I’m a Seventh Day Adventist, not a Jehovah’s Witness, Mormon or anything else, yet so many people don’t seem to know the difference. That’s fine, I’m happy to explain what I believe. It just frustrates me a bit when I’m having a conversation with someone and I get told something along the lines of
“So what happens if you need a blood transfusion?”
“What do you mean?”
“Well Adventists don’t have blood transfusions.”
“Yes we do.”
“No they don’t.”
“Yeah they do, there is nothing Biblical about not having a blood transfusion, so why wouldn’t we?”
“My friend is an Adventist, you don’t get blood transfusions, ask your pastor.”
“I can guarantee my pastor will agree with me that we can have blood transfusions.”
“Your pastor is twisting it around for his own benefit, you can’t have blood transfusions.”
Asking a question about what I believe is fine, but that is just a bit frustrating, afterall, the Seventh Day Adventist Church runs a number of leading hospitals around the world, all of which practice blood transfusions.
In Australia, the Sydney Adventist Hospital for example has a pathology department and accepts blood donations for the purpose of blood transfusions and this is just one example. There are numerous other hospitals run by the Adventist Church that deal with transfusions and transplants.
The SDA Church recommends healthy eating habits and healthy living so as to reduce the potential need for medical treatment and to increase life longevity – but sometimes medical attention is required, and as long as the blood or organ donation is from a safe and reliable source there is no reason not to give or receive a donation, be it blood or an organ.
I have met a number of people that claim to be ex-Adventists who claim Seventh Day Adventists cannot have blood transfusions or organ transplants, I don’t know where they get this from though as it is not taught by the church and is actually right up the top of the list of common misconceptions on the official church website for the South-Pacific division, ranking quite highly for any Google search along the lines of “Can Seventh Day Adventists have blood transfusions”.
Basically, if you can show me where in the Bible it says blood transfusions are wrong, I would believe it, but as it doesn’t, I’m not going to believe that, and if the church taught as much, I would have a problem with the church.
There are a number of other misconceptions I might look at at some point as well, but for now this one will do as it’s the one I have been approached about most recently.