosaic Law Deut. 5:15; Ex. 31:13; Rom. 10:4; Gal. 4:9, 10; Col. 2:16, 17
A clergy class and special titles are improper Matt. 23:8-12; 20:25-27; Job 32:21, 22
Man did not evolve but was created Isa. 45:12; Gen. 1:27; Matt. 19:4
Christ set example that must be followed in serving God 1 Pet. 2:21; Heb. 10:7; John 4:34; 6:38
Baptism by complete immersion symbolizes dedication Mark 1:9, 10; John 3:23; Acts 19:4, 5
Christians gladly give public testimony to Scriptural truth Rom. 10:10; Heb. 13:15; Isa. 43:10-12

One of their beliefs is “taking blood into body through mouth or veins violates God’s laws”, therefore when the young mother was struggling to fight for her life, the rest of the family and friends let her die slowly in the name of her religion.

It’s really sad to think that our brain which are gifts from God are left unused because no matter sophisticated the technology surround us, we just have to sit back and let the nature (or God) steps in to take someone’s life.

I never thought that God can be so cruel. And here is the rest of it.

 

Comments

  1. i can totally see your point, and it seems silly.

    but then, faith is unquestionable. don’t you think?

  2. Londo Depok says:

    Anita

    I guess The Jehovah’s have not made much progress in Indonesia but a distant cousin of their’s the Adventists are fairly popular in North Jakarta and Menado.

    I once met a Medical Doctor who also clained to be a Jehovah Witness which seemed very screwed up.

    Also welcome to bonnie Scotland

  3. Hi Anita,
    I live in Indonesia, and I’m christian… Jehovah Witnesses are rejected by christians and catholics, but here in Indonesia, the government already accepted them as a religion. so they’re free to practice their religion here. However, I heard that Singapore banned this kind of religion because they have some principles that against humanity.

  4. @Miund: I’ve been thinking a lot about your statement that faith is unquestionable.

    In the end I have to disagree. Because I believe that if God intended us to follow one path only and never ask question about the road ahead us, he would have created robots instead. Or plants. Even plants’ roots still have to choose where to crawl.

    I believe God creates us, human being, with brain to think, so we could keep trying to make ourselves better. To reach the perfection. Or heaven, some say. To reach the perfection, we have to be ready to admit that what we’ve done in the past is wrong (Catholic church finally admitted that earth is round, not flat, after how many years?). To ban people to question what they believe is only a short way back to the dark age. Everything should be explainable. We might not know it today, but we must keep questioning until we find the answer someday.

  5. Sad but it is not uncommon we see religion get in the way of common sense. I was wondering is JW a religion or a cult?

  6. tomaculum says:

    “One of their beliefs is “taking blood into body through mouth or veins violates God’s laws”, therefore when the young mother was struggling to fight for her life, the rest of the family and friends let her die slowly in the name of her religion.”
    In most (all) of the european countries those Jehovan people dispose of the “living will” (“advance directive”). The Jehovan patients I have had refuse a transfusion definitely.
    It is their decision, like it is your own the decision to smoke or to drink alcohol or not. As far as they are adult and are conractually capable, you cannot do anything against such things.
    The problem are the children. I think the government should take a firm stand in this case: it is allowed to handle against the will of the parents or we should let the children die!
    This all isn’t rational and emotion is surely not the solution. (sorry for my bad english)
    The problem

  7. Anonymous says:

    that is just so silly. GOD is not that cruel to want people to die because blood transfusion is ‘against the law’.

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