Jehovah's Witnesses: Alternative Medicine in our community

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Many people are unfamiliar with Jehovah’s Witnesses and if people are familiar with them, they think very negatively of them. Jehovah’s Witnesses have been called Christian propagandists, a new Christian cult, a Christian sect influenced by Judaism, or fanatics who reject medical treatment. But in reality Jehovah’s Witnesses are none of these things. People think such things about them mostly because those people have been given wrong information and have not taken the time to know what the Witnesses are about. Jehovah’s Witnesses are Witnesses for Jehovah. Who is Jehovah? Jehovah is the name of the Almighty God found at Psalms 83:18 of the Bible. It is a personal name, not a title like God or Lord. Jehovah’s Witnesses practice a strict moral rule because they believe in living by the rules of Jehovah. They follow these rules by reading their bible and really examining the scriptures. They do not believe in the Trinity, there is not an immortal soul; they believe in the Resurrection that will soon come, they do not believe in hellfire, fate, clergy class, or idolatry.

Along with these high moral standards, Jehovah’s Witnesses do not accept blood transfusions. The health education related problem in our community is finding alternative medicines to eliminate the use of blood transfusions. Should Jehovah’s Witnesses be served with court orders for refusing blood transfusions that could potentially save their lives? If not, should the same choice be made for their children? Should the government intervene when a minor is involved? And how can we get the community to understand such an importance stance coming from well-grounded people. Religion is a major part of our society. It is in our nature to be part of religion and have a strong sense of faith. The big question is can a program be...