Nearly two people die each second, according to http://www.ecology.com/birth-death-rates/. Take a minute to contemplate that fact. Let that idea marinate in your minds. By the time you finish reading this sentence, approximately 16 people would have died either because of murder, suicide, an accident, disease, natural causes, or other reasons. If this is too surreal to comprehend, please go to http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/ and watch the “Deaths Today” ticker. It is quite sobering to see the number of deaths that occur every second. After viewing the ticker for some time, contemplate on why this is happening, if you subscribe to the biblical creation account. This constant torrent of death is occurring simply because a couple of people disobeyed God and ate from the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. According to the Bible, the simple disobedience by earths primary couple is responsible for the approximately 100 billion who have died since the beginning of time. Is this a justifiable punishment for people who are not responsible for the first couple’s non-compliance? Is it moral to in essence kill billions because of our primal progenitors’ godly insubordination? Is it not more moral and understanding to think that these deaths happen because this is what occurs in evolution? Please comment below!
I almost let my son die. If not for my loving wife, I may have let my
son die. This is what the “harmless” door
knocking Jehovah’s Witnesses can do and truly expect from you. They demand blood.
from the book The True Nature Of Human Nature
Preston was going to be born with a rare heart
condition known as “Transposition of the Great Arteries,” also known as TGA.
Without going into the details, the layman explanation of the condition
is that the heart was fine, but the arteries, the plumbing of the heart, was
inversely installed. The oxygenated
blood that was meant for the body was
re-pumped back to the lungs, and the
deoxygenated blood destined to be replenished
with oxygen in the lungs was redistributed
into the body again. In essence, he was
going to choke to death almost as soon as he left the safety of the womb. He would die in minutes, hours or days. If there were
sufficient mixing in the heart (something that occurs in almost all newborns), he would live a month or two
tops. The diagnosis of TGA was a death
sentence. A baby born with TGA, if no
remedial is done, will die. It is certain
Herein lies the issue. The Jehovah’s Witness organization does not
allow the use of blood transfusions.
They use the bible as evidence that God would not allow such a thing. If a Witness were to proceed with a
transfusion, they would be disfellowshipped,
the most severe form of excommunication that exists.
Here is the defining moment for me
personally. My wife followed her own path to emancipation, and I am happy to say we all met at the same
destination of peace. We found the best
doctor in the world to do the procedure, Dr. Jan Quaegebeur and the procedure
in his hands had a 99% success rate. We
discussed with the other doctors that we needed this to be a bloodless surgery,
and they agreed to do their best. They gave our son blood expanders and would
recycle his blood as required.
However, the day of the surgery came and Dr. Q, as he is called at the hospital came up to us and said that he would do the best to avoid a blood transfusion but that he could not guarantee a bloodless surgery. There is a certain amount of blood required in the blood pump before it can operate and being that Preston was two weeks old, he did not have a lot of blood available. I kept saying out loud “this is supposed to be a bloodless surgery!” but my loving wife intervened and said, “Please do whatever it takes to save our son” and she signed the requisite waivers. I felt relieved that my wife made the tough decision but also ashamed. Did this false religion mean more to me than my son? See chapter 4 for a more in-depth view of this situation under the discussion of “Social Compliance.” I feel that in the end, I would have caved in and accepted the procedure with blood, but I will never truly know. I only know that I have Dr. Q and my loving, intelligent wife to thank for in saving the life of my son. A blood transfusion was, in fact, necessary or the chance for death was certain. I never wanted to broach the subject again, but my wife did and one day said “Are you ok with my decision for a blood transfusion? I pick the life of my son over God”. I agreed with her decision, with the weight of my shame in full view of my facial features. I thanked her for doing what I was not ready to do, save our son.